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Mushroom Model Magazine Special

Mitsubishi J2M Raiden

by Robert Peczkowski


S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number: Yellow Series No 6110 - Mitsubishi J2M Raiden
Media: Soft cover; B5 format; 80 pages plus covers
Price: USD$17.97 from Squadron.com
Review Type: First Read
Advantages: Sensible layout; helpful photos and line drawings; profiles; good value reference for this aircraft.
Recommendation: Recommended


Reviewed by Rodger Kelly

Mushroom's "J2M Raiden" Book is available online from Squadron.com


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The latest addition from Mushroom Model Publications (MMP) to their Yellow Series is No 6110, covering the Mitsubishi J2M Raiden.

The Mitsubishi J2M Raiden (whilst Raiden was the name the Japanese gave it, it was widely known by the Allies by its code name of Jack). The aircraft was designed against a Japanese Naval Air Force requirement for a high speed and fast rate of climb land based interceptor for employment in the defence of strategic positions a point defence fighter to defend against air attack from ground-attack and bomber aircraft.

The book follows the now familiar MMP format. The first few chapters provide a thorough coverage of the Raiden's developmental and technical history from the prototype stage, through the various models (J2M2 Model 11 to J2M6 Model 31) to the field modifications that were carried out during its operational life.

MMP is well known for its use of excellent, clear photographs and this book is no exception. It contains 57 black and white, and 73 full colour photographs. Some of the photographs will be familiar with ardent fans of the Imperial Japanese Naval Air Force but most are new or seldom used no mean feat on behalf of the publisher in collecting them! Clever use has been made of the colour photos (modern-day ones of the only remaining intact Raiden) by mixing them with wartime ones and technical drawings to illustrate details of the airframe in a walk-around type coverage.

The Raiden wore the standard "dark green over light grey" camouflage and this is well illustrated by 35 full colour profiles. Scattered amongst them are a couple of variations including the orange/yellow prototype, the natural metal finish example in U.S. markings as tested by the Technical Air Intelligence Unit South West Pacific Area and the Allied Technical Air Intelligence. I have included a couple of these with this review but if you want to see more MMP have put a few up on their website at:



The book itself has been printed in Poland. It is B5 in size-240x165 mm (the same size as the Osprey Aircraft of the Aces series) and comprises 80 pages printed on good quality glossy paper between cardboard covers.

If you have a couple of the excellent Hasegawa kits, or even the old (but still good Otaki ones) stashed away this is the best reference you are going to find to help you in creating your next masterpiece.


All Mushroom Model Publications books are available direct from the publishers, who now accept credit cards (Visa, MC, Amex, Switch)

North American distributors are Squadron/MMD, Australian distributors are Platypus Publications. In Europe, the books are available from any good bookshop (via our UK distributors, Orca). Contact MMP direct in case of difficulties.

Thanks to Roger at Mushroom Model Magazine  for the sample.

Review Copyright 2004 by Rodger Kelly
This Page Created on 12 May, 2004
Last updated 12 May, 2004

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