Tamiya 61034 Grumman F4F Wildcat 1:48 Scale
Arguably, one of the most iconic aircraft used in the Pacific Campaign has to be the Grumman F4F Wildcat. It can be said that the Wildcat was the only plane to blunt the totally superior Zero for total domination of the Pacific skies. It was initially rejected by the Navy in favor of the Brewster Buffalo if you can believe that!
Grumman went back to the drawing board and refined the design until they came up with the G-36 which came out fighting. Beating the Buffalo in every test, the navy approved the design and bought the little barrel with wings. It stayed in production throughout the war with different upgrades and fought with its more powerful Corsair and Hellcat brothers. It was liked by its pilots because of its ability to take an amazing amount of punishment and keep going. Easy to work on and because of its demure size, folding wings and short tail, more planes could be stored on a flat top carrier. Many famous aces and more than a few Medal Of Honor recipients used the Wildcat as their mount.