Tamiya 1:48 scale Mitsubishi A6M3, Model 22 “Zero”
Tamiya had released a bunch of Japanese WWII aircraft way back in the late 1970’s early 1980’s and, at the time, they were the cutting edge of modeling technology. Even today with all the advancements they are still pretty good and can be had for a very reasonable price, about $15, IIRC.
These days however, in order to keep up with other quality model kit manufacturers, Tamiya has redesigned this model of the world famous “Zero” from the ground up, and man what a terrific model it is.
Everything pretty much goes together without the slightest hitch. The detail of the cockpit, engine and other interior areas is phenomenal. The surface detail of the kit is very crisp and clear, the whole kit is just screaming to be built…and you will want to build it too after you get a look inside the box.
There is one other ‘redesigned’ “Zero” out as well, which is the A6M5, and it is equally as awesome as this one. I can only hope that Tamiya releases an A6M2 to cover the early war period, and maybe an A6M3, model 32 ,”Hamp”
This kit ranks as one of the best models I have ever built as far as fit and finish, and is just a really, really enjoyable build.
I painted the model in Model Master Enamels, FS-34201, SAC Bomber Tan as it looks to be the same color as the preserved pieces from Zeros shot down during the Pearl Harbor attack.
Weathering was by thinned oils and pastel chalks and the paint chipping was by brush and sponges, (Dry dabbing with a sponge basically)
Antenna was by stretched sprue. Seat belts are paper and the decals are Aeromaster.
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