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Armstrong Whitworth Albemarle

Armstrong Whitworth Albemarle Book Review

By David L. Veres

Date of Review June 2018 Title Armstrong Whitworth Albemarle
Author Tony Buttler Publisher Guideline Publications
Published 2018 ISBN n/a
Format 28 pages, softbound MSRP (GBP) £13.00


Intended as a second-line "Reconnaissance Bomber Aircraft for Rapid Production", Armstrong Whitworth's Albemarle also saw use as a target tug, paratroop transport, and experimental torpedo carrier.

Now project and prototype expert Tony Buttler recaps the design in the 115th Warpaint installment.

Coverage follows the series' proven prescription. Contents commence with design and development comments. "Service career" follows. And "in detail" notes recap Albemarle structure and construction.

Twelve color profiles, two color multi-views, two pages of detail shots, and lots of B&W photos illustrate the effort. Drawings help fact-check your 1:72-scale kit. And sidebars summarize Albemarle production, dimensions, performance, armament, and models & accessories.


Mark Rolfe's excellent color plates are reproduced rather dark, making some details difficult to detect. The dull red serial of Albemarle GT Mk I "V1599", for instance, is virtually invisible.

Building Valom's 1:72-scale kit? Grab this handy handbook on one of WWII's ultimately "undistinguished", but fascinating footnotes. I loved it.

Robustly recommended!

My sincere thanks to Guideline Publications for this review sample!