Mitsubishi A6M2b Zero 1:72

Mitsubishi A6M2b Zero 1:72

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Mitsubishi A6M2b Zero 1:72

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Item Code: A01005A

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When the Japanese Zero first entered service in 1940, it was without doubt the most advanced naval fighter in the world and quickly earned a reputation as a ruthless dogfighter. In early engagements, the Zero proved so effective that pilots were able to post an almost unbelievable victory ratio of 12 to 1 against their adversaries.

As the Wehrmacht began its march across Europe in 1940, little attention was being given to developments in the Far East. Following years of re-arming and upgrading, the Japanese Navy could boast some of the most advanced naval aircraft in the world within its inventory, including the superb Mitsubishi A6M Zero. This long range Naval fighter would be at the forefront of Japan’s expansionist ambitions throughout WWII and in the early war years, proved to be unequalled in the Pacific region.

Possessing exceptional manoeuvrability, the Zero quickly earned a reputation as a dogfighter and Allied pilots quickly learned to avoid a slow, turning fight with this beautifully balanced aircraft. As the fighter aircraft to beat in the Pacific, American pilots soon developed tactics that avoided playing into the hands of the Zero and began to score victories. As newer fighters began to enter service, the A6M Zero began to show its weaknesses, which were a lack of armour protection for the pilot and no self-sealing fuel tanks in the wing. Using their ‘boom and zoom’ hit and run tactics, the Americans finally began to get the measure of the feared Zero.

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y Technical Specification & Detail

Scale 1:72
Skill 1
Flying Hours 1
Number of Parts 47
Dimensions (mm) L126 x W166
Age Suitability 8+

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Does anyone have any advice on painting the pilot? There are no colours given in the instructions and I don't want to progress any further with the build until I know what I'm doing with the pilot.

Posted by Tom Winter on 14th Feb 2018

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sssss 5

Basic but good kit of the Zero in 1/72

Basic (it is series 1 after all) but still reasonably detailed kit from Airfix. Parts went together well with no obvious fit issues and minimal amounts of filler. Canopy is one piece so if you want to display the cockpit you'll need to cut it open. Just one decal option. Decals themselves went on without fuss. The Airfix Zero kit would make for a good beginner's kit, but will also satisfy someone looking for a decent kit of the Zero in 1/72

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Mitsubishi Zero

The best Airfix Zero to date- genuine joy to build. As other said, smidgeon of filler at wing root but other than that, absolutely falls together. Great starter for a young builder or a lovely kit for an experienced builder. Recommended

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Mitsubishi Zero

A beautiful kit, easy to build, lovely cockpit detail, excellent panel lines.. a joy!

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Humbrol Enamel paints for the kit's primary decal scheme.

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