Tamiya's 1/32 scale
A6M5 Zero Type 52
by Trond Sørensen
Mitsubishi A6M5 Zero
Tamiya's 1/32 scale Zero is available online from Squadron
Here is my 1/32 scale Tamiya A6M5 Type 52 Zero. The kit is built
straight from the box except for a few small details in the cockpit and
on the engine.
This is the best kit I have ever built. Except for the decals, witch was
a little thick, it went together like a dream. I have never had so much
fun building a model kit before. The instruction manual is precise and
easy to follow. The kit is very well detailed, except for the engine.
Which I think is a shame since the kit is made for easy removal of
I just had to add some detail. The rods between the cylinder heads where
made from plastic rods and glued in place using two component glue. I
painted the engine using Alcad II and gave it a wash made from oil paint
and turpentine. Using lead wire, the type fly fishers make their hooks
from, I added all the fuel lines. It was quite a few but it was fun and
well worth the effort. I left them unpainted. I drilled out the exhaust
pipes and made the weld seam from stretched sprue. They were painted
with my own rust paint made from, umm.., rust.
I left steel wool in a container with water and a bit of 15% vinegar
until it was completely dissolved. This took about a week. A few more
days and it had transformed in to a thick paste. Then I mixed it with
red spirit. This again was mixed with Model Master clear. I found Model
Master clear to be the only clear paint not making the mixture clogging
my air brush.
The cockpit was built according to the instructions. I added a lot of
wires and rods from brass wire, but they are not visible unless you look
hard. But it was fun adding them.
I used Tamiya Interior Green (produced especially for this kit) as my
basic cockpit color.
A lot of scratches and paint chipping was made using a brown Humbrol
paint. This again recived a oilpaint/turpentine wash. The kit belts and
buckles were used, but I don’t like them. I think lead foil could made
The kit was painted using Tamiya paint according to instructions. The
paint chipping was made after the airframe was painted using ink from a
The aotake blue-green primer was simulated mixing Tamiya clear green
and clear blue on top of Alcad II.
I used the decals included in the kit except for the yellow leading edge
markings, which I painted.
This was an enjoyable build. I hope Tamiya makes more kits in this
scale and quality. Personally I hope they then leave the operating
features of the landing gear out. It’s not a toy after all.
A Simple Base
I decided to make a simple base for the Zero. It is made of a wooden
plate, found in craft shops.
The planking is made from ship planking, found in ship builder’s hobby
The tiedown holes are drilled out and the tiedowns are made from hollow
plastic rod where I made the rod from stretched sprue.
The white stripes and the red sun is painted using Tamiya paint.
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2004 by Trond Sørensen
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Last Updated 21 July, 2004
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