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Dragon Models 1:72 Warbirds 50242
Grumman F6F Hellcat Diecast Model
USN, "White 00", CAG James Flatley, USS Yorktown, Pacific Theater, August 1943

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

Commander James H. Flatley had a distinguished naval career, finally attaining the rank of Vice Admiral in the U.S. Navy. In WWII, he was an ace in the Pacific theater, participating in the Battle of the Coral Sea and later becoming Commander Air Group Five (CAG-5) aboard the USS Yorktown (CV-10). It was at this time, beginning in August 1943, that he helped introduce the Grumman F6F Hellcat into combat with VF-5. The Hellcat and F4U Corsair were to become the primary U.S. Navy carrier fighters in the second half of WWII. The rugged Hellcat achieved an astonishing kill-to-loss ratio of 19:1, the highest of any American fighter of WWII!

Dragon Warbirds has introduced its own F6F Hellcat, and there would be no more appropriate guise than that of the aircraft belonging to CAG-5. The 1/72 scale model is actually an F6F-3 variant that took part in the Marcus Island raid on August 31 1943. Marcus Island was on Tokyo's "doorstep", 993 miles southeast of the capital. This "White 00" replica can be displayed in flying or landing mode, plus it possesses subtle detail such as that found in the completely detailed cockpit. The interesting tri-tone paint scheme was applied over the previous NS blue-gray/NS light gray camouflage, helping to merge the plane with sea and sky. The markings accurately depict Commander Flatley's fighter as it appeared at the time of the daring Marcus Island raid.

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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