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Arawasi's "Eagle Eye Series" # 1 on the "Sonia"/"Ida" duo is now available and highly recommended (see side bar). Just a few years ago modellers could only dream about having this amount of in-depth, quality coverage of such types - and in English! An excellent choice of subject matter for this first edition and full of information and inspiration. The format is very good with a substantial text interspersed with well captioned photographs and colour profiles, contemporary colour art and detail sketches. There are also two modelling articles with colour photographs and fold out plans for both types with a wealth of detail.
Further to the subject of anodised aluminium finishes on the Claude, Bob Alford has very kindly shared these images of a genuine IJN "Bento box" style ration tray lid which he recovered from the crash site of Mitsubishi m/n 5414, tail code T-359 of Takao Ku, which was shot down over Darwin on 23 November 1942. Bob notes that there are also some images of the ration containers and their preparation on p. 106 of Model Art No. 655, Aviator Uniforms & Equipment of IJN.
The next few updates will concentrate on catching up on showcasing photographs of some very excellent Japanese aircraft models kindly sent in by correspondents and also on featuring some newly released kits of interest.
Image Credits: Book cover & pages © 2010 Arawasi (with permission); IJN ration tray lid courtesy Bob Alford.