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New Review: Japanese Fighters w/Decal Sheet


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James Kelley
Kagero Publishing

Kagero Publishing is widely known in scale modeling circles as producers of reference books that often come with a bonus decal sheet. That all started in 2001, with their immediately successful "Camouflage & Decals" series. Apparently, they had technical issues surrounding the decal sheets so the series was, unfortunately, short-lived.

"Japanese Fighters" brings the series back to us. Consisting of 40 pages, this A4-sized book starts on page one describing the history of the series, and where the company hopes to go with it. Also on the same page is a chart of colors the Japanese used in WWII, complete with the correct Japanese names for them. All text is in English and Polish.

After the first page, the rest of the book consists of color profiles with a brief description or history of the specific plane. The profiles are lavish and gorgeous. Several artists contributed profiles to this book, and their work is truly amazing. The aircraft profiles in the book include:

  • Ki-43
  • Ki-44
  • Ki-61
  • Ki-84
  • Ki-100
  • Mitsubishi J2M3
  • Mitsubishi Ki-46
  • Kawanishi N1K2
  • A6M2
  • A6M5
  • A5M4

The decal sheet includes Hinomarus in both 1/72 & 1/48 scales, along with a sampling of cherry blossom kill markings. Most of them are plain, but a few have the white surround. All appear to be in perfect register. There are 26 Hinomarus in each scale.

This book is a great reference, and an even greater source of inspiration to the modeler. The artwork alone is worth the price of admission, plus you get a sheet of stickers! My thanks to Casemate Publishing & IPMS/USA for the review sample.

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