Posted 1 year ago
Picked up this. Monogram F3F-3 plastic model kit# PA70, 1962. Four Star box, first issue kit with silver, red, and yellow parts. I built this kit in the '60s and the later all silver plastic version. A lot of the early issue Monogram in the "Four Star" thick stock boxes had multi colored plastic parts to aid people who didn't paint that much.
This was one of my favorite childhood kits. It has the between war multi color scheme. Ftapache shared a MiniPlane F3F-3 that had that beautiful color scheme also. This also had the retractable landing gear that was challenging.
The F3F-3 was the last carrier based fighter delivered to the USN. Pretty fast for its time but quickly outdated in evolution of aircraft in the '30 S. It layed the foundation for the famous Grumman "Cat" fighters that would follow. You can see the later F4F Wildcat stubby fuselage and hand cranked landing gear on it. The F3F's son the F4F Wildcat would his own against the superior Zero early in WW II due a lot to the ruggedness. The grandson the. F6F-6 Hellcat would go on to wipe out something like 75% of the total Japanese aircraft downed at the "Turkey Shoot" and elsewhere.