1:72 Scale Metal Die-Cast - Nakajima A6M2-N Rufe – Length: 5" Wingspan: 6”
This Rufe model is a single seat plane. The cockpit is glue shut. It has no pilot figure included. The main feature of this model is that it is an amphibian/sea plane, so a set of floater can be attached to the fuselage and wings. When the floaters are attached, however, the model is incompatible with the included stand because of space requirements. When the model is configured as a sea plane, it needs to be mounted in an included trolley which would gibe it a stable platform to be displayed. The wheels in the trolley do not roll. Included in the box are the pieces for a regular landing gear. When the regular landing gear is attached, it basically makes the model into a regular Zero fighter. Lastly, the covers for the wheel wells are included, so one can use the wheel covers and give the model an in-flight appearance.
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. If you have small kids that like to play with your models, save yourself some frustration (and money) and wait till later to get a model like this one. The box is labeled as not suitable for children under 14.
The maker of this model, War Master, did a good job with this model, specifically the color scheme and the markings are very crisp and clear. The panel lines and hatches are very nicely done (engraved). If you look carefully at the photos you will notice that the paint job has some weathering details, there are darker lines simulating wear/oil leakage along some panel lines to some very nice effect. There are nice smoke staining/fading effect in the area around the engine and guns.
The box measures at 7 inches by 7 inches by 2 inches.
The A6M2-N floatplane was developed from the Mitsubishi A6M Zero Type 0, for the purposes of supporting amphibious operations and defending remote bases. It was based on the A6M-2 Model 11 fuselage, with a modified tail and added floats. This aircraft was the brainchild ofShinobu Mitsutake, Nakajima Aircraft Company's Chief Engineer, and Atsushi Tajima, one of the company's designers. A total of 327 were built, including the original prototype.