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Mitsubishi A6M Zero
An addition to the series of WWII favorite aircrafts: Mitsubishi A6M Zero.
About this creation
The biggest challenge of this model, is to make the enginecowling and the wing shape look right.
I found that the 32mm turbine piece and the 24mm wedge belt whell with tyre was perfect as enginecowling. The whell fits perfect inside the turbine piece, and creates a nice round edge towards the propeller.
The three-bladed propeller makes a little optical illusion, since it is built on a 2x2 round plate with three pieces 1x5 technic plate with smooth round ends on top, each rotated 120 degrees relative to each other. This makes the propeller slightly asymmetrical, but the error is difficult to see, and the spinner gets closer to the propellerhub than it would have done if I had used a technic 3-blade rotor.
To achieve the correct leading/trailing edge of the mainwing I have used hinges in a similar way to my Me 109. The wings are quite strong despite the use of the hinges. The wingtips folds like the original. And the whole wing stucture and the rest of the plane is LDD legal.
The internal structure of the model is quite similar to my other aircraft models built on a core with studs pointing up and down, left and right.
I was really tempted to make the model in darkgreen with yellow leading edges, but in the end I decided to make the well-known white color-scheme, which also is much cheaper.
Only one part is painted: The tailwheel, a 1/2 Technic bush is painted black.

History:

The Mitsubishi A6M Zero was a long-range fighter aircraft, manufactured by 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 (ʽŞϑLC, rei-shiki-kanj-sentki), and also designated as the Mitsubishi A6M Rei-sen and Mitsubishi Navy 12-shi Carrier Fighter.



The A6M was usually referred to by its pilots as the "Reisen",{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" was later commonly adopted by the Allies as well.



When it was introduced early in World War II, the Zero was considered the most capable carrier-based fighter in the world, combining excellent maneuverability and very long range. In early combat operations, the Zero gained a legendary reputation as a dogfighter, achieving the outstanding kill ratio of 12 to 1, but by mid-1942 a combination of new tactics and the introduction of better equipment enabled the Allied pilots to engage the Zero on generally equal terms.



The Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service ("IJNAS") also frequently used the type as a land-based fighter. By 1943, inherent design weaknesses and the failure to develop more powerful aircraft engines meant that the Zero became less effective against newer enemy fighters, which possessed greater firepower, armor, and speed, and approached the Zero's maneuverability.



Although the Mitsubishi A6M was outdated by 1944, design delays and production difficulties of newer Japanese aircraft types meant that it continued to serve in a front line role until the end of the war.



During the final years of the War in the Pacific, the Zero was also adapted for use in kamikaze operations. During the course of the war, Japan produced more Zeros than any other model of combat aircraft.



Specifications for Mitsubishi A6M2:
Powerplant: one 709kw (950hp) Nakajima NK1C Sakae 12 14-cylinder radial engine.
Performance: max speed 534km/h (332mph); range 3104 km (1929miles); service ceiling 10.000m (32.810ft)
Dimensions: wingspan 12,00m (39ft 4in); length 9,06m (29ft 8in); height 3,05m (10ft)
Weight: 2796kg (6164lb) loaded
Armament: two 20mm (0,79in) cannon and two fixed 7,7mm (0,303in) machineguns; external bomb load of 120kg (265lb)

Source and more information on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.



Here the Zero with folded wingtips, a feature later abandoned.




A Picture showing the wingshape.




And for the curious, the inner Structur.


A wiev of the underside, the hinges for the wings are a Little hard to see. The landinggear doesnt retract.

