Marushin MARS002 Imperial Japanese Navy Mitsubishi A6M2 Riesen "Zero" Fighter - PO1c Tadao Kimura, Aircraft Carrier Akagi, December 1941 (1:48 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".
A combination of excellent maneuverability and very long range made it one of the best fighters of its era. In early service the Zero gained a legendary reputation, outclassing its contemporaries. Later, design weaknesses and the increasing scarcity of more powerful aircraft engines meant that the Zero became less effective against newer fighters.
Pictured here is a 1:48 scale replica of an Imperial Japanese Navy Mitsubishi A6M2 Riesen "Zero" Fighter that was piloted by PO1c Tadao Kimura, who was embarked upon the Aircraft Carrier Akagi during December 1941. Special Order!
Wingspan: 9 inches
Length: 7-1/4 inches
Release Date: October 2008
Historical Account: "Spectres of Pearl Harbor" - The Akagi was an aircraft carrier of the Imperial Japanese Navy, originally begun as an Amagi-class battlecruiser. She participated in the Second Sino-Japanese War in the late 1930s. She took part in the Pearl Harbor raid, several battles in the Southwest Pacific in January and February 1942, the Indian Ocean raid, and was damaged severely enough during the Battle of Midway on June 4th, 1942, that she had to be sunk by the Japanese themselves the following day. Captain Taijiro Aoki attempted to go down with his ship until being forcibly removed by his crew.