Great model measuring: L424 x W543mm x H139.
Between the wars the development of the tubby Grumman Naval fighter biplanes culminated in the XF4F, but before it reached production, the design was revised to make it into a monoplane, which became the F4F Wildcat, regarded as the first successful shipboard fighter. Its performance was inferior to Japan's Zero fighters, however, so the more powerful F6F Hellcat was ordered after the disaster at Pearl Harbour.
The F6F-5 Hellcat variant first flew in April 1944, with various additions and improvements, notably an increase in the weight of armour-plating from 212lb to 242lb. It was powered by a 2,000hp Pratt & Whitney R-2800-10W eighteen cylinder radial engine. With water injection to the cylinders, an emergency boost could raise the power output to 2,200hp. In addition to the standard armament of six 0.5 inch machine guns, it could also be armed with 20mm cannon, two 1,000lb bombs, or six 5 inch rocket projectiles.
By the time production was terminated in November 1945, 6,436 F6F-5s had been built, around a sixth of them F6F-5N night fighters. Although most of the F6F-5 Hellcats were supplied to the US Navy, 930 were delivered to Britain's Fleet Air Arm, and fought against the Japanese in the Far East. The F6F Hellcat was the last new Grumman fighter to do so, because its successor, the F8F Bearcat, was too late to see service before VJ-Day
Technical Specification & Detail
Flying Hours 6
Age Suitability 8+
Few aircraft in the history of aerial warfare can boast the impact and combat credentials of the Grumman F6F Hellcat, one of the finest fighting machines ever to take to the skies. A product of the already successful Grumman Ironworks, the companys design philosophy was only to produce aircraft which were easy to manufacture and maintain and must be reliable in a combat situation. Importantly, it must be an effective combat aircraft and able to be mastered by the average wartime pilot following a standard conversion period. This no nonsense approach ensured that the Hellcat was ready to fight and available in some numbers when they eventually reached US Navy units in 1943.
Can be built with wings open or folded
Includes full cockpit detail with open or closed canopy options
Complete fully detailed radial engine, engine mount and all ancillaries
Separate engine cowling and forward fuselage panels
Detailed undercarriage, undercarriage bays and arrestor hook with options to build with wheels up or down
Fully detailed gun bays with complete machine guns and ammunition trays
Can be built with closed or extended landing flaps
Poseable control surfaces and trim tabs
Realistic surface detailing showing rivets, fasteners and rippled stressed skin
Drop tanks (2 types), 250Ib and 500Ib bombs and rockets all included
Includes a choice of four decal schemes