Kagero | Nakajima B5N Kate

Reviewed by Kevin Williams

Publisher: Kagero
Author(s): Dariusz Paduch
Publishing Date: 2022
ISBN: 978-83-66673-71-7 (Softcover)
Pages: 70+

This volume is obviously dedicated to the B5N Kate, and is the first book I've seen in quite a while that is so dedicated.

The artwork that is provided, is limited to several very nice color profiles of the Kate (a hallmark of Kagero books in general), as well as some splendid line drawings (black & white), including some plan and inverse plan views, and are certainly appreciated by this author.

Unfortunately, at this time, there are no injection molded kits of this aircraft available in 1:32 scale, but I'm hoping that will change, as it's truly an iconic and desirable machine, as well as most certainly being historically significant.

Photo/Illustration samples

As is clearly evident, the photos are generally quite acceptable.

For any and all fans of the venerable Kate, this volume seems to have a little of everything.


Coverage naturally includes one of the most infamous uses of the Kate, the attack on Pearl Harbor in December of 1941, therefore coverage, while naturally somewhat limited, is appropriately featured here.

On a scale of 1 to 10, I’d rate this book as a solid 10, no question about it. Covering, as it does, the varied uses and models (B5N1 and B5N2) of the aircraft, there's just bound to be a place for it in your library.

My review copy compliments of Casemate Publishers. Thanks a ton to Casemate, it's a truly excellent piece of reference work, and one that will surely fill the bill for any aviation enthusiast/modeler that has a passion for the iconic Japanese Kate torpedo plane.

© Kevin Williams 2022

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This review was published on Tuesday, May 17 2022; Last modified on Sunday, May 22 2022