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AJ Press Japanese Armour
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Posted: Monday, December 03, 2012 - 10:52 PM UTC
Matt Flegal reviews AJ Press'' new definitive publication on Japanese Armour.

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Posted: Tuesday, December 04, 2012 - 12:07 PM UTC
im a IJA armor fan and have this book as well as the other five books from AJ press.As Matt said books on IJA and IJN
armor very scarce and mostly in Japanese.One problem I have
found with all these books is some of the scale drawings are incorrect and appears they have been altered to fit the page ie the type 89 early suspension are incorrect (thanks TAKI)and the width of the type 5 heavy tank top profile is way off.Check the drawing against photo s for accuracy.Found out the hardway cut up a Fine Molds 89 to back date the suspension went from plans wrong as suspension is shorter on early models.Zitader make some nice early 89 turrets.
Been assembling plastic kits since 1959 its a disease or addiction but who cares.Nice review Matt thanks
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Posted: Tuesday, December 04, 2012 - 04:45 PM UTC
Nice review Matt. I have all 5 of the AJ Press Japanese Armor books plus this one. Book 4, 5, and this volume are still available from Airconnection. Guys will have to search the net for the first 3. I love IJA tanks, and the number of styrene models has increased tenfold over the last ten years, but original info, even reliable info, is hard to find. This camouflage book includes the translations of the original color descriptions but the color plate shades are not exact and I found it still difficult to nail down a specific paint color.
If you really are into IJA tanks, the perfect way to round out this arsenal of books is with the e-book "Japanese Armor Colors" reviewed here on Armorama - https://armorama.kitmaker.net/review/7915. Nick Millman provides extensive research, color chips, and FS numbers along with examples and history so we can finally pick correct colors.