Grumman F6F Hellcat, 1:72 Scale Model By Oxford Diecast
- Realistic Collectible Model
- Diecast & Plastic parts
- Stand included.
- Retracted landing gear, fixed position propeller, no pilot figure,
- Measures Approximately: 5.75 L x 7.25” Wingspan
- Display model, recommended for adult hobbyists and collectors
The Grumman F6F Hellcat is an American carrier-based fighter aircraft of World War II. Designed to replace the earlier F4F Wildcat and to counter the Japanese Mitsubishi A6M Zero, it was the United States Navy's dominant fighter in the second half of the Pacific War. The Hellcat competed with the faster Vought F4U Corsair for that role and prevailed, as the Corsair had significant issues with carrier landings. The Corsair, instead, was primarily deployed to great effect in land-based use by the U.S. Marine Corps.
Powered by a 2,000 hp (1,500 kW) Pratt & Whitney R-2800 Double Wasp, the same powerplant used for both the Corsair and the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) Republic P-47 Thunderbolt fighters, the F6F was an entirely new design, but it still resembled the Wildcat in many ways. Some military observers tagged the Hellcat as the "Wildcat's big brother".
The F6F made its combat debut in September 1943, and was best known for its role as a rugged, well-designed carrier fighter, which was able to outperform the A6M Zero and help secure air superiority over the Pacific theater. A total of 12,275 were built in just over two years.
Hellcats were credited with destroying a total of 5,223 enemy aircraft while in service with the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, and Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm. This was more than any other Allied naval aircraft. Postwar, the Hellcat was phased out of front-line service, but remained in service as late as 1954 as a night fighter.
This Oxford Aviation replica is of F6F Hellcat No 12 flow by 14 victory ace Lt. Ray "Hawk" Hawkings of Fighter Squadron 31 VF-31 based on USS Cabot (CVL-28) in 1944. The model is colored in dark blue with white markings of US Navy aircraft during late WW2. Model details include Lt Hawkings name and his fourteen victory tallys painted below the cockpit.
This F6F Hellcat is an excellent addition to your model aircraft collection.