Photograph Copyright © Collin Riley 2005-2014
Zero, Takeo Okumura
Archive. War in the Pacific
really good diecast A6M in this scale has yet to be produced, and
I've hemmed and hawed in my own mind about which of the various versions
is best. Corgi is in the process of introducing a new Spitfire I mold,
and hopefully they will make new molds for the Mustang, as well as
for the Zero, though, of course, a new Zero mold is highly unlikely.
Most probably, a new Zero would come from SkyMax.
mold has good proportions, but the execution leaves a lot to be desired,
with lots of bits and pieces to attach (and fall off), and a sliding
canopy that doesn't slide well and that leaves gapping holes in the
sides of the fuselage. Also, the panel lines are much too intense.
version is laudable because of the large number of A6M variations
produced, though the fuselage seems a bit tall and the canopy profile
a bit low, and the windscreen doesn't have quite the right shape.
In the Corgi
version, the panel lines are much too deep, the landing gear a bit
too short, and the canopy a bit too far forward. Also, the canopy
bracing is heavy-handed, though the shape of the canopy wind-screen
is among the best.
Again, SkyMax seems the more likely candidate to come out witn a new
Zero mold, mainly because Japanese WWII airplanes fall into a niche
category, and SkyMax has been filling those categories quite nicely.
However, with the excellent diecast molds Corgi is currently producing,
a new Zero from them would be most welcome. And it would be especially
welcome if accompanied by a twin-engined Betty bomber, a mold type
in which Corgi is a very successful niche player.
As for this Corgi model, it is not particularly attractive because
the dark colors accentuate the deep panel lines and heavy canopy bracing,
qualities which give the model a more-than-usual toy-like look.
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