Hobby Master 1/48 Air Power Series
HA7309
Grumman F3F-1
0239, VF-6B, 1930s
1/48 scale pre-finished

Die-cast metal with a minimum of plastic.

Professionally painted.

All markings pad applied for superb results.

Cockpit slides open.

Movable rudder

Comes with a pilot that can be removed.

Comes with display stand.

Can be displayed with landing gear up or down.
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Produced in the mid to late 1930s the F3F-1 as well as the 2 and 3 variants belonged to what
probably was the most colorful era in US military aviation history. Grumman took all the lessons
learned from the F2F and incorporated them into the F3F. The Flying Barrel, as it was commonly
called, had a wide fuselage to accommodate the large radial engine spinning a three-bladed
Hamilton Standard propeller. The plane also had improved retractable landing gear, longer
fuselage that improved stability. The last F3F was retired by the USN in November 1943.


VF-6 was originally formed as Combat Squadron 4 in 1921and re-designated VF-2 in 1922,
VF-2B in 1923 and VF6B and then VF-6 in 1927. In 1928 VF-6 became VB-2B and then VF-6B in
1930, in 1937 VF-3 and finally VF-6 in 1943 only to be disestablished in 1945. In 1935 the new
F3F-1 was first introduced and by 1936 the USN had received fifty four that would equip (VF) 5B
on the USS Ranger and VF-6B on the USS Saratoga. These squadrons would become VF-4 and
VF-3 respectively and flew the F3F-1 until 1940.



Specifications for the Grumman F3F-1

Crew – (1) pilot


Performance
Engine – (1) Pratt & Whitney “Twin Wasp Jr.” radial, 650 hp 2,200 rpm @ 7,500 ft
Maximum Speed – 240 mph   (386 km/h)
Cruise Speed – 215 mph   (346 km/h)
Range – 720 miles   (1,159 km)
Service ceiling – 29,000 ft   (8,839m)
ROC - 2,700 ft/min   (823 m/min)

Weight
Maximum - 4,100 lb.   (1,860 kg)
Empty - 2,870 lb.   (1,302 kg)

Dimensions
Length – 23 ft 3 in   (7.07 m)
Wingspan – 32 ft 0 in   (9.75 m)
Height – 9 ft 1 in   (2.75 m)
Wing Area – 260 ft/sq   (24.15 m/sq)

Armament
Left - (1)  0.30 in   (7.62 mm) M1919 Machine Gun – 500 rounds
Right – (1)  0.50 in   (12.7 mm) M2 Machine Gun – 200 rounds
Bombs – (2)  116 lb   (52.6 kg) Mk IV – (1) under each wing