Hasegawa 1/48 A6M2 Zero
In early combat operations, the Zero gained a reputation as a vivid dogfighter, achieving an outstanding kill ratio of 12 to 1, but by mid-1942 a combination of new tactics and the introduction of better equipment enabled Allied pilots to engage the Zero on generally equal terms.
By 1944, with Allied fighters approaching the A6M levels of maneuverability and consistently exceeding its firepower, armor and speed, the A6M had largely become outdated as a fighter aircraft.
Sub-Lieutenant Saburō Sakai (25 August 1916 – 22 September 2000) was a Japanese naval aviator and flying ace of the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War II.
On 8 August 1942 he was seriously wounded after his skull was penetrated by a SBD-3 machine-gun bullet.
Sakai was not reluctant to speak out against Japanese militarism.
A recurring topic in Sakai’s conversations was leadership, as the IJN relied heavily upon non-commissioned aircrew, often commanded by relatively inexperienced officers, with the Japanese aces taking pains to look out for the good leaders while sometimes ignoring the other kind.
Whereas Sakai’s public statements were resented by many, including a number of Zero veterans, he nevertheless was a gifted pilot and a person with a contained personality, by no means reluctant to raise his own voice.
The Hasegawa Zero needs no introduction: superseded by the "latest and greatest" Eduard, it is still a good, solid kit of the famous Mitsubishi fighter, offering a simple and enjoyable build.
I had always wanted to build one of the planes that were attributed to Saburo Sakai, so, what better opportunity than building one as a combo build within the Empire of Japan GB, with a great friend, John Vd Biggelaar @johnb!
It was a pleasure and an honor to build together!
Build thread is here:
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