Reviews - What do customers think about FIGHTERS OF THE JAPANESE ARMY 1939-1945: 1939-1945 (Air Collection)?
A very specific piece of work; indespensible to modelers May 5, 2008
Eduardo Cea's Book on units of Japanese Army Air Power in WW2 is good for anyone interested in learning about specific markings and paint jobs on several types of Japanese Planes. The histories are small and specific such as where the unit was formed, where it served, what planes it used and when, and when it was disbanded. My criticisms of this book are few but relevant. Being originally published in Spanish, I found myself wishing on a few occasions that the English translation was a bit better. Also (perhaps because I'm an American and used to such things) I found it odd that there was no table of contents and no index or other easy way to find information within the book without reading through it completely. This is somewhat mitigated by the specific nature of the book and the fact that its scope is relatively small, but at times when reading about a certain type of plane it was difficult and a bit tedious to find a picture of said plane. This book is a must-have for anyone doing models of WW2 Japanese Aircraft, and I personally hope to acquire all of Mr. Cea's books regardless of their small faults. This is not history so much in terms of people and stories and events, but is simply what units had what planes, and what those planes (and their markings)looked like. It's for people who probably already have some depth of knowledge on the subject and are looking for more complete visualizations to go with other readings. I envy Mr. Cea his depthful research ability and am pleased to own this indispensable modeling tool. I also hope to get his other books.
a really big disappointment! Nov 3, 2007
In addition to the criticisms voiced by other reviewers, I found this book to be a big disappointment because neither is the artwork entirely accurate. So it's not a worthwhile investment for the aircraft modeler either. What a shame! It will be a long time I suspect before another publisher will attempt to do the job this one set out to do, and did so badly. -- CDB
Only referential Oct 25, 2007
At a first glance is a very good book, it has very good illustrations and nice color artworks. Paper is very good quality and has a handy format. Nevertheless, the title name may induce you to confusion, because you will expect a book that gives you information about the Japanese Army Aircraft used in WWII, like technical data, three view drawings and a little history of its development. However, the book relates only about the Japanese Army Fighter Units (Sentais) tail markings. On the other hand, for serious researchers and historians, there is no bibliography, references, quotes or anything that inform you were the information has been taken. Apparently the book seems to be a mix (copy-paste) of two very good books: Peter Scott's "Emblems of the Risig Sun: Imperial Japanese Army Air Force Unit Markings 1935-1945" and Ikuhiko Hata's "Japanese Army Air Force Units and Their Aces 1931-1945". Finally, if you don't want to spend much money, it's a good referential book, especially for amateurs and enthusiast modelers. We have to wait the translation of the other Cea's work to find out if it improves in these regards.
not quite what I expected Oct 19, 2007
I was disappointed in this book. It's a translation from the Spanish, and printed in Spain, and the language barrier shows. There are lots of typos (the Nakajima Ki-43 is repeatedly referred to as the Type 91 Fighter) and words are broken in the middle of a syllable (lo-oked). Saburo Sakai is listed among Japanese army aces!
I appreciate that there is more than one way to romanize Japanese, but in English at least the modified Hepburn system is pretty standard. So it jars me to see koo instead of ku, hinumaru instead of hinomaru, and so on. Finally--and I appreciate that I'm not necessarily in the majority here--I don't like to see sentai translated as regiment. It may be an accurate translation, but it is a very misleading one, since a regiment or brigade is a major fighting unit, often 4,000 or 5,000 men, not the several hundred to be found in a sentai.
But most disappointing of all, the title is misleading. The book isn't about JAAF fighters at all, but about fighter sentais. Except for the color (important for modelers, to be sure) I would much rather refer to Izawa, Hata, and Shores's Japanese Army Air Force Units and Their Aces: 1931-1945.
Sorry to be so negative. If I were a modeler, I might like it better. The drawings and color seem to be excellent, so I'm only knocking it down by one star.
Blue skies! -- Dan Ford (author of Flying Tigers: Claire Chennault and His American Volunteers, 1941-1942)
Impressive Sep 11, 2007
This is an impressive soft cover book. It is well illustrated with side profiles and examples of tail markings etc.This is Volume I of a series and illustrates and describes Japanese Army fighters of World War II. The paper is good, the illustrations are fine and there is considerable written information, particularly histories of the various Sentais. I would expect that model enthusiasts would enjoy this book, but it would also appeal to readers interested in Japanese aircraft and history.The book was originally written and published in Spanish by Eduardo Cea. This edition is translated into very readable English by Sally-Ann Hopwood.