Title: Kawanishi N1K2-J Shiden
Kai Modellers Guide
Author: Peter Fearis
Publisher: Kaburaya Books
Price: $29.95 Canadian ($20 US)
This book claims to be a "modellers guide" and
that is exactly what it is! It offers a very good history
of the Rex and the George and is followed by excellent
detail information. This information is presented in
terms of text, line drawings, colour illustrations and
many colour photos. Mr. Fearis takes his photos from the
restoration of the George at the US Air Force Museum in
Dayton Ohio. It may not have as many photos as the Aero
Detail book but it has all that you need to build a model.
There is good cockpit interior stuff including the
location of the longerons and stringers and drawings of
the two different gun sights (Type 98 and Type 4).
There is a lot of painting information (including the engine) citing both colour names and FS numbers where applicable. Paint recommendations are made for several paint manufacturers and again, FS numbers are stated. Colour profiles for 12 aircraft are provided.
The author includes a list of available kits and 4 kit reviews as well as a list of after market accessories and decals.
I strongly recommend this book to anyone interested in building a model of the George. I was especially intrigued at 9 future titles listed: P1Y Ginga, Ki-100, Ki-45 Toryu, M6A Seiran, C6N Saiun, Ki-61 Hien, D4Y Suisei, N1K1 Kyofu and E8K Emily.
A note from author, Peter Fearis...
Due to my forth coming redundancy there may be a period of time when I will not be able to produce any copies of my books (hopefully not to long). If anyone is interested in a copy they can reach me at my e-mail address of
Thanks for your interest
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