Windsock World War Centenary Vol.30, No.4

Published: February 14th, 2015     
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Reviewed by: 
Roger Rasor, IPMS# 34117
Company: Albatros Productions, Ltd.
Price: $15.00
Product / Stock #: Vol.30, No.4

Windsock WWC Winter 2014 is the last issue of Volume 30.  Like the previous issues in Volume 30, it provides readers with a variety of expert information on WWI aviation history, aircraft modeling, articles by top-notch aircraft model builders, valuable technical reference material and information on new hobby products related to the Great War. 

The colorful image on the cover of a Junkers D.1 in flight suggests that an article about an actual aircraft will be found inside, but the subject of the realistic illustration turns out to be a Roden 1:72 scale model found in the Readers' Gallery that was cleverly staged in a landscape photo via Photoshop.  Then, after pages devoted to FRONTLINE NEWS, this issue's main articles begin with a look behind the scenes at CraftLab, revealing a variety of unique Austrian 'aeroplane' reproductions being constructed. Following that, a nostalgic scratch building feature on the Thomas Morse Scout by the late craftsman Harry Woodman is presented to coincide with Albatros' latest Datafile, which covers the Tommy in detail.  Five pages are then devote to a feature titled 'Bleriot Goes To War!' - a special Centenary plans feature with rare photos and 1:48 scale drawings by Ian Stair.

Following two pages of decal reviews covering nine new releases (in both 1:32 and 1:48), three pages are devoted to this issue's RARA AVIS on the 1914 Henry Farman F24, which also includes 1:48 scale drawings by Ian Stair.  OUR READERS' GALLERY then presents color photos of both static and flying models in scales ranging from 1/144 to a radio controlled Fokker D.VII with a wingspan of 1.8m.  A 'Show Report' featuring photos of six award-winning WWI models at the 2014 IPMS USA National Convention comes next, followed by a five-page 'In Your Kitbag' column reviewing new kits and aftermarket details.  Rounding out the issue is a review of Wingnut Wing's big Christmans surprises...the pair of Felixstowe flying boat kits, two pages of reviews of more new accessories, tools and supplies, a page devoted to announcing the latest 1:32 scale WWI figure releases, and a number of product and retailer advertisements.  Needless to say, this issue is jam packed with the kind of hobby news, prototype information, drawings  and historical research that WWI model builders are looking for.

This publication is highly recommended to WWI aircraft model builders and those with an interest in WWI aviation history.  I offer my thanks to Albatros Productions for providing the review copy of this excellent publication and to IPMS/USA for the opportunity to review it.

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