Friday, June 21, 2019


THIS WEEK SEES THE OFFICIAL release of the 1:24 scale Airfix Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat, a fighter aircraft that was instrumental to victory in the Pacific Theatre of World War II.

SMN report: For large-scale enthusiasts, the new Airfix Hellcat really is unmissable. It's a unique kit in this large scale, and shows an attention to detail that's unparalleled in the scale kit world. 

The pix (below) give you an idea of the finished thing, the feature list underlining just how much work has gone into the model. Check out the fascinating video to see and hear the people behind the project.  

There is plenty to like about the new kit, the specs being especially droolworthy:

• Over 600 parts
• Can be built with wings open or folded
• Includes full cockpit detail with open or closed canopy options
• Complete fully-detailed radial engine, engine mount and all ancillaries
• Separate engine cowling and forward fuselage panels
• Detailed undercarriage, undercarriage bays, and arrestor hook. Options to build with wheels up or down
• Fully-detailed gun bays, with complete machine guns and ammunition trays
• Can be built with closed or extended landing flaps
• Poseable control surfaces and trim tabs
• Realistic surface detailing showing rivets, fasteners and rippled ‘stressed skin’
• Drop tanks (two types), 250 Ib and 500 Ib bombs and rockets all included
• Includes a choice of four decal schemes

And here's an interesting video (below) on the project. In the words of Airfix: "...With the 1:24 scale Hellcat just around the corner, we checked back in with Lead Designer Chris, as well as both Paramjit and Michael, to see how they were feeling ahead of the big release, on June 21, 2019.

"Looking at both the history of the Hellcat itself and the model, we look back at the journey this project has been through as well as look ahead to what will be an absolutely classic Airfix kit!"

Click here for more about the Airfix 1:24 scale Hellcat.

And click here for Hellcats big and small at SMN.