Model by John Oshust
With production beginning in 1937, The Grumman
F3F-2 and its variant F3F-3 were the last biplane
fighters to enter service with the US Navy and US
Marine Corps. Maximum speed was 256 MPH and service
ceiling was 32,400 feet. Armament consisted of one
.50 caliber and one .30 caliber machine gun mounted
in the nose, firing through the propeller arc. The
F3F-2 could also carry two 110-pound bombs on
In October, 1941, VMF-2 (USMC) turned in their
F3F-2s, becoming the last naval aviation fighter
squadron to operate biplane fighters. The F3F-2s
were reassigned to the Navy's Training Command,
where the last of them was retired in 1943. No
F3F-2 aircraft survived WWII although one was later
salvaged from the Pacific Ocean off San Diego.
Our F3F-2 kit was designed by Jeff O'Brien
(aka Phreakish) and reported on-line at
Ezone. This kit is intended for the experienced
modeler who's successfully assembled four or
five balsa kits.
- Span: 32"
- Area: 260 sq. in.
- Weight: 14 - 20 oz
- Power: Himax 2015-5400 with 6.6:1
- Controls: ailerons, elevator, throttle
- Full size plans
- Instruction manual
- Laser-cut parts from contest balsa and lite
- Vacuum formed cowl
- Vacuum formed canopy with framing molded
This kit is a "short kit"; it comes
without hardware so you can use what you've
got, and you'll need to provide balsa sheet and
strip stock. We use and recommend
Doculam for covering our models.
We include a paint and
markings guides so that you can re-create one of
these two historic aircraft:
illustrated construction manual.
Please note that the kit does not include
Flight ReportHere's a video Jeff putting the
prototype through her paces.
To order this kit, please go to the Kits page.