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Mitsubishi A6M5 Zero

by Robert Ferrero


Mitsubishi A6M5 Type 52 Zero


Tamiya's 1/32 scale A6M5 Zero Type 52 is available online from Squadron.com




This is the Tamiya 1/32 Zero built OTB. As expected, the kit is typical Tamiya production quality. This offering includes exquisite cockpit and engine detail, positional control surfaces, and a complex moveable landing gear assembly with rubber tires. In addition a small sheet of outlined adhesive masks for the canopy framing is included. To coincide with the release of this kit Tamiya produced unique shades of exterior and interior greens. These colors are available in the Tamiya acrylic paint line.

The modeler is given 3 choices for markings on this subject. My selection was an aircraft from the 653rd Fighter Group (Ohita Prefecture 1944), which is pictured on the box art.


The model is painted using the new Tamiya Interior Green (XF-71) and Exterior Green (XF-70), but I selected Gunze's JN Grey for the undersides. Weathering was done with silver pencil, Gunze Soot, and some pastel chalks.

Overall this was a challenging project. Tamiya has outdone themselves on the design of this kit and once assembled, The Zero Fighter will have a stunning presence in your display area.


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Model, Text and Images Copyright 2001 by Robert Ferrero
Page Created 09 September, 2001
Last Updated 04 June, 2007

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