Hasegawa JT18 09118 Mitsubishi A6M3 Zero Fighter Type 32 (Zeke) 1/48 Scale Model
DescriptionThis Mitsubishi A6M3 Zero Fighter Type 32 (Zeke) is a high quality injected molded plastic scale model with detailed engraving. The kit consists of 60 injected molded plastic parts. The instruction sheet is an eight-page foldout with colour references for paints.
The Mitsubishi A6M "Zero" is a long-range fighter aircraft, manufactured by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, and operated by the Imperial Japanese Navy from 1940 to 1945. The A6M was usually referred to by its pilots as the "Reisen" (zero fighter), "0" being the last digit of the Imperial year 2600 (1940) when it entered service with the Imperial Navy. The official Allied reporting name was "Zeke", although the use of the name "Zero" was later commonly adopted by the Allies as well.
When it was introduced early in World War II, the Zero was considered the most capable carrier-based fighter in the world, combining excellent maneuverability and very long range. The Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service ("IJNAS") also frequently used the type as a land-based fighter.
In early combat operations, the Zero gained a legendary reputation as a dogfighter, achieving the outstanding kill ratio of 12 to 1, but by mid-1942 a combination of new tactics and the introduction of better equipment enabled the Allied pilots to engage the Zero on generally equal terms.
The appearance of the redesigned A6M3-32 prompted the US to assign the Model 32 a new code name, "Hap". This name was short-lived, as a protest from USAAF Commanding General Henry "Hap" Arnold forced a change to "Hamp". Soon after, it was realized that it was simply a new model of the "Zeke" and was termed "Zeke 32".
This variant was flown by only a small number of units, and only 343 were built.
- 1/48 scale for static display - Assembly required
- Decal sheet with 3 options
- 2 Flying Group Q-122 Solomon campaign, Pacific 1942 - Overall IJNA Green Grey
- Tsukuba FG 1161 Solomon campaign, Pacfic 1942 - Dark Green over Green Grey
- Tainan Training Group (Takeo Tanimizu) Tainan, Taiwan - September 1944 - Dark Green over Green Grey
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