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A6M2 Type 21 Zero Fighter Plastic Model Airplane Kit 1/48 Scale
Product Number: TAM61016
Manufacturer: Tamiya
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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.

Product Features
  • 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.
Product Specifications
  • Scale: 1/48
  • Wingspan: 9-3/4" (25cm)
  • Fuselage Length: 7-1/2" (18.9cm)
  • Tamiya Product Number: 61016
What's Included

1/48 A6M2 Type 21 Zero Fighter plastic model kit

Required
  • Assembly
  • Modeling Knife (tes50627c)
  • Paint
  • Paint Brushes
  • Sandpaper (tes8802)
  • Liquid Plastic Cement (tes3502)
  • White Glue (hcahcay8500)
  • CA (hlc107) or Tube Type (thick) Plastic Cement (tes3501)
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Product Markings
  • Single sheet of decals contains aircraft code letters, serial numbers
  • national insignia, stencils, and cockpit instruments for five
  • aircraft
Most Helpful Reviews
Nice weekend project
By omartoure1 December 18, 2012
This is the first model I have built in over 20 years, so it was a good way to get back into it. Not the best fitting pieces, but for a little over $11, was well worth it.
Was this review helpful to you? 7 of 8 people found this review helpful
Decent
By bsmith14843 November 20, 2012
For 11 Dollars it fills the purpose, I don't think I'll ever re-purchase this model again considering the amount of time I've spent on it. I like the intentions behind it but I feel as if it could have been done better, the wings were hard to seal off, and the probe wouldn't fit into the left wing.
Was this review helpful to you? 7 of 7 people found this review helpful
CLOSED CANOPY PROBLEM
By nylonval October 28, 2012
I SPENT ABOUT 12 HOURS PUTTING TOGETHER THIS NIMBLE FIGHTER TO ADD TO MY WARBIRD COLLECTION. MOST OF THE PARTS FIT WELL EXCEPT FOR THE CANOPY. YOU ARE GIVEN THE CHOICE OF USING A CLOSED OR OPEN CANOPY & SINCE MY ZERO WOULD BE IN FLIGHT I CHOSE THE CLOSED VERSION WHICH HAD A SLIGHT DEFECT;IT WAS TOO WIDE! I TRIED HEATING IT TO NO AVAIL SO I JUST HAD TO USE A FILLER WHERE IT ATTACHED TO THE MAIN FRAME BUT THE GAP IS STILL PRESENT UNFORTUNATELY...OTHERWISE THIS KIT IS EASY & FUN TO BUILD !
Was this review helpful to you? 6 of 6 people found this review helpful
Good overall
By Dirtdiver06 January 10, 2013
Pretty good model for the price. I had similar experiences as the previous reviewers. It took a lot of work to get the wings and body matched up with no gap and several pieces had to be finessed in order to get a proper fit. I also found the decals to be overly brittle and easy to damage when positioning, but if you're careful it's no big deal. All of that said, it was still an overall good kit for the money and was enjoyable to build
Was this review helpful to you? 4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Back to Basics
By johncpo41 September 17, 2013
This is an excellent kit to remind someone that simple can be fun! I have built many complex kits and it helps to remind oneself that an easy kit once and a while can be better. The parts went together well with the help of several small clamps that are used to clip papers together. Painting was done after the main parts were assembled with the wings attached and the fuel tank halves put together and glued to the under body. I used all craft type acrylic paints to airbrush my aircraft models thinned with blue tinted windshield wiper fluid to about 50/50. This combination works wonders and I referred to the box art for the right color grey for the early version. I have two other kits of the Zeke, one already completed and painted the late war green and one of the floatplane version which is still in the box. The three will make a great representation of airpower. I could find nothing significant that was negative about the kit and with about 50 years of experience with models I enjoyed the building of this and the last Zeke. No further information was needed prior to purchase knowing the quality of Tamiya kits.
Was this review helpful to you? 3 of 3 people found this review helpful
A6M2 Zero
By skippykeesler August 12, 2013
I enjoyed building this kit. I really found no serious construction issues,and I thought the fit was pretty good. I spent more time painting and finishing the model than I did building it. It was painted with Testors Model Master paints and weathered with pastels. Overall a very enjoyable build.I did not seem to have any problems with the decals,as others have said.I would recommend this kit,espically for the price and it being a Tamiya kit.
Was this review helpful to you? 3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Decal Issues Ruined Build Enjoyment
By 51c4r1u5d0m1nu5 February 8, 2014
Didnt have any real issues with this models construction, wings took a bit of wrangling, but nothing too hard to handle. That is, until I started to apply the decals, they became extremely brittle and next to impossible to apply without damaging the decal in some way, I dont know if this is specific to the model, or the manufacturer (as this is my first Tamiya build), left all of the small decals off after having so many issues with the larger ones, some what ruined what was that far an enjoyable build.
Was this review helpful to you? 2 of 2 people found this review helpful
TAMIYA, always reliable
By mcgoldrickkelly March 7, 2014
This was a very simple construction, and AGAIN, Tamiya did not dissappoint! Instructions were clear and concise and the model eased together wonderfully. Only issue were the decals. I had some problems so i used the extras from my Tamiya Hayate Frank for the 21 Zero. So, once i upload my pics, u will see that the decals are primarily from the Frank. But, otherwise, I thoroughly enjoyed this model. I went with the all white construction with black cowling, as I already made a different Zero type in green.
Was this review helpful to you? 2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Simple kit
By kalarand March 22, 2014
This is a simple kit and can be built pretty quickly. Another way to say this is there isn't very much detail. The parts mostly fit together well - the major exception is the fit between the wings and the fuselage on the top - it is a bit loose and the gap is large enough to need putty. I used the Tamiya spray paint and brush-applied acrylics to finish the model. I found that a couple of the decals came off when they dried - I wet them again and put them back on. The instructions were clear. I do wish that Hobbylinc's product description for each kit included the list of paints required. Who knows, Hobbylinc might sell more paint. From my perspective it is much better to buy any paints I don't have with the kit rather than discovering later on that I'm missing something and have to order it then and wait to receive it.
