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Nakajima NK1C
1,130 hp
2- 7.7 mm
2- 20 mm
2- 132 lbs. ea.
4,140 lbs.
6,025 lbs.
29' 9"
36' 1"
215 mph
320 mph
350 mph
3,150 fpm
37,500 feet
1,200 miles

Japanese Zero for sale
Japanese Zero For Sale

The Japanese Zero is Japan's most famous World War II aircraft. It was the first carrier born fighter aircraft capable of besting land based enemy aircraft.

The aircraft began life with a 1937 request by the Japanese Navy for a new fighter that had a level flight speed of over 310 MPH. It would be a replacement for outdated carrier fighter aircraft. Other requirements were a climb rate of 3 1/2 minutes to 9,840 feet, with range and maneuverability better than any other Japanese fighter aircraft. It's armament would consist of two 20mm cannons and two 7.7mm machine guns.

Mitsubishi aircraft undertook the project of developing the new navy fighter aircraft under the leadership of Jiro Horikoshi. A prototype rolled off of the assembly line on March 16, 1939. Its first flight was on April 1, 1939 and it was accepted by the Japanese Navy on September 14, 1939. Its official navy designation was Mitsubishi A6M1 Carrier Fighter.

The original engine for the Japanese Zero was the light weight Mitsubishi Zuisei. A slightly larger, heavier, more powerful radial engine replaced the Zuisei. With the more powerful engine, the aircraft easily bested all the navy's performance requirements. Production models of Japanese Naval aircraft were assigned type numbers based on the last number of the Japanese calendar year when its production began. For the Japanese Zero, the first production aircraft rolled off the assembly line in 1940. That was the year 2600 on the Japanese calendar. Therefore the A6M series was known as the Zero (Type 00 fighter).

The Japanese Navy requested that 15 pre production Japanese Zero aircraft be deployed to China where they were much needed. The Japanese aircraft were able to turn the balance of air power in their favor. No opposition aircraft could match the performance of the Zero.

The Chinese informed the U.S. government about the new Japanese fighter aircraft, but no one heeded the warnings. The appearance of the Japanese Zero in the attack on Pearl Harbor came as a complete surprise to the Americans. Thereafter the Zero took part in virtually every Pacific battle. Throughout 1941 and 1942 the 400 Japanese Zero aircraft of the Japanese Navy overwhelmed opposing aircraft. In a carrier raid against Ceylon, Japanese Zero aircraft easily defeated opposing British aircraft.

It was in mid-1942 that the Allies acquired a virtually intact Japanese Zero. It was shipped to the USA where extensive testing revealed the major shortcomings of the aircraft. That, plus a new generation of faster, more maneuverable Allied fighter aircraft spelled the end of the reign of the Japanese Zero.

The Japanese answered by installing a 1,560 h.p engine in the A6M8. It partially closed the performance gap that Japanese Zero aircraft had with newer Allied fighters, but it was introduced in too small numbers, and too late in the war to help. Eventually Japanese Zero aircraft were used in Kamikaze attacks against enemy warships. Japanese Zero aircraft were the primary suicide attackers.

More Japanese Zero aircraft were produced than any other Japanese aircraft during World War II. Mitsubishi produced 2,879 of the aircraft, and Nakajima produced 6,215 of the aircraft. A total of 844 Japanese Zero aircraft were also produced as trainers and float planes by Sasebo, Hitachi, and Nakajima.

Only two original aircraft still fly. One performs in air shows and displays at the Planes of Fame Museum in Chino, CA. The other is with the Commemorative Air Force in Camarillo, CA.

Japanese Zero for sale
Japanese Zer For Sale

Pictured above is the Japanese Zero from NitroPlanes. Wingspan is 54" and length is 45". To power it you will need a .46 two stroke or .63 four stroke engine. All up weight is a little over 6 lbs.

Another Japanese Zero by NitroPlanes is made by CMP and has a wingspan of 71" with a fuselage that is 60" long. It has a fiberglass fuselage with sheeted foam wings and should weigh about 11 lbs. all up. For power you will need a 1.08 two cycle of 1.20 four cycle engine up front.

Japanese Zero for sale
Japanese Zero For Sale

Lidong Models has a Japanese Zero by Banana Hobbies and other retailers. It comes as a RTF and includes flaps and retractable landing gear. Wingspan is 55", length is 43", and motor is 4200 kV.

Japanese Zero for sale
Japanese Zero For Sale

The Japanese Zero from Huayu Hobbies has a 91" wingspan and 82 1/2" length. Power can come from 50 cc to 100 cc engines.

Not shown is the Japanese Zero from Huayu Hobbies with a 33 1/2" wingspan and 28" length. Included is a geared Speed 370 type motor. Weight is about 14 oz.

Japanese Zero for sale
Japanese Zero For Sale

AMAX has a Japanese Zero. Its wingspan is 35" and length 29". It comes ready to fly including flight battery and a geared Speed 370 type motor. Weight is around 1 lb. 1 oz.

Japanese Zero for sale
Japanese Zero For Sale

The Japanese Zero from the QP Store has a 83" wingspan and is 67" long. It can use from 40 cc to 50 cc engines. Weight is about 14 lbs.

Japanese Zero for sale
Japanese Zero For Sale

AMD Hobby has the Japanese Zero made by Dongguan Models. It is a slope soarer with a 47" wingspan and 30" length. Controls are ailerons and elevators. Weight is about 35 oz. all up.

