Please Note: The PlaneTags you receive will arbitrarily be chosen from the variations as shown in the photos.
Finding a Mitsubishi A6M3 Zero, one of the most iconic aircraft of World War II, is near impossible in 2022. With only 343 made of this variant, and so many lost to war and to the elements where they landed, or by scrapping, it was nothing short of a miracle to find one. Introducing Mitsubishi A6M3 Model 32 Zero PlaneTags by MotoArt.
The Mitsubishi A6M was a long range, carrier capable fighter flown by the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service from 1940 to 1945. Designated as the Mitsubishi Navy Type 0 carrier fighter, and referred to as the Reisen (zero fighter) by its pilots, the Zero first flew in 1939 and entered service in 1940. They were designed from a 1937 Navy requirement for a fast, maneuverable long range fighter, and 10,815 were produced. The Zero became a symbol of Japanese air power during the first half of World War II.
Our Zero, # 3148, was born in the height of World War II, with funds gifted from the school children of the Middle Schools of Manchuria. It was delivered to the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service in 1942 and was assigned to the 252nd Kokutai (Navy Air Group) in the Marshall Islands airfield Taroa. History puts 3148 right in the middle of a storied battle for the Japanese-held island of Nauru in 1943, when USAAF Lt. Louis Zamperini’s B-24D was shot at and badly damaged by a group of Zeros. 3148 was, by his own recollection, almost certainly flown by Miyazaki Isamu, an IJNAF ace pilot who fought in most of the South Pacific theaters. However, it was damaged beyond repair, not by combat but by bomb splinters after Taroa was bombed by F6F Hellcats.
3148, along with several other Zeros, was intended for restoration by the man who found them on Taroa, John Sterling. After passing through several hands, 3148 ended up with Legend Flyers, who have carefully researched and restored her in authentic colors and back up on her own legs for the first time in over 70 years. The MotoArt team was honored when Legend Flyers asked them to tag the unusable material from the restoration.
Add a Mitsubishi A6M3 Zero PlaneTag to your collection today. The limited edition Japanese Zero PlaneTags will be taking off at lightning speed so don’t miss out.
*Important Notice – Please Read Carefully
PlaneTags are made from actual retired aircraft fuselage, not merely stamped metal. Because PlaneTags are made from real fuselage, each PlaneTag bears the color, thickness, and wear and tear from the portion of the fuselage from which it was cut and it is therefore rare to create two identical PlaneTags. These variations and imperfections are not product flaws. They are part of the beauty of PlaneTags. As a result, you will not have an option to select the color of your PlaneTag. The images on this website are provided for reference only and should not be used as the sole basis for choosing a particular PlaneTag.
i purchased the tag for its uniqueness
A Zero. One of my favorite aircraft. This company has excellent customer service. Called them and they were extremely nice and knowledgeable. I have purchased 5 pieces not any issues whatsoever. Will buy more in the future. May stop by and say hi if I am ever in the neighborhood. Keep up the great work.
After getting the... "olive grey" Planetag and thinking that the preservation of original grey paint had become a priority, I decided to pull the trigger (pun intended) and buy another A6M3 tag which maintenance didn't involve all that pressure on myself. While the olive grey/red primer one will be kept safe in a display at my home, the bare metal will come along in my car -inside a case, obviously-. Getting exactly what I wanted was easier with this tag, except for one thing: while the information on the front of the olive grey/red primer tag (you know, the "Mitsubishi A6M3-32 Zero" text) is flush with the original metal, only feeling the difference of texture when running a finger on that surface, in the metal tag it is distinctly noticeable that this parts were kind of painted on, with these elements not only feeling above the metal, but also very rough, as if painted on with blackboard paint. While this is also noticeable in another tag I bought (a Bf-109 metal one) on the A6M3 one is very, very obvious. As I stated in the Messerschmitt tag review, if you're planning on just displaying the article, this won't matter, but if you intend to use this as an everyday item for keys or luggage, be aware that this information may come off fairly easily, and it may also damage cloth or even the skin of the user (yeah, it is *that* rough). So... as before, it is a nice item, it's great to have a literal piece of history in your hands, but the details of the tag are noticeably less refined than in other articles sold in this webpage.
The tag arrived quickly and looked just as good as the photos made it appear to be. This was an incredible opportunity to own a piece of a famous aircraft and I couldn’t be happier with my purchase.
I get that this are made from scarce metal available from a plane that hasn't been manufactured for 70+ years, but the tag I got is roughly 50% olive gray -the colour I ordered- and 50% red primer. Getting a tag that is barely half the colour I wanted is kind of bothersome, especially if you consider that the red primer version is cheaper than the olive gray one. Several online reviews mentioned that their olive gray tags had some small portions where the red primer was visible -it was even said as if this was an unexpected extra-, so I hoped to get something similar (or one like the one in the image on this very same webpage), but I didn’t seem to be so lucky. But other than that, the tag is nice. The engraving of the A6M3 is well done and I like having a piece of history in my hands.
I got the aotake-coated one, and it has an amazing emerald green color to it. The metal is in great condition considering its age, too. Definitely glad I chose this one!
Awesome! So happy to have this with my gf-109!