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20th Century Fox Mitsubishi A6M Zero


It was necessary to create a Japanese Air Force to accurately film 20th Century Fox's "Tora! Tora! Tora!” since no World War II Japanese aircraft existed in any quantity. Three types were needed; Nakajima B5N-2 "Kate" torpedo bombers, Mitsubishi A6M "Zero" fighters, and Aichi D3A "Val” dive bombers. Ten of each were needed.

The "Zeros" were made from stock AT-6's or Harvards by adding wheel covers, authentic cowling and cowl flaps, rounded wing tips, and bomb or auxiliary fuel tank racks. In addition, the cockpit area was modified to match the distinctive Japanese design, as was the area in front of the cockpit. This latter modification was for the two forward firing cowl machine guns. Last but by no means least was the unique and accurate paint scheme. Power is provided by a 600 hp Pratt & Whitney engine.



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