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Oxford Diecast Oxford Aviation AC078
Grumman F6F Hellcat Diecast Model
USN VF-31 Tomcatters, Ray Hawkins, USS Cabot, 1944

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

One of the famous American fighter pilot aces of World War II, namely Lt. Arthur Ray ‘Hawk’ Hawkins. Attached to Fighter Squadron 31 (VF-31) aboard the aircraft carrier USS Cabot between January and October 1944, his successes in his Hellcat during that time totalled 14 and included shooting and destroying five Japanese enemy aircraft in one day.

Oxford has replicated his Grumman Hellcat No 12 in a dark blue with white markings. The contrasting detail to the aircraft is finished in black. His name appears in white beneath the cockpit together with his tally of ‘kills’ – all fourteen of them! Highly decorated, ‘Hawk’ Hawkins survived the war and served with the US Navy until 1973. He died aged 81 in 2004.

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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Oxford Diecast Oxford Aviation

The Oxford Diecast "Oxford Aviation" range presents affordable, ready made diecast models of military aircraft.

Oxford Diecast "Oxford Aviation" diecast airplanes feature:

  • Diecast metal and plastic construction.
  • Realistic panel lines, antennas, access panels and surface details.
  • Permanently retracted landing gear.
  • Presentation stand to display the aircraft "in flight".
  • Fixed, non-spinning plastic propellers.
  • No pilot figures.

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