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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"
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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  • 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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"Academy F4F-4 Wildcat"
This kit was an easy,fast build. The fit on the various parts was good and very little sanding was required. I didn't need to use any putty at all to fill gaps after assembly.There was no cockpit detail, but they would not be visible through a small canopy anyway. The landing gear was pretty good, but you can see right up into the fuselage interior when assembled with landing gear in open position. Overall, this is a good little kit for the price with good detail on the fuselage and wing surfaces.It would be an excellent kit for a beginner, without a lot of parts and not a lot of skill needed for assembly.

"The Wildcat"
This kit was an easy build the details on the fuselage are not the best but good enough. The model I built has the gear up. This was the part that worried me there is nothing to attach the wheels to when doing a wheels up model you have to glue the wheels to the sides of the wheel wells and don't push too hard when doing it or the wheels will fall in. My kit turned out fine and sits well on its stand.

"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.


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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