Hasegawa 1/48 Zero Family-pt. 2
January 7, 2013 in Aviation
Here are some more Hasegawa 1/48 Zeros. The A6M2 Model 11, A6M2 Model 21, and the A6M2-K trainer in bright orange. The latter is from Hasegawa’s 65th anniversary limited-edition Zero box set released in 2005. The A6M2-K is now available as an individual release, as is the 12-shi prototype.
The trainer is very different from the standard A6M2 in obvious ways, but the deleted tail-cone and exposed framing for target towing are of interest, as well as the lack of full main gear doors, and aft fuselage strengthening ribs.
I do an orange Japanese plane whenever I get the chance; I love the brightness of the color. The A6M2 with the blue fuselage band is a model 11 operating in China in 1940-41, and the other with the yellow tail stripes is a model 21 from the Akagi, which participated in the attack on Pearl Harbor, and was almost certainly lost at Midway.
Hasegawa’s 1/48 Zero family is one of my favorite series of kits, and I never get tired of doing them. They are each a little bit different!
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