|Arawasi International Magazine
Pages: 50 PLUS pull-out supplement with 1/48 scale drawings
Photos: 69 b/w // 28 colour
Colour Artwork: 14 // Ilustrations: 19
Price: $US 12.00 (postage included)
-ON CLOSER INSPECTION: Yokosuka K5Y1 (Willow) - This issue's main feature provides exhaustive coverage of the landplane version of the Imperial Japanese Naval Air Force's mainstay biplane trainer. By marrying veteran pilot reminiscences and extracts from the type's original operating manual with photographs and illustrations to the high standards you have come to expect from Arawasi International, we virtually place you-as far as print media will allow-in the front seat. A section on the type's official painting guide also serves as the next coat in our colours coverage. As if that were not enough, as an added bonus illustrator Zygmunt Szeremeta has produced some superb 1/48 scale drawings.
Text: Editors / Colour Illustrations: Zygmunt Szeremeta / Sketches: Ro Annis
-The Riddle of the Guns, Part 1- Making use of easy to understand tabular information as well as drawings, we help readers unravel the confusion surrounding the various type designations and corresponding armament configurations of the Imperial Japanese Army Air Force's Kawasaki Ki-45 Toryu fighter.
Text: Nick Millman / Illustrations: Mark Rolfe
-An Insight into the Captains of Industry: The Kawanishi Aircraft Company - While much of Arawasi Internationalfs content focuses on aircraft and the men that flew them, this article takes you down the corridors of Japan's aviation industry, a milieu that was not without its share of intrigue and battles for supremacy.
Text: Eleftheriou-Domoto Kiri
-Radical Racer: Kawanishi K-2 - Continuing the Kawanishi theme, this one-off racer dating from 1921 was the first Japanese aircraft designed from the outset in the pursuit of pure speed. The celebrated Japanese aviation artist and author Abe Shozo kindly gave permission for his three-view drawing to be the basis of that produced by one of Arawasi International's "resident" illustrators, Mark Rolfe.
Text: Editors / Illustration: Mark Rolfe
-Japanese Aircraft over Inner Mongolia, Part 2: Suiyuan Incident, November 1936 - The second and concluding account of the covert air operations conducted by eponymous units under the command of Kawaida Yoshimasu.
Text: James Boyd
-Project Only: Kawanishi J6K Jimpu - An outstanding series of must-see photos kindly supplied by Uetani Akio provides the basis for this the first in a regular series that will be devoted to the lesser-known projects from the annals of Japanese aviation.
Text: Mike Goodwin / Illustrations: Mark Rolfe
-Unit History: 73rd Sentai, IJAAF - The earlier homemade fanzine editions of Arawasi International included batches of IJAAF unit histories that were based on the seminal work of leading authority Don Thorpe. This issue embarks on an occasional series that looks at individual units and markings of both Japanese services in greater detail. Each of Mark Rolfe's signature profiles shares the page with supporting evidence from the roving lens of renowned wartime photographer Kikuchi Shunkichi.
Text: Paul Thompson / Illustrations: Mark Rolfe
-Of Heroic Tales and Heraldic Tails - Although the series covering unknown unit markings was billed as "occasional," for the second consecutive issue Yokokawa Yuichi provides an exclusive photograph, this time of a Mitsubishi Ki-51 Sonia.
Text: Editors / Illustration: Zygmunt Szeremeta
-When Mignet's "Flea Circus" Came to Japan - The Willow having been affectionately known in service as "red dragonfly," we continue the insect theme-started with "winged centipedes" in the fourth homemade issue and followed by "horseflies" in Arawasi International 8-with the fascinating tale of a "flea circus" that came to Japan in the 1930s. How a French aircraft designer who had once managed a poultry farm hatched plans, pooh-poohed by many, for his Pou du Ciel to bring the joys of flying to the masses.
Text: Yanagisawa Koji