HBB80328 1/48 F4F-4 Wildcat

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HBB80328 1/48 F4F-4 Wildcat
Product Code: HBB80328
Brand: Hobbyboss
WAS: £14.99
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 The Grumman F4F Wildcat was the US Navy's main carrier fighter during the early part of the war in the Pacific. It was well armed, rugged and reasonably agile, and was able to take great punishment. Although outclassed in terms of speed, climb and agility by the Mitsubishi A6M Zero, Wildcat pilots were able to hold their own in combat thanks to tactics developed by the US Navy ace Commander 'Jimmy' Thatch. At the Battle of Midway in June 1942, the pilots used the 'Thatch Weave' successfully for the first time in combat. It then became the standard tactics used by the US Navy fighter pilots. 
The F4F-4 Wildcat was introduced in 1942 and featured an extra pair of machine guns and folding wings. This became the main version of the US Navy for its Aircraft Carriers as they took up less space so they could carry more of them. It was also used by the US Marines from land bases, most notably in the Guadalcanal campaign. The Wildcat was replaced as the front line fighter in 1943 by the bigger and faster F6F Hellcat but was also used by the US Marines and from the small Escort Carriers, where it was used to attack U-boats and ground targets with its machine guns and bombs.   
Hobby Boss are part of the Chinese model company, Trumpeter. Hobby Boss are known for their range of easy to build model kits for novice modellers but also for their range of nicely moulded and detailed, well engineered kits for a reasonable price. This Wildcat model falls into the latter category and a nice looking model can be made from this kit.
There are markings for 2 different planes, one flown by US Marines Ace Capt Marion Carl during the Guadalcanal campaign and one from a USN training squadron.
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