S u m m a r y
||Soft Cover; 28 pages
GBP£9.95 from retailers worldwide including Hannants
||Well researched subject,
detailed plans and sketches, excellent photographs, includes colour
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There are some subjects where one never
seems to be able to find enough information to satisfy ones curiosity.
Such an aircraft is the Westland Welkin and the latest publication by 4+
addresses this issue.
This aircraft came into being to counter the high altitude
reconnaissance flights that the Luftwaffe was conducting over the
There were many problems that plagued the development life of the Welkin
and by the time they were ironed out, the high altitude threat was no
longer there. Furthermore what threats there were could now be handled
by other modified aircraft.
To salvage the work that had already been invested in the project, other
roles were being sort for the airframe. Unfortunately, these ideas also
failed to materialize and the design was cancelled. As well as the two
prototypes, seventy five Mk I aircraft were built with another being
converted as the Mk II.
28 page soft cover book covers both the F Mk I (single seat high
altitude fighter) and NF Mk II (two seat night fighter).
The contents are printed on good quality
gloss stock and contain 76 black and white photographs plus a colour
spread that adorns the center pages. All images are superbly printed and
provide excellent coverage of the airframe.
Not only are there the usual collection of static and flying shots, but
the reader is privy to many interior images of both the prototype and
mockup aircraft. Cockpits are not forgotten and both the fighter and
night-fighter variants are represented.
Captioning throughout the book is excellent. The information compliments
the images well and adds much to the readers understanding of the
There is some lovely artwork with no fewer than seven airframes
portrayed. There’s no shortage of schemes for modelers here.
This is one huge aircraft and the point is driven home by the fold out
general arrangement drawings. These are produced to 1/72 scale and
naturally cover both the F Mk I and NF Mk II. Cross sections are shown
for various parts of the airframe and this includes the engine nacelles.
Sketches from factory manuals can be very revealing and these helpful
drawings are reproduced at the appropriate points in the book.
The text is easy to read and covers the history of the type as well as
giving a detailed technical description. A comprehensive section on
colours and markings follow which talks about everything from the
interiors and exteriors, to the roundels and stencilling.
This is certainly the book to get for
anything you ever wanted to know bout the Westland Welkin. A lot has
been packed into this modest sized book and the level of research is
Thanks to 4+ Publications for
the review sample.
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