Auster Book Review
|Date of Review||February 2022||Title||Auster|
|Author||Adrian M. Balch||Publisher||Guideline Publications|
|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!