Jim Ryan's 1/17 scale Grumman F6F Hellcat as featured in the July, 1997 issue of Model Airplane News. The F6F Hellcat was Jim's first electric warbird design. The prototype flew amazingly well with a modest Speed 400 powerplant and spawned a whole series of follow-on designs, all built to the same formula. The model is of all built-up construction, and the semi-monocoque fuselage is built over a disposable internal crutch to help insure a straight assembly.
The short kit includes laser-cut balsa and plywood parts, a pre-drilled balsa nose/cowl block, vacuum-formed canopy, and full-size printed plans. As with all our Jim Ryan kits, wings are not included - you can cut wings from foam using templates included on the plans or you can order them pre-cut from from Eureka Aircraft. See the Information tab for a link and for tips on building foam wings.
The Hellcat was designed for a 6V Speed 400 motor on 7 or 8 cells, but it can also be powered by a small brushless motor for even more impressive performance. See the Instructions tab for tips on selecting a brushless motor for your Hellcat.
Wing Area: 170 square inches
Weight RTF: 18 ounces
Brushless Power: 2000Kv 100-watt brushless system, APC 7 X 5E prop, 2200-2S Lipo battery