Hobby Master HA8902 – 1/48 Scale F4F-4 Wildcat Diecast Model
|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.
1/48 Scale Grumman F4F Wildcat – Hobby Master HA8902
Hobby Master HA8902 diecast model replicates in 1/48 scale the Grumman F4F-4 Wildcat, White 23 of VF-3, US Navy. Flown by LCDR John Thach, deployed aboard the USS Yorktown (CV-5) during the Battle of Midway, the beginning of June 1942.
The Battle of Midway, a decisive naval battle, took place near Midway Atoll between 4 and 7 June 1942, six months after the attack on Pearl Harbor. The United States Navy defeated and inflicted irreversible losses on a fleet of the Imperial Japanese Navy. The Battle of Midway along with the Guadalcanal Campaign is widely considered the turning point of the Pacific War.
John S Thach
John Smith “Jimmy” Thach (1905 – 1981), born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1927 and served for two years in battleships, before becoming a Naval Aviator in early 1930. Placed in command of Fighting Squadron Three (VF-3) in early 1940, He later developed the Thach Weave fighter tactic to counter the more maneuverable Mitsubishi A6M Zero.
After participating in the Battle of Midway, Thach became an instructor and later, operations officer to Vice Admiral John S. McCain, Sr. Where he developed the “big blue blanket” system, a defence against Japanese Kamikaze attacks. Thach commanded the escort carrier Sicily (CVE-118) during the Korean War and from 1953 to 1954 the aircraft carrier Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA-42), promoted to rear admiral in 1955 and from 1958 and 1959, command an antisubmarine development unit, “Task Group Alpha”, with the Valley Forge (CVS-45) as flagship. He went on to serve as the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Air in the Pentagon and Commanded US Naval Forces in Europe.
Thach retired in May 1967, a full admiral credited with six aerial victories, awarded the Navy Cross with gold star, Navy Distinguished Service Medal with gold star, Silver Star, Legion of Merit with Combat “V” and gold star.
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).