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Which Tamiya 1:48 scale zero

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Which Tamiya 1:48 scale zero
Posted by Itz Marcus on Sunday, January 3, 2021 1:36 PM


I just finished Tamiya's 1:48 scale spitfire. I would like to build the 1:48 scale zero (unfortunately I can't afford the 1:32 scale). Which Tamiya Zero is the best with regard to fit and ease of build?



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  • From: Maryland
Posted by wpwar11 on Sunday, January 3, 2021 1:43 PM

Here's the one I built a year or so back.  It was one of my first builds back to the hobby.  Not many parts, easy to paint, and $15.  Perfect for a newbie.

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Posted by stikpusher on Sunday, January 3, 2021 2:31 PM

In 1/48, their A6M2 Zero and A6M2N Rufe float plane (early 70’s molds) are the easiest to build. They are older kits with lower parts count. Their A6M3 Hamp and A6M5c Zero are a bit newer (early 80’s molds) with more parts, and better detailed. Their newest A6M3 Model 22 and A6M5 kits are the latest in accuracy and detail. And also the most expensive. The older kits are far more affordable.


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Posted by Itz Marcus on Monday, January 4, 2021 9:43 AM


Thanx for the replies. I should have made it clear but I dont mind high parts count. I just want a model that fits together well and one that I dont have to spend a lot of time filling and sanding. So what i'm looking for is the best fitting and most accurate zero that Tamiya makes in 1:48 scale.



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  • From: Land of Lakes
Posted by cbaltrin on Monday, January 4, 2021 10:12 AM

1/48 A6m5/5a & A6M3/3A Are latest and best

Tamiya | No. 89793
Tamiya Tamiya | No. 89793 

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  • Monogram P-51D
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  • From: Katy (Houston), TX
Posted by Aggieman on Monday, January 4, 2021 10:47 AM

I have built the newer A6M5/5a as well as the older A6M2.  The 5/5a is the best Zero kit on the market IMO.  Think of the 2 like one might think of a bit more detailed Monogram Zero, easy to build with a few more details than the ancient Monogram kit has.  My rec. would be for the 5/5a or 3/3a, which you can get for roughly $50.

  • Member since
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  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Monday, January 4, 2021 10:48 PM

There is no reason to be afraid of the Hasegawa 1/48 Zeros.  Very nice kits.


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