Wednesday, 30 September 2015


MODEL ART just released a brilliant brand new publication entitled "Nihon Riku-Kaigunki Dai Zukan" or "Imperial Japanese Army & Navy Airplanes Illustrated Book #1". It has 170 pages full of illustrations by the well-known duo of Sato Shigeo & Sato Kunihiko. The late Sato Shigeo (father) was a Navy veteran while Sato Kunihiko (son) is the illustrator and co-researcher and both have released the other Model Art title "Nihon Kaigun Kokutai Gunso To Sobi (MA #655)" (Aviator Uniforms and Equipment of the IJN)  (here) and are regualr contributors to Model Art monthly magazines.
The "Zukan #1" publication is a collection of these monthly magazine contributions and covers in great detail a wide variety of technical IJN & IJA aircraft subjects like cockpit and instruments, engine, wheels and wells, fuel tanks and a lot more. The aircraft types covered are a bit random (Zero, "Raiden", "Toryu", "Hien", "Seiran", "Renzan" among others), there is no English and there are few vintage photos but there are colour photos of surviving relics when possible and the illustrations are so finely detailed that makes this publication invaluable for modellers and aviation historians. 
Note that this one is not part of any series. The number is Model Art #927
Avialable from our on-line store HERE, together with other out and in print Model Arts.



D, Chouinard said...

Absolutely beautiful! Yes, the drawings alone are worth it, even if you can't read one character of Japanese.

David Brizzard said...

Yes, I agree. As I have always said, "one picture is worth a thousand words". That is a saying I read many years ago. Confucius ?