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A6M1

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Totals
140000 Price
130 Survivability
2560 kgWeight
191.1 Damage
Speed
1039.4 Airspeed
460 km/hTop Speed at Sea Level
460 km/hTop Speed at Best Altitude
600 mOptimum Altitude
520 km/hMaximum Dive Speed
95.3 m/sRate of Climb
90 km/hStall Speed
240 km/hOptimum Airspeed
Mobility
86.5 Controllability
8 sAverage Time to Turn 360 deg
100 °/sRate of Roll
1556.6 Maneuverability
IV
Mitsubishi A6M1 Zero
140000
Early prototypes of the famous A6M Zero were equipped with Zuisei engines. First flew in April 1939.

Tech Tree

Engine
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Engine
Specifications:
Engine Power, hp850
Typeair-cooled
Weight, kg570
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1050
EngineZuisei 14
Specifications:
Engine Power, hp850
Typeair-cooled
Weight, kg570
Price:
Research cost1050
Purchase price23200
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1050
Zuisei 14
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0
EngineZuisei 13
Specifications:
Engine Power, hp780
Typeair-cooled
Weight, kg540
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Zuisei 13
Airframe
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AirframeA6M (prototype)
Specifications:
Survivability130
Weight, kg1780
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A6M (prototype)
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Airframe
Specifications:
Survivability140
Weight, kg1780
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1800
AirframeA6M1 Model 11
Specifications:
Survivability140
Weight, kg1780
Price:
Research cost1800
Purchase price22500
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1800
A6M1 Model 11
Synchronized machine gun
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Machine gun7.7 mm Type 97 Model 2 (S)
Specifications:
Caliber7.7
Muzzle Velocity, m/s960
Damage26
Rate of Fire, rounds/min800
Weight, kg30
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2x7.7 mm Type 97 Model 2 (S)
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0
Machine gun
Specifications:
Caliber7.7
Muzzle Velocity, m/s960
Damage26
Rate of Fire, rounds/min800
Weight, kg30
Price:
Purchase price4500
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2x
Wing-mounted weapon
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Machine gun20 mm Type E (W)
Specifications:
Caliber20
Muzzle Velocity, m/s1120
Damage60
Rate of Fire, rounds/min320
Weight, kg90
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2x20 mm Type E (W)
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2750
Machine gun20 mm Type 99-1 Model 1 (W)
Specifications:
Caliber20
Muzzle Velocity, m/s1200
Damage65
Rate of Fire, rounds/min360
Weight, kg90
Price:
Research cost2750
Purchase price21000
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2750
2x20 mm Type 99-1 Model 1 (W)
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0
Machine gun
Specifications:
Caliber20
Muzzle Velocity, m/s1200
Damage65
Rate of Fire, rounds/min360
Weight, kg90
Price:
Purchase price21000
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2x
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No weapons
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No weapons
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No weapons


Modules

Engine

Engine

Tier Engine Engine Power, hp / Thrust Type Weight, kg Price,
IV 850 air-cooled 570 23200
IV Zuisei 14 850 air-cooled 570 23200
Airframe

Airframe

Tier Airframe Survivability Weight, kg Price,
III A6M (prototype) 130 1780 13500
IV 140 1780 22500
Synchronized machine gun

Synchronized machine gun

Tier Machine gun Caliber Muzzle Velocity, m/s Damage Rate of Fire, rounds/min Weight, kg Price,
III 7.7 mm Type 97 Model 2 (S) 7.7 960 26 800 30 4500
Wing-mounted weapon

Wing-mounted weapon

Tier Machine gun Caliber Muzzle Velocity, m/s Damage Rate of Fire, rounds/min Weight, kg Price,
IV 20 mm Type E (W) 20 1120 60 320 90 16400
V 20 mm Type 99-1 Model 1 (W) 20 1200 65 360 90 21000


Compatible Equipment

Compatible Consumables

Player Opinion

Pros and Cons

Pros:


  • One of the best turn times in the game, Ties with the Tier V Ki-43-II at 8 seconds.
  • Great guns for its tier. The first truly non-premium 'nasty' armament of the game once fully upgraded.
  • Surprisingly low stall speed & good airbrake, can easily stay behind slow targets without overshooting or having loop around.
  • Great for clearing out 'furballs' over contested points.
  • Fear factor: New or inexperienced player opponents will often hesitate against a Player-piloted Zero this early on in the tec


Cons:


  • Rather low speed, will struggle to get to where the action is in a hurry.
  • Very low HP
  • Autocannons overheat fairly quickly. Makes taking down aircraft with high health or good dodging skills frustrating at times.
  • Light as a feather: Will often take fatal or near-fatal amounts of damage from head on collisions.
  • Poor service ceiling.


Performance

The first representative of the legendary "Zero" fighter. A Low-altitude fighter good for shredding low level attack aircraft without a tail gunner, or any other fighter craft in general that gives an opening. The weapons are even powerful enough to destroy heavier fighters that decide to be careless of your guns. Do not rely entirely head on attacks, as this plane cannot take a head collision with practically for the life of it. The A6M1s turn radius is unchanged from as its predecessors. As a result, it is the best aircraft for cornering fights for its tier. The only other aircraft at tier IV that comes close to the A6M1's reputation for being an imposing opponent in a dogfight being the British Bristol 146, the two almost go hand-in-hand aside from turn radius, where the Zero can turn around almost an entire second sooner.

Because the A6M1 has poor HP, it is necessary to monitor your surroundings constantly and not let the enemy dive on you or to attack from behind as much as possible, because every health point is worth its weight in gold. Be difficult to hit, and when you are given the chance to hit the enemy, hit them hard, try to finish off opponents quickly if you can when in a furball. If unable to finish them off, it is recommended to switch to another target to better prevent anyone getting on your tail easily - even then, continually check behind your aircraft for anyone even appearing to be trying to line up on your six o' clock.

Avoid climbing battles at all possible, while the Zero can climb straight up for a brief while (especially with a full boost) to snap at enemies its guns can still reach, it can leave a zero pilot hanging in the air like meat on a string, which can prove a fatal venture. Only pursue this option if there are no low-altitude enemy fighters or lurking heavy fighters about.

When bottom tiered, the A6M1 can prove an underestimated underdog, but its lack of HP will make it vulnerable to armaments the likes of the Bf-109E, FW-190A1, Spitfire, and even the A6M1's immediate successor, the A6M2.

Overall the A6M1 is a blast to play at tier 4, especially when it is top tier, where it can simply wreak havoc. If you Fight aggressively, fly smart and dictate your battles, and you will do well with this aircraft.


Early Research

  • Research the Engine first to increase speed if its agility bothers you.

OR

  • Research the guns first to give the A6M1 its notorious bite.


Historical Info

The first A6M1 prototype was completed in March 1939, powered by the 580 kW (780 hp) Mitsubishi Zuisei 13 engine with a two-blade propeller. It first flew on 1 April, and passed testing in a remarkably short period of time. By September, it had already been accepted for Navy testing as the A6M1 Type 0 Carrier Fighter, with the only notable change being a switch to a three-bladed propeller to cure a vibration problem.



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