1/100 Grumman F6F-5 Leichardt No 8

Item Name 1/100 Grumman F6F-5 Leichardt No 8
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Description The Grumman F6F Hellcat was a carrier-based fighter aircraft conceived to replace the earlier F4F Wildcat in United States Navy (USN) service. The Hellcat was an erstwhile rival of the faster Vought F4U Corsair for use as a carrier based fighter. However, the Corsair had significant issues with carrier landing that the Hellcat did not, allowing the Hellcat to steal a march as the Navy's dominant fighter in the second part of World War II, a position the Hellcat did not relinquish. The Corsair instead was primarily deployed to great effect in land-based use by the U.S. Marine Corps.

Although the F6F resembled the Wildcat in some ways, it was a completely new design, powered by a 2,000 hp Pratt & Whitney R-2800, the same powerplant used for both the Corsair and the United States Army Air Force's (USAAF) Republic P-47 Thunderbolt fighters. Some military observers tagged the Hellcat as the "Wildcat's big brother"

The F6F was best known for its role as a rugged, well-designed carrier fighter which was able, after its combat debut in early 1943, to counter the Mitsubishi A6M Zero and help secure air superiority over the Pacific Theater. Such was the quality of the basic simple, straightforward design, that the Hellcat was the least modified fighter of the war, with a total of 12,200 being built in just over two years.

Hellcats were credited with destroying 5,223 aircraft while in service with the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and the Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm This was more than any other Allied naval aircraft. Postwar, the Hellcat was phased out of frontline service, but remained in service as late as 1954 as a night fighter.

*** Information from Wikipedia

The F6F-5 Hellcat's speed, armour and impressive armament made it the U.S. Navy's favourite Pacific Theatre fighter plane. Manga artist Leiji Matsumoto's passion for World War II-era aircraft provided the basis for "The Cockpit," which featured the F6F-5 in "The Revenge that was buried in the Mountain." This kit features the F6F-5 Hellcat as it appeared in manga creator Leiji Matsumoto's "The Revenge that Was Buried in the Mountain," from "The Cockpit,".


Model is available in letter format with detail instruction diagram
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