Full Size Printed Plan CONTROL LINE F4F-4 "WILDCAT" STUNT or COMBAT SCALE PROFILE
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COMBAT SCALE PROFILE OF THE GRUMMAN CARRIER FIGHTER •••
FULL SIZE PLANS PRINTED ON a SHEET 42" x 30"
Two PAGES OF PHOTOS, and CONSTRUTION NOTES
STUNT or COMBAT
ENGINE .19 TO .40
by Nick Ziroli
The "F4F" was originally designed in 1935 and as strange as It may seem, it was to have been a biplane. it never left the drawing board though due to the development of the Brewster "Buffalo" and the fact that the Japanese were conducting flight tests on their ASM, which in 1937 would become the first monoplane carrier fighter in active service.
At the outbreak of WWII, the Navy was unprepared for the Air defence that would be so vital in the Pacific. In December of 1941 there were only 248 F4F-'3's in service between the Navy and the Marines. By the end of the war 7,898 "Wildcats" had been produced and served the V.S. and the British, who called it the "Martlet". Although the "Wildcat" was not an outstanding performer, (the "Zero" was faster and could out climb it), it's ruggedness, fire power and skilled pilots enabled it to set a combat record of nearly seven enemy aircraft downed for every loss, an outstanding record to say the least.
Our model is a rugged and practical profile version of the "Wildcat." It has performance characteristics that are suitable for a beginner or an expert. With a hot .19 or any .29 engine for power, the beginner will find the model slow enough for him to think about what he's doing, yet fast enough to stay out on the lines during the abrupt manoeuvres that are sometimes performed. As a stunt trainer, performance is responsive yet smooth with a "29" or "35". For those interested in real stunt flying or slow combat, the performance is great with a 35 or .40 engine.