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Air Force 1 Smithsonian Series A00146
Mitsubishi A6M5 Zero-Sen/Zeke Diecast Model
IJNAS 261st Naval Air Corps, 653-28, Saipan

1:72 Scale   Length   Width
Mitsubishi A6M5 Zero-Sen/Zeke   5"   6"

The Mitsubishi A6M "Zero" is a long-range fighter aircraft formerly manufactured by Mitsubishi Aircraft Company, a part of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, and operated by the Imperial Japanese Navy from 1940 to 1945. The A6M was designated as the Mitsubishi Navy Type 0. The Zero is considered to have been the most capable carrier-based fighter in the world when it was introduced early in World War II, combining excellent maneuverability and very long range. The Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service (IJNAS) also frequently used it as a land-based fighter. The A6M5 (Model 52) variant is sometimes considered the most effective variant. It had shortened wings to increase speed and dispensed with the folding wing mechanism to reduce weight.

Mitsubishi A6M5 Zero-Sen/Zeke

First flown in April, 1939, the A6M Zero-Sen was the Allies' main opponent in the Pacific and the most famous symbol of Japanese air power during World War II. This carrier-based fighter, designed with a low-monoplane wing and armed with a formidable array of two 20mm cannons and two 7.7mm machine guns, proved capable of handling any of the Allies' aircraft. It wasn't until the Allies studied a captured Zero that they were able to identify and exploit weaknesses such as minimal pilot and fuel tank protection. Zeros became infamous for Kamikaze attacks, in which pilots would intentionally crash explosion-laden aircraft into Allied ships.

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Air Force 1 Smithsonian Series

The Air Force 1 "Smithsonian Series" presents affordable, ready-made diecast models of military aircraft.

Air Force 1 Smithsonian Series diecast airplanes feature:

  • Diecast metal construction with some plastic components.
  • Realistic panel lines, antennas, access panels and surface details.
  • Authentic markings and placard details.
  • Rotating propellers.
  • Metal presention stand to display the aircraft "in flight".
  • Permanently extended or retracted landing gear (see photos).

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