The Need for Interceptors /Kawanishi Fighters /N1K1 Kyofu and J2M Raiden in Combat /N1K1-J Shiden in Combat /N1K2-J Shiden-Kai in Combat /Appendices /Colour Plates Commentary /Index
Though both plagued by mechanical problems and only built in small numbers because of the ongoing pressures of the war, the Raiden and Shiden both proved to be more than a match for Allied Fighters over the Pacific, and with the ongoing interest in Japanese aviation during World War 2, this is a perfectly timed release.
Yasuho Izawa is an ophthalmic optician whose past works include co-authoring Japanese Army Air Force Fighter Units and their Aces 1931-45, Japanese Naval Air Force Fighter Units and their Aces 1932-45 and Bloody Shambles Vols 1 and 2. He lives in Tokyo. Jim Laurier is a native of New England, growing up in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. He has been drawing since he could hold a pencil and throughout his life he has worked in many mediums creating artwork on a variety of subjects. He has worked on the Osprey Aviation list since 2000, and in that time he has produced some of the finest artwork seen in these volumes. Mark Postlethwaite was born in Leicestershire in 1964 and has developed a lifelong passion for aviation history. He first worked as a photographer before turning his attention solely to artwork, and is now highly regarded in his field for the quality and accuracy of his work. He became the youngest elected member of the Guild of Aviation Artists in 1991. Mark is a valued Osprey artist and has contributed to more than 80 of its books.