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Arawasi International




Issue No.8




S u m m a r y

Publisher and Title: Arawasi International Magazine - No.7
Media: Soft cover, A4 format magazine
Price: USD$10.00 or 8 Euros plus postage from Arawasi website. Subscriptions also available.
Review Type: First Read
Advantages: 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.
Recommendation: Highly Recommended

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.

Volume 8 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 the Nakajima KI-43-IIb Hayabusa (Peregrine Falcon) Oscar fighter that is on display at the Personal Courage Wing of the Museum of Flight which is co-located to Boeing Field.

The Magazine is an excellent compliment to Arawasi’s decal release for the Ki-51 Sonia, providing excellent reference data and colour schemes.

The magazines contents include:

  1. On Closer Inspection – Mitsubishi Ki-51 Sonia
    Good reference detail for the Sonia decal sheet.

  2. Hiro’s Farewell
    Kawanishi Type 91 H4H Flying Boat Series.

  3. Heavy Metal Leviathan
     Mitsubishi Ki-20 the Japanese Junkers G38.

  4. Tribute to an Envoy
    Gasuden TR-1 & TR-2.

  5. Young Japan
    Forgotten Symbol Pt.2.

  6. The Colours of Sally
    Five colour schemes for the Mitsubishi KI-21 Sally.

  7. Repelling Horseflies
    The Polikarpov I-16 fighter as encountered and evaluated by Imperial Japanese Army Air Force (IJAAF) pilots.

  8. Relic Rarities
    A detailed look at the tailcone of a Mitsubishi Zero-Sen Model 52.

  9. Contrails

  10. Murayama’s Sprues and News
    Details on kits decals and accessories for Japanese aircraft.

  11. On Location
    Photo shoot of the Nakajima KI-43-IIb Hayabusa (Peregrine Falcon) Oscar fighter that is on display at the Personal Courage Wing of the Museum of Flight.





Arawasi International is an excellent publication on the Japanese Aviation and one that I will certainly be chasing backorders for the early volumes.

Highly Recommended

Thanks to Arawasi Magazine for the review sample

Review Copyright 2007 by Mick Evans
This Page Created on 12 May, 2008
Last updated 12 May, 2008

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