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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 Mick Evans
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This publication is in soft
cover and is a full colour glossy publication in standard A4 format.
The name Arawasi (Wild Eagles) was originally the nickname given by the
Japanese press to pilots of any nationality who demonstrated bravery in
combat or exceptional skill. By the start of WWII the moniker had come
to be reserved for Japanese pilots only.
Arawasi international is a
quarterly magazine containing data and stories about Japanese aircraft
and the history of Japanese aviation. From viewing the Arawasi website
Volume 7 is the second magazine professionally published. Volumes 1 to
5 were published in what the Arawasi team term as homemade editions.
But viewing the few pages visible from volumes 1 to 5 on the web site
these appear to be of a high quality, but the issue 7 is printed on very
high quality glossy paper.
Volume 7 contains some very
interesting stories and certainly is a wealth of reference material for
any person interested in or building Japanese aircraft. This volume
contains 50 pages with many photographs. The quality of the photographs
sometimes is a bit grainy depending on the era that the photographs were
taken, and from my experience this is typical of many early photographs
of Japanese aircraft, good quality WWII and pre WWII Japanese aircraft
photographs are hard to find. There is also a sprinkling of
advertisements throughout the magazine and these are mainly focussed on
Japanese Aviation products.
The magazine ends with a photo
shoot of harden WWII aircraft shelters on the small Japanese home island
of Shikoko. These shelters are not unlike some of those used by NATO
during the cold war.
The magazines contents include;
1. Photo Album
Mitsubishi F1M Pete
Good detail from the Pete
2. Vintage Art
Painting of a flight of
Mitsubishi G3M Nell bombers
3. Young Japan
Forgotten Symbol of Pioneer era Pt1
A story that charts the
course of two intrepid Japanese aviators one of whom had just gained his
licence and undertook a flight from Tokyo to Rome in 1931.
4. Trophy Avenger
Photographs of a captured
Grumman Avenger on display.
5. Tried and Tested Pt1
A history of the Yokosuka
Naval Air Arsenal (1932-1939).
6. Hansa Teutonic
A story of the Hansa
Brandenburg W.29 in Japanese service.
7. From American Acorn
to Japanese Oak
The story of the Kyushu
K10W1 Oak wich was based on the North American BT-9.
8. Hurricane Sam Pt4
Technical story of the
development of the Mitsubishi A7M Reppu (Hurricane) Sam.
9. The Notable Nozawa
Mike Goodwin traces the the
history of a unique Japanese light aircraft. A spirited performer that
was destined to be overtaken by political events.
10. From Japan to
Manchuria By Air
12. For your Bookshelf
13. On Location
Photo shoot of harden WWII
aircraft shelters on the small Japanese home island of Shikoko
This is an excellent publication
on Japanese Aviation and one that I will certainly be backordering the
Thanks to Arawasi Magazine for the review sample
Review Copyright © 2007 by Mick Evans
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Last updated 24 December, 2007
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