Mitsubishi A6M2b Zero 1:72

Mitsubishi A6M2b Zero 1:72

$8.99

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Mitsubishi A6M2b Zero 1:72

$8.99

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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Great plane in all ways

This plane is a joy to paint and build in every possible way. The pilot is a little hard to get into the cockpit but after a little jiggling it goes in like a treat. Sometimes the propeller gets a bit annoying and doesn’t fit but, after a while it will always go in. This is a great kit I definitely recommend it.

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Zero

I built a variant of this kit, the A01005, which comes with another paint scheme but othewise is the same thing. Anyway, I didn't paint that nor this one, I did my own Akutan zero scheme. The built was easy and a real pleasure. Putty was used almost as testimonial only, almost nothing. Everything went smooth and maybe the only thing I didn't liked was the fragility of the landing gear. Anyway, this is a superb kit, as all the new tool Airfix kits I've seen.

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

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