Hobby Master HA8901 – 1/48 Scale F4F-4 Wildcat Diecast Model
Hobby Master HA8901 diecast model replicates in 1/48 scale the Grumman F4F-4 Wildcat, White 2 of VMF-223 “Bulldogs” United States Marine Corps (USMC). This aircraft was the mount of Marine ace, Captain Marion E. Carl while stationed at Guadalcanal during September 1942.
Hobby Master 1/48 scale Grumman F4F Wildcat diecast model details
|Length||18.3 cm||7.20 in||Approx|
|Wingspan||24.2 cm||9.52 in||Approx|
Diecast model features include:
- Constructed with metal and plastic components
- Canopy displayable opened or closed
- Undercarriage displayable extended or retracted
- Display stand included.
Marion E. Carl
Marion E. Carl (1915 – 1998), born in Oregon, USA, learnt to fly while in college. After graduating college, he joined the US Marines and in 1941 Carl deployed to Midway as part of VMF-221 were he achieved his first two victories. After the disbandment of VMF-221, moved to VMF-223 and Guadalcanal. He became the first Marine ace on August 24, 1942, and by October his score tallied 16.5. The squadron left Guadalcanal in early October 1942, and Carl, promoted to major, took command in early 1943. The unit returned to the Solomons late in 1943 equipped with F4U Corsairs were he destroyed a further two enemy aircraft. Carl ended the war credited with 18.5 victories.
Postwar Carl set a world speed record of 651 mph flying a Douglas Skystreak and altitude records in a Douglas Skyrocket. He later flew U-2 missions over China and commanded the 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade in Vietnam. Carl retired in 1973 with the rank of Major General, a Navy Cross with two Gold Stars, the Legion of Merit with three Gold Stars, the Distinguished flying cross with four Gold Stars and the Air Medal with 13 Gold Stars. Carl fatally shot during a home burglary, died on June 30th, 1998.
VMA-223 “Bulldogs” is a fixed-wing attack squadron of the United States Marine Corps based at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina. It currently operates the McDonnell-Douglas AV-8B Harrier II.
Formed on May 1, 1942, at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Ewa, Oahu, Hawaii and during World War II participated in the Battle of Guadalcanal as part of the Cactus Air Force, Philippines and Okinawa. In December 1965 deployed to South Vietnam in support of ground troops. In more recent times supported Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedoms.
Grumman F4F Wildcat
The Grumman F4F Wildcat is an American single-seat, single-engined, carrier-capable fighter. Also produced by General Motor’s Eastern Aircraft division and given an FM designation. The FM-1 an F4F-4 and FM-2 based on the XF4F-8. The maiden flight of the F4F took place on September 2, 1937, entering service in December 1940 and first saw combat in the North Atlantic with the British. The Royal Navy at first designated the F4F as the Martlet but later changed it to Wildcat.
In the Pacific, the faster, more maneuverable and longer-ranged Mitsubishi A6M Zero outmatched the Wildcat. The F4F’s capacity to absorb damage, heavy armour, self-sealing fuel tanks and the tactics applied, help counter the lesser performance.
The Wildcat remained in front-line service throughout the war, in the later stages on escort carriers, unsuited to the newer larger fighters.
Grumman F4F-4 Wildcat Specifications
The F4F-4 entered service in 1941, with machine guns increased from four to six and folding wings.
- Crew: pilot
- Length: 8.8 m (28 ft 9 in)
- Wingspan: 11.6 m (38 ft)
- Height: 2.8 m (9 ft 2.5 in)
- Empty weight: 2,674 kg (5,895 lb)
- Powerplant: single Pratt & Whitney R-1830-86 air cooled double-row radial engine.
- Guns: six 0.50 in (12.7 mm) AN/M2 Browning machine guns.
- Maximum speed: 515 km/h (320 mph), Mach 0.420
- MTOW: 3,974 kg (8,762 lb)
- Range: 1,337 km (830 mi)
- Service ceiling: 10,363 m (34,000 ft).
Hobby Master HA8901 – 1/48 scale diecast model of the Grumman F4F-4 Wildcat, “White 2”, VMF-223, USMC, Captain Marion E. Carl, Guadalcanal, September 1942