: ...that the 'backstory' has nothing to do with
: the box art, which complaints center about
: the sinkings of various allied vessels. Nor
: did anyone of whom I'm aware mention the
: very numerous depictions of Japanese
: vessels; I mentioned Taiho but there are
: numerous others: Yamato , Musashi , Shoho
: , etc.
: If the 'backstory' actually meant something,
: any box art depicting--say-- Tone , which
: was involved in a massacre for which Sakonju
: went to the gallows, should warrant
: criticism. I haven't heard that; instead I
: hear about Wasp in flames with a placid
: I-19 steaming nearby--on the surface, no
: less--as though the submarine wouldn't have
: been turned into swiss cheese inside of 2
: minutes. It's about marketing and yes, it
: would be interesting to see a B-29 with a
: mushroom cloud below the bird. What's fair
: for the gander is sauce for the goose, or
: something like that.
: I've seen the box art presented as some
: tribute to glories past, this by virtue of
: having spoken with Japanese modelers--and
: IJN vets too, btw. I've also heard from
: more than one modeler his doubts about, say,
: Nanking: in short, I was told the massacre
: probably didn't happen or that, if it did,
: it was a minor affair. Nothing could be
: further from the truth, of course; it's
: quite well documented, obviously.
: This issue is something like diving on
: wrecks: as the years pass, it makes less
: difference to anyone. We dive and recover
: wrecks from Antiquity, for example. Should
: Man survive another 10 or 20 millennia
: (something I don't see as possible) it is
: entirely possible the wrecks we know of from
: the Second World War will also be fully
: salvaged, from virtually whatever depth.
: What I object to is people who speak of
: reverence and honor even as they plunder
: those same wrecks.
: As for the box art: I'd advise people to
: lighten up. It isn't all that important.
: Randy Stone