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A6M2 Type 21 Zero Fighter -- Plastic Model Airplane Kit -- 1/48 Scale -- #61016

Tamiya A6M2 Type 21 Zero Fighter -- Plastic Model Airplane Kit -- 1/48 Scale -- #61016
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Product Description

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
Product Markings
  • Single sheet of decals contains aircraft code letters, serial numbers
  • national insignia, stencils, and cockpit instruments for five
  • aircraft
What's Included

1/48 A6M2 Type 21 Zero Fighter plastic model kit

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Product Rankings
Most Helpful Reviews view all
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? 8 of 9 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? 8 of 8 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? 7 of 7 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
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Product Tags
Scale : 1/48 Scale (1262)
Sector : Military (3046)
Country : Japanese (225)
Type : Fighter (1724)
Era : World War II (1058)
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