The Mitsubishi A6M5c Type 52 "Zero" was an upgraded version of the Zero fighter developed in an attempt to close the performance gap between the new American fighters such as the Hellcat and Corsair. The aircraft had a 15mph increase in top speed over the earlier version plus improvements in armor and armament. Over 6,000 of the Type 52 Zero were produced in the closing 2 years of the war when the aircraft was the Japanese Navy's primary fighter.
I've build at least 6 1/48 scale Hasegawa Zeros and they've all been great - good fit, easy to assemble, accurate, and well-detailed.
That is why I was absolutely shocked by the poor fit, terrible and inaccurate assembly instructions, and awful molded detail of this model in 1/32 scale. I had to look that the box several times to really convince myself this was a Hasegawa model. Even though the Tamiya versions are several times more expensive, I'd have to recommend them if you really want a satisfactory 1/32 Zero.
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