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A6M2b Zero Aircraft

This is the 1/72 Scale A6M2b Zero Aircraft Plastic Model Kit by Airfix.

Airfix A6M2b Zero Aircraft Plastic Model Airplane Kit 1/72 Scale #01005
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Specifications :
  • Airfix Product Number: 01005
  • Skill Level 1
  • Length 126mm
  • Width 166mm
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"Very Serviceable Little Kit"
firekosc
This is a very competent little Zero kit. I think its closest competitor would be the Hasegawa or Tamiya one, however I have not built the Tamiya one so I won't discuss it further. As far as the Hasegawa kit, overall, I believe that the airfix kit is better. For one, it is cheaper. Additionally, this Zero comes with really nice cartograph decals, which have good color, conform to virtually all contours. I think that the Hasegawa kit has better surface detail, forgoing the well-known 'trench' panel lines that Airfix uses. The biggest benefit of this kit is the interior. From all the 1/72 Zero cockpit's that I saw, I think that airfix has managed to capture the best shape, especially in the sloping floor. I would even go so far as to say that this kit, besides MAYBE the FineMolds Zero, has the best off-the-shelf Zero cockpit in this scale. Overall, it's a good kit. It's cheap. I'd buy it again.

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Specs

  • Airfix Product Number: 01005
  • Skill Level 1
  • Length 126mm
  • Width 166mm

Includes

  • 47 parts

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"A bit fiddly, but worth it"
rlsundquist
The new range of Airfix kits are all detailed and rewarding builds, but they're also all a bit fiddly and tricky. The chief culprits on their new Zero are the landing gear hatches and the control column -- be sure you have some sharp side cutters or a razor saw handy when you're cutting the pieces from the sprues, as the attachment points tend to be very thick. Once you cross that hurdle (or not), you'll end up with a very decent replica of a Mitsubishi Zero, with a good clear canopy, plenty of detail in the cockpit and on the surface, and an excellent sheet of decals typical of Airfix quality. For the price -- about a third of the Tamiya version -- you can't go wrong.

 
"Amazing updated kit"
clunymike
First off, this is an updated kit. If you see photos of the model with the green and grey paint job and the number 34 under the wing, that's the old style. The new version is IJN grey all over with red and beige fuselage stripes. I've built four of these kits, and I've used it for a beginning model class. It has the perfect mix of value, quality and detail. The sprues on all of the kits I've done were very clean. There was minimal flash, and the pieces fit together beautifully. There was very little sanding or puttying required. The detail is about as good as you can get without adding photo etch parts. One neat thing about the kit is the variety of options. The kit provides parts for landing gear either up or down, wingtips extended or folded, etc. Unfortunately the canopy doesn't open, but if you're super duper careful, you can cut it to the open position with a sharp hobby knife. This is a great kit for beginners (I had an 8 year old build one in my class) or experts given its forgiving nature and loads of detail and potential.

 
"Very nice"
jclemente1980 (Coimbra, Portugal)
These new mould Airfix model kits are simply astonishing Everything fits, it almost doesn't need glue. The Zero was a great plane, even if it didn't had good armour... It was fast, agile, and no rival to the p-40, as it surpassed it without much effort. we have a nice view of the radial engine, good cockpit detail, landing gear wells... simply perfect

Markings

  • (A) Mitsubishi A6M2b Zero 3rd Air Group, 202nd Kokuta, Imperial Japanese Navy, Rabul, September 1942

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