This issue is broken into four sections as follows.
Iraqi Report (pages 1-16)
This section is a colour photo report from Iraq 2003 and features a seven page walkaround of an M1A2 with some good details shown. Also shown are coalition vehicles such as a British Landrover, Italian vehicles and US HMMWVs for some interesting details.
Japanese Medium Tanks (1) (pages 17-95)
This large section covers the Japanese Medium Tanks of WWII with a brief views of early vehicles but predominately covers the Type 97 "Chi Ha" Medium tank. There are many wartime photos as well as some detailed close-up shots including the engine, added to this are line drawings of different components such as the suspension and engine.
There are 1/35th plans of the Type 97 early production and late production vehicles as well as the SHI-KI Command Tank, these plans are supplemented with four pages of colour profile drawings showing different cam schemes carried on the Type 97 for an overall good coverage of the Type 97.
RSO (pages 96-131)
The RSO is covered with many wartime photos of the vehicle with the early metal can and the later wooden cab with line drawings of the rear tray layout, the engine, suspension and can showing the driver's controls.
The late wooden cab version is also shown in a series of semi-close up detail shots that have many useful details while the RSO PaK40 75mm platform is also covered in a series of shots.
The final series of wartime action shots not only offer good details of the cam and loads but offer some great diorama potential.
LVT Series (6) (pages 132-145)
The sixth installment in the LVT series covers the future developments with photos of some of the prototypes of the AAAV series contenders.
Another excellent issue.
Available via mail order from Rainbow Ten in Japan.
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