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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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"A6M2 Zero"
skippykeesler (Wood River 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.

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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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"Interesting to build."
fbbrown (Fort Mohave, Arizona)
This was a fun model to build. It was smaller than I expected when I got it, but I still had fun building it. The only problem I could see upon completion was that the wing assembly where it meets the fuselage has a small gap that is hard to correct on both sides, probably a molding problem. Interesting history behind this plane.

"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.

"Back to Basics"
johncpo41 (www.hobbiesinabarn)
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.


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