Dragon DRW50049 Imperial Japanese Navy Mitsubishi A6M2B Zero Fighter - 261st Flying Group (1:72 Scale)
"We have resolved to endure the unendurable and suffer what is insufferable."
- Japanese Emperor Hirohito, after the Hiroshima bombing
Aside from the early-morning raid on Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941, perhaps the biggest shock for American forces in the Pacific was the outstanding performance of the Imperial Navy's main carrier fighter, the beautifully proportioned Mitsubishi A6M2 Zero-Sen. Some 10,500 Zeros were built by Mitsubishi in no fewer than eight different sub-types, and although outclassed by more powerful US fighters from late 1943 onwards, the Zero retained a modicum of 'combatibility' due to its weight.
Pictured here is a 1:72 scale replica of an Imperial Japanese Mitsubishi A6M2B Zero fighter that was attached to the 261st Flying Group. Sold Out!
Wingspan: 6.5 inches
Length: 5 inches
Historical Account: "Kido Butai" - The Kido Butai (literally Mobile Unit/Force) was the Combined Fleet's main carrier battle group. It consisted of Japan's six largest carriers, carrying the 1st Air Fleet. This mobile task force was created for executing the attack on Pearl Harbor under Admiral Chuichi Nagumo in 1941. It was considered the single most powerful naval fleet until four of its six aircraft carriers were destroyed in the disastrous Battle of Midway. For the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Kido Butai consisted of 6 aircraft carriers (commanded by Chuichi Nagumo, Tamon Yamaguchi and Chuichi Hara) with 414 airplanes, 2 battleships, 3 cruisers, 9 destroyers, 8 tankers, 23 submarines and 4 midget submarines. However, these escort ships were borrowed from other fleet and squadrons. On July 14th, 1942, all carriers were moved to the 3rd Fleet.