Japanese Zero for sale
Japanese Zero For Sale

The Japanese Zero from VQ Warbirds comes as ARF of all wood construction. Its wingspan is 62" and it is 44" long. You will need from .40 to .46 two cycle or .70 four cycle engines for power. Weight is around 6 lbs.

Japanese Zero for sale
Japanese Zero For Sale

The 80" wingspan Japanese Zero from Yellow Aircraft can be powered by an OS BGX, Zenoah 38 or equivalent engine. Construction is a glass fibre fuselage with sheeted foam wings. It is 66" long and weighs around 25 lbs.

Designed by Bert Baker, the Japanese Zero from Yellow Aircraft can be built with enough details to be a contest winner. It can fly at fast speeds, maneuver with the best of them, and slow down for easy landings.

Japanese Zero for sale
Japanese Zero For Sale

You have a choice of a 108" or a 118" wingspan Japanese Zero from Meister-Scale. You also have a choice of plans, short kit or full kit from them. That is Ty Brown Jr. with the model built by his dad.

GWS has an electric power Japanese Zero with a 33.5" wingspan. The model makes an excellent park flyer.

CMP has a Japanese Zero with a wingspan of 53 1/2" and a length of 44 1/2". It features a fiberglass fuse, with foam sheeted wings. Engines recommended are .46 two cycle or .50 to .63 four cycle. The wings of this model have provisions for retractable landing gear. Ready to fly weight is right around 6 lbs.

For the folks who like to build from plans, Nick Ziroli Plans has plans for a 91" wingspan Japanese Zero. It weighs about 26 lbs. Suggested power is by 3.0 to 4.2 cid engines.

Great Planes has a Electrifly Japanese Zero. Wingspan is 34 1/2". It comes with a motor.

Shenzhen Boran has a Japanese Zero. Its wingspan is 53 1/2" and it is 44 1/2" longEngines can be a .46 2C or 50 to . 63 4C.

Niko has a Japanese Zero. It is powered by a OBL 2928/09 motor.

RCUniverse has a listing for a Japanese Zero by Ultra. Its wingspan is 92", length is 83" and weight is 28 1/2 lbs.

Avia-Richmodel has a Japanese Zero. Its wingspan is 37" and it is 29" long. You will need a Speed 380 type motor to power the approximately 1 lb. 2 oz. airplane.

Flying Styro has a Japanese Zero. It is ARF with a 34 1/2" wingspan, 27 1/2" length and 15 oz. weight. It needs a Speed 400 type motor.

One of our favorite slope soarers was a Japanese Zero from Dave's Aircraft Works. Unfortunately, they are longer in business.

Plantraco Ltd. has Japanese Zero. It is a 10" wingspan, 4 gr. weight, profile model made for indoor flying that comes as a RTF (ready to fly).

Sam Landell built a Japanese Zero from Burt Baker with a 80" wingspan powered by a Zenoah 38 engine.

Thomas Smith has a Japanese Zero from Meister with a 110" wingspan. It weighs around 45 lbs. and uses Quadra 75 engine power.

Charlie Campos built a Japanese Zero built from modified plans from Ziroli.  It has a 90" wingspan, weighs about 30 lbs., and is powered by a Q75 engine.

Carl Phillips has a Japanese Zero from World Models with a wingspan of 80". Carl powers it with a G62 engine.

Jim Condor has another Japanese Zero by World Models Its wingspan is 80", its weight 24 lbs. and it uses 3.2 engine power.

Hal Roberts has a Japanese Zero from a Bert Baker kit with a 80" wingspan powered by a Q42 engine.

Bill Harrison built a 120" wingspan Japanese Zero built from Ty Brown plans. It uses Q75 power and weighs around 38 lbs.

Ron Scarsdale has a Japanese Zero build from a World Models kit with a 81" wingspan. Power comes from a Moki 1.8 engine. Weight is about 23 lbs.

Dale Davidson has a 92" wingspan Japanese Zero from Zirolli that he powers with a Saito 1.8 engine.

Brad Erickson built a Japanese Zero from Ultra with a 90" wingspan. It uses G62 power to motivate its 26 lb. weight.

We received the following email from Joe Pepper reviewing the building and flying of his Japanese Zero from VQ Warbirds:

"The moment I opened the sturdy carton the Japanese Zero from VQ Warbirds was delivered in, I liked it.  It arrived in excellent condition. The covering only needed a little heating to shrink it back into shape. The first thing I noticed was the great job done making the model look realistic. Everything was well protected for shipment. The instructions are clear and very complete.

I decided that my airplanes would look best with retracts. The retracts available from VQ Warbirds are made for their Japanese Zero and are the easiest to install. Other retracts may not be so easy, so I highly recommend the ones from VQ.

All the wooden parts are cleanly cut and perfectly fit. The elevators, ailerons and rudder come already attached to the aircraft. There is a battery box in front, a nice touch. The engine mount is easily affixed to the airplane using the templates and alignment pieces.

With everything together it was time to fly! The Japanese Zero from VQ Warbirds flies fast, does every maneuver a real fighter pilot would have been proud of, and lands easily. I highly recommend it."

Thank you JoeWe appreciate you telling us about your experiences with the Japanese Zero from VQ Warbirds.

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