F4F3 Wildcat Fighter Late Version Aircraft

This is a 1/32 scale F4F3 Wildcat Fighter Late Version plastic model airplane.

Trumpeter F4F3 Wildcat Fighter Late Version Aircraft Plastic Model Airplane Kit 1/32 Scale #2225
 Trumpeter # tsm2225
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Trumpeter Item # tsm2225
Features :
  • Folded flaps
  • Clear engine cover
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"Worth the money great add"
Worth getting beautiful kit great size lots of detail on cockpit,open or closed gun bays

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  • Folded flaps
  • Clear engine cover


  • Trumpeter Product Number: 2225
  • Length: 277 mm
  • Wingspan: 360 mm


  • 267 pcs
  • Photo etched aileron & flap hinges
  • Film instrument part
  • 7 sprues

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"Nice kit, great bang for the buck!"
nscrfns (Killeen, TX)
Another Trumpeter home run. No flash, very minimal clean up needed. Parts fit is great if a little tight in some areas. Nice cockpit and engine detail. Be sure to dry fit all bulkheads before gluing fuse halves together. Lots to line up. Glue the instrument panel and floor together but leave the seat bulkhead just pushed into the floor but not glued until installed into fuse half. It needs to be loose to be glued to the fuse correctly (the instructions don't tell you that). Also dry fit the forward bulkhead with the engine mounts very carefully to be sure you have the correct position (it's tricky). Many have said they don't like the PE hinges and I don't either but I did use them just to insure position of the moveable control surfaces. The control surface can be position and then glued if desired. Very enjoyable build. Love Trumpeter's kits especially in this scale


Grumman's short and stubby-winged F4F Wildcat is one of its best-known and successful fighters. The F4F-3 Wildcat had a rather short, rounded fuselage with mid-wings of rectangular shape. The wings did not fold for carrier storage. All the main parts of the airplane were located in the front part of the tubby fuselage, the fuel tank and retractable landing gear were right under the pilot.

This concentration of weight made for a quick handling, maneuverable fighter. Its Pratt & Whitney 1200hp, 14-cylinder, air-cooled, twin row radial engine (R-1830-76 or 86) gave it a top speed of 330 mph. The F4F-3 had a range of 845 miles. The standard armament was four .50 caliber wing mounted machine guns. Service ceiling was 37,500 ft. The F4F-3 offered good durability, pilot armor, and a high dive speed. It also had good maneuverability, although it was soon discovered that it could not compete with the Japanese Zero in this area. A common complaint from pilots was the manual hand-cranked retracting landing gear, which required 30 cranks. One slip could result in a serious wrist injury. Powerplant: P&W 1,200hp R-1830-36 14-cylinder radial engine. Maximum Speed: 318 mph at 19,400 feet. Service ceiling: 39,400 ft. Range: 770 miles. Weight empty: 5,758 lbs. Maximum take-off weight: 8,152 lbs. Span: 38 ft. Length: 28 ft. 9 in. Height: 9 ft. 2.5 in. Armament: Four 0.5 inch Browning machine guns; two 100 lb. bombs.


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