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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"Simple kit"
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.

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  • 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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"A6M2 Zero"
skippykeesler (Edwardsville ILL)
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.

"TAMIYA, always reliable"
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.

"Good overall"
Dirtdiver06 (markdloggins@bellsouth.net)
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


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