Grumman F4F-4 Wildcat Fighter Aircraft

This is a plastic model kit of a 1/48 Grumman F4F-4 Wildcat by Tamiya.

Tamiya Grumman F4F-4 Wildcat Fighter Aircraft Plastic Model Airplane Kit 1/48 Scale #61034
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Specifications :
  • Scale: 1/48
  • Wingspan: 9-1/2" (24.2cm)
  • Fuselage Length: 7-1/4" (18.4cm)
  • Tamiya Product Number: 61034
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"A wonderful little kit"
The Wildcat has been on my wish list for quite a while so I thought I'd give this one a try. It was a wonderful build. Everything went together easily and the Tamiya quality came through. My one disappointment with was that I was unable to build it with the landing gear up but it is a welcome addition to my collection.

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  • Approx 60 parts in medium grey and clear with fine recessed panel lines.
  • Highly detailed engine, wheel well and landing gear.
  • 2 drop tanks included and prop rotates thanks to a polythene bushing in the engine which also lets the prop be added late in assembly.
  • (This makes painting easier and makes prop damage less likely).


  • Scale: 1/48
  • Wingspan: 9-1/2" (24.2cm)
  • Fuselage Length: 7-1/4" (18.4cm)
  • Tamiya Product Number: 61034


1/48 Grumman F4F-4 Wildcat plastic model kit

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"A great kit"
polockman (Lagro, IN)
This is a great kit to build. All the parts fit well, there was no flash on the parts, and the decals went on easily and well. The detail is amazing as practically every nut and bolt on the plane seems to be molded into the parts. Be careful with the clear plastic canopy - it is a little thin and can snap in two at the top if you stress it too much when installing it. I followed the restoration of a real F4F from the framework up and the details in this kit are true to Grumman's design.

"Great kit of the Grumman Wildcat"
rockykeele (Tucson, AZ)
I really like Tamiya kits, and the F4F Wildcat is no exception. The kit went together flawlessly, with the usual Tamiya quality. I like how the outer wheel part is separate from the tire, making painting of the rim easy. The engine detail is pretty nice, and with some careful painting it turned out very nice. The canopy comes in two pieces so you can pose it open or closed. The cockpit has some nice detail that with a wash and some drybrushing stands out nicely. The only small complaint that I have is that the instructions for attaching the main gear doors are a bit unclear. The kit offers 4 sets of decal markings; Three navy planes and one Marine. I needed to use decal set, especially on the large stars on the fuselage - Otherwise the fit of the decals along the curvature will not be good. Overall, a very fun kit.

"A real Tamiya gem"
The Tamiya F4F has been the standard Wildcat of the industry since it was first released. It is accurate in outline and detail, and goes together beautifully... the fit is superb, and with some aftermarket bits, an experienced modeler can be turned it into a real stunner. While it could be built as a first or second model, it is more applicable to someone with a few models built.


At the onset of the Pacific War in December 1941, the Japanese Navy A6M Zero fighter was the dominant aircraft successful against the allied air forces. The Zero's attempt at total superiority was thwarted by numerous F4F Wildcat fighters flown from U.S. aircraft carriers.

Grumman Aviation produced the G-18, the prototype XF4F-2, which first flew in September 1937. Initial evaluation revealed several performance problems, which led the U.S. Navy to reject the G-18 in favor of the Brewster's F2A "Buffalo". The Navy asked Grumman to continue with the project, and resulted in the G-36, which flew in February 1939. The G-36 tests exceeded the performance of the F2A, resulting in the U.S. Navy approving the design and ordering it into production as the F4F-3 Wildcat. Two yeas following its deployment, during the critical stages of the Pacific War in 1942, the improved F4F-4 Wildcat was introduced. It had folding wings, and three 12.7mm machine guns in each wing, plus the more powerful 1,200 P & W R-1830-86 Twin Wasp engine, giving it a speed of 512km/h. Grumman became known as the "Ironworks" due to its strongly designed aircraft, which could absorb enormous punishment and still fly home.

Although the F4F was inferior in many respects to the Zero, a superb kill ration was attained by Wildcat pilots by using its strong points against the Zero's weak point of fragility and unseasoned pilots.


  • Decal Options
  • 1: VF-41 (USN), USS Ranger, "41-F-8".
  • 2: VMF-223 (USMC), "28".
  • 3: VGF-29 (USN), USS Santee, "29-GF-4".
  • Color scheme for above versions
  • -Top Surfaces: Blue Grey; Bottom surfaces: Light Grey.
  • 4: VF-22 (USN), USS Independence, "22-F-1".
  • -Top surfaces: Sea Blue; Fuselage sides: Intermediate blue.
  • -Bottom surfaces: White.

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