Model Art - Air Model Special No. 04: Imperial Japanese Navy Interceptors
This is one of Model Art Modeling Magazine special editions. The text is mainly in Japanese with some English subtitles throughout. One feature of these magazines is the high quality of the photographs and the models.
Model Art has done it again. Back in April 2013 they released "Air War Over Vietnam U.S. Navy Aircraft Part 1". This is the third followup and they have made some changes to the layout from the excellent first issue.
The magazine is laid out in several sections. The sections consist of mostly Japanese writing, but there is some English captions and wonderful color photographs.
The first couple pages consist of new releases that will soon hit the market and a New Kit Selection article. It features three of Airfix's new tool kits, the 1/48 Gloster Javelin FAW.9/9R, 1/72 Gloster J-8A /Gladiator Mk. II and 1/72 Hawker Siddeley Harrier GR.1.
The main article is next. The article starts off with seven models and one 1/72 scale collection as examples of interceptors in the Japanese arsenal. The models used are as follows: Hasegawa 1/32 Kawanishi N1K2-J Shinden-Kai, Zoukei-Mura 1/32 Mitsubishi J2M3 Raiden, Zoukei-Mura 1/48 Kyushu J7W1 Shinden, Revell 1/32 Kawanishi N1K1-Ja Shiden, Tamiya 1/48 Kawanishi N1K1-Ja Shiden, Fine Molds 1/48 Mitsubishi A7M2 Reppu, and the Fine Molds 1/48 Mitsubishi J8M1 Shusui. Each model has some type of a build article, whether it is just showing the model under construction or a tip on how to improve the model.
The remaining parts of the main article consist of a written article (in Japanese) that has several B&W period photographs and fourteen pages of beautiful color drawings showing aircraft in different markings.
The remainder of the magazine consists of several short articles and ads. There is a part II of the New Kit Selection here. This part covers the Kitty Hawk 1/48 MiG-25 PD/PS Foxbat (includes a 1/48 line drawing pullout), Wolfpack 1/48 T-38A Talon, and the Minicraft 1/72 PBM-5A Mariner. There is also a very short article following the New Kit Selection about the "Mariner" that Consists of several period photos in B&W, one color photo, and three color plate drawings showing "Mariners" in different schemes (FS 35189 Blue / FS 36640 Gray, FS 36231 Dark Gray / FS 37875 Light Gray / FS 17875 Gloss White and FS 35042 Dark Blue / FS 35164 Medium Blue / FS 37875 Flat White).
Two small articles conclude the issue. One being titled "Small Guys", which features 1/144 scale models, and the last article is a photo report from an air show in Japan with some excellent color photos.
I realize that the text is mostly Japanese, but the pictures really help tell the story. For the technology advanced, there are translator programs that are available to help with the reading of the text. The biggest problem with these is the loss of translation. Overall I recommend this magazine to anyone that has an interest in Japanese interceptor aircraft.
I would like to thank Model Art Magazine and IPMS/USA for the opportunity to review this product.