Home  |  What's New  |  Features  |  Gallery  |  Reviews  |  Reference  |  Forum  |  Search

Tamiya's 1/72 scale
A6M2b Zero Model 21

by Pat Donahue

Mitsubishi A6M2b Zero Model 21


Tamiya's 1/72 scale A6M2b Zero Model 21 is available online from Squadron.com

 

Description

 

This is Tamiya's 1/72 Model 21 Zero built to IPMS OOB rules.

 

 

The seatbelt/harness is the Tamiya decal color photocopied onto a sheet of white paper and carefully cut out. The sides of the belt where the white paper was showing was colored in with a Prisma Color Umber pencil. The model was painted with a home brew of Testors for the Nakajima Olive gray base and fabric color, Xtracolor IJNAF dark green and WEM Nakajima cockpit interior color. Hinomarus are painted, the codes are from Aviology and the stencils are the kit decals.

 

 

The model depicts an A6M newly transferred from a carrier where it is assumed the green camouflage was applied to a land base in the Solomon's. The Hinomarus appeared to have been carefully sprayed around producing "halo" effect which replicated the white surround seen on the Hinomarus toward the middle of the war. I had a couple of photos of the a/c and from what I could interpret the ailerons were not camouflaged ( perhaps for balance reasons) and the wing walks were not painted over the camouflage being sprayed around the warning area and stenciling. I am sure next week a photo will show up proving all my deductions wrong....

 

 

I had not built a 1/72 scale model in 35 years usually sticking to 1/48, so maybe it was about time! The only minor disappointment was having to thin the sliding portion of the canopy to have it fit more correctly in the open position. Other than that it was an entertaining model.

 

  • Tamiya 1/72 scale Zero Type 21 by Pat Donahue: Image
  • Tamiya 1/72 scale Zero Type 21 by Pat Donahue: Image
  • Tamiya 1/72 scale Zero Type 21 by Pat Donahue: Image
  • Tamiya 1/72 scale Zero Type 21 by Pat Donahue: Image
  • Tamiya 1/72 scale Zero Type 21 by Pat Donahue: Image
  • Tamiya 1/72 scale Zero Type 21 by Pat Donahue: Image
  • Tamiya 1/72 scale Zero Type 21 by Pat Donahue: Image
  • Tamiya 1/72 scale Zero Type 21 by Pat Donahue: Image
  • Tamiya 1/72 scale Zero Type 21 by Pat Donahue: Image
  • Tamiya 1/72 scale Zero Type 21 by Pat Donahue: Image
  • Tamiya 1/72 scale Zero Type 21 by Pat Donahue: Image
  • Tamiya 1/72 scale Zero Type 21 by Pat Donahue: Image
  • Tamiya 1/72 scale Zero Type 21 by Pat Donahue: Image
  • Tamiya 1/72 scale Zero Type 21 by Pat Donahue: Image
Thumbnail panels:
Now Loading

 

Highly Recommended.


Images and Text Copyright 2014 by Pat Donahue
Page Created 11 February, 2014
Last Updated 11 February, 2014

Back to HyperScale Main Page