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New!  Imperial Japanese Navy Mitsubishi A6M2B "Zero" Model 21 Fighter - Lt(jg) Shigehisa Yamamoto, Akagi, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, December 7th, 1941 [With Collector Magazine] (1:72 Scale)
Imperial Japanese Navy Mitsubishi A6M2B "Zero" Model 21 Fighter - Lt(jg) Shigehisa Yamamoto, Akagi, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, December 7th, 1941 [With Collector Magazine]

DeAgostini Imperial Japanese Navy Mitsubishi A6M2B "Zero" Model 21 Fighter - Lt(jg) Shigehisa Yamamoto, Akagi, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, December 7th, 1941 [With Collector Magazine]




 
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DeAgostini DAWF11 Imperial Japanese Navy Mitsubishi A6M2B "Zero" Model 21 Fighter - Lt(jg) Shigehisa Yamamoto, Akagi, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, December 7th, 1941 [With Collector Magazine] (1:72 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".

Pictured here is a 1:72 scale replica of an Imperial Japanese Navy Mitsubishi A6M2B "Zero" fighter that was piloted by Lt(jg) Shigehisa Yamamoto, who was embarked upon the aricraft carrier Akagi, then attacking Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on December 7th, 1941. Now in stock!

Dimensions:
Wingspan: 5-inches
Length: 5-inches

Release Date: February 2020

Historical Account: "The Slayer's Axe" - Shortly before 08:00 on the morning of December 7th, 1941, Japanese aircraft from six fleet carriers struck the Pacific Fleet as it lay in port at Pearl Harbor, and - in the ensuing two attack waves - wrought devastation on the Battle Line and on air and military facilities defending Pearl Harbor.

On board Arizona, the ship's air raid alarm went off about 07:55, and the ship went to general quarters soon thereafter. Shortly after 08:00, a bomb dropped by a high-altitude Kate bomber from the Japanese carrier Kaga hit the side of the #4 turret, glancing off and into the deck below starting a small fire which caused minimal damage.

At 08:06, a bomb from a Hiryu Kate hit between and to starboard of Turrets #1 & 2. The subsequent explosion, which destroyed the forward part of Arizona, was due to the detonation of the ammunition magazine, located in an armored section under the deck. Most experts seem to agree that the bomb could hardly have pierced the armor. Instead, it seems widely accepted that the black powder magazine (used for aircraft catapults) detonated first, igniting the smokeless powder magazine (used for the ship's main armament). A 1944 BUSHIP report suggests that a hatch leading to the black powder magazine was left open, with perhaps inflammable materials stocked nearby. A US Navy historical site history.navy.mil goes as far as to suggest that black powder might have been stockpiled outside of the armored magazine. However, it seems unlikely that a definitive answer to this question might be found. Credit for the hit was officially given to Japanese pilot Tadashi Kusumi. The cataclysmic explosion ripped through the forward part of the ship, touching off fierce fires that burned for two days. (courtesy: Wikipedia)

Features
  • Diecast construction
  • Interchangeable landing gear
  • Spinning propeller
  • Accurate markings and insignia
  • Comes with display stand
  • Comes with magazine written in Japanese
  • Comes in a bookcase format packaging

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