IJA Aircraft Database 1/72, 1/48 and 1/32

Published: August 4th, 2014     
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Reviewed by: Mike Van Schoonhoven - IPMS# 41627
Company: Model Art
Other Publication Information: Special Issue, B5 size, Japanese text with some English text, color and black and white photos, 184 pgs.
Price: $23.63
Product / Stock #: 895
Product provided by: Model Art

Model Art Magazine is a monthly magazine that covers aircraft, armor, ships and car modeling. Model Art started releasing magazines in 1966 and has evolved from there over the past forty-six years.

This is a special issue released by Model Art covering plastic model aircraft of the IJA in scales 1/72, 1/48 and 1/32. The book is broken down into six sections. Fighters, Bombers and Assault Aircraft, Reconnaissance, Experimental and Planned, Trainers/Others and Foreign Made and Licensed product aircraft.

Each section includes photos of finished models, period photos, available kits, year released and a rating system for a lot of them. The ratings are from one to five stars and you find most of the older kits tend to have a lower rating, but this not always the case as some of the recent releases have some lower ratings.

The very last part of the article consists of ground support vehicles and personnel.

The rest of the magazine consists of hobby shop ads.

I highly recommend this to modelers that have an interest in IJA aircraft, as this will let you know if a particular kit is available.

Even though Model Art is mainly printed in Japanese, I still find it to be a very valuable resource. For those that are more technologically advanced there are apps that will translate Japanese to English. I use one of these and it really helps to understand the articles. I recommend Model Art to modelers as another publication that you can pull information from.

I would like to thank Model Art and IPMS/USA for the opportunity to review this magazine.

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