- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Aero Publishers, Inc.; 1st edition (June 1977)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0816865876
- ISBN-13: 978-0816865871
- Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 7.3 x 0.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,538,358 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Japanese Naval Air Force Camouflage and Markings, World War II Paperback – June, 1977
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After a general introduction to JNAF structure and terminology, Thorpe discusses general JNAF schemes, general markings, unit markings and aircraft. He covers such topics as the four basic schemes, operational markings, victory markings, hinomaru application, fleet identifiers, command markings and so on. While much of this info is now common knowledge, it wasn't back in '77 when I bought my copy! Section four is the frosting on the cake - eight pages of color profiles on JNAF aircraft ranging from Zekes to Judys, Alfs to Tabbys, Irvings to Georges. A color chip chart is included in this section. The profiles look to be done in colored pencil.
So, while it's long in the tooth, Thorpe's book and the companion JAAF volume are still worth a look. If the artwork seems a bit dated, the wealth of photographs and information still rates a thumb's up. Recommended.
--All of the photos are black and white. This comes as no surprise, but the book would be greatly improved by more extensive use of color drawings and diagrams.
--The 16 pages of color illustrations are concentrated in a single section, requiring much flipping back and forth when reading elsewhere in the book. The handy color plate can be pulled out and held next to a photo, but dedicated color illustrations would be better.
--The Imperial Japanese Navy’s employment of aircraft camouflage is not well related to the Pacific War narrative. A great deal of the book’s information on the operational use of camouflage and markings is in the detailed photo captions, and a good working knowledge of the war is required to understand their significance. The Illustrations are chosen to show the camouflage schemes, not necessarily what IJN aircraft were painted at specific places and times over the course of the war.
--While it is apparent that the author carefully and extensively researched his subject, there are no citations or notes. The back cover describes the research methods used, but names none of the “historical societies…and government agencies” that contributed.Read more ›