Mitsubishi A7M Reppu - Sam Imperial Japansese Navy Air Service 1/72 Scale Diecast Metal Model
1:72 Scale Metal Diecast - Mitsubishi A7M Reppu "Sam" Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service – Length: 5.75" Wingspan: 7.75”
This Sam model is a single seat plane. The cockpit is glue shut. It has no pilot/crew figures included. The landing gear is optional, the pieces for the landing gear will need a little glue to be kept in place. The landing gear can be made to look in the retracted position (in flight) with the optional pieces. A display stand is included.
This is really a "no-play" model or a "display-only" model. It is mostly metal and very heavy. It also has a number of antennas which look great but are very fragile. The box is labeled as not suitable for children under 14.
The maker of this model did a good job, specifically the color scheme and the markings are very crisp and clear. The panel lines and hatches are very nicely done (engraved).
The Mitsubishi A7M Reppū ("Strong Wind") was designed as the successor to the Imperial Japanese Navy's A6M Zero, with development beginning in 1942. Performance objectives were to achieve superior speed, climb, diving, and armament over the Zero, as well as better maneuverability. To meet these performance specifications its size and weight were significantly greater than its predecessor. The A7M's allied codename was "Sam".