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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4.8 10

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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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sssss 4

Nicely detailed model

Rewarding model to make with plenty of good detail. The undercarriage legs are fiddly and need some patience to get right. As already mentioned the propeller is a big problem. I spent a fair amount of time on it and in the end I had to glue it in a fixed position. This is the first time I can ever remember not having a spinning propeller on an Airfix kit. So only a mark of four stars.

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sssss 4

Good but with issues

A nice kit, sooo much better than the old version. Panel lines are nicely engraved, if perhaps a little deep. The option of building it with folded wingtips is a plus, also the way the inner gear doors are moulded with the actuators looks very effective. Nice interior, only needs seatbelts and painting to look good. On the downside the undercarriage locating points are very flimsy and difficult to get right. The Pitot tube is a butt mount, very strange on a modern kit. Also with the wings there are no machine gun ports, no wingtip landing lights, and no upper wing formation lights. The propellor shaft is very short and its a struggle to get a turning propellor. So I say its a nice Zero for the price, needs a bit of work but I've already bought a second one.... Read more

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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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