Mitsubishi A6M Zero, FlightCraft 22

...from Pen & Sword

Title: A6M Zero, Mitsubishi
Author: Robert Jackson
Publisher: Pen & Sword
ISBN: 978-1-52675-994-8

Number 22 in the FlightCraft series, and the subject is one of the most famous aircraft of WW2, the Japanese Mitsubishi Zero. A 96-page soft-cover book, it follows the usual format for the series, being split evenly into 2 halves, with the history of the real thing in the first half and a comprehensive look at the models of the Zero that have been on the market over many years.
The first half of the book makes for interesting reading, telling us the background and development story of the Zero, and the early operations in the Japanese war with China. Then it goes into the first half of the Pacific War, when Japanese forces had great success against the early Commonwealth aircraft, and famously of course were involved with the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Then there was a change in tactics and new Allied aircraft which appeared on the scene. Following the significant Allied success in the Marianas Turkey Shoot, it moves on to the final stages of the war, covering the period from October 1944 through to August 1945. All of these chapters are well illustrated with plenty of interesting archive images, plus a few showing surviving museum exhibits, mostly rebuilt from the remain of multiple donor airframes. This all leads into 8-pages of fine colour profiles.
The second half of the book is devoted to the many models of the Zero that have been on the market over the years, from the early Airfix, Frog and Revell kits, through to modern ones such as the newly tooled Airfix kit, as well as 1/48, 1/32 and 1/24 alternatives. These details are accompanied by some showcased models from some accomplished modellers, and all again well illustrated with photos.
This is a useful illustrated history of the Zero, and accompanied by a first-class guide for modellers over the variety of kits available whatever your preferred scale.
Thanks to Pen & Sword for our review copy.

Robin