Introduced with the Imperial Navy in 1940, the Mitsubishi A6M2 Zero was one of the most capable fighters in the world, earning an early-war kill-to-loss ratio of 12 to 1. By 1942, however, Allied technology had equaled the Zero, and, by 1943, it was largely surpassed in effectiveness by enemy fighters. Because the Japanese did not have a suitable replacement ready, it remained in service through 1945.
Part of Air Force 1's Smithsonian Series, this 1/72 scale, die cast model is a reproduction of an A6M2 Zero Type 97 that flew with the 261st Naval Air Corps in Saipan. It features engraved surface details, a glazed segmented canopy, a well-equipped cockpit, a rotating propeller, realistic engine details, authentic markings, and a display stand. Measures approximately 5¼" long with a 7" wingspan.