A6M3 Type 32 Zero Fighter

First flight was on 1 April 1939 and combat trials were concluded in July 1940 with 15 pre-production A6M2's sent to two squadrons by the end of the month. These aircraft had folding wing tips to accommodate aircraft carrier elevators, and were the ones first seen by Gen. Chennault in China, and at Pearl Harbor in December 1941. Although the A6M2 met or exceeded original design specifications, modifications were taking place at the Mitsubishi factory to improve roll rate, speed up handling aboard carriers, and utilize the uprated Sakae 21, 1,130 hp engine. The first A6M3 type 32 (code named HAMP) took to the air on 15 July 1941 with production beginning in April 42. A total of 343 aircraft were produced by August 43, when the type 52 A6M5 began production.

Tamiya A6M3 Type 32 Zero Fighter Plastic Model Airplane Kit 1/48 Scale #61025
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  • Tamiya Product Number: 61025
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"Great Tamiya Quality on a Classic"
If you're planning on building any WWII model planes, then the Zero Fighter is a must buy. It's a classic WWII plane along with the Mustangs and whatnot. Being a Tamiya kit, the fitting and molding is excellent. The few things that needed work can easily be sanded out with a few strokes of sandpaper. I definitely recommend this plane.

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  • Appx. 60 parts in light grey and clear with recessed panel lines.
  • Detailed 3-part Sakae engine, cowling, exhaust collector, landing gear.
  • Nakajima Sakae 21 radial engine; armed with (2) 7.7mm fuselage guns, (2) 20mm wing cannon; squared off wing tips for faster roll rate.


  • Tamiya Product Number: 61025


1/48 A6M3 Type 32 Zero Fighter plastic model kit

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"Great model for beginners"
thecarrollfamily1417 (Louisville, Ky USA)
This model is state of the art. It has stunning detail even with a full interior with engine and cockpit. Have done only a few models before and was easy to assemble. Good for modeler's who do not have lots and lots of experience recommend this personally note use multiple coats of paint for high quality. Did not take long to build only 1-2 days. Tamiya is a great brand and makes Revell look bad recommend to tap (add to list) before out of stock

"Minor issues"
This kit is okay and easy. However there are some part fitment issues. The greatest is the motor mounts, they do not go with the cauling properly and require a great deal of sanding to get the to fit. With that said, it makes mounting the motor and prop in correct alignment a bit tricky. Also, the gears take a bit extra to get proper aignment. Besides that, it's pretty straight forward. I suggest tamiya paint with it, although you will need extra on the side. I primed these but the paint still didn't sit well, required extra sanding to finish. I did 2 of these at one time and the one I did with flat white spray from Testors actually came out a bit better once clear coat was applied. The Tamiya spray didn't stick to well even with the primer. But, as said, use tamiya for everything else.

"Nice kit with good details."
davezz4 (Schaumburg, IL)
This is a nice kit with good details. Fit is very good and assembly is easy to follow.


  • Decal Options:
  • 1: 2nd Fighter Group, Buna, East of New Guinea, 1940.
  • 2: Tainan Fighter Group (1st), Buna, East of New Guinea, 1942-43.
  • Aircraft 1 & 2 Overall IJN Light Grey with Black cowl.
  • 3: 204 Fighter Group, Rabaul, 1943.
  • Overall IJN Lt Grey with IJN Dk Green mottled patches and black
  • cowl.
  • 4: Tainan Fighter Group (2nd), Tainan, 1944.
  • Top Surfaces: IJN Dark Green.
  • Bottom Surfaces: IJN Lt Grey.
  • Engine Cowl: Black.

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