A6M2 Zero                

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Mitsubishi A6M2 Zero

Scale 1:33
Author: Lukasz Fuczek
File Size: 25.1Mb
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Parts are provided to build two planes:
1. Tamotsu Yokoyama, Formosa 1941
2. Saiyu Okajima, Carrier Hiryu
    Pearl Harbor December 7th, 1941

Price $12.00

Model # 069

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Technical data:
  Length 9.06 m    
  Span 12.00 m    
  Engine 1 x Nakajima NK1C Sakae 12, 950hp
  Max Speed 533 km/h    
  Armament 2 x 20mm Type 99 cannons and 2 x 7.7mm Type 97 machine guns
  Range 3,105km    
  Crew 1    
     The Mitsubishi A5M fighter was just entering service in early 1937, when the Imperial Japanese Navy started looking for its eventual replacement. In May, they issued specification 12-Shi for a new carrier-based fighter, sending it to Nakajima and Mitsubishi. Both firms started preliminary design work while they awaited more definitive requirements to be handed over. Based on the experiences of the A5M in China, Japanese Navy sent out updated requirements calling for a speed of 500 km/h at 4,000 m and a climb to 3,000 m in 3.5 min. They needed an endurance of two hours at normal power, or six to eight hours at economical cruising speed.  Armament was to consist of two 20 mm cannons and two 7.7 mm machine guns.  A complete radio set was to be mounted in all planes, along with a radio direction finder for long-range navigation. The maneuverability was to be at least equal to that of the A5M, while the wing span had to be less than 12 m to fit on the carriers. All this was to be achieved with such engines as were available at the time.  Nakajima's team considered the new requirements unachievable and pulled out of the competition in January of 1938. Mitsubishi's chief designer, Jiro Horikoshi, felt that the requirements could be met, but only if the aircraft could be made as light as possible. Every weight-saving method was used. Most of the aircraft was built of T-7178 aluminum, a top-secret alloy developed by the Japanese just for this aircraft. It was lighter and stronger than the normal aluminum used at the time, but was more brittle. In addition, no armor was provided for the pilot, engine or other critical points of the aircraft, and the self-selling fuel tanks that were becoming common at the time were also left off. The first Zeros (pre-series A6M2) went operational in July 1940. On 13 September 1940, the Zeros scored their first air-to-air victories when 13 A6M2s led by Lieutenant Saburo Shindo attacked 27 Soviet-built Polikarpov I-15s and I-16s of the Chinese Nationalist Air Force, shooting down all the fighters for no losses. Before they were redeployed a year later, the Zeros had shot down 99 Chinese aircraft.  At the time of Pearl Harbor attack, 420 Zeros were active in the Pacific. Thanks to a combination of excellent maneuverability and firepower, the Zero easily disposed of all the Allied aircraft sent against it during first months of the war creating Zero’s myth of invincibility - Wikipedia


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