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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"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

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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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"Decal Issues Ruined Build Enjoyment"
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.

"Great Plane to get back in the hobby world"
thecarrollfamily1417 (Louisville, Ky USA)
This model kit is great, about 10 or so real small pieces the rest are good sizes, you have the options to make it either a grounded or airborne plane. So don't get confused when you see the extra pieces, you have the option to have a open cockpit or closed, same for the landing gear. This was a great first project for me. I bought this with the intentions of making a realistic historical replica until I started to paint and glue everything together and boy did I have fun, understanding that this was my first project I was quick to notice that it would be close to impossible without making some mistakes along the way so I turned it into a more anime looking zero.

"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.


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

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