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A6M2 Type 21 Zero Fighter

In the summer of 1937 Japan started action against China and threw into the front a great number of the newest planes which Japan had created with their original ideas and technique. Concerning fighters in particular, Japan had abandoned biplane type which was counted as the common sense of the then world and already employed the Type 96 Carrier Fighter (96 Kansen) that Japan had produced on the basis of many pieces of new technique and ideas such as all-metal, internally braced low wing monoplane design and the engine cowling designed to reduce air resistance. 96 Kansens always successfully engaed with I-15 and I-16 fighters and SB-2 bombers of Russian make as well as Gladiator fighters of British make. The 96 Kansen appeared as a fighter having a speed as high as 450 km/h and superior maneuverability at the time when conventional fighters of Japan and other nations of the world had a maximum speed of 350 km/h, winning admiration in Japan and abroad. This overthrew the deepfooted view that foreign planes were superior to those of Japan. After the appearance of the 96 Kansen, the modernization of Japan's aircraft industry was rapidly promoted and original planes came to be born.

Tamiya A6M2 Type 21 Zero Fighter Plastic Model Airplane Kit 1/48 Scale #61016
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Specifications :
  • Scale: 1/48
  • Wingspan: 9-3/4" (25cm)
  • Fuselage Length: 7-1/2" (18.9cm)
  • Tamiya Product Number: 61016
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"great kit for beginners"
this kit was my first airplane. the detail is average. although it turned out looking terrible it was easy and I didn't have the problem of the canopy not fitting. plus its VERY cheap! if your like me I hang them on our ceiling so for realism I always put my landing gear in and this one went fairly nice. I did it when I was 11!

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  • Detailed 1/48th scale plastic kit for static display.
  • Single engine, single seat, Japanese Navy fighter.
  • Markings included for 4 different aircraft.
  • Appx. 50 parts in light grey and clear with recessed panel lines.
  • Detailed Sakae engine and cowling, wheel wells and main landing gear.
  • Cockpit detail: seat, cockpit tub, rear bulkhead, sidewalls, and decal for instrument faces.


  • Scale: 1/48
  • Wingspan: 9-3/4" (25cm)
  • Fuselage Length: 7-1/2" (18.9cm)
  • Tamiya Product Number: 61016


1/48 A6M2 Type 21 Zero Fighter plastic model kit

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"Bought Two"
I bought two kits to model my favorite versions and this kit is so inexpensive it is like buy one, get one free. Most Tamiya kits are more pricey so I was surprised to get these two at that price. I have seen clones of this plane at airshows but never an actual true Zero. They are out there but I would have to travel far to see them and one day I will! As in other reviews, the cockpit does not fit well, something my close up photos show glaringly but not so noticeable at my display of them. I used the pilot but not the standing guy, out of place for my needs. This is a very adequate kit for my skill level.

"Excellent Kit"
What a joy to build! This kit has few if any fit problems, and mould lines are almost nonexistant, and not bothersome when they show themselves. My one and only complaint is the lack of engine detail, but this can be easily fixed with some inspiration! A great short build; I don't think I'll ever lose faith in Tamiya products!

"It's passable"
The Tamiya 1/48 A6M2 is a serviceable kit. If it cost any more than it does, I wouldnt advise anyone to buy it- it kind of amazes me that Tamiya hasnt retooled it, to be honest. It could certainly use it. The fit all over is simply alright. It isnt terrible, there are some problematic spots, but overall, its fine. The only major problem I had was at the landing gear connection point. I dont know if this was my fault or the kits, but the connection here was rough. Worst, after I had already super glued everything in place, I found out one leg was two millimeters longer than the other. Much expletive ensued, and I had to rip it out, cut it down, and but join it. I dont know for a fact is that was my fault, (from paint buildup or similar) or the kits fault, but it was very upsetting. An important thing to note, should you like washes- this kit is a strange hybrid of raised and recessed details. The major panels on the wings are recessed- while the minor ones are raised. All other panels are also raised. The greatest problem, as usual, was the decals. The typical tamiya decal complaints hold. Too thick, impossible to get off backing, doesnt conform, wrong shape, cracks easily, doesnt stick, etcetera etcetera. If you want a zero in this scale, this is a passable kit. If the price every goes up, though, I wouldnt advise it. If you ever have to pay more than 15 bucks for this kit, just get a hasegawa one.


  • Single sheet of decals contains aircraft code letters, serial numbers
  • national insignia, stencils, and cockpit instruments for five
  • aircraft

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