Edit 2-8-2014



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Comments

 I made it 
  November 24, 2014
Quoting Bill Ding Cool! Check out my pair of new planes! Also, what order is the list of your favorite WW2 planes?
As you may have noticed, my top 10 WWII aircraft list is not weighted, because each one of them is equally worthy to be in the leading position.
 I like it 
  November 23, 2014
Cool! Check out my pair of new planes! Also, what order is the list of your favorite WW2 planes?
 I made it 
  November 6, 2014
Quoting Sebastian Szych I can't even write what I really feel when I'm looking at this creation :). It's breathtaking. Looks like real, just like rest of your creations :)
Thank you! Thats a very nice comment. Im glad you enjoy the pictures.
 I like it 
  November 6, 2014
I can't even write what I really feel when I'm looking at this creation :). It's breathtaking. Looks like real, just like rest of your creations :)
 I made it 
  August 27, 2014
Quoting Cheryl P A terrific looking build. My Dad was part of WWII and he would get a kick out of seeing this creation. Unfortunately, he 93 years old and has poor vision. Keep building more.
Thank you Cheryl, Im still collecting bricks for my next build, a miniature model. A hint : scale 1:87.
 I like it 
  August 27, 2014
A terrific looking build. My Dad was part of WWII and he would get a kick out of seeing this creation. Unfortunately, he 93 years old and has poor vision. Keep building more.
 I made it 
  August 8, 2014
Quoting clayton Marchetti Wow! Beautiful job Henrik! The shaping of the fuselage looks great and I'm loving the wings. I like the folding wing tips nice added detail. The Meatballs on the wings and sides makes it. Magnificent!
Thank you very much Clayton.
 I made it 
  August 8, 2014
Quoting Peteris Sprogis I m not too much of a plane expert but this model seems brilliant. all the detail are nicely done and it s a great representation of the real thing!
Thank you Peteris, its great to have a comment from a talented builder like you.
 I like it 
  August 8, 2014
I m not too much of a plane expert but this model seems brilliant. all the detail are nicely done and it s a great representation of the real thing!
 I made it 
  August 7, 2014
Quoting tibi purio Awesome!! What a fine piece of work! That is a piece of work that really has a Japanese sense.
Indeed, a very nice compliment! Thank you very much Tibi Purio San.
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  August 7, 2014
Awesome!! What a fine piece of work! That is a piece of work that really has a Japanese sense.
 I like it 
  August 6, 2014
Wow! Beautiful job Henrik! The shaping of the fuselage looks great and I'm loving the wings. I like the folding wing tips nice added detail. The Meatballs on the wings and sides makes it. Magnificent!
 I made it 
  August 4, 2014
Quoting matt rowntRee Nailed it! Just so much perfect going on here from the cowling shape to the wingtips. Just pure outstanding, a real masterpiece!
Thanks Matt, your comment is highly appreciated.
 I like it 
  August 4, 2014
Nailed it! Just so much perfect going on here from the cowling shape to the wingtips. Just pure outstanding, a real masterpiece!
 I made it 
  July 31, 2014
Quoting Stephan N wow, really fantastic. I like the chassis, because it looks very authentic.
Thank you , Im not quite sure what you mean, the chassis is mainly a term for the frame of a car, but I'm pretty sure you mean well.
 I made it 
  July 31, 2014
Quoting Parrington Levens neat moc
Thank you.
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  July 31, 2014
wow, really fantastic. I like the chassis, because it looks very authentic.
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  July 31, 2014
neat moc
 I made it 
  July 31, 2014
Quoting Nick Barrett Every detail is right... it's superb. The wing angles are very nicely done.
Quoting JWG 258 good job on getting the wing shape right.
Quoting Kayla . Great job! It looks really good!
Thank you all, for your kind comments, it's a pleasure!
 I like it 
  July 30, 2014
Great job! It looks really good!
 I like it 
  July 30, 2014
good job on getting the wing shape right.
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  July 30, 2014
Every detail is right... it's superb. The wing angles are very nicely done.
 I made it 
  July 30, 2014
Quoting Tirrell Brown I like the angles on this thing. Very Fluid design..just like the real Zero.
Thank you Tirrell!
 I made it 
  July 30, 2014
Quoting jim mcdonough as usual another classic build,i have to throw mine in the bin now,certainly an eye for detail.one thing just a suggestion the red sun (red circle)try another plate behind it or even a 1x2 tile with a stud for it to fit,i think this would give it a smoother shape,apart from that its about perfect to the real thing as you can get,5/5
For God's sake, dont throw your own away, it is really nice and its designed to contain a minifig, an important feature. Regarding the Red Sun on the fuselage: the grey part is a 1x2-1x2 inverted bracket (visible on the cutawaypic.) I didnt have any i White, and they are quite expensive too. But as soon as get the opportunity they will be replaced.
 I made it 
  July 30, 2014
Quoting Sven Jagdmann Absolutely fantastic work again Henrik. I really like it with all the nice details. :)
Quoting adam thelegofan rutland great job!:D
Thank you both! I am pleased to be able to attract the fireengine-enthusiast 'interest.
 I made it 
