Grumman F6F Hellcat 16.5''

Assemble a Grumman F6F Hellcat US Navy World War II Carrier Fighter with this authentic scale Rubber Powered flying balsa model kit from Guillow's. Scale model for adult collectors.

Guillows Grumman F6F Hellcat 16.5
 Guillows # gui503
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Specifications :

Wingspan: 16-1/2" (41.91cm)

  • Guillows Product Number: 503
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"Excellent Kit from Guillow's"
The F6F Hellcat kit from Guillow’s is the third kit I’ve built from them. This kit has been the best and easiest to build of the three. The balsa wood was good quality and did not break when removing parts from the sheets or during assembly. Builders of this kit will need to pay special attention to the fuselage tail area and the placement of the 1/16 square sticks above and below the horizontal stabilizer. Guillow’s provides a detailed drawing of the area just for the placement of these sticks. The F6F from the kit is the -3 variant and can be painted with Navy blue-grey or the tri-color dark sea blue, Intermediate blue, Insignia white or can be built as a -5 variant leaving off the small windows behind the cockpit and painting it dark sea blue. Anyone 10 years old or older will have no problems with this kit. I highly recommend this Guillow’s kit.

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  • Authentic scale airplane.
  • Rubber powered (rubber band included).
  • Light vacuum formed parts such as nose cowl, bubble canopy, and small external details.
  • Genuine decal set.
  • Scale plastic main wheels (where required).
  • Plastic propeller.
  • Plastic thrust bearing.
  • Wire propeller shaft.
  • Covering tissue.
  • Razor sharp die-cut balsa parts and generous quantity of strip stock.
  • Accurate scale plan and illustrated step-by-step model building booklet.


Wingspan: 16-1/2" (41.91cm)

  • Guillows Product Number: 503


One Grumman F6F Hellcat Airplane

Requirements & Suggestions

  • Assembly
  • White Glue
  • Dope
  • Workboard
  • Common Pins
  • Hobby Knife
  • Refer to Model Building Booklet for Other Needed Tools
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"Fun Build"
First off, let me say I built three of these, but only for display. I can't impart any flying info. This is a really easy build and the parts fit together very well, though I did get distracted a bit with cutting the fuselage formers and ribs to facilitate the fitting of the stringers. I guess that would be my only complaint. Excellent decals and tissue. I cut the canopies in half so as to slide the rear piece back for an open cockpit. It's a nice kit if you're not into lots of details. Guillow has the larger model of this plane if that's what you're looking for. This is just a nice plane for what I needed it for which was to make a diorama of the movie Flying Leathernecks.

"Great plane"
I usually build plastic models, but these can be a nice change every once in a while. The kit supplies you with everything you need, except for the glue. As far as putting the wood together, that's pretty easy. Getting the plastic pieces off their sheet can be tricky. The kit comes with tissue paper to go over the plane so it can be flown outside. In my opinion, the planes look just as good without the tissue as they do with. The best tools to have are a sharp knife, lots of sand paper, and Elmer's glue


Model can be adapted for gas powered Tether Control Flying with a Cox .010 engine--complete instructions included. No motor or materials supplied