Giant Zero A6M from Top Flite

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At its introduction in 1940, the Zero was the most devastatingly effective aircraft in production. Its long range and incredible performance made it virtually untouchable. This Top Flite model is a tribute to those legendary aircraft, designed to be scale in appearance and performance. A thick airfoil, large wing and wide stance landing gear deliver ease of flight and good maneuverability on the ground. Make no mistake, this Zero is no trainer. It's a sleek bird with maneuverability worthy of its legendary namesake.

Features:

  • Ready-to-Cover balsa and plywood construction with fiberglass parts
  • Pre-hinge control surfaces
  • Fiberglass cowl features hidden mounting screws and replica radial engine with pushrod tubes and spark plug
  • Operational split-flaps for scale performance and appearance
  • Cockpit details include detailed instrument panel with recessed gauges
  • Removable antenna included
  • Molded fiberglass tail cone improves scale authenticity of the aircraft
  • Two-blade aluminum spinner included
  • Optional drop tank for added realism
  • Complete, high-quality hardware package included

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Mitsubishi A6M Zero


Mitsubishi A6M Zero

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 carrier fighter (零式艦上戦闘機, rei-shiki-kanjō-sentōki), or the Mitsubishi A6M Rei-sen. The A6M was usually referred to by its pilots as the Reisen (零戦, zero fighter), "0" being the last digit of the imperial year 2600 (1940) when it entered service with the Imperial Navy. The official Allied reporting name was "Zeke", although the use of the name "Zero" (from Type 0) was used colloquially by the Allies as well.

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.

In early combat operations, the Zero gained a legendary reputation as a dogfighter, achieving an outstanding kill ratio of 12 to 1, but by mid-1942 a combination of new tactics and the introduction of better equipment enabled Allied pilots to engage the Zero on generally equal terms. By 1943, due to inherent design weaknesses, such as a lack of hydraulic flaps and rudder rendering it extremely unmaneuverable at high speeds, and an inability to equip it with a more powerful aircraft engine, the Zero gradually became less effective against newer Allied fighters. By 1944, with opposing Allied fighters approaching its levels of maneuverability and consistently exceeding its firepower, armor, and speed, the A6M had largely become outdated as a fighter aircraft. However, as design delays and production difficulties hampered the introduction of newer Japanese aircraft models, the Zero continued to serve in a front line role until the end of the war in the Pacific. During the final phases, it was also adapted for use in kamikaze operations. Japan produced more Zeros than any other model of combat aircraft during the war.



This article is an extract from the Wikipedia article "Mitsubishi A6M Zero", which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0

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Winspan: 2185mm (86 in)
Length: 1790mm (70.5 in)

Weight: 12400 g (27.3 lbs)
Aileron: Dual servo control
CG (Center of Gravity): 6.25" (158mm) back from leading edge of wing
Completion Level: Ready-To-Cover
Control Throw (Flaps): Half Rate, 1-3/4" (44mm) 24deg, Full Rate 2-1/2" (64mm) 36°
Control Throw - High (Ailerons): 7/8" (22mm) 14°
Control Throw - High (Elevator): 7/8" (22mm) 16°
Control Throw - High (Rudder): 2" (51mm) 24°
Control Throw - Low (Ailerons): 5/8" (16mm) 10°
Control Throw - Low (Elevator): 5/8" (16mm) 12°
Control Throw - Low (Rudder): 1-1/2" (38mm) 17°
Elevator: Dual Servo Control
Engine Size: 3.0-3.6 cu in 50-60cc gasoline
Flaps: Dual servo control
Flying Weight: 25.5 - 27.5 lbs (11.5 - 12.4 kg)
Landing Gear: None
Length: 70.5" (1790mm)
Material: Fully sheeted balsa and plywood
Minimum Required Radio: 7-channel
Propeller Size: 22x10
Retracts: Optional, set up to use Robart retracts
Rudder: Single servo control
Servos: 8-12 required with a minimum of 50 oz/in of torque
Spinner Size: 3.25" (82mm) 2-blade aluminum
Wing Area: 1276 sq in (82.3 sq dm)
Wing Loading: 46 - 50 oz/sq ft (140 - 153 g/sq dm)
Wingspan: 86" (2185mm)

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TOPA0752
Giant Zero A6M (Green)
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