  July 30, 2014
Quoting cyberfrank 2010 great plane and history lesson!
Quoting James Dart Holy Cats! This is wonderful! Thank you for the presentation!
Thank you! I think the story is part of such a model, and by breaking it up into smaller chunks between the Pictures, it becomes easier to get through.
 I made it 
  July 30, 2014
Quoting Dr. Monster Fantastic MOC Henrik. Beautifully shaped and the markings are excellent. I love the wings.
Thank you Doc, Im quite happy about the wings too, so Im glad you love them.
 I made it 
  July 30, 2014
Quoting Starscream Soundwave Instantly recognisable, you've captured it perfectly. Beautiful work!
Thank you SS, youre too kind.
 I like it 
  July 30, 2014
I like the angles on this thing. Very Fluid design..just like the real Zero.
 I like it 
  July 30, 2014
as usual another classic build,i have to throw mine in the bin now,certainly an eye for detail.one thing just a suggestion the red sun (red circle)try another plate behind it or even a 1x2 tile with a stud for it to fit,i think this would give it a smoother shape,apart from that its about perfect to the real thing as you can get,5/5
 I like it 
  July 30, 2014
great job!:D
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  July 30, 2014
Absolutely fantastic work again Henrik. I really like it with all the nice details. :)
 I like it 
  July 30, 2014
Holy Cats! This is wonderful! Thank you for the presentation!
 I like it 
  July 30, 2014
great plane and history lesson!
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  July 30, 2014
Fantastic MOC Henrik. Beautifully shaped and the markings are excellent. I love the wings.
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  July 30, 2014
Instantly recognisable, you've captured it perfectly. Beautiful work!
 I made it 
  July 30, 2014
Quoting Matt Bace Wow! Absolutely superb effort. I like the solutions you used to get the right shaping of the engine cowling and wings, as you pointed out, but I also like the shaping of the fuselage and cockpit (I like how the bottom of the cockpit bubble dips slightly toward the middle). The brick-built markings are great, too.
Thank you Matt! The cockpit is one of the most significant parts of a plane, and I strive to shape it as well possible, and I'm pretty happy with the result too. The brick built Red Sun emblems, saved me at the same time the work of making a set of decals. I had a set of initials and numbers from a earlier build.
 I made it 
  July 30, 2014
Quoting Gabor Pauler Nice engine cowling solution! For compact-spinnered and streamlined 3 blade propeller solution in correct size, check out Figure 56 at my earlier MOC: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/377502
Thank you Gabor, I know its not a perfect 120deg propeller, but I dont think I have seen any better solutions.
 I made it 
  July 30, 2014
Quoting Elk Guard Great work, the wing shaping looks good, I would love a photo of the underside to see how it works!
Thank you Elk, The hinges are actually visible on the cutaway Photo, But if you want to see the underside, I will upload another LDD-screenshot.
 I made it 
  July 30, 2014
Quoting Yann (XY EZ) Superb job! You really got it right! And I love the colours! 5/5
Quoting C.K. Yee Awesome and talented built
Thank you, Im glad you like it.
 I made it 
  July 30, 2014
Quoting Sam the first Ooohh...that is a gorgeous plane. Awesome work on the shaping, looks like you've nailed it!
Thank you Sam, Im quite happy about the shaping.
 I made it 
  July 30, 2014
Quoting 2LegoOrNot2Lego Ingmar Spijkhoven Nice again! Although it seems a little "rough", but that might be because of its white color, I don't know... Keep it up!!! Nice way you managed to give it its red "sun", just great!!! :-)
Thank you, I think youre right about White. I had to change my normal photobackgroud which is White, to prevent the model from disappearing on the background, Im never happy with Building in White.
 I made it 
  July 30, 2014
Quoting Mitchell Long Wow! AWESOME
Quoting Peter Szabo Hi Henrik! It's another great plane! Congratulation for that!
Thank you Guys!
 I like it 
  July 30, 2014
Wow! Absolutely superb effort. I like the solutions you used to get the right shaping of the engine cowling and wings, as you pointed out, but I also like the shaping of the fuselage and cockpit (I like how the bottom of the cockpit bubble dips slightly toward the middle). The brick-built markings are great, too.
 I like it 
  July 30, 2014
Nice engine cowling solution! For compact-spinnered and streamlined 3 blade propeller solution in correct size, check out Figure 56 at my earlier MOC: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/377502
 I like it 
  July 30, 2014
Great work, the wing shaping looks good, I would love a photo of the underside to see how it works!
 I like it 
  July 30, 2014
Awesome and talented built
 I like it 
  July 30, 2014
Superb job! You really got it right! And I love the colours! 5/5
 I like it 
  July 30, 2014
Ooohh...that is a gorgeous plane. Awesome work on the shaping, looks like you've nailed it!
  July 30, 2014
Nice again! Although it seems a little "rough", but that might be because of its white color, I don't know... Keep it up!!! Nice way you managed to give it its red "sun", just great!!! :-)
 I like it 
  July 30, 2014
Hi Henrik! It's another great plane! Congratulation for that!
 I like it 
  July 30, 2014
Wow! AWESOME
 
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