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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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"Nice little model"
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.

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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.

"Nifty little plane"
For the price this is a great kit. All details are engraved with no raised lines. The cockpit is essentially nonexistant, with only a seat, control stick and pilot. No panels, boxes, etc. Of course, the canopy opening is rather small on these. The canopy is too thick to pose open. The engine is two piece, but cylinders only with no magnetos or other details. Cannot be posed with wings folded. The decals are simple and offer only a single option. Having said all that, it looks great and is easy to put together. For the price of a fast food combo you have a fun model. Not a lot of challenge, though, unless you count sanding.

"Well worth it"
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.


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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