This is the Academy Grumman F4F-4 Wildcat US Navy Fighter 1/72 scale plastic model airplane kit.

 Academy Plastics # acy12451
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Specifications :
  • Scale: 1/72
  • Length: 4-1/2" (113mm) (approximately)
  • Width: 7" (177mm) (approximately)
  • Height: 1-1/2" (36mm) (approximately)
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"Nice little Wildcat"
Fairly easy build. Wheels and prop spin. Option to build with wheels down or up with display stand. Only issue was that two of the decals had misaligned printing ( there was white overprint beyond the blue border on the large stars. Not perfect, but at this price, I can't complain. Complements my collector plate well. Will upload a picture later.

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  • 35 plastic pieces attached to sprues and molded in grey..
  • The surface of the plane is decorated with fully engraved pane lines and rivet detail..
  • Highly detailed cockpit interior includes a pilot and controls..
  • Authentic engine assembly with propeller..
  • Sports optional position landing gear and fuel tanks..
  • Clear plastic canopy allows close inspection of cockpit..
  • Includes a small black stand for display purposes..
  • Detailed pictorial instructions guide you through assembly..


  • Scale: 1/72
  • Length: 4-1/2" (113mm) (approximately)
  • Width: 7" (177mm) (approximately)
  • Height: 1-1/2" (36mm) (approximately)


One 1/72 Plastic Grumman F4F-4 Wildcat US Navy Fighter

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"A solid little Wildcat"
This model is not up to the standards of other Academy kits I've built, but considering the price, I wasn't expecting it. It's pretty simple: there's not cockpit to speak of, only one marking option, and there's a big empty space inside that you can plainly see through the canopy and wheel wells. On the plus side, it goes together very easily, and it's a clean, neat little model once it's done. The landing gear assembly is a bit tricky, but if you get it right you'll be blessed with wheels that actually spin. For Wildcat fans I'm sure there are better kits available, but for the rest of us this is a pleasant and stress-free build.

"acadamy f-4 wildcat"
This is an okay wild cat there is good detail on the plastic and the fit is pretty good. However there is not much of a cockpit except for a pilot you can glue to the cockpit wall. I had some problems with the decals and it took me lots of decal setting solution to make them stick on. The landing gear is nicely detailed and is okay when it comes to its sturdiness. But hey you get what you pay for. overall though I did not especially like it.

"Good kit for the price"
This is one of Academy's little box kits. These are very basic kits and generally go together with little fuss. The kit comes with 4 gray sprues and 1 clear sprue. Parts are nicely engraved with recessed panel lines. Detail is lacking especially in the cockpit. There is no instrument panel and the seat is just a slab with no detail. You have only have the choice of closed canopy which is fine since there is nothing to see anyway. Kit has the option for extended or retracted landing gear. The kit also comes with a stand for inflight posing which is a nice touch. Decals are typical Academy, very thick and require lots of coats of setting solution. Overall good representation of a Wildcat. Good price too.


When the Japanese attacked the United States in 1941, the most modern fighter in the Navy was the Grumman F4F Wildcat. Although the Wildcat was small, it was not as fast or maneuverable as the Japanese Zero Fighter, but it was a very durable machine. However, in the hands of an experienced pilot, the Wildcat could best the feared Zero. Thankfully, the Grumman fighter was able to fend off the enemy until the more powerful Hellcat was available about one year later.


  • One Decal Sheet with Markings for One Aircraft
  • 1: Grumman F4F-4 US Navy Wildcat
  • Airframe Colors
  • 1: Blue-Gray, White
  • Detail Colors
  • Black, Orange, Tan, Yellow-Green, Gray, White, Yellow, Silver


  • Keep small parts and sharp edges away from children..
  • Care should be taken when using tools and modeling knives..
  • Modeling paint should only be used by an adult in a well-ventilate area..

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