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US Navy F4F-4 Wildcat

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

Academy US Navy F4F-4 Wildcat Plastic Model Airplane Kit 1/72 Scale #12451
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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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"Well worth it"
clunymike
Fun model, I built mine while watching Midway (1976), and only realized afterward that the camo scheme and decals Academy gives you is for the Atlantic squadrons! Oh well, the movie is full of inaccuracies anyway. It took me three days start to finish, and it was a good time. It's cheap, easy to make it look good, and not a huge investment in time. Definitely recommend.

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Features

  • 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..

Specs

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

Includes

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


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"Good kit for the price"
fosk
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.

 
"Nice little model"
mutzken
The Academy F4F is a nice little model. Nice moldings on all the parts, no flash to be seen and i don't remember any ejector pin marks. The cockpit is non-existent, just a chair and pilot figure. You have the choice of gear up or down, a nice stand is included. Fit was very good and i didn't need any filler, only some sanding. I chose to use decals from my spares box to make a nice F4F. Buy one, it's a fun build.

 
"acadamy f-4 wildcat"
waynelyrice
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.

Information

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.


Markings

  • 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

Comments

  • 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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