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The Westland Whirlwind

The Westland Whirlwind Book Review

By David L. Veres

Date of Review June 2014 Title The Westland Whirlwind
Author Richard A. Franks Publisher Valiant Wings Publishing
Published 2014 ISBN 9780957586635
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.

Roundly recommended!

My sincere thanks to Valiant Wings Publishing for this review copy.