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Mitsubishi G4M Betty


by Martin Ferkl






S u m m a r y

ISBN: 80-85957-09-4
Media and Contents: 76 pages plus soft cover; A4 size; high quality glossy paper; 33 colour profiles; 1/72 scale plans covering all models; colour photos on inside covers plus 112 historic photos.
Price: USD$23.97 from Squadron.com
Review Type: First Read
Advantages: Comprehensive photo and profile coverage of interesting subject in English
Recommendation: Recommended


Reviewed by Glen Porter

Mitsubishi G4M Betty book is available online from Squadron


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I have been very impressed with the issues of Revi magazine that I have seen to date. With superb artwork and very interesting subjects, it is only its relative difficult availability and Czech language text (with English supplement) that stops me from being a more regular reader.

The subject of this review, on the other hand, is entirely in English and, apart from a little "Czenglish", is both interesting and easy to read.

The G4M Betty is covered from its design introduction through to the end of the war, including every major battle it was involved in from the sinking of the Prince of Wales to the transportation of Japanese surrender negotiators to meet with McArthur.

Every page has at least two photos of the aircraft in all its forms, the personalities who flew them and the ships and places they attacked.

The highlight, however, is the artwork. 33 colour profiles covering all the variants including the "Okha" transports, the aircraft in whih Admiral Yamamoto was killed and one of the P-38 Lightnings that helped shoot him down. With incredible detail even showing the wear and tear on the paintwork, this is all the reference you will need to expertly paint and weather your Betty.

1/72 scale plans are provided loose inside the book. They cover the aircraft in great detail. 1/72 scale plans of the MXY7 Okha rocket-powered suicide plane in operational and training guises, and how it attached to the Betty.

There is also text and images of the aircraft which preceded the Betty (the G3M Nell) and those that were desined to replace it.

This book is so good in so many ways that I really am looking forward to seeing what other subjects they release.


Thanks to Squadron for the review sample.

Review Copyright 2003 by Glen Porter
This Page Created on 12 April, 2003
Last updated 24 August, 2003

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