A6M5C Type 52 Zero Fighter

Total production of the Type 52 series consisted of 10,449 aircraft of which Nakajima produced 6,570. It first entered combat in August 1943 at a time when the Japanese forces were withdrawing from previously held islands in the South Pacific. The type 52c was the last of the A6M5 series, and the most effective against Allied aircraft due to its armament configuration three of 13mm machine guns and two 20mm cannons. A total of 93 Type 52 and 52b zeros were field modified to "c" weapons configuration. The 7.7mm machine guns, housed in the cowling of the Zero since its first introduction, proved to be less effective during the latter stages of the conflict, due to the heavier armor protection of allied aircraft, and their self sealing fuel tanks. The 13mm weapon was greatly more effective; however, due to its increased weight, only one of them could be housed in the cowling and one in each wing. The 7.7 machine guns were removed from the cowling and one 13mm gun was mounted on the right hand side. This installation also made necessary the enlarging of the right hand projectile exit and cowling tube input, of the cowling, giving it an unbalanced look when viewed from the top.

Tamiya A6M5C Type 52 Zero Fighter Plastic Model Airplane Kit 1/48 Scale #61027
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Specifications :
  • Scale: 1/48
  • Wingspan: 9" (22.9cm)
  • Fuselage Length: 7-1/2" (19cm)
  • Tamiya Product Number: 61027
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"A well made kit and pleasant built. Great value."
wyee (Virginia)
This is an older Tamiya kit with less of the details you'll find in more modern castings. But it's low price. Despite its age, it's still a solid kit with great fit. With some added scratch built details, you can have a fine looking display model. The instructions suggest potential addon's which are designed into the molding. For example, they the wing flaps have recessed spaces to cement in scratch built stringers. I modified the engine to have tube enclosures for the valve lift rods plus ignition cables for the spark plugs. Among other details, I also installed hydraulic brake lines for the wheels. The kit comes with 2 sets of canopies; A completed one for a closed canopy and a 3 piece set for an opened one. I built my open so you can see the details in the cockpit. The kit also comes with several figures. I ignored these.

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  • Scale: 1/48
  • Wingspan: 9" (22.9cm)
  • Fuselage Length: 7-1/2" (19cm)
  • Tamiya Product Number: 61027


1/48 A6M5C Type 52 Zero Fighter plastic model kit

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"Great model Zero!"
thecarrollfamily1417 (Louisville, Ky USA)
As always, Tamiya makes a great model. Good instructions, they include advanced detailing info. There are many good aftermarket detail kits for this model available. If you want a 1/48 Zero model, you will not be disappointed with this one. It is the best model zero at this price point.

"Another model from Tamiya recommend"
All put together very well, recommend taking your time on it, it came out beautifully....

"A6M5C Type 52 Zero tam61027"
semalevik (Russia)
For this money, very, very good set. Detailing very decent niche chassis very well elaborated. The motor is also good, with all the elements allow them to to refine.Glazing cockpit is excellent, there is a variant with an open cockpit.Decals are very good, too, the presence of the instrument panel. Fancy plating as an internal and external.Plastic of good quality.Decent detailing the exhaust system, guns, cockpit.Definitely can recommend both beginners and professionals. Assembling the model has left only pleasant experience, even wanted to repeat and build another option.I not had to use putty, glue only. Excellent connectivity details.


  • Decal Options:
  • 1: 332 Flying Group, Iwakuni Air Base, Sept 1944.
  • 2: 332 Flying Group, Naruo Air Base, Dec 1944.
  • 3: 316 Sqdn/252 Flying Group, Kokubo Air Base, May 1945.
  • 4: 303 Sqdn/203 Flying Group, CPO Tanimizu, Kagoshima AB, June 1945.
  • 5: 1 Sqdn/302 Flying Group, Atsugi AB, Aug 1945.
  • 6: 203 Flying Group, Ohmura AB, 1945.
  • 7: Genzan Flying Group, Genzan AB, 1945.

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