Hobby Master 1/48 Air Power Series
Grumman F3F-1
0239, VF-7, late 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.

Fighting Squadron 7 (VF-7) “Blue Burglar Wasps” was established on July 1, 1939 but in late
1940 was re-designated VF-72 “Fighting Wasps” aboard the USS Wasp and on March 29, 1943
was disestablished. When VF-7 was first established they were equipped with Grumman F3F
aircraft which they flew until 1940 when they received the Grumman F4F-3 Wildcat. It is a bit
ironic that in the 1930’s and 40’s a male only VF-7 chose the “Blue Burglar Wasp” for a nickname
because a male wasp can’t sting.

Specifications for the Grumman F3F-1

Crew – (1) pilot

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)

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

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)

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