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Dragon Models 1:72 Warbirds 50240
Grumman F6F Hellcat Diecast Model
USN, "White 00", CAG James Flatley, USS Yorktown, Pacific Theater, May 1943

1:72 Scale   Length   Width
Grumman F6F Hellcat   5.75"   7.25"

Dragon Warbirds' brand new 1/72 scale replica is of Commander Flatley's "White 00" F6F-3 Hellcat as it appeared during his tour aboard the USS Yorktown.

James H. "Jimmy" Flatley had a distinguished U.S. Navy career, later rising to the rank of Vice Admiral, after being a pilot during WWII. He formed VF-10 "Grim Reapers" where he was known as the "Reaper Leader." He had a tour aboard the USS Yorktown (CV-10) in 1943, where he was Commander Air Group Five (CAG-5). It was at this time he helped introduce the Grumman F6F Hellcat to combat in August 1943.

The Grumman F6F Hellcat started development as an improved F4F Wildcat, but turned into a completely new design sharing a family resemblance to the Wildcat but with no shared parts. The Hellcat and the Vought F4U Corsair were the primary United States Navy carrier fighters in the second half of World War II. The Hellcat was withdrawn from service shortly after the war's end. This Grumman-manufactured aircraft had the highest kill-to-loss ratio (the ratio was 19:1) of any fighter in service with the American Army, Navy, Marines or Air Force! In fact, this efficient fighter was credited with nearly 75% of all naval air-to-air combat kills, a truly astounding achievement in only two years of operational use from 1943 onwards. Its success was due in large part to its rugged airframe.

Grumman F6F Hellcat

Developed by Grumman to combat the Japanese Zero, the carrier-based F6F Hellcat was first flown on June 26, 1942. The Hellcat was a far more potent force than its predecessor, the Wildcat. It had increased fuel capacity, a low-mounted wing, wide landing gear, strengthened cockpit armor plating, and increased ammunition capacity. The big Double Wasp engine was set three degrees off the center axis, giving the aircraft a tail-down attitude in flight. Pilots' stories of "mostly holes where the airplane used to be" underscore the Hellcat's ability absorb unbelievable punishment and still return to the ship.

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Dragon Models 1:72 Warbirds

The Dragon Models "Dragon Wings 1:72 Warbirds Series" range presents highly-detailed, ready-made diecast models of military aircaft.

Dragon Models "Dragon Wings 1:72 Warbirds Series" diecast airplanes feature:

  • Diecast metal construction with some plastic components.
  • Realistic panel lines, antennas, access panels and surface details.
  • Pad printed markings and placards that won't fade or peel like decals.
  • Opening canopies, revealing detailed cockpit interiors.
  • Selected moveable control surfaces.
  • Interchangeable extended/retracted landing gear.
  • Presentation stand to display the aircraft "in flight".
  • Authentic detachable ordnance loads complete with placards.
  • Accurately detailed underside with concealed screwheads.

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