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Mitsubishi A6M5 Zero, 261st Naval Air Corps, Saipan. tail no. 653-28

Birds of Prey. My first Witty model. It has subdued ingraving, good colors and a quality paint job. The landing gear struts are not painted, and the tail wheel is a simple plastic part without paint. The canopy is excellent, with well designed bracing and a good fit to the fuselage.

Blown in the Wind. The prop turns the wrong way. Why?

Type Land- and Carrier-Based Fighter
Item no. WT-WTW72001
Quantity Unlimited

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Type Land- and Carrier-Based Fighter
Item no. WT-WTW72001-2
Quantity Unlimited

Mitsubishi A6M5 Zero, tail no. 8-13
Sky Guardians. This second Witty has the same subdued ingraving and excellent paint scheme as the first, but it now has a pilot figure, paint on the tail wheel, some painting on the landing gear struts, and paint in the landing gear wells.

But... While this Zero has a lot going for, Witty has a long way to go before it can consider its models first class.

Wheel wells. Why are the wheel wells painted metallic blue? Did the art director at the factory decide the color would compliment the IFF yellow on the leading edge?

Wheel covers. The wheel covers are painted metallic blue on the outside as well as the inside. Was that carelessness, or were they just lazy?

Navigate this. The green navigation light on the right wing is painted light blue.

Prop. The prop still spins backward.

ID Band. The identification band around the fuselage doesn't go all the way around. All the pictures I can find of Zeros have the band or bands going all the way around.

Box Confusion. The box for this model and the first Witty Zero are similar, this model having the title Sky Guardians and the first Zero the title Birds of Prey. However, though the models are different in detail, they are both identified on the box as belonging to 261st Naval Air Corps, Saipan. Did they forget to revise that blurb on the box for the second model?

Potential. No doubt Witty has great potential, and hopefully they will continue to improve their offerings and expand their line.

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