Metal Earth Model of the Japanese Mitsubishi Zero Fighter

Metal Earth: Mitsubishi Zero Fighter

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The Mitsubishi Zero fighter is an easy Metal Earth model. It consists of 13 pieces on one sheet of metal. Early in WW2, the Zero was considered the most capable carrier-based fighter in the world.

Each Metal Earth model is laser etched in meticulous detail on 11 cm (4.33") metal sheets. Pop out the pieces by hand (or use wire cutters to get especially crisp lines), bend the tabs using needle-nose pliers, and fit them together as shown in the simple pictorial instructions. For maximum dramatic effect, display your model on the LED Display Base or the Solar Spinner (sold separately, see the Related Products below).

Please note that Metal Earth models have sharp edges and are not suitable for small children. Metal Earth was originally called MetalWorks.


 

Are you curious...?

Officially designated the Navy Type 0 Carrier Fighter and Mitsubishi A6M Rei-sen ("zero" in Japanese), this very long-range (1,600 miles) aircraft was named for the last digit of the Imperial year 2600 when it entered service (that was 1940 to you and me). The Allies called it "Zeke," and not in an affectionate way. The legendary dogfighter dominated the skies from 1940-42 with a 12:1 kill ratio. By 1943 the Allies were deploying faster fighters with better armor and more firepower that could almost match the Zero's famous maneuverability. It was completely outmatched by 1944, but difficulties producing newer aircraft forced the Japanese to keep the Zero in front-line service. Toward the end of the war Zeroes were pressed into kamikaze missions.

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