Tuesday 29 May 2018


Title: HIEN SHUFUKU NO KIROKU - Model II Kai Shisaku 17GoKi no Aratanaru Hakken ("Hien" Restoration Record - New Discoveries of the Model II Kai 17th Experimental Aircraft)
Published by: Model Art, April 2108 pb, in-print
Pages: 148, Size: 21X30cm, Photos: 400+ in color, about a dozen b/w
An extremely luxurious publication by Model Art I got in the Shizuoka Show. I can say without reservation it is one of the best publications ever on a Japanese aircraft considering the quality of the color photos, the incredibly detailed presentation and the quality of the publication itself (paper quality and overall lay-out). This is a publication that details the restoration efforts of Kawasaki to restore the Experimental "Hien" No.17, a Model II Kai. This first release focuses on the fuselage only while another one on the engine is to follow, (and probably a third on the landing gear and other details). The publication is all in color with hundreds of high-quality color photos (stopped counting at 250 in the middle of the book) detailing every nook and crany of the aircraft and the effort to restore it. Plus many CG illustrations showing various details, plus a multi-view detailed spread-out drawing in 1/48, plus photos of color chips placed next to remaining color and more. 
The whole publication looks a lot more like a motorbike restoration or build-up presentation than a simple plane book on the "Hien".
ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL if you want to seriously super detail your "Tony" or if you're building in big scales or for RC models. The only draw-back is that it's all in Japanese but the price of about $US20 is ridiculously low for such a beautiful publication.
A HUGE BRAVO to Model Art!!!
The book is available from our on-line store, HERE.

1 comment:

D. Chouinard said...

Just from the few pages that were posted, I can tell the book is amazing! Yes, i would call it "essential' as well.