Paper model of the Zero-21 fighter (A6M2)

The paper model of the Zero-21 fighter (A6M2)is a Japanese light carrier-based fighter from the Second World War.

Materials and tools:

  1. scissors, paper knife, drawing ruler
  2. tweezers;
  3. glue brushes and paint;
  4. watercolors (or pencils), toothpicks;
  5. clear acrylic glue ("Moment", etc.);
  6. to print the model matte photo paper with a density of 170-180 g / m2;
  7. for small parts - 70-80 g / m2.

Build Tips:

  1. Before you assemble the part, read the drawings and instructions. Determine the place of each part and imagine its assembly;
  2. Make holes in details before cutting out the part;
  3. Cut only the part (s) you need right now. Unpacked items in a box, and unused sheets in a closed folder (as an option). Throwing out trash after work, carefully inspect the scrap paper;
  4. To better fold the part, it is necessary to hold the ruler along the fold line, pressing lightly with the blunt side of the knife or a toothpick so as not to damage the paper surface.Better to do it from the wrong side of the part;
  5. Keep your fingers clean and be sure to use wipes to wipe your hands, because hands may get dirty in the process;
  6. wind up cylindrical parts before gluing onto a round object of a suitable diameter, this will give them shape;
  7. Before gluing it is necessary to paint the ends of the part. White crop lines spoil the overall look of the model. To paint the ends, use watercolors or gouache paints. After selecting the desired color, apply them in a thin layer, then allow the paint to dry. About markers better to forget;
  8. Take your time with gluing. First, cut out the part, paint it from the end, wait for the paint to dry, assemble the part. Attach it to the place where it should be to make sure everything is done correctly. And only then stick. Do not forget to let the glue dry.

A bit of history

Japanese light carrier fighter Zero-21 (A6M2)

Mitsubishi A6M Zero ("A" - fighter, "6" model, "M" - Mitsubishi) is a Japanese light deck fighter of the Second World War.

Produced from 1940 to 1945, a total of 10 939 units were built.The A6M had technical superiority over the Allied airplanes until the beginning of 1942, when American units began to arm themselves with “Lightning”, which could dictate the conditions of the fight, using their advantage in flight performance at high altitudes.

In 1943, Allied fighter aircraft surpassed the A6M in firepower, booking and speed, and also reduced the maneuverability lag. In 1944, the A6M was completely obsolete, but continued to be produced. In the last months of the war, it was used for kamikaze attacks.

The A6M received the name "Sea Deck Type 0 Fighter" (Jap. 零 式 艦上 戦 闘 機) from the last year of release - 2600 Japanese years (1940). In Japan, he was unofficially called "Ray-sen" or "Zero-sen" ("ray" - "zero", "sen" from the word "sentoki" - "fighter"); the codename given by the Allies is “Zeke” (Zeke), short for Ezekiel. Pilots also called the A6M simply "Zero" (eng. "Zero"). Perhaps the most famous plane in the Pacific theater of operations.

A6M2 Model 21

In November 1940, a modification was presented with wing tips folding up to 500 mm, which made it possible to be placed on aircraft carriers.Previously this was not possible, since the deck lifts of aircraft carriers of the Japanese fleet were not adapted for aircraft with a wing length of more than 11 meters. 740 aircraft of this modification were built Mitsubishi and 800 Nakajima. This model also served as the basis for the two-seat A6M2-K training aircraft, 508 units of which were built by Hitachi and the 21st naval aviation arsenal in Sasebo.

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