GRUMMAN F4F WILDCAT
The Grumman F4F Wildcat was a carrier-based aircraft that saw service with both the US Navy and the British Royal Navy in the ealy part of WWII from 1940.
Initially deployed to the Atlantic, the Wildcat was then tasked with fighter duties in the early Pacific War where it was later joined by F6F Hellcats and F4U Corsairs.
This kit is a laser-cut replica of the original Veron Tru-flite model of a Grumman F4F Wildcat.
Construction of the model from this kit uses the traditional method of "stick and tissue", that consists of a built up balsa wood skeleton (framework), covered with a tissue skin.
The balsa frameworks are built over a plan that is printed at the exact scale of the model, which is in essence a real engineering drawing.
Power is provided by rubber strip motor that is wound up before flight. Free flight means just that - once the model is launched, it is on its own. It must follow a predetermined flight path established when the model is initially adjusted for flight or "trimmed".
This type of traditional building technique and flying requires a degree of patience and skill, but is extremely rewarding.
Balsa wood sheets with precise laser cut parts and strip wood.
One 150mm diameter plastic propeller.
One pre-bent motor hook and shaft.
One low friction plastic nose bushing for the propeller
Pair of 25mm plastic wheels.
Acetate sheet for canopy.
Piano wire for the main undercarriage and tail wheel.
One motor peg.
F.A.I. 3/16" rubber motor strip.
Tissue to cover the model.
Full size printed plan with instructions.