X-Plus XP330012 Imperial Japanese Navy Mitsubishi A6M2 Model 21 Riesen "Zero" Fighter - Aircraft Carrier Akagi, Pearl Harbor, December 1941 (1:144 Scale)
"We have resolved to endure the unendurable and suffer what is insufferable."
- Japanese Emperor Hirohito speaking to the Japanese people after the atomic bombings, August 1945
The Mitsubishi A6M Zero was a light-weight carrier-based fighter aircraft employed by the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service from 1940 to 1945.
It is universally known as Zero from its Japanese Navy designation, Type 0 Carrier Fighter (Rei shiki Kanjo sentoki), taken from the last digit of the Imperial year 2600 (1940), when it entered service. In Japan it was unofficially referred to as both Rei-sen and Zero-sen. The official Allied code name was Zeke (Hamp for the A6M3 model 32 variant); while this was in keeping with standard practice of giving boys' names to fighters, it is not definitively known if this was chosen for its similarity to "Zero". Special Order!
Wingspan: 3 inches
Length: 2-1/2 inches
Release Date: June 2011
Historical Account: "Red Castle" - Akagi (Japanese: "Red Castle") was an aircraft carrier of the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJA), originally begun as an Amagi-class battlecruiser. She was converted under the terms of the Washington Naval Treaty to an aircraft carrier. The ship was rebuilt from 1935 to 1938 with her original three flight decks consolidated into a single enlarged flight deck, a greater capacity for aircraft and she also received an island superstructure.
Akagi's aircraft participated in the Second Sino-Japanese War in the late 1930s. She took part in the Pearl Harbor raid in December 1941 and the invasion of Rabaul in the Southwest Pacific in January 1942. The following month her aircraft bombed Darwin, Australia. The ship took part in the Indian Ocean raid and was damaged severely enough during the Battle of Midway on 4 June 1942 that she was scuttled by Japanese destroyers to prevent her from falling into enemy hands. The loss of Akagi and three other IJN carriers at Midway was a crucial strategic defeat for Japan and contributed significantly to Japan's ultimate defeat in the war.