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F6F3/5 Hellcat US Fighter

This is the Academy F6F-3/5 Hellcat 1/72 scale plastic model airplane kit.

Academy F6F3/5 Hellcat US Fighter Plastic Model Airplane Kit 1/72 Scale #12481
 Academy Plastics # acy12481
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Specifications :
  • Scale: 1/72
  • Wingspan: 7" (17.8cm)
  • Length: 5-1/2" (13.9cm)
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"Fun. . . Which is really what matters, right?"
Despite their ordinariness, I’ve decided that I really like Academy models. There is absolutely nothing special about their version of the F6F. It has ok detail and fit. There is relatively little flash or trimming needed. It is overall an extraordinarily average model. However, it’s really nice if you just want to slap something together for fun, or try a new technique. The model is also fairly sturdy and there are very few tiny fragile parts making this a good toy also, and there are a few nice options in the kit. It would be a great kit for beginners or youngsters, and it would be an excellent companion kit to Academy’s A6M5 Zero (hello living room dogfights!). There is one major drawback. The decals are terrible. They will not stay on the model once dry, they won’t conform to the model, they have huge ugly silver areas, and none of the expensive decal setting products seem to work. The only thing I’ve used that works is extra thin glue, but you have to be very careful. If you can get past the decals though, it’s not a bad model at all.

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  • Detailed 1/72nd scale for static display only..
  • Markings included for two aircraft: one F6F-3 and one F6F-5..
  • 66 parts in light grey and clear with delicate recessed panel lines..
  • Accurately reproduced Pratt & Whitney engine and propeller..
  • Optional parts (windshield, exhaust fairing) for F6F-3 and F6F- variants..
  • Cockpit detail: control stick, instrument panel with deca instruments, seat and rear bulkhead, and side consoles..
  • Armament includes rockets, bombs, and centerline drop tank..
  • Service History: USN, Royal Navy, from 1943 to the early 1950's..
  • Description: Single radial engine, carrier based, single sea fighter..


  • Scale: 1/72
  • Wingspan: 7" (17.8cm)
  • Length: 5-1/2" (13.9cm)


One 1/72 F6F-3/5 Hellcat Airplane

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"Another good plane."
Another fine product: Looking for to build this kit.

"Fun kit....."
joerella10 (Union. NJ)
Academy has made a nice Hellcat kit. Engraved panel lines, nice detail. And, even bombs and rockets. The Hellcat has a better cockpit than other Academy kits in this scale too. Just be careful cutting out the rear side windows. This could mess up some modelers.

"A nice build!"
jclemente1980 (Coimbra, Portugal)
This is a quick build. Everything fits all together. Its not a bad model kit right out of the box, but with some small upgrades it can become far better. bust add some tubings for the exhaust, and cut some parts on the landing gear well, and it will look astonishing! Nice for beginner, and as well for experts.


The Grumman Hellcat was designed from the beginning to take back the skies over the Pacific from the Japanese Zero. Though not as maneuverable as the smaller Zero, the Hellcat's speed and firepower usually won the day.


  • Single sheet of decals which contains national insignia, instrument panel, code letters, and propeller markings
  • 1: F6F-3, "40", VF-1, USS Yorktown Fuselage: 3-tone Sea Blue(FS35042)/Intermediate Blue(FS35164)/ White (FS37875) Wing Top: Sea Blue; Wing Bottom: White.
  • 2: F6F-5, "35", VF-17, USS Hornet; Overall Gloss Sea Blue (FS15042).
  • Additional Paints Required
  • Flat: Black, Aluminum, Metallic Grey, Interior Green, Olive Drab, Yellow.
  • Gloss: Silver, Gun Metal.


Keep this item out of reach of small children, due to small parts..

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