Grumman F4F-4 'Wildcat' 1/32 Trumpeter

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Grumman's short and stubby-winged F4F Wildcat is one of its best-known and successful fighters. The F4F-3 Wildcat had a rather short, rounded fuselage with mid-wings of rectangular shape. The wings did not fold for carrier storage. All the main parts of the airplane were located in the front part of the tubby fuselage; the fuel tank and retractable landing gear were right under the pilot.  This concentration of weight made for a quick-handling and maneuverable fighter. Its Pratt & Whitney 1200hp, 14-cylinder, air-cooled, twin row radial engine (R-1830-76 or 86) gave it a top speed of 330 mph. The F4F-3 had a range of 845 miles. The standard armament was four .50 caliber wing mounted machine guns. Service ceiling was 37,500 ft. The F4F-3 offered good durability, pilot armor and a high dive speed. It also had good maneuverability, although it was soon discovered that it could not compete with the Japanese Zero in this area. A common complaint from pilots was the manual hand-cranked retracting landing gear, which required 30 cranks. One slip could result in a serious wrist injury.

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Product Details:

Scale: 1/32
Skill Level: 3
Length: 10.9”
Wingspan: 14.2”
Parts: 267
- Painting and assembly required
- 7 sprues
- One photo-etched fret
- One decal sheet
- One small and two large black rubber tires
- Two 1mm x 50mm metal shafts
- Six 1mm x 44mm metal shafts
- One 1mm x 26mm metal shaft
- Clear parts including engine cowling
- Film sheet for instrument panel
- Detailed cockpit interior
- Two-piece fuselage
- Moveable canopy
- Illustrated instructions and paint guide
- Includes decals and paint guides for the following versions:

  1. Robert Glaer, VMF-244, Guadalcanal, 1942
  2. VF-6 on USS Enterprise, 1942

*Cyanoacrylate glue is required for photo-etched parts*


Paint Guide:

Flat Black
Interior Green
Red Brown
Russian Green
Grey 22/13
Metal Black
Burnt Iron
Light Grey 338
IJN Grey
Field Green
Clear Green
Clear Red
Tire Black
Light Gull Grey
Blue Grey