Known as the “Blayd Zero”, this A6M2 Model 21 was built by the Blayd Corporation in the 1990s by reproducing original A6M parts purchased by Robert Diemert. The aircraft also used some original Zero parts in the landing gear, thereby earning it the status of restored rather than a replica or restoration. This of course…Continue reading The “Blayd” Zero
Category: Mitsubishi A6M Zero
Lt Yoshio Shiga’s A6M Zero at Pearl Harbor
This A6M2 Model 21 was flown by Lt Yoshio Shiga of the 1st Koku Kantai, 1st Koku Sentai during the Pearl Harbor attack on December 7, 1941. Shiga was based on the Kaga aircraft carrier.
PO1c Tekeshi Hirano’s A6M2 Model 21
This is the Mitsubishi A6M2 Model 21 (c/n 5289) flown by Petty Officer First Class Takeshi Hirano during the Pearl Harbor attack on December 7, 1941. Flying from the Akagi, Hirano was part of the first wave. At 08:10 he was shot down by AA fire from the USS Helm and Fort Kamehameha near Hickam. His…Continue reading PO1c Tekeshi Hirano’s A6M2 Model 21
Work in progress: Mitsubishi A6M Zero
Working on a commission, I’ve almost finished the template for the legendary Mitsubishi A6M2 Type 21. Once I’m done, I’ll have to move on to other projects so I don’t know when I’ll be able to present actual finished profiles rather than this somewhat sad all-grey template. 🙁 Paints used on Japanese aircraft during World…Continue reading Work in progress: Mitsubishi A6M Zero