Trumpeter Aircraft 1/32 F4F3 Wildcat Fighter Early Version Kit
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.
- Recessed panel lines, highly detailed cockpit, landing gear and engine, movable control surfaces (photo-etch and wire hinges), wing gun bays, segmented sliding canopy, transparent cowling, vinyl tires and film instruments.
- Decals for 2 colorful US Navy 'yellow wing' aircraft: VF-41 off USS Ranger (CV-4), 1941; VF-72 off USS Wasp (CV-7), 1941.