The Mitsubishi A6M(Type 0 Carrier Fighter — Rei shiki Kanjō sentōki — 零式艦上戦闘機) was a long range fighter aircraft operated by the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service (IJNAS) from 1940 to 1945. In Japan it was unofficially referred to as both Rei-sen and Zero-sen; Japanese pilots most commonly called their plane Zero-sen. The official Allied code name was "Zeke" but the A6M was usually referred to by the Allies as the "Zero".
When it was introduced early in World War II, the A6M was the best carrier-based fighter in the world, combining excellent maneuverability and very long range. In early combat operations, the A6M gained a legendary reputation as a "dogfighter", gaining the outstanding kill ratio of 12 to 1, but by 1942, a combination of new tactics and the introduction of better equipment enabled the Allied pilots to engage the A6M on more equal terms. The Imperial Japanese Naval Air Service (IJNAS) also frequently used the type as a land-based fighter. By 1943, inherent design weaknesses and the increasing lack of more powerful aircraft engines meant that the A6M became less effective against newer enemy fighters that possessed greater firepower, armor, speed, and approached the A6M's maneuverability. Although the Mitsubishi A6M was outdated by 1944, it was never totally supplanted by the newer Japanese aircraft types. During the final years of the War in the Pacific, the A6M was used in kamikaze operations.
Kits of the A6M are arranged here by subtype:
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