Albatros Productions | Building the Wingnut Wings Junkers D.I
Reviewed by Kevin Williams
Publisher: Albatros Productions Ltd.
Author(s): Ray Rimell
Publishing date: 2018
The "Building the Wingnut Wings"" series of modeling specials from Albatros Productions, offer up a unique look into the world of the subject WWI aircraft, with a look at the aircraft during the wartime years, as well as (naturally enough), information regarding building/painting the particular subject aircraft. Adding up to roughly 44 pages (all done on nice glossy paper stock), this publication (volume 6 in the series), makes a very nice reference to the aircraft and model, and when combined with the Junkers D.I datafile, should provide plenty of supplemental material for all Junkers D.I fans. This volume concentrates a bit more heavily on the modeling side of things, but does also include some spiffy WWI shots, as well as some details of one preserved example.
Six sections make up this volume, and they are:
- Inside the Box
- Building the WNW Junkers D.I
- Marty Digmayer's "pull-out" 1:32 scale plans
- Harry Woodman's Junkers archive
- The sole survivor
- Appendices & Dedication
(Most of the sections, seem pretty much self explanatory, so I will elaborate no further.)
A good portion of the book, is dedicated to the building of the recently released WNW Junkers D.I, while the rest of the volume is dedicated to the aforementioned chapters, with excellent photos and illustrations to be found throughout.
A small portion of the publication, interspersed in certain areas, has data on various WWI aviation sites, publications and materials, and is most welcome, as they, as often as not, point out material that I had otherwise been unaware of.
Anyone with even a passing interest in WWI aviation, is usually familiar with the extensive line of publications offered, and the overall high quality that is typical from Albatros. This volume is certainly no exception, offering forth a glimpse into an era long since passed, but hopefully, never forgotten. Unfortunately for me, now that I've seen what these modeling specials from Albatros really have to offer, I'm quite sure that I'll now just have to order the similar volume on the Fokker D.VII's.
My particular copy of the book, had an included press release as well, explaining the nature of the book, as well as pointing out highlights.
Typical Photo Quality/Illustrations
The text and model photos, are augmented with a very nice small selection of period and/or museum preserved photos, giving the reader plenty in the way of "eye candy". This particular volume contains but three Ronny Bar profile color illustrations, as well as one color plan view, and all are done quite up to the typically high Ronny Bar quality that I've come to expect.
Rear cover is a full page WNW advertisement, attesting to the tight symbiotic relationship between Albatros and Wingnut Wings.
All in all, I'd recommend this book without any reservation at all. At a trim 44 pages, this volume makes for a nice addition to the library. As stated previously, I like this book so much, that I'm now compelled to seek out the comparable D.VII volume from the same publisher.
If you have but even a passing interest in WWI aviation, this series of books (as well as indeed all of the other Datafiles), may just convert you into a fan.
Review copy compliments of Ray Rimell at Albatros Productions.
© Kevin Williams 2018
This review was published on Saturday, May 12 2018; Last modified on Saturday, May 12 2018