Published on
March 14, 2021
Review Author(s)
Book Author(s)
Michael John Claringbould
Other Publication Information
Softcover, 9.84 X 6.93 inches, 103 pages, 6 B&W and 9 color photos and 82 color profiles
Provided by: Casemate UK - Website: Visit Site

The author spent his early years in the 1960s in New Guinea becoming fascinated with the many WWII aircraft wreck in the area. The book documents as accurately as possible the colors and markings of the various units in and around the Solomons and New Guinea in 1942-44. The book is broken down into 16 chapters along with an introduction, postscript, sources and acknowledgements, and index of names.

Each Sentai covered has its own chapter. Those discussed are the 1st Hiko Sentai, 11th Hiko Sentai, 13th Sentai, 24th Hiko Sentai, 33rd Hiko Sentai, 59th Hiko Sentai, 63rd Hiko Sentai, 68th Hiko Sentai, 77th Hiko Sentai, 78th Hiko Sentai and the 248th Hiko Sentai followed by a chapter on captured and restored aircraft during the war.

Each chapter has a brief history of the unit and aircraft used followed by a section describing the markings and colors used by the unit. The book is profusely illustrated with color profiles of each unit covered offering lots of inspiration and choices for the modeler, even captured test aircraft. Along with the many B&W photos are a few rare wartime and shortly post war color photos.

The book is well written and easy and enjoyable to read. The author is very knowledgeable on the subject and able to convey that knowledge to his readers. I can strongly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in the IJAAF, the war in the South Pacific and aviation history and as previously stated the modeler will find lots of inspiration and colorful schemes to build!

My thanks to Casemate for the review copy and my thanks to IPMS/USA for the review opportunity


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