1:32 Mitsubishi A6M5c Type 52 Fighter 'Zero'
The Mitsubishi A6M5c Type 52 "Zero" was an upgraded version of the Zero fighter developed in an attempt to close the performance gap between the new American fighters such as the Hellcat and Corsair. The aircraft had a 15mph increase in top speed over the earlier version plus improvements in armour and armament. Over 6,000 of the Type 52 Zero were produced in the closing 2 years of the war when the aircraft was the Japanese Navy's primary fighter.
A6M5c, Model 52 – Armament change: One 13.2 mm (.51 in) Type 3 machine gun was added in each wing outboard of the cannon, and the 7.7 mm gun on the left side of the cowl was deleted. Four racks for rockets or small bombs were installed outboard of the 13 mm gun in each wing. Engine change: Some sources state that the hei had a Sakae 31 engine In addition, a 55 mm (2.2 in) thick piece of armoured glass was installed at the headrest and an 8 mm (0.31 in) thick plate of armour was installed behind the seat. The mounting of the central 300 l (79 US gal) drop tank changed to a four-post design. Wing skin was thickened further. The first of this variant was completed in September 1944. Because of the gain in weight, this variant was used mainly for intercepting B-29s and special attack.
- 3-137, Yokosuka Naval Wing, Yokosuka, 1945, Lt Jg Saburo Sakai
- 252-114, 252rd Flying Group, WO T. Iwamoto, Mohara Base, Feb 1944
- 03-09, 203rd Flying Group, WO T. Tanimizu, Kagoshima, June 1945
- Skill Level 3
- 97 pieces
- Age 14+