Kagero | A6M Reisen Zeke Vol. III
Reviewed by Kevin Williams
Author: Dariusz Paduch
Publishing date: 2022
For me, the Monograph series books from Kagero, represent great value for money, featuring great archive imagery from WWII regarding the chosen subject, many of which I’ve never seen before (and that’s saying something, as I have a ton of Zero stuff). Also included in every book, are several marvelous (color) profile illustrations of chosen and representative subjects, and this book is certainly no exception.
Volume III, naturally enough, follows on the heels of Vol.I and Vol.II, both excellent books in their own right, and a great companion volume it is.
Volume III primarily covers the A6M5, and derivatives. Photos throughout are, for the most part, quite excellent. One of the highlights (at least to me), are the many very detailed drawings of the air-frames and their subtle differences, one from the other. Featured drawings include profiles, plan views and inverse plan views, as well as some details that the average reader will most likely enjoy. The Monograph volumes typically do not have additional decals, masks or photo-etched parts included, a shame, as that would make for a great additional selling point, not that this series necessarily needs them.
Typical Photo/Illustration Examples
To me, the high point of the Monograph volumes (and this volume is certainly no exception), is a toss up between the great photographs and the splendid drawings/illustrations.
For me to loudly proclaim that these books are a desirable addition to the aviation library, is nothing more than an honest appraisal of what I feel is the great value these books bring to the table.
On a scale of 1 to 10, I’d rate this volume as a solid 10, no question about it.
My review copies compliments of Casemate Publishers. Thanks a ton to Casemate, it's a truly awesome pieces of reference work (as are the majority of the Monograph series), and a book that will surely fill the bill for any WWII aviation enthusiast/modeler that has a passion for the venerable Zero, and it's impact on air combat capabilities during the WWII time-frame.
© Kevin Williams 2022
This review was published on Tuesday, May 31 2022; Last modified on Saturday, June 04 2022