Back again with another military MOC!
After building an American Avenger torpedo bomber and a Vought Corsair for my friend Lego Monster's Intrepid project, I now turned my attention to building something used by the Americans' adversaries. It just wouldn't be complete without a Japanese fighter ready to plunge onto its deck.
So, here it is, my rendition of the famous Mitsubishi A6M 'Zero-sen' fighter.
The model has an opening canopy, with room for a minifig inside, and a retractable undercarriage. Early models of the A6M had curved wing tips that could fold up for storage aboard aircraft carriers. On the A6M3 Type 32 these were deleted and the wings ended up with a squared-off look. It wasn't a success. The smaller wing area lowered the climb rate and increased the stall speed. Still, I was happy to avoid the complexity of folding wing tips and the relative scarcity of 3x3 plates with a round corner in light blueish grey, so it is the version I chose. The leading edges of the wing should be slightly swept back. However, the angle is so small, making the edges straight seemed acceptable. Most LEGO models of Zero fighters that I am aware of are either white or green. I considered green for mine, but regular LEGO green is far too bright and LEGO dark green is too rare.
Many Zeros were painted in a very pale grey in real life, and using white makes some sense, but somehow the result tends to look too bland in my opinion. I am also running low on white plates, so I chose grey instead. It also gave me the option of having a nicely contrasting white band around the fuselage and a white outline for the rising sun symbol.
The fuselage band is largely brick built with only a tiny part (just about visible in this picture) being made with tape.
The Rising Sun symbol was also made with tape. I made two separate circles by sticking the tape to a Pound coin for the white and cutting around that, and doing the same using a Penny for the red.
Edited by Rufus, 02 July 2011 - 11:25 AM.