Volume 21 No. 4 - July/Aug 2005
COLIN Owers continues his US Navy colours series with a look at the early and large twin- engined Curtiss flying boats-the five page article includes 19 archive images in support of the text.The editor reflects on early issues of Wind-Sock and his 1976 balsa and tissue Zeppelin as well as presenting eight colour photos of some of his 1870s/1980s WWI models in a personal gallery.Elsewhere we visit the set of the movie Flyboys just a few mies from Albatros HQ with a unique colour spread of the Nieuport and Struutter replica aircraft sitting on a highly realistic mocked -up WWI French aerodrome at RAF Halton.The editor reviews a new 1:144 resin kit of a P Type Zeppelin and offers a frank technical and constructive appraisal ,whilst Alan D Toelle gives a highly detailed analysis of 'silver' fabric from a rwrecked Pfalz D.IIIa in 1918. We look back at the vintage Keil-Kraft Sopwith Camel of the 1950s and yet more 1918 rigging notes are featured in this issue with sketches of spars and struts. There are five pages of kit reviews,readers' gallery,letters,six book reviews and and a Bristol Fighter conversion fitting a resin Sunbeam Arab motor cowling to a Roden 1:72 scale kit. Closing the issue is Glen Merrill who presents a unique feature on the green- tailed Fokker D.VII fighters of Jasta 5-the first time photos of these aircraft -six reproduced here-and three colour profiles-thanks Bob Pearson-had appeared in print. Yet another scoop for the Windsock team!