F4F4 Wildcat Fighter Aircraft

This is a 1/32 scale F4F4 Wildcat plastic model airplane.

Trumpeter F4F4 Wildcat Fighter Aircraft Plastic Model Airplane Kit 1/32 Scale #2223
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"F4F4 Wildcat Fighter"
skippykeesler (Edwardsville ILL)
A very nice offering from Trumpeter, this kit build into a very detailed model of the Wildcat. The only problems I had with this kit, were that I thought the control surface installiations were a little over complicated. Detail is good,as well as fit. There was no flash on my kit. Cockpit detail is good but can be improved with Eduards photo etch set, or Vereladin's cockpit upgrade set. The kit comes with a clear cowling, if you wish to leave it clear so that the engine detail can be seen.Overall a nice kit. I would recommend this kit.

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  • Trumpeter Product Number: 2223
  • Length: 272 mm
  • Wingspan: 360 mm


  • 223 pcs
  • 7 sprues
  • Metal aileron & flap shaft
  • Photo etched aileron & flap hinges
  • Clear engine cover

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"Too many small and un-needed parts"
jimwoodward1943 (Broken Arrow, OK)
Lots of small parts that are too small for my old fat fingers. Some of the small parts are not needed and become fiddly - other than those complaints all was well. I would not build this again.

Wayne (Reno, NV)
This is a decent kit, Ive never been a fan of the trumpeter flap system and find it easier to just glue them where I want em' I did build one wing in the folded position with not much difficulty. I did notice there are a few parts such as observation windows that are not mentioned in the instructions along with a couple other items. As in previous reviews the trumpeter molds use a small injection port that is not a needed part of the item and must be carefully removed with patience. The clear cowling is a nice touch, I felt the decal sheet could've been much better! this is just an average kit however you can't really go wrong for the money$ Happy Modelling

"Awesome Kit and wonderful Plane"
wgezzi (3410 Provence CT Apt 1 Casper Wyoming 82)
Building this plane was quite the project for me. This plane has things inside that you go...mmmm do I really need to do that no one can see it? Yes, you do LOL...The instructions are really good and it was a true pleasure to build. I have made this plane for my grandson he picked the color of this item and I think it looks great. OK, here is the one thing that really bothered me was how the items are in the frame...they come off easy enough but there is a lot to shave off. instead of using my #11 blade I had to get a flat blade to come down on the parts that were left after cutting off the frame. For me building this model there was a couple of places that I needed to fill in. Very small and makes it look so much better. If you like detail this is indeed a model for you!!!


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. Introduced in 1942, during the critical stages of the Pacific War, the F4F-4 was an improved version of Grumman's Wildcat carrier based fighter. This new version, with folding wings and six wing mounted .50 caliber machine guns, plus a more powerful 1,200HP Pratt & Whitney R-1830-36 Twin Wasp engine broke the dominance of the Japanese Zero. Grumman became known as the "Ironworks" due to its strongly designed airplanes which could absorb tremendous punishment and still fly home. Although the Wildcat was inferior to the Zero in many respects, a superb kill ratio was attained by Wildcat pilots by using its strong points against the Zero's weak points of fragility and unseasoned pilots.


  • Joe Foss's White 50, VMF-121,Guadalcanal, 1942

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