The Grumman F6F Hellcat was designed as a carrier based fighter in the Second World War. It first flew mid 1942 and from a distance looked like a Wildcat but was a completely new design. The engine was a Pratt and Whitney R2800 of 2000 hp which gave it a top speed of over 380 MPH. It later proved to be a match for the Japanese opponents such as the "Zero" in the Pacific War. Over 12,000 aircraft were manufactured.
This F6F-5 was delivered March 1945 and flew with US Navy VF-14 and VF-80 before being retired mid 1949. It has been restored coded "45"and has now a civil no. N9265A and is on display at the Yanks museum in Chino, California, USA.
Photographed 2015 by Cees Hendriks (c) copyright
Many plastic scale models were released of this popular aircraft.
In the very large 1/24 scale in 2019 a kit by Airfix..see review here...
In 1/32 scale by Hasegawa, Trumpeter. In 1/48 by Aurora, Monogram-Revell, Arii, Fujimi, Hobbyboss Hasegawa and a good kit from Eduard.
In 1/72 classics were from FROG, Revell, Airfix , Heller, Hasegawa, Academy, AMT, and Eduard. In 1/144 model were released by Platz, Academy, Mitsuwa and Revell. In odd scales, kits appeared as well.
this walk around page was created October 2016 by M. de Vreeze