Japanese A6M3 Zero | Rising Sun Warbird
When it was first introduced, the Japanese A6M3 Zero was considered the most capable carrier-based fighter in the world. It proved a formidable weapon early on in WW II, and it shot down many
U.S. aircraft when first encountered in combat. American pilots quickly learned not to engage the
Zero in traditional dogfights, where the Zero could outturn them, but instead to dive down from higher
altitudes, build up airspeed, fire their guns in quick bursts, and then zoom back up to altitude. ;ough
more maneuverable, the Zero lacked armor plating for protection and was extremely fragile.
Mark Rittinger’s amazing A6M3 Zero is one of our hottest sellers. Using traditional balsa-and-ply
construction, the Zero features foam-core wings for fast and strong building. A unique feature is that
Mark has included a unique spring-loaded wing retainer system that allows quick battery changes
without the use of tools. ;e cowling is made out of all-balsa blocks carved and sanded to shape, with
is available from
MODEL: Japanese A6M3 Zero
TYPE: Scale W W II South Pacific warbird
WINGSPAN: 49 in.
LENGTH: 38.75 in.
WING AREA: 410.16 sq. in.
WEIGHT: 61 oz.
WING LOADING: 22. 47 oz./sq. ft.
RADIO REQ’D: 3- to 4-channel (rudder, aileron,
throttle); rudder and retracts optional
MOTOR REQ’D: E-flite Power 25 or equivalent
PLAN NO.: X0314A (1 sheet)
MOTOR: E-flite Power 25 ( e-fliterc.com)
SPEED CONTROL: E-flite Pro 40A
PROPELLER: APC 12x10 ( apcprop.com)
SERVOS: HS- 65 ( hitecrcd.com)
BATTERY: 3S 5000mAh LiPo
The prototype Zero was built without landing
gear and was hand-launched to get it into the
air. The plans do show details for retractable
gear, but this will increase the finished
weight of the model.
;e Zero flies without landing gear and is
easy to hand-launch.
;e Zero plans are
well laid out and
easy to follow.
details for the
Here are the sheeted fuselage and the competed
foam-core wing ready to cover.
;e big engine cowl is made out of balsa blocks glued
together and carved and sanded to shape.
;e Power 25 brushless motor is a perfect choice for