Yellowhammer 32014: A6M2 Zero




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Scott Van Aken

This second sheet from Yellowhammer for the superb 1/32 A6M2 from Tamiya. This sheet includes marking for seven aircraft, most in the standard gloss grey-green of the time. This equates to FS 24201 for the metal parts and FS 24424 for the fabric. Cowlings were in black. A nice set of insignia masks (not shown) is also included and you'll find those quite useful.

First up is the aircraft of Takashi Hirana from the Akagi during Pearl Harbor.

Next is Yoshio Shiga's plane from the Kaga, also during Pearl Harbor

In the later green over grey with yellow wing leading edge ID bands is the aircraft of Tatsuzo Iwamoto at Rabaul in late 1943. This aircraft has a large number of kill markings on it. Optional tail codes are provided for this aircraft.

From the Ryujo during June 1942 is the aircraft of Tadayoshi Koga with its large yellow fuselage band.

Leading the first fighter wave at Pearl Harbor was this aircraft of Shigeru Itaya.

The last 'standard' painted aircraft is Saburo Sakai's from the Dutch East Indies in February 1942.

Finally, the one captured in the Aleutians and originally from the Kaga, shown in full US markings.

The instruction sheet comes with a very well done historical background on each aircraft/pilot. The Hinomarus from the kit are to be used as they are nicely done and helps to keep the cost of the sheet down. There is a lot of good information in the instructions and is worth reading.

August 2006

Review copy courtesy of YellowHammer Models

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