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1:48 scale model cat mouth vf-27 F6F
This is a 1:48 scale model of a WWII Grumman F6F Hellcat
Made by 21st Century Toys Xtreme Detail
Shipped Lower 48 $15.00
The "Cat Mouth", VF-27 stationed with USS Princeton.
This was the only squadron of US Hellcats throughout the war that uniformly displayed markings other than those officially sanctioned by the Navy. Three of VF-27ís pilots contributed to the design of the "cat mouth" nose art, which was then hand-painted on most of the squadron aircraft by one of the pilots, LT Robert Burnell. When the Princeton was sunk by Japanese aircraft off the eastern coast of Luzon in the Philippines on October 24, the defending Hellcats were forced to recover aboard other carriers where they were promptly directed to comply with Navy regulations and eliminate the nose art.
The Grumman F6F Hellcat was a fighter plane descended from the earlier F4F Wildcat, but was a completely new design sharing only a familiar resemblance to the Wildcat. Some tagged it as "Wildcat's big brother". The Hellcat proved to be the most successful aircraft in naval history, destroying 5,163 aircraft in service with the US Navy and US Marine Corps, plus 52 with the Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm during World War II. Postwar, the Hellcat aircraft was rapidly phased out of frontline service, finally retiring in 1954 as a night-fighter in composite squadrons.
The F6F completely overwhelmed the A6M Zero in it first major air battle in December of 1943.
The Hellcat was in large scale production from October 1942 until war's end, with 12,274 built. With a wingspan of 42'10" and length of 33'7", the Hellcat was the second largest single engine fighter of the war. Top speed of 386 mph and a climb rate of 3,400 ft per minute and a ceiling of 37,300 feet. Range on internal fuel was 1,040 miles. Armament was typically six 50 caliber guns with 2,400 rounds of ammunition. 2,000 lbs. of bombs and six 5" rockets could also be carried. Scoring of 76% of the U.S. Navy's aerial victories in the Pacific, with a kill to loss ratio of more than 19:1, the Hellcat was without doubt the greatest naval fighter of WWII
These models are no longer being produced. Which is quite a shame as they were a very detailed model.
Brand New, in unopened sealed box, this model is painted and unassembled. Model can be displayed with extended or folded up landing gear, both sets of wheels supplied.
There are a small parts and not for children under 3.
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