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#703 Mitsubishi A6M Zero on the Zuikaku

Building the amazing little Sweet 1:144 kit of the Zero with Flight Deck.



The Mitsubishi A6M Zero was a long-range carrier-based fighter aircraft.

I picked up this kit for only ¥640 at LeonardoレオナルドLG 2, mainly because I was keen to try as I’d heard really good things about Sweet kits. And oh my, it is a nice little kit. The detail is very impressive for the scale, despite this being one of their older kits.

Paint Scheme

Feature Color Paint Used
  primer Aqueous Black Surfacer 1000
fuselage flat black H12
fuselage IJA Gray Green C128
prop, detail silver H8
deck tan H27
lift grey H22 + H104 4:1

Build Log

build01a build01b build01c build01d

build02a build02b build02c build02d

Credits and References

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This page is a web-friendly rendering of my project notes shared in the LEAP GitHub repository.

LEAP is just my personal collection of projects. Two main themes have emerged in recent years, sometimes combined:

  • electronics - usually involving an Arduino or other microprocessor in one way or another. Some are full-blown projects, while many are trivial breadboard experiments, intended to learn and explore something interesting
  • scale modelling - I caught the bug after deciding to build a Harrier during covid to demonstrate an electronic jet engine simulation. Let the fun begin..
To be honest, I haven't quite figured out if these two interests belong in the same GitHub repo or not. But for now - they are all here!

Projects are often inspired by things found wild on the net, or ideas from the many great electronics and scale modelling podcasts and YouTube channels. Feel free to borrow liberally, and if you spot any issues do let me know (or send a PR!). See the individual projects for credits where due.