A6M2 Zeke

War at Sea


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Unit Card:

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Set - Rarity - Number

War at Sea - Common - 49/64

History:

When the Empire of Japan began its conquest, they were aided by the nimble A6M2 Zero. This plane, with a skilled pilot, could practicly outfly any Allied plane at the time, as the Allies discovered in early WWII.

What made the fighter so extraordinary was its speed and maneuverability. This was gained by keeping the Zero at a minimum weight, discarding armor and protection for speed.

This fighter was further argumented with 2 7.7 mm machine guns and 2 20mm cannon, making it a lethal threat for Allied fighters.

As the war progressed, the Zero ruled the skies, that is, until the US Navy introduced the F6F 3 Hellcat. This new fighter quickly gained dominance over the Zero, despite upgrades like the A6M3 and the A6M5 Zeke, and without a clear replacement to challenge the Hellcat, the tide of Japan's air war quickly turned.

Near the end of WWII, the A6M2 found a new role as a Kamikaze aircraft. (A6M2 Zero Kamikaze). The still impressive speed and manueverability factored well into the mission specification. An aircraft of this type sunk the American escort carrier USS St. Lo.
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Reviews:

The A6M2 is a solid fighter. Most Japanese builds should include a number of them—perhaps paired with Shoho.

The A6M2 is reasonably priced and competent, although most people would argue that the Wildcats and Bf109 are better for the points. You should be prepared to lose a few Zeros along the way if you are facing Hellcats, or even Wildcats supported by the Yorktown.

The A6M2 is the only affordable and carrier-baseable Japanese fighter with the Escort ability, so it's a must-have for Japanese air-heavy builds.

With both the A6M2 and A6M5, try to use the Surprise SA strategically. For Zeros, turn 1 represents the best chance both to knock down a tough US bomber, but also to successfully strafe an enemy destroyer.

Plastic Figure Notes:

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