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The Westland Whirlwind

The Westland Whirlwind Book Review

By David L. Veres

Date of Review January 2022 Title The Westland Whirlwind
Author Richard A. Franks Publisher Valiant Wings Publishing
Published 2021 ISBN 978-1-912932-22-1
Format 98 pages, softbound MSRP (BP) £15.95


Valiant Wings’ reissue efforts continue apace with the second edition of The Westland Whirlwind – 4th in the publisher’s acclaimed “Airframe Album” range.

Updates include new cover art, updated appendices, and Steve A. Evans’ superb build of Special Hobby’s 1:32-scale kit.

Subtitled “A Detailed Guide To The RAF’s Twin-engine Fighter”, coverage competently captures the total tale.

Technical notes on design, development, construction, and equipment, coverage segues to an informative section on Whirlwind evolution – “prototype, production and projected variants”.

Commentary then illumines camouflage & markings details. Detailed Whirlwind production notes follow. And four appendices – kits, accessories & decals, and references – nicely conclude contents.

Like the original, hundreds of images – period photos, scale drawings, tech-manual excerpts, evolution isometrics, and color profiles – enhance the effort.

Valiant Wings’ marvelous monograph offers all you need to model Westland’s unfortunate Whirlwind.

Roundly recommended!

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