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Old 02-21-2018, 08:18 AM   #1
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Question Any experiences with Zero warbirds?

The more I read about the A6M Zero, the more interesting it seems. I plan to focus on getting a number of different models of this aircraft. Achieving a light AUW and balance with the short nose seems to be a challenge for some of the offerings out there. What is your experience with Zero foamies or kits of any size?
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Old 02-26-2018, 05:43 AM   #2
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I should start collecting different plans of the Zero.

Anyone know about this?

It would be interesting to see a version made out of all Dollar Tree foam.
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This one at 36 inch span looks kind of nice. $20 to have it printed.
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I can certainly see the challenge. Easily one of the best looking fighters but no hands on experiences. But a T-6 / SNJ might reveal all some secrets.
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Would this interest you at all or are you looking keep it a scratch build? You can use it to reverse engineer things and then resell it.

https://www.ebay.com/i/291711028189
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I can certainly see the challenge. Easily one of the best looking fighters but no hands on experiences. But a T-6 / SNJ might reveal all some secrets.
Good point. Similar planform.
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Originally Posted by F22trainer View Post
Would this interest you at all or are you looking keep it a scratch build? You can use it to reverse engineer things and then resell it.

https://www.ebay.com/i/291711028189
I've been thinking along just those lines myself. Scratch building is a last resort. The size of the Flyzone offering is a bit larger than what I want though. The landing gear seems a bit off to me, but I like the flaps and bomb drop features.
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Then there is semi-scale, like the Great Planes Zero. Large and boxy, and no retracts or flaps. Not too expensive though.

The smaller FMS Zero would be perfect if it could be much lighter and I could manage the torque.
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Here is a colorful rehash of the Zero's history in one page. It has the best picture of the last flying Zero with an original engine that I have ever seen.
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Originally Posted by Seattle View Post
Then there is semi-scale, like the Great Planes Zero. Large and boxy, and no retracts or flaps. Not too expensive though.

The smaller FMS Zero would be perfect if it could be much lighter and I could manage the torque.
A club member was flying his Great Planes Zero yesterday and I was thinking of your quest, so I asked him about it.
He removed all of the original covering and redid with a flatter finish material, was electric with a 40 size motor. He did put retracts in. Flew rock solid and he has had no issues with balance. It does appear to have a longer nose arm which would reduce the instability. But overall it was a 10 in my book....then again, all of this guys models are just superb.
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I am new to it, i currently have a Zero...
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Originally Posted by F22trainer View Post
A club member was flying his Great Planes Zero yesterday and I was thinking of your quest, so I asked him about it.
He removed all of the original covering and redid with a flatter finish material, was electric with a 40 size motor. He did put retracts in. Flew rock solid and he has had no issues with balance. It does appear to have a longer nose arm which would reduce the instability. But overall it was a 10 in my book....then again, all of this guys models are just superb.
Maybe exact scale looks are less important than being able to fly the model reliably. The price for the Great Planes offering is good as well.
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I am new to it, i currently have a Zero...
Do you want to tell about it?
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