- The cockpit interior should be FS 4095 for a
Mitsubishi A6M5 and FS 4255 for a Nakajima built Model 52.
- The rivets on the rear cockpit deck should in
fact be raised, they were not flush.
- The cockpit decking should be black on the
Nakajima A6M5 but is the same FS 4052 green as the rest of the
upper surface camouflage green on the Mitsubishi Type 52.
- The cutout
for the loop antenna just behind the rollover pylon should be
opened up to measure 5.5mm x 2mm (180mm x 60mm). The loop antenna
should be mounted to a base that is inside the fuselage and allows
the antenna to extend through the opening.
- Part E3 can only be found on the early A6M2
and therefore should be left off. However, the hemispheric lamp
should be attached just below E26. It is overall natural aluminum.
- Mitsubishi did not paint the steel parts in
the cockpit black as was found in the Nakajima planes. Thus the
black paint applied to the points where parts E35 and E36 attach
should be black only in the latter’s Zeros.
- The lamp at the front end of E29 should be
- Parts E35 and E36 should be black on Nakajima
planes and cockpit interior green on those built by Mitsubishi. In
both cases the knob at the end should be black.
- Part E81 has no black on its handle in either
- The buff painted “pencil holder” was not
found on all aircraft and should be considered optional
- The fire extinguisher control box sitting on
the small shelf at the rear of part E22 should be removed along
with the shelf on all Mitsubishi A6M5s built before early December
1943 (starting with s/n 4274) which almost certainly includes A6M5
9-151. The box may have been in this position once Mitsubishi
began installing such equipment but Nakajima installed this
control box against the left side of the rear bulkhead (part E34)
from the start. In all cases, though, the shelf should be removed.
- A “bicycle chain” needs to be attached
leading backwards from part E31.
- Part E82 should have a dark blue handle, not
- Part E38 should have instruments in all four
- On the right floor of the cockpit is a
rectangular box with three handles on top of it. This box should
have round lightening holes in the sides of it.
- In front of this box is a fitting that was
deleted in the production of the A6M3. It should be completely
removed flush with the cockpit floor.
- As mentioned above Mitsubishi did not paint
the steel fittings in the cockpit black. Thus the painting
instructions for parts E5, E6, E12, E13, EE72 and the crosspiece
to which these attach apply only to Nakajima planes.
- Part E23 should be black or the cockpit
interior color for Nakajima or Mitsubishi respectively.
- A white colored bungee cord should be fitted
over the two part E23s from about one third of the way back from
the seat on parts E12 and E13.
- The switch in the middle of the lower left
tier of instruments should be black.
- The crank on part E25 should be yellow.
- The machine guns were more likely to be a
metallic gray color rather than black at this stage in the war.
- The interior side of the small wheel well
doors should be aotake for a Nakajima Zero and underside
Hairyokushoku for a Mitsubishi built plane. In either case the U
shaped arm should be black.
- The small folding rear corner of each door
should be bent over unless one is going with the folding landing
- The functioning landing gear really
compromises parts E15 but they should be aotake for a Nakajima
Zero and underside Hairyokushoku for a Mitsubishi model. If the
folding landing gear option is not used these parts should be
- Round lightening holes should be drilled
between the ribs in both the front and rear of the outer section
of the wheel wells.
- Each well should have the brake lines added
and the left well should also include the two lines running out to
the pitot tube.
- Detailing the wheel wells should also include
the addition of raised rivets throughout.
- The interior side of parts B12, B13 and B14
should be underside Hairyokushoku for both a Mitsubishi
and a Nakajima Zero.
- The photo-etched oil cooler should be mounted
at an angle in the oil cooler intake.
- The use of moveable ailerons means that the
aileron actuating rods cannot be included. If this function is
forgone add the rods from parts B10 into the wing.
- Parts H2 and H3 should be painted with
- The roughly rectangular piece molded as part
of the lower landing gear and to which the lower wheel well cover
is attached should not be painted black but is actually finished
in underside Hairyokushoku.
- The vinyl tires should not have any tread
molded into them.
- Parts E51 and E52 should not have a
“step” in the lower outer surface. These were actually each a
single sheet of aluminum with small “angle iron” strips fitted
along the edges.
- The interior side of the wheel wide covers
should be underside Hairyokushoku for both Mitsubishi
and a Nakajima Zeros. This includes both parts E52 and E64 and
parts E51 and E65.
- While the wheel well cover weight indication
decals (28) supplied in the kit are correct for the Mitsubishi
built A6M5. Nakajima used a simpler scheme that used only red over
blue stripes or a single red stripe.
- The small hub of the tail tire should be
- The tail gear should have a canvas covering
fitted to it. The canvas was probably tan, green or black.
- Only the attachment fitting and the actual
hook of the tail hook should be black. The shaft of the hook
should be the same shade of Hairyokushoku as the underside of the
- The interior of the tail hook well should
also be the same color of Hairyokushoku as the rest of the
- Several errors exist in the engine. The first
of these are the missing baffles that fit between at the end of
each cylinder. Eduard includes these baffles in their photo-etch
- Secondly, parts D12 and D13 should be affixed
to the engine by small arms attached to each cylinder just below
each rocker box cover.
- Starting with A6M5 s/n 4550 built in
mid-February 1944 the lower exhaust pipes were extended in length
80mm. As this is about the time that Nakajima began production of
the A6M5 it can be assumed that any Nakajima Model 52 had the
longer exhaust. Thus for a Nakajima Model 52 and a later model
Mitsubishi A6M5 parts C5, C6, C23 and C24 should be lengthen
- The engine painting instructions are almost
all incorrect. Thus the engine colors described in a TAIC wartime
metallurgical report on a captured Sakae 21 are given as follows:
- Cylinder head - black paint
- Cylinder barrel - black paint
- Rocker box cover - black paint
- Push rod housings - black paint with NMF
fittings at each end
- Baffles (between cylinders) - black paint
- Intake manifold - black paint
- Crankcase - greenish-gray pain (the nose
section is held in place by 14 NMF bolts)
- Blower case - gray paint
- Gear case - gray-green paint
- Gear oil pump housing- gray paint
- Fuel pump case - black paint
- Fuel pump support - gray-green paint
- Gun synchronizer housing - gray paint
- Ignition system conduit tubes - gray paint
- Ignition system cables - black leatherette
- Part A17 should be either black for the
Nakajima A6M5 or the same color as the overall upper camouflage
green in the case of the Mitsubishi Model 52. The rivets on it
should be raised.
- A U shaped handle should be added to the
inside lower right front and the vertical latching rod mechanism
to the left front of the sliding canopy.
- Part C19 should be the same green as the
upper camouflage of the plane.
- Part A11 should be black and the rivets
should be raised, they were not flush.
- The propeller colors are correct for a
Nakajima aircraft but early Mitsubishi A6M5s retained the earlier
natural aluminum blades with flat dark brown (FS 0059) painted
propeller backs, a single red warning stripe, and aluminum painted
spinner. 9-151 probably was still in this earlier scheme.
- The radio antenna wire should run back to a
bungee cord that is looped through a small hole in the rudder.
This cord was twisted to prevent it vibrating in the slipstream
and was connected to the antenna wire with a white glass
- A filler cap needs to be added to the top
front of part E67. It probably should be painted red.