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The A6M5 Zero Fighter Model 52 has been thoroughly reproduced with the finest of details and moveable parts providing you with one superb 1/32 scale model. Tamiya has put their heart and soul into creating this splendid model. This set comes with metal parts depicting the 20mm cannon barrels and pitot tube for a sharper finish. Fine details such as the pre-painted machine gun barrels and the metal plated pitot tubes really make this model stand out. One new set of markings to depict an aircraft on the Aircraft Carrier Junyo at the Marianas is included. Furthermore, you are able to safely store your finished model in its special packaging. This refined model accurately represents the A6M5 Model 52 Zero Fighter which fought against overwhelming numbers of superior U.S. aircraft. Reproducing this amazing piece of Japanese aircraft technology is truely enjoyable.
The Mitsubishi A6M5 Zero was the Japanese Navy's main fighter throughout the Pacific Theater during WWII. In the latter half of the war, the model 52 Zero, a refined version of the model 22, aimed to take on the ever increasing numbers of high-performance U.S. aircraft. It featured a shorter 11m wingspan with rounded wingtips, was powered by the same 1130hp Nakajima "Sakae" engine as seen in the model 22 Zero, and had the new exhaust propulsion system which gave it a 565km/h top speed. The A6M5 came armed with two 7.7mm machine guns and 20mm belt-feed type cannons on each wing. Deployment of the A6M5 began in the autumn of 1943, and they saw action at the Solomon campaign as well as the Marianas. It fearlessly defended Japan against overwhelming numbers and superior U.S. aircraft up until the very last day of the war.
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