Having entered service in 1940 with the Imperial Japanese Navy the A6M quickly accumulated an outstanding kill ratio of 12 to 1. It was a honeymoon period that was set to last until mid 1942 when a combination of new tactics and the introduction of better aircraft and equipment enabled Allied pilots to engage the Zero on equal terms. As fighter development accelerated the Zero began to fall behind and, by 1944, with Allied aircraft approaching its level of manoeuvrability and consistently exceeding its firepower, armour and speed the A6M had largely become outdated. Initially, then, a formidable aeroplane, yet one that’s rarely modelled. Well, Seagull has seen to that with the introduction of this rather imposing 86” span version for 50 to 60cc petrol engines. If you like a warbird (who doesn’t?), and you like something that’ll catch the eye, then you really (really) should take a close look at this matt finish (Oracover), electric retract and flap-equipped delight.