Windsock WWC Spring 2015 is the first edition of Volume 31. The cover carries a banner celebrating 30 years of this publication. This edition provides readers with what has come to be expected…a variety of expert information on WWI aviation history, aircraft modeling, articles by expert aircraft model builders, technical references and up to date information on recently announced hobby products related to the Great War.
The Spring 2015 edition’s diverse content includes the first of two feature articles documenting Lance Krieg’s many early steps in scratch building (well…semi-scratch building to be exact) a two-place Bleriot X1-2. The ‘100 Great Warplanes series continues with an illustrated plans feature on the Brandenburg W.20 fighter flying boat…one of the first collapsible designs intended to be carried on a submarine. Complete 1:48 scale technical drawings by Martin Digmayer are included. ‘OUR READERS’ GALLERY covers five exquisite models in scales ranging from 1:32 to 1:4 scale (with one actually built from Lego blocks), the LOGBOOK ENTRIES column includes a look at Phillip Ware’s award winning diorama of crews clowning around on a derelict Pfalz fuselage and Norman Witcomb offers some personal modeling nostalgia.
The diversity of contents continues with a photo feature that presents images of a captured DFW C.V and then modelers are treated to a series of reviews of WNW’s latest kits: AEG Bombers, Brandenburg seaplanes and F2a flying boats…the later further illustrated with a page of rare archive photos of multiple interior details and Lewis gun positions. Special Hobby’s latest Bristol Monoplane kits are examined and also are supplemented by period photos of aircraft in service. Modelers will find extensive coverage of new decal sets, aftermarket details, figures, vehicles and other modeling accessories in the publication’s usual columns with special attention directed to product announcements from manufactures now venturing into the ever-growing 1:32 scale WWI market. And, last but far from least, the Spring edition of Windsock WWC offers an opportunity to win a new kit…a WNW Felixstowe!
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.