By Bert Kinzey and Chris Sakal; softbound; 104 pages
About the Book:
F6F Hellcat in Detail & Scale is
the tenth volume of the expanded Detail & Scale Series of military
aviation and modeling books. The Grumman Hellcat is one of the most
famous fighters in the history of military aviation. This new book
covers every aspect of this significant aircraft, from its developmental
history through its use as the first type flown by the iconic U. S.
Navy aerial demonstration team, the Blue Angels. Hellcats utilized as
drones and drone controllers are covered, as is its service with foreign
Detail & Scale previously published volumes on the Hellcat
in 1987 and 1996. The original work in 1987 was improved nine years
later with greater coverage of aircraft details than was previously
possible. Now, in this expanded volume, even more detailed coverage is
F6F Hellcat in Detail & Scale is a
detailed study of one of the most successful fighter aircraft designs
to see combat during the Second World War. Historical text has been
written for each variant of the Hellcat. The Hellcat Details chapter
has been greatly expanded using new color photos almost exclusively.
Additionally, many new vintage color and black and white photos have
been added to better tell the Hellcat’s story. But one feature, the
fascinating and informative interview with Captain David McCampbell,
remains in this new edition. Finally, the Modelers Section has been
updated to include reviews of all of the kits that are available as of
this writing (March 2020).
The book begins with a comprehensive developmental and
operational history of the Hellcat and follows that with an
all-inclusive chapter on the various Hellcat variants. Every variant of
the Hellcat is covered, including the XF6F-1/-2/-4/-6 prototypes and
the F6F-3/-3E/-3N and F6F-5/-5E/-5N operational variants. These are
followed up with sections on the use of the Hellcat as the aircraft of
choice used in the very first and early exhibitions put on by what would
become the U. S. Navy Blue Angels precision flight demonstration team.
The use of the Hellcat in the drone and drone controller roles, both in
combat and in peace time is covered next, as is a survey of its use in
foreign service by the United Kingdom, France, and Uruguay. Next, is a
reprise of a favorite element of the earlier versions of this book, the
interview with David McCampbell, the Navy’s all-time leading ace, where
he discussed the Hellcat, his own experiences, and the markings of his
A comprehensive chapter on Hellcat details, long the hallmark
of the Detail & Scale brand, follows. This chapter contains eight
sections covering the cockpit, windscreen and canopy, fuselage, wing,
landing gear, tail, engine, and armament and external stores details.
Complete coverage of almost every square inch of the Hellcat is provided
through 129 high resolution photographs, 119 of which are in full
The comprehensive details chapter is followed by a colorful
look at the paint schemes and markings used by the Hellcat during its
operation life. The well known wartime paint schemes are all covered,
as are the colorful post-war utility schemes seen on Hellcat drones and
As with all Detail & Scale Series books, the final
chapter covers the scale modeling history of the Hellcat, from the early
kits that are now only collector’s items, to the wide range of kits
that have been available for half a century, including the recent Airfix
1/24th kit, which is the most detailed and accurate Hellcat ever
released. The most popular scales of 1/144th, 1/ 72nd, 1/48th, 1/32nd,
and 1/24th are treated as separate sections, and the available models in
each are reviewed.
F6F Hellcat in Detail & Scale is the most comprehensive book on the Grumman Hellcat ever produced.