1/48 scale pre-finished.
Die-cast metal with a minimum of plastic.
All markings pad applied for superb results.
Canopy slides open.
Comes with a pilot that can be removed.
Comes with display stand.
Landing gear is fully retractable and can be displayed up or down.
Propeller is metal.
Extremely sought after by collectors.
Hobby Master 1/48 Air Power Series
HA8801
Japanese A6M2b Zero Fighter Type 21
"Pearl Harbor"
LCDR Shigeru Itaya
Akagi Fighter Squadron
First Wave Fighter Leader
December 1941
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The A6M entered service in 1940 and became known as the Zero because of the Japanese
designation of Type 0 Carrier Fighter. The Zero technology was years ahead of any other fighter
and had no problem clearing the skies of opposing aircraft. There were numerous variants of the
Zero including the folding wing A6M2 Model 21 designed for carrier operations. The A6M2 was
the most produced Japanese aircraft of WWII. As the war went on the Model 21 would be the
Zero variant that most Allied pilots would encounter.



On December 7, 1941 the overall flight leader (Hikotaicho) of the first wave of the Japanese
attack on Pearl Harbor was LCDR Shigeru Itaya. His aircraft was a A6M2 Model  21 Type 0 “AI-
155” launched from the carrier Akagi along with 8 other Zeros to act as escorts for Vals from the
carrier Shokaku. At 07:57 Itaya’s unit strafed John Rodgers Field and 3 minutes later strafed
Hickam Field with each aircraft making 3 passes. Itaya managed to shoot an arriving B-17 and
was credited with an aerial victory.


Specifications A6M2 Model 21 Type 0

Role – Fighter

Production Of All Zero Types – Almost 10, 500

Crew – 1 Pilot

Dimensions
Length – 29.72 ft   (9.06 m)
Wingspan – 39 ft 4.4 in   (12 m)
Height – 10 ft   (3.05 m)

Weight Empty – 3,703.7 lb   (1,680 kg)

Performance
Power Plant – 1 X Nakajima Sakae 12 Producing 925 HP
Speed – 331 mph   (533 km/h)
Ceiling – 33,792.5 ft   (10,300 m)
Range – 1,044 miles   (1,680 km)

Armament
2 X 7.7 mm Type 97 Machine Guns On Upper Fuselage Firing Through A Synchronized Propeller
2 X 20 mm Type 99 Cannon Wing-Mounted
2 X External 132 lb   (60 kg) Bombs
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