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Arawasi International


Extra 1


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Publisher and Title: Arawasi International Magazine - Extra 1
Media: English language quarterly magazine with 49 pages plus a soft cover of Japanese Aviation History
Price: USD$15.00 plus postage from Arawasi website. Subscriptions also available.
Review Type: First Read
Advantages: Excellent format; interesting variety of subject matter; well reproduced photographs, and impressive artwork.
Conclusion: If you have any interest in the history of Japanese aviation, then this is the magazine for you. The articles are well written and the included reference sources are ideal for further reading.

Reviewed by Rodger Kelly

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For the uninitiated, Arawasi International is a magazine type publication printed on a quarterly basis whose contents deal with the history of Japanese aviation from its birth until the end of the Pacific War (World War Two).  The magazine was first launched back in 2005 and the first five issues were “handmade”.  Arawasi International has moved on since then and the current issues are first rate indeed in both their content and their presentation.

Arawasi International Extra 1 is the first of a planned two issue revisit to the contents of the first five “handmade” editions and features selected articles from these back numbers with their contents receiving enhanced, updated and, where necessary, corrected material as well as a far greater number of images.

The contents of Extra 1 primarily deals with Imperial Japanese Army Air Force (IJAAF) subjects.


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The contents of the Extra 1 issue are as follows:

  • On Closer Inspection - The Kawasaki Ki-10 (Perry) – An in depth special research project that provides historical and technical details, paint schemes, cockpit illustrations and more; mostly culled from original vintage sources with some never-before-published photos.  By Mike Goodwin with illustrations by Ta.Gucci, and Saitoh Hisao
  • Type 97 Sen over Lion Rock and the Nine Dragons - The story of the Nakajima Ki-27 (Nate) in action over Hong Kong.  Text and illustrations by Nick Millman.
  • Heinkels over Japan, Part 1 – The first of a two-part article covering Heinkel aircraft imported into Japan.  By Peter Starkings with illustrations by Zygmunt Szeremeta
  • Propaganda Propellers - An introduction to the presentation aircraft of the IJAAF.  By Paul Thompson.
  • Soaring Falcons - Three pages of artwork and original photos of the Nakajima Ki-43 Hayabusa donated to the IJAAF by the Burmese government and others.  By the Editors of the Arawasi Magazine with illustrations by Zygmunt Szeremeta.
  • Chinese Puzzle - An attempt to unravel some of the mysteries surrounding the predominantly Japanese-equipped Nanking Nationalist Air Force. By the Editors of the Arawasi Magazine with illustrations by Zygmunt Szeremeta.
  • From Last Emperor to Stranded Passenger - The story of events leading up to the last emperor of Manchukuo's capture.  By Eleftheriou George.
  • Army Kamikaze Group Photo - You have seen the photo everywhere. The renowned aviation historian and researcher Henry Sakaida tells us the story behind the group of Kamikaze pilots in the photo.  By Henry Sakaida
  • Wewak: The Early Days – Part one of an article on  the significant IJAAF base.  Illustrated with wartime and current day images as well as simple maps – 10 pages in all.  By Richard Dunn with images by Justin Taylan of www.PacificWrecks.com and www.PacificGhosts.com fame.
  • Model Commentary – A two page article describing a 1/25th scale Kawasaki Ki-10-1 built by Tanaka Shichi.  Illustrated with seven full colour images.
  • On Location:  Bangkok, Thailand – a single page article by Eleftheriou describing his visit to Railway Hall of Fame to view the remnants of a Mitsubishi Ki-27 (Sally).  Five colour images are included with the article.

The magazine is A-4 in size and comprises 49 good quality pages glossy pages with staple binding.  It contains 48 colour illustrations and, 73 black and white ones.

First rate stuff if you are a fan of pre World War Two and World War Two Japanese aviation. 

Well and truly worth the price of admission.

Thanks to Arawasi Magazine for the review sample

Review Copyright 2010 by Rodger Kelly
This Page Created on 23 March, 2010
Last updated 23 March, 2010

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