First flying in April 1939, The Mitsubishi A6M Zero was a Japanese fighter aircraft developed by the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Company between 1939-1945. The Zero is considered to have been the most capable carrier-based fighter in the world when it was introduced in July 1940 , combining excellent maneuverability and very long range. The Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service also frequently used it as a land-based fighter.
As the Wehrmacht began its march across Europe in 1940, little attention was being given to developments in the Far East. Following years of re-arming and upgrading, the Japanese Navy could boast some of the most advanced naval aircraft in the world within its inventory, including the superb Mitsubishi A6M Zero. This long range Naval fighter would be at the forefront of Japans expansionist ambitions throughout the Second World War and in the early war years, proved to be unequalled in the Pacific region.
Possessing exceptional manoeuvrability, the Zero quickly earned a reputation as a dogfighter and Allied pilots quickly learned to avoid a slow, turning fight with this beautifully balanced aircraft. As the fighter aircraft to beat in the Pacific, American pilots soon developed tactics that avoided playing into the hands of the Zero and began to score victories. As newer fighters began to enter service, the A6M Zero began to show its weaknesses, which were a lack of armour protection for the pilot and no self-sealing fuel tanks in the wing. Using their "boom and zoom" hit and run tactics, the Americans finally began to get the measure of the feared Zero.
This kit represents the Mitsubishi A6M2 Zero in Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service late-war colours & includes the IJNAS decals.
This kit comes in moulded grey plastic. Construction & Painting is required
We recommend the use of Deluxe Plastic Kit Glue when building this kit
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