The Mitsubishi A6M5 Zero was the Japanese Navy's main fighter throughout the Pacific Theater during WWII. In the latter half of the war, the model 52 Zero, a refined version of the model 22, aimed to take on the ever increasing numbers of high-performance U.S. aircraft. It featured a shorter 11m wingspan with rounded wingtips, was powered by the same 1130hp Nakajima "Sakae" engine as seen in the model 22 Zero, and had the new exhaust propulsion system which gave it a 565km/h top speed. The A6M5 came armed with two 7.7mm machine guns and 20mm belt-feed type cannons on each wing. Deployment of the A6M5 began in the autumn of 1943, and they saw action at the Solomon campaign as well as the Marianas. It fearlessly defended Japan against overwhelming numbers and superior U.S. aircraft up until the very last day of the war.
This is a 1/32 scale plastic assembly kit model of the A6M5 Zero Fighter model 52 Zeke which fought in the latter stages of WWII. Length: 285mm, Width: 344mm. The beautiful body line from the uniquely curved engine cowl to the wings is faithfully reproduced. In addition to the realistically reproduced fuselage, the Nakajima "Sakae" type 21 engine and the cockpit interior are rich in detail. The rudder, flaps, and the lower fuselage parts are all moveable. Choice of either open or closed cowl flaps and canopy. Included metal parts ensure a sharp finish for the 20mm cannons and pitot tube. Machine gun barrels have been pre-painted. Photo-etched parts depicting metal parts such as air intake mesh and seatbelts are included for greater realism. ?The kit comes with four kinds of decals including one all-new option as well as masking seals for the canopy. Two pilot figures in standing and seated positions are included. A display stand to depict the Zero "In-Flight" is included. Completed model can be stored in the special packaging.