Thursday, May 21, 2009
FLYING COLORS 3: SUPERB BOOK BY SHIGEO KOIKE, A MASTER OF KIT BOX ART
Even if you’re not familiar with the name, you’ve almost certainly seen Shigeo Koike’s work before, as his superb art has graced many a Hasegawa box-top.
In the world of aviation art, Shigeo Koike is recognized as one of the greats, with a master’s eye and feel for his subjects that go far beyond simply recording an accurate image. This is the third in his Flying Colors book series, and shows 60 aircraft from all periods in aviation history.
It’s a big hardback that measures 380 x 285 mm, a dust jacket plus a protective sleeve, with Japanese and English texts by Toshio Fujita and Scott T. Hards. It’s available from the excellent Hobby Link Japan (HLJ) here. The book’s not cheap at 6600 yen (£44.56 GBP) but for connoisseurs, it would make a satisfying addition to the library.