NitroModels Zero Fighter 52 - 54" Scale Nitro Gas Radio Remote Control Warbird Airplane
Japan's Zero Fighter 50 Nitro Gas ARF Model RC Airplane
The Mitsubishi A6M5 is
a great scale airplane for anyone who likes scale flying. The kit includes a
fiberglass fuselage and cowling. The wings are built with balsa material to form internal structure and covered. All
covered surfaces are done in solartex cloth covering and then the whole airplane
is airbrushed. All control surfaces have beveled leading edges and the control
horn mounts are preinstalled. The wing is complete with CA hinges. The leading
edge of the wing is pre-shaped. The kit includes full color decals.
Wing span: 54 in / 1380mm Wing area: 543 sq in / 35 sq dm
Flying weight: 6.1lb / 2800g Fuselage length: 45 in / 1140 mm
Engine Required: 2c 0.46 cu in Radio Required: 4 channels,5 servos
4c 0.63 cu in or 5 channels,6 servos
Top quality wood construction with fiberglass fuselage
Comes with all hardware and accessories
The Mitsubishi A6M was a light-weight
naval fighter aircraft employed by the Japanese from 1940-45. More widely
known by its Navy designation, Type 0 Carrier Fighter, or Zero, the plane
gained a legendary reputation. A combination of excellent maneuverability
and very long range made it one of the best fighters of its era.
The most effective Japanese
fighter of World War II was known by many names. To the Imperial
Japanese Navy, it was the Type 0 Carrier Fighter, Model 52. To the U.S.
Navy pilots who fought it in the skies over the Pacific, it was the
"Zeke." And to the American public it was known as the Zero.
By whatever name, the Imperial Japanese Navy's
Zero fighter was one of the most potent warplanes of World War II and
probably the best all-around carrier-based fighter of the early 1940s.
The Zero's outstanding performance stemmed primarily from the fact that
it weighed only 5,500 to 6,500 pounds fully loaded. For this reason the
Zero was extremely maneuverable and had a fast rate of climb.
At the time of its appearance in 1940, the Zero
fighter has a performance package superior to any other naval aircraft
in the world. Speed, range, rate of climb, maneuverability and the
ability to operate from aircraft carrier decks combined to forge a
seemingly invincible weapon in the hands of the Japanese Navy.
In the six months after Pearl Harbor, the
Sentais (fighter Groups) equipped with the A6M so dominated the sky
that the Imperial Forces had conquered over 12 million square miles.
Over 10,000 Rei-sen (Zero) fighters were produced by the Japanese, and
it is interesting to note that that the Zero weighted only 50% of the
Corsair, one of the reasons being the lack of armor plate protection for
the pilot and fuel tanks.
Designed for attack the Zero gave
precedence to maneuverability and fire-power at the expense of protection - most
had no self-sealing tanks or armor plate - thus many Zeros were lost too easily
in combat. Nevertheless, many Allied pilots died trying to learn how to fight
such an agile aircraft.
The correct combat tactic against Zeros was to remain out
of range and fight on the dive and climb. By using speed and resisting the
deadly error of trying to out-turn the Zero, eventually cannon could be brought
to bear and a single burst of fire was usually enough.
When the US had learned the "secret" of the Zero new
aircraft such as the Grumman Hellcat and Vought Corsair were introduced, planes
that outperformed the Zero in every way but maneuverability. To correct for that
shortcoming, US pilots simply had to remember the correct tactics. The result
was that the Model 22s were swept from the skies in huge numbers, and the US
Navy's 1:1 kill ratio suddenly jumped to better than 10:1. However Japanese
development did not remain static - newer planes like the George were excellent
fighters and a match for the later US models.
As the war progressed, the Zero, once
the most feared fighter in the Pacific, became outclassed by new more powerful
American fighters. Even so, it remained an important factor in the Pacific
theater, for it was used for kamikaze, or suicide, missions that inflicted some
of the most severe damage of the war on the U.S. Navy. Loaded with explosives
and manned by pilots willing to lose their lives for their country, the Zero
became a flying bomb aimed at American ships. The Zero was used in nearly 2,000
kamikaze attacks before Japan
finally surrendered to bring down the curtain on the war in the Pacific.
The Zero fighter ranks with the
Supermarine Spitfire, Vought
Corsair and North American
Mustang as one of the historic
fighters of World War II.