Here’s another Tamiya kit about to hit the model stores, a beautifully produced 1:72 scale Mitsubishi Zero Type 21 fighter. The kit joins Tamiya’s new War Bird Collection, and it’s really to be welcomed as 1:72 has been looking something of a Cinderella scale in recent years.
Plenty of detail marks this Zero out from the herd, and of course like other aircraft to this scale, it will sit nicely on a small shelf. The finished model has a length of just 126 mm (4.9 in) and a wingspan of 153 mm (6.02 in). Tamiya’s detail work in the wheel wells, the engine and the cockpit is really quite superb, and could make it well worthwhile revisiting 1:72 for this modelmaker, after having spent so long with the larger 1:48 and 1:32 scales.
Pilot not included
It doesn’t come with a pilot figure, more’s the pity, especially as Tamiya has excellent past form in figure sculpting. But since the cockpit is so well detailed, you probably won’t want a figure in there to detract from the micro-sized flight 'office' environment.
Zeros big and small here - we want the Egg Plane!