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on 17 May 2005
This is an interesting book simply because it approaches the subject of World War II Japanese aircraft from a different perspective.
Essentially the book is a collection of photographs taken at the end of hostilities and depicts the various abandoned aircraft that littered makeshift airfields across the Pacific. These aircraft are in many states of decay from totally wrecked, stripped for parts or simply abandoned where they stood.
The book covers a fairly comprehensive range of aircraft types but don't expect in depth information - the text and some modest statistical data won't offer anything new to the enthusiast but will help to guide the casual reader through the subject.
There are a lot of photographs, mostly large and all in black & white. One criticism I have concerns the print quality which I feel is lacking. I think the quality of the original photos is good but let down by the slightly poor contrast of the printing. Perhaps glossy paper would have helped? This is the main reason for dropping the fifth star from this review.
I think this book should be seen best as an accompaniment to other more detailed books on Japanese aircraft but as a casual read I did find it interesting and many of the photos were new to me. The book achieves what it sets out to do and deserves credit for filling a niche. Aircraft modellers may also find the views of weathering and damage useful.
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on 9 February 2014
Dear Stackpole.
I'm not buying any more of your books because the print quality is rubbish. Case in point: Meatballs and Dead Birds. Great book, fantastic, rare photos, commentary is a bit ordinary but I can deal with that. Printing is pathetic. Cheap, nasty paper is the main problem. THIS IS A PHOTO BOOK, YOU NEED GOOD PRINTING. Christ on a bike. Rant finished.
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