The Grumman F6F Hellcat’s operating systems were far more advanced than its carrier-launched predecessor, the F4F Wildcat.
Unlike the Wildcat’s, narrow spaced and manually cranked landing gear, the Hellcat’s wide-set, reinforced hydraulically actuated landing gear struts, rotated through 90° while retracting backwards into the wings. Its 2,000 hp Pratt & Whitney R-2800 Double Wasp engine with its twin turbo chargers gave the Hellcat a maximum speed of 391mph with a vastly superior rate of climb than the A6 Zero.
The Hellcat’s 28 volt electrical system, single wire ground return consisted of an engine driven-generator and a 24 volt 11 amp battery.
Located on the left hand side of the fuselage behind the cockpit, the generator circuit was equiped with a voltage regulator and a reverse current relay with all power supplied from the running engine which maintained the battery in a fully charged condition.
All electrical system gauges and battery switches were located on the electrical panel mounted on the starboard cockpit wall whilst the Engine Magneto Switch was mounted high up on the Port side of the main flying panel. A USN General Electric, Bu Aero Type E-150 Volt meter monitored the Hellcat’s voltage.
Complete with its USN 'Anchor' stamp on the rear of its bakelite casing, this veteran of the War in the Pacific comes mounted on a 100yr old mango wood stand with engraved plaque, a printed and laminated Fact Sheet and a highly detailed 1/72 or larger 1/48 custom built model of this iconic naval fighter perched atop its removable magnetic arm.
This Grumman F6F Hellcat Instrument comes complete with detailed Scale Model, Mango Wood Stand & Plaque plus Printed Fact Sheet featuring photo of instrument in aircraft cockpit.
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Your Grumman F6F Hellcat, Type E-150 USN Volt Meter, Original Recovery Curios Warbird Collectable includes:
- Original Warbird Collectable
- Highly detailed, hand-built and airbrushed 1/72 plastic scale model of the aircraft*, or 1/72 Die-cast scale model**
- Hand-crafted and beautifully finished 100yr, Far North Queensland Mango Wood display stand
- Detailed, 2-sided, printed and laminated Instrument Fact Sheet detailing aircraft and instrument
- Removable Magnetic Display Arm
*An upgrade to the larger and more detailed 1/48 scale model is also available for an additional $35 (Click on the 1/48 scale option)
* The 1/72 sacle Die-cast model comes with wheels 'up or down' and tgeh colour scheme and markings are fixed
Both the 1/72 & 1/48 custom made scale models are available with wheels & flaps ‘up or down’; cockpit ‘open or closed' and wings 'folded or open'
Your complete Recovery Curios Original Instrument Collectable is securely packed and delivery normally takes between 4 - 6 weeks approx.
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