The Westland Whirlwind Book Review
|Date of Review||June 2014||Title||The Westland Whirlwind|
|Author||Richard A. Franks||Publisher||Valiant Wings Publishing|
|Format||82 pages, softbound||MSRP (BP)||£15.95|
Tackling Trumpeter's new 1:48-scale Westland Whirlwind? Constructing Classic Airframes' kits? Addressing Airfix's ancient 1:72 efforts?
Get this superb study.
Subtitled "A Detailed Guide To The RAF's Twin-engine Fighter", The Westland Whirlwind – No.4 in Valiant Wings' "Airframe Album" series – beautifully recaps the total tale.
After technical notes on design, development, construction and equipment, coverage segues to an informative section on Whirlwind evolution – "prototype, production and projected variants".
Contents then turn to illuminating camouflage & markings details. A handy list of all Whirlwinds built – each entry summarizing serial, service and fate – follows. And four appendices – kits, accessories, decals and selected bibliography – neatly wrap things up.
What a terrific tome! Hundreds of photos, drawings and color profiles augment the account. Add tech-manual excerpts and a glossary. And Valiant Wings' marvelous monograph provides all you need to model Westland's unfortunate Whirlwind.
My sincere thanks to Valiant Wings Publishing for this review copy.