Mitsubishi A6M5C Zero

This is a 1/72 Plastic A6M5c Zero Fighter Type 52c Model Kit from Academy Plastics. It's for ages 10 and up.

The Zero Fighter was the Imperial Japanese Navy's first single-seat and sinlge-engined shipboard fighter with the retractable undercarriage. It was the most produced type of Japanese aircraft during WWII. Towards the end of WWII many of the Zero fighters were converted for use as Kamikaze attack craft.

Academy Mitsubishi A6M5C Zero Plastic Model Airplane Kit 1/72 Scale #12493
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Specifications :
  • Scale: 1/72
  • Length: 5" (12.6cm) (approximately)
  • Width: 6" (15.1cm) (approximately)
  • Height: 1-1/2" (3.6cm) (approximately)
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Spotlight Review

"If it weren’t for the decals. . ."
This is a fun little build. For the price it has good detail. It has very nicely molded recessed panel lines and lots of molded detail in the cockpit. The fit isn’t bad, but watch out for the engine cowling, it will look super weird unless you get it to sit just right, which is a little bit of a challenge. Other than that there wasn’t much sanding or filling to do. Of course my perennial complaint is that Academy Decals are terrible. After everything else fails, you have to use extra thin glue for them to look halfway decent, but be careful because you can ruin everything very quickly with this method if you don’t get it just right.

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  • Plastic pieces attached to sprues and molded in light grey..
  • Modelers will enjoy the fine surface detail, such as bolt heads an metal seams, that decorate the exterior of the craft..
  • The cockpit is complete with a seat, controls, and gauges..
  • The detailed engine and propeller assemblies give the craft a ver life-like look..
  • Authentically modeled landing gear..
  • The plane is armed with machine guns that peek innocently from th edge of each wing..
  • Bombs and external fuel tanks are mounted on the bottom of th fuselage..
  • Clear plastic canopy..
  • Detailed pictorial instructions guide you through assembly..


  • Scale: 1/72
  • Length: 5" (12.6cm) (approximately)
  • Width: 6" (15.1cm) (approximately)
  • Height: 1-1/2" (3.6cm) (approximately)


One 1/72 Plastic A6M5c Zero Fighter Type 52c Model Kit

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"Nice kit"
Very happy with the result. Decent detail for this scale. Cowling placement is a little tricky. Recommend.


  • One Decal Sheet with Markings for Two Aircraft
  • 1: Naval Air Pilot 1/C Tanimizu 203rd FG. Kagoshima, June 1945
  • 2: 302nd FG. at Atsugi, July 1945
  • Airframe and Detail Colors
  • 1: IJN Green, Yellow, Light Gray
  • 2: IJN Green, Yellow, Light Gray


  • Keep small parts and sharp edges away from children..
  • Care should be taken when using tools and modeling knives..
  • Modeling paint should only be used by an adult in a well-ventilate area..

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