Mitsubishi A6M2b, Model 21, Type 0, Reisen or “Zero”
Finally finished this Hasegawa 1:48 scale A6M2b, Type 21, Model 0.
I found the overall build to be decent. Great in some spots and a somewhat, pain in the arse in others.
While detail in the cockpit, engine and wheel bay are very well done, there are a few construction issues with the the attachment points of the lower wing, to the fuselage. That’s a tricky spot that could have been engineered a little better. If you line up the rear joint, you get an odd gap at the front, and visa versa. I chose to line up the front, because fixing a gap at the rear join, was WAY easier to fix. It’s not a huge flaw, just be aware. The kit it a pretty nice kit, and is the best of this “Zero” variant there is in 1:48 scale. (I am hoping Tamiya does a new tool version in the future, on par with their A6M3, Model 22, and A6M5 Model 52. Both are spectacular.)
I used Model Master Enamels for paint, choosing to go with SAC Bomber Tan as the main color as it pretty closely matches pieces of shot down “Zeros” from Pearl Harbor. Decals are a combination of the kit’s, and spares box. Seat harness was made of paper strips, cut from the instruction sheet. The build is an OOB.
Markings are those of Po1c, Sugiyama Takeo, assigned to the fighter unit aboard the Japanese carrier, HMIJS Soryu, during the Battle of Midway, in June of 1942. I was originally hoping to get this model finished in time for the Battle of Midway Group Build, but as they say, “Life Happens”
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