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Auster Book Review

By David L. Veres

Date of Review February 2022 Title Auster
Author Adrian M. Balch Publisher Guideline Publications
Published 2015 ISBN n/a
Format 60 pages, softbound MSRP (GBP) £17.00


The classic Auster “Air Observation Post” (AOP) enjoys full-on “Warpaint” treatment in the 131st installment of the popular series.

And author Adrian M. Balch handily recaps key variants in just 64 picture-packed pages – including cover.

Coverage kick-starts with design and development notes – then segues to British, “foreign”, and “overseas” service.

Dozens of period B&W photos season the study. Color images of preserved examples further augment the account. And over 65 color plates – profile and plan views – provide plenty of markings examples.

A two-page spread of close-ups also explores Austers “in detail”. And 1:72-scale drawings chart Auster Mks 1-9 evolution.

Unfortunately, Airfix’s vintage, 1/72 AOP 6 remains the only kit available.


My sincere thanks to Guideline Publications for this review sample!