|Arawasi International Magazine
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Photos: 58 (of which 9 in colour)
Colour Profiles: 25
Price: $US 12.00 (postage included)
-SPECIAL FEATURE: Nakajima Ki-49 Donryu (Helen) - Arawasi International sets about rectifying the lack of attention that has been paid to the sole Nakajima heavy bomber to see IJAAF service.
Whereas the aircraft itself proved to be a disappointment, we modestly believe that the mix of information and superb artwork, combined with both monochrome and colour photos, will more than meet requirements.
As an added bonus, Mike Goodwin supplies a few words of wisdom about the family of Nakajima engines that powered the dawdling Donryu.
Text: Peter Starkings / Illustrations: Mark Rolfe
-True Colours: Kariki 117 - To stir up interest in Japanese paints ahead of a series on Japanese military colour schemes, the Arawasi team was granted kind permission to publish a new translation of a unique article that first appeared on a Japanese Website in 2005.
Text: Watanabe Ryuichi
As a primer, managing editors Eleftheriou George and Eleftheriou-Domoto Kiri supply a general Japanese colour reference guide to help readers understand the Japanese perception of particular colours.
-(Re)Born Out of Necessity: Saiun Night Fighter - A must read for IJNAF fans, this article charts the efforts to convert the three-seat Saiun high-speed reconnaissance aircraft into a two-seat night fighter with obliquely mounted armament shoehorned into the vacated cockpit space.
Text: Martin Ferkl, Eleftheriou George / Illustration: Martin Novotny
-Japanese Fortresses, Made in the U.S.A. - Late 1944. A formation of three Boeing B-17 Flying Fortresses in hinomaru markings is photographed for posterity against the snow-capped peak of Mt. Fuji. This fascinating account includes the thoughts of the Japanese test pilots and engineers who evaluated this classic U.S. bomber type.
Text: Peter Starkings / Illustrations: Zygmunt Szeremeta & Mark Rolfe
-From Art Deco to Bauhaus - Again assisted by excellent photos and artwork, Arawasi International brings you a story within a story: How the elegant Nippon Kokusai TK-3 civil transport morphed into the functional Kokusai Ki-59 military utility.
Text: Mike Goodwin / Illustrations: Zygmunt Szeremeta
-Ro-Go Ko-Gata: Japan's Short Cut to Mass Production - How a British Royal Naval Air Service Short 184 seaplane-the type from which the first aerial torpedo was successfully dropped-served as the basis for the first operational naval aircraft to be mass produced in Japan.
Text: Paul Thompson / Illustrations: Mark Rolfe
-Wishing Upon a Star - The first in an occasional series devoted to Japanese unit insignia attempts to shed light on a particularly intriguing IJAAF example.
Text: Eleftheriou-Domoto Kiri / Illustrations: Zygmunt Szeremeta
-MURAYAMA'S SPRUES & NEWS - Murayama Hiroyuki, Arawasi International's resident expert on the plastic model trade, brings you the latest Japanese-related kit and after-market releases. Buying through this very Web site could help you obtain products that would not normally be available outside Japan . . .
-ON LOCATION -Last but not least, a report on the past and future of the Aichi D3A2 Val dive bomber displayed at the National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg, Texas.