And Hobby Link Japan now offers it as a complete model with both issues as a package deal. Expensive? For a 1/72nd scale kit, yes, BUT these A6M series kits truly are state of the art. One hardly needs any kind of after market stuff for these.
Are the instructions in the magazine annoying? I guess so for some, but it doesn't take a mental gymnast to figure it out. I also ended up making a friend of Japanese modeler over on j-aircraft.com a few years back. When there is something in the magazine I feel I just have to know, I ask him, and he very kindly tells me the gist of what it is saying. The rest I can pretty much figure out for myself.
I'm still debating getting this one for a couple of reasons, primarily because my interest in PTO a/c tends towards the early to mid-war period. I view it kind of like I do my beer: I don't drink beer often, but when I do, I tend to splurge on something new and not common. That means spending some cash. Same way with my kit buying. My build rate is slower than molasses in the winter. I figure I'll own very few Zeros, and get even fewer built. I don't mind spending money for something I will really enjoy building when I get around to it.