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F4F-3S «Widcatfish» USAF Floatplane 1/72 Scale Plastic Model Kit Amodel 72210

Theme: Military

Era : 1919-1938

Scale : 1/72

Material : Plastic

Series: Legendary Aircrafts

Recommended Age Range: 12 Years & Up

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In 1942, the fleet aviation was faced with the rather successful use by the Japanese of the A6M2-N seaplanes, created on the basis of the Zero. The Navy commissioned Edo Corporation to convert the F4F-3 (BuNo 4038) into a seaplane. The car was put on two large floats by means of racks with braces, the hull was reinforced, the chassis niches were sewn up with aluminum sheets and two additional rudders were installed on the stabilizer. The aircraft received the designation F4F-3S Wildcatfish. The first flight was made on February 28, 1943. Open water tests were conducted at the Fleet Air Station in Norfolk. After all the changes made, the maximum speed decreased to 428 km / h. However, the Navy reordered a batch of 100 F4F7s (BuNo 12230 to 12329) as F4F-3S. However, by that time the intensity of the fighting in the Solomon and Aleutian Islands had decreased, which made it possible to build full-fledged airfields on the islands, after which the need for seaplane fighters disappeared. The ordered batch was completed in 1943 in the version of the usual F4F-3, the built aircraft were used to train fighter pilots

Grumman F4F "Wildcat" (eng. Grumman F4F Wildcat) is an American single-seat carrier-based fighter-bomber. It was originally designed as a biplane, but went into the series as a cantilever medium wing (the requirements for speed characteristics affected). The prototype made its first flight on September 2, 1937. On August 8, 1939, the US Navy issued the first order for 78 production F4F-3 aircraft. Due to a Congressional decision to increase fleet air power during the summer of 1940, the F4F-3 production contract grew to 200 F4F-3s.

The first naval aviation squadrons to receive the F4F-3 were VF-7 based on the USS Wasp and VF-4 from the USS Ranger.

One of the problems of the aircraft, which the developers did not pay due attention to, is the landing gear release system. After takeoff, the landing gear was completely retracted with twenty-nine turns of the hand winch handle, while the pilot was primarily concerned with climbing, maintaining formation, and leveling the aircraft. The release of the landing gear was accompanied by no less interference in the control of the aircraft.

In October 1941, the US Navy began naming naval aircraft, and the F4F was officially named Wildcat.