Mitsubishi A6M3 Model 32 Zero: “Fly it like you stole it” (V).

This captured Zero was assembled using pieces from the wreckage of at least three Zeros found at the Buna Airfield, Dec. 1942/Jan. 1943. The A6M3 was later shipped to Australia and tested at the Eagle Farm Airfield.

A friend of mine says a Zero doesn’t look right without Hinomarus. I think he has a point there.

7 thoughts on “Mitsubishi A6M3 Model 32 Zero: “Fly it like you stole it” (V).

  1. Your friend is absolutely correct, it just doesn’t look “right”! What a beautiful aircraft it was… As a youngster I built one from a plastic model kit and it looked great, but adults criticized me for my choice to build a “Jap” plane, complete with the Hinomaru. When I told them the kit was on sale and it was the only one I could afford they relented a bit. I also built a balsa-wood, rubber band powered Ju-87 “Stuka” because I loved the design; I got the same reaction! After being bombed and blasted by planes, V-1 buzz bombs and V-2 rockets, well, I guess my family was pretty fed up with the Axis powers. The fragile Stuka didn’t last long!

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