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Hasegawa 1/32 Mitsubishi A6M5c Zero

Kit No: 08884

Scale: 1/32

Type: Injection Moulded Plastic

Manufacturer: Hasegawa Amerang/Hobbico

The Mitsubishi A6M Zero was one of the most iconic fighter aircraft of World War II. It boasted performance so far beyond that of any contemporary allied fighter that before the attack on Pearl Harbor many dismissed reports of its existence as exaggerated, and arguably it remained the dominant fighter in the Pacific theatre until the arrival of new aircraft such as the F6F Hellcat. The Japanese developed the aircraft continuously throughout the war, although they were never able to devote sufficient resources to it or to its planned replacement, the A7M Reppu, and by 1945 the Zero was outclassed in both capability and numbers by the Allies.

In 2016 Hasegawa announced a new tool Zero in 1/32, which unlike their earlier moulding represents the late war A6M5c variant of the aircraft. The A6M5c was more heavily armed than earlier models, carrying a pair of 13.2mm machine guns in the wings in addition to the existing 20mm cannon, and featuring racks under the wings for small bombs or rockets. The port side 7.7mm machine gun in the cockpit was removed, although the cowling retained the port for the rounds to fire through, and the aircraft, and importantly its pilot, received more armour protection. This choice of variant was welcomed by many modellers, as the earlier A6M2 and A6M5a had both already been tooled by either Hasegawa themselves or by Tamiya. I’m not normally a 1/32 scale modeller, but the Zero is a very special aircraft and so I decided to make an exception for this kit. I also have the Tamiya 1/32 A6M2, so it was interesting to compare the two and the approach of their respective manufacturers.

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