Was this review helpful to you? 2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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Customers Reviews
Simple kit
By kalarand March 22, 2014
This is a simple kit and can be built pretty quickly. Another way to say this is there isn't very much detail. The parts mostly fit together well - the major exception is the fit between the wings and the fuselage on the top - it is a bit loose and the gap is large enough to need putty. I used the Tamiya spray paint and brush-applied acrylics to finish the model. I found that a couple of the decals came off when they dried - I wet them again and put them back on. The instructions were clear. I do wish that Hobbylinc's product description for each kit included the list of paints required. Who knows, Hobbylinc might sell more paint. From my perspective it is much better to buy any paints I don't have with the kit rather than discovering later on that I'm missing something and have to order it then and wait to receive it.
Was this review helpful to you? 2 of 2 people found this review helpful
TAMIYA, always reliable
By mcgoldrickkelly March 7, 2014
This was a very simple construction, and AGAIN, Tamiya did not dissappoint! Instructions were clear and concise and the model eased together wonderfully. Only issue were the decals. I had some problems so i used the extras from my Tamiya Hayate Frank for the 21 Zero. So, once i upload my pics, u will see that the decals are primarily from the Frank. But, otherwise, I thoroughly enjoyed this model. I went with the all white construction with black cowling, as I already made a different Zero type in green.
Was this review helpful to you? 2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Decal Issues Ruined Build Enjoyment
By 51c4r1u5d0m1nu5 February 8, 2014
Didnt have any real issues with this models construction, wings took a bit of wrangling, but nothing too hard to handle. That is, until I started to apply the decals, they became extremely brittle and next to impossible to apply without damaging the decal in some way, I dont know if this is specific to the model, or the manufacturer (as this is my first Tamiya build), left all of the small decals off after having so many issues with the larger ones, some what ruined what was that far an enjoyable build.
Was this review helpful to you? 2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Back to Basics
By johncpo41 September 17, 2013
This is an excellent kit to remind someone that simple can be fun! I have built many complex kits and it helps to remind oneself that an easy kit once and a while can be better. The parts went together well with the help of several small clamps that are used to clip papers together. Painting was done after the main parts were assembled with the wings attached and the fuel tank halves put together and glued to the under body. I used all craft type acrylic paints to airbrush my aircraft models thinned with blue tinted windshield wiper fluid to about 50/50. This combination works wonders and I referred to the box art for the right color grey for the early version. I have two other kits of the Zeke, one already completed and painted the late war green and one of the floatplane version which is still in the box. The three will make a great representation of airpower. I could find nothing significant that was negative about the kit and with about 50 years of experience with models I enjoyed the building of this and the last Zeke. No further information was needed prior to purchase knowing the quality of Tamiya kits.
Was this review helpful to you? 3 of 3 people found this review helpful
A6M2 Zero
By skippykeesler August 12, 2013
I enjoyed building this kit. I really found no serious construction issues,and I thought the fit was pretty good. I spent more time painting and finishing the model than I did building it. It was painted with Testors Model Master paints and weathered with pastels. Overall a very enjoyable build.I did not seem to have any problems with the decals,as others have said.I would recommend this kit,espically for the price and it being a Tamiya kit.
Was this review helpful to you? 3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Good overall
By Dirtdiver06 January 10, 2013
Pretty good model for the price. I had similar experiences as the previous reviewers. It took a lot of work to get the wings and body matched up with no gap and several pieces had to be finessed in order to get a proper fit. I also found the decals to be overly brittle and easy to damage when positioning, but if you're careful it's no big deal. All of that said, it was still an overall good kit for the money and was enjoyable to build
Was this review helpful to you? 4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Nice weekend project
By omartoure1 December 18, 2012
This is the first model I have built in over 20 years, so it was a good way to get back into it. Not the best fitting pieces, but for a little over $11, was well worth it.
Was this review helpful to you? 7 of 8 people found this review helpful
Decent
By bsmith14843 November 20, 2012
For 11 Dollars it fills the purpose, I don't think I'll ever re-purchase this model again considering the amount of time I've spent on it. I like the intentions behind it but I feel as if it could have been done better, the wings were hard to seal off, and the probe wouldn't fit into the left wing.
Was this review helpful to you? 7 of 7 people found this review helpful
CLOSED CANOPY PROBLEM
By nylonval October 28, 2012
I SPENT ABOUT 12 HOURS PUTTING TOGETHER THIS NIMBLE FIGHTER TO ADD TO MY WARBIRD COLLECTION. MOST OF THE PARTS FIT WELL EXCEPT FOR THE CANOPY. YOU ARE GIVEN THE CHOICE OF USING A CLOSED OR OPEN CANOPY & SINCE MY ZERO WOULD BE IN FLIGHT I CHOSE THE CLOSED VERSION WHICH HAD A SLIGHT DEFECT;IT WAS TOO WIDE! I TRIED HEATING IT TO NO AVAIL SO I JUST HAD TO USE A FILLER WHERE IT ATTACHED TO THE MAIN FRAME BUT THE GAP IS STILL PRESENT UNFORTUNATELY...OTHERWISE THIS KIT IS EASY & FUN TO BUILD !
Was this review helpful to you? 6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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