In early combat operations, the Zero gained a legendary reputation as a dog-fighter, 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 manoeuvrable 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its levels of manoeuvrability and consistently exceeding its firepower, armour, and speed, the A6M had largely become outdated as a fighter aircraft.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.
Laser Balsa Cut Kit
Tony Ray’s Laser Balsa Cut Kits provide an enjoyable building experience resulting in a flying model that is designed to take RC as standard. It makes a great model for Donor Radio Control Equipment you have from other UMX aircraft, such as the Electronics used in Ares, Fly Zone, Park Zone and E Flite.
Our Kit comes with gearbox brushed motor and propeller and a 29 page Instruction manual specific to the UK, written in English with colour photographs.
We also have a RC board that can be adapted to suit this model easily. The RXH62A board Is available HERE.
The precision parts fit is amazing, and you will not fail to be impressed. The model comes complete with white tissue, brushed motor and propeller. Our own model is coloured in some green tissue that we purchased separately. You will need a sharp knife, sand paper, wood glues of your own preference, although super glues do make for very quick building. If you would like a glue that behaves similar to Super Glue but is water based, try super phatic and from the same company there is now a none smelling Ezee Dope.
A PDF copy of instructions are available and will be sent by e-mail when your order is dispatched.
A printed paper copy of the UK specific EXTRA INFO instructions can be purchased HERE.
The UK KIT with motor version comes with a 8520 coreless motor/Gearbox and a 4530 propeller, other electronic devices are not included.
You will need
Glues, sanding paper, sharp knife, covering and covering dope (depending on covering used).
Radio Control Equipment. The model has been built as 3 function with the ailerons fixed, if built 4 function you will need servos. Various RC equipment can be used with success.