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|Publisher and Title:
||Arawasi International Magazine -
||Soft cover, A4 format magazine
USD$10.00 plus postage from Arawasi
website. Subscriptions also available.
||Large format magazine with
varied subject matter that includes reference articles, photos, colour profiles, and
other information for modelers of Japanese pre-war and WWII aircraft.
Reviewed by Rodger Kelly
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Arawasi? What the heck does that
Well, Arawasi (Arawashi is actually
the correct name but Arawasi is used by necessity as it is the
traditional way of rendering Japanese words in the Latin alphabet) means
wild eagles in Japanese and it was originally the nickname given by the
Japanese press and public to pilots of any nationality who demonstrated
bravery in combat or exceptional skill. By the start of World War Two
the name came to be reserved for Japanese pilots only.
Given the above, it only seems natural that this new magazine be titled
Arawasi as its contents deal with the history of Japanese aviation from
its birth until the end of the Pacific War (World War Two).
Arawasi was first launched in 2005 as a homemade fanzine (back issues
http://www.arawasi.jp/salebook.hp/ara-magazine.html ) but it has now
developed into a professionally printed quarterly magazine.
this issue is an example of the quality and content of future issues,
then I’m impressed! The magazine consists of 49 glossy pages containing
period black and white photos as well as present day colour ones and
plenty of colour profiles.
contents of this issue include articles on:
AIKI was rediscovered.
Zero flights for
the neophytes (an excellent 13 page article on the A6M2-K trainer).
(Raiding Group) – Destination Philippines.
The 1919 French
Aviation Mission to Japan, Part 2.
Slayers. – A complete and detailed coverage of the Ki-45s featured
on the new Arawasi decal sheet.
Part 3 (the A7M1 Reppu, not the Hawker one!)
regular column for contrary points of view and comments
bookshelf. Relevant books reviewed
Red hot cherry
blossoms. An article detailing the unique and highly modified (for
Kamikaze operations) Mitsubishi Ki-167.
articles are all well written and I could not find a single instance of
“Janglish” (Japanese English) that I have found in other Japan based
you are a fan of WWII Japanese aviation or just an occasional reader,
you will relish the updated Arawasi.
Thanks to Arawasi Magazine for the review sample
Review Copyright © 2007 by Rodger Kelly
This Page Created on 20 July, 2007
Last updated 24 December, 2007
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