Zero Fighter Model 52C (601 Air Group)
|Coastal Defense Ship||Destroyer|
|Light Cruiser||Torpedo Cruiser|
|Heavy Cruiser||Training Cruiser|
|Aviation Cruiser||Fast Battleship|
|Light Carrier||Standard Aircraft Carrier|
|Armored Carrier||Seaplane Tender|
|Submarine||Aircraft Carrying Submarine|
|Submarine Tender||Fleet Oiler|
The Zero Fighter's final production model is the "Type 0 Carrier-based Fighter Model 52c".
Weaponry and durability has been enhanced. However, mobility has been somewhat impaired. This is the same plane used by the reformed aircraft carrier mobile squadrons, responsible for controlling the skies.
- December 2014 Ranking Reward.
- April 2015 Ranking Reward.
- May 2016 Ranking Reward (6th-100th place).
- Quest B54 reward.
- It is highly recommended to improve one Zero Fighter Model 52C (601 Air Group) to before proceeding with Quest F15. The Reppuu (601 Air Group) cannot be improved via Akashi's Improvement Arsenal afterwards.
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The Mitsubishi A6M5c Type 0 Model 52 Type C Carrier-based Fighter (also called Type-丙, "hei"), is a late model derivative of the Mitsubishi A6M5 Type 0 Model 52 fighter. One of the last production versions of the Mitsubishi A6M, the A6M5c Zero Fighter Type C featured some reconfigurations in loadout and was fielded in September of 1944.
Based on the A6M5, the A6M5c had the secondary 7.7 mm gun on the left side of the cockpit was removed, while two 13.2 mm Type 3 machine guns were added - one at each wing, outboard of the existing 20 mm cannons. Four racks, intended for mounting rockets or small bombs, were installed further outboard.
To boost pilot survivability, the cockpit gained an additional armor plate behind the seat, while a 55 mm thick piece of armored glass was added behind the headrest. The wing skin was also thickened.
The drop-tank, a centrally mounted 300 L unit, had its design changed to a four-post mount. Some sources state that the A6M5c also included a change in engines, updating to the Nakajima Sakae 31.
The additional armament and thicker armor was, however, detrimental to the A6M's lightweight design, which combined with the relatively low powered engine, made the A6M5c significantly less agile. The increase in weight affected both its speed and maneuverability. As a result, A6M5c planes typically flew as Boeing B29 Superfortress interceptors, or as "special attack" (kamikaze) missiles, rather than their original role as superiority fighters.
The Unryuu-class carriers were originally to field the 601st Naval Air Group, which utilized A6M planes. The 601st was never stationed at those carriers, due to war circumstances. As such, the A6M5c Type Zeros of the 601st as depicted in KanColle are equipped on remodelled Unryuu-class carriers to represent that.
- 601st Naval Air Group - Wikipedia
- 第六〇一海軍航空隊 - Wikipedia (Japanese link)
- A6M5 Type 0 Model 52 - Wikipedia (see subsequent variants)
- 零戦五二型丙（A6M5c）- Wikipedia (Japanese link)