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Airfix Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat

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Number of pieces 572. Dimensions L424xW543mm.

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After five years without a new 1:24 scale plastic kit, the Airfix team have excelled themselves with the announcement of the Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat.


Between the wars the development of the tubby Grumman Naval fighter biplanes culminated in the XF4F, but before it reached production, the design was revised to make it into a monoplane, which became the F4F Wildcat, regarded as the first successful shipboard fighter. Its performance was inferior to Japan's Zero fighters, however, so the more powerful F6F Hellcat was ordered after the disaster at Pearl Harbour.


The F6F-5 Hellcat variant first flew in April 1944, with various additions and improvements, notably an increase in the weight of armour-plating from 212lb to 242lb. It was powered by a 2,000hp Pratt & Whitney R-2800-10W eighteen cylinder radial engine. With water injection to the cylinders, an emergency boost could raise the power output to 2,200hp. In addition to the standard armament of six 0.5 inch machine guns, it could also be armed with 20mm cannon, two 1,000lb bombs, or six 5 inch rocket projectiles.


By the time production was terminated in November 1945, 6,436 F6F-5s had been built, around a sixth of them F6F-5N night fighters. Although most of the F6F-5 Hellcats were supplied to the US Navy, 930 were delivered to Britain's Fleet Air Arm, and fought against the Japanese in the Far East. The F6F Hellcat was the last new Grumman fighter to do so, because its successor, the F8F Bearcat, was too late to see service before VJ-Day.


 This new 1:24 scale Airfix model captures the handsome lines of this classic fighter, and every detail is included in the 572 parts included in the kit, from the pilot's safety harness in the cockpit to the finely-detailed Pratt & Whitney engine.

Airfix Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat
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