Mastercraft Collection: A6M5 Zero..
Wingspan: 20.5 inches
Length: 16.5 inches
The G4M was designed for a long range and high speed at the time of its introduction. Several weight-saving measures were incorporated into the design, such as dispensing with self-sealing fuel tanks, which started nicknames such as "the one-shot lighter", "the flying Zippo" and "the flying cigar" because of their tendency to explode or catch on fire from any slight damage to the fuel tank wings after being hit by aerial machine gun fire or ground antiaircraft fire. The G4M was used for low-altitude torpedo attacks on shipping in which their performance advantages were negated, and the G4M was frequently shot down by antiaircraft artillery fire, and even by small arms. The G4M's relatively large size made it an easy gunnery target, and the predictable approach path required for a torpedo run made for a generally easy interception by Allied fighter aircraft. This specific G4M is a G4M3, which is a redesigned G4M2 with added self-sealing fuel tanks, improved armor protection, redesigned wings and an entirely new tail gunner's compartment. The G4M3 entered production in October 1944.
This handcrafted model is painted in the same paint scheme as the original and is painstakingly built from Philippine mahogany by our skilled craftsmen. Perfect as a gift for any aviation enthusiast and history buff!