Hobby Master HA1110 1:72 F6F-5 Hellcat, VF-17 "Jolly Rogers" USS Hornet (CV-12) 1945
On April 4, 1944 the new F6F-5 took to the air. It was a much improved version of the
F4F Wildcat. The designers gave the new plane a redesigned engine cowl for the
engine that was now water-injected. The injection increased take off performance by
10% and increased the armament capabilities. Production of the F6F-5 lasted until
November 1945 when Grumman had rolled out more than 900 “5”s. The UK received
some of these aircraft under the Lend-Lease Act and they were designated Hellcat Mk.
II. This plane was so lethal that it earned the nickname “Ace Maker” because of the
large number of pilots that earned their 5 + victories while flying it.
The Jolly Rogers began during World War II as Fighter Squadron 17 (VF-17) on
January 1, 1943. The squadron was one of the first navy squadrons to fly the Vought
F4U Corsair fighter.
Because their plane was called Corsair, VF-17's men wanted a squadron name that
would correspond with that pirate theme. They came up with the now-famous black flag
with white skull and crossbones symbol and decided on the name Jolly Rogers. The
Jolly Rogers painted their new logo on the sides of the engine cowling, not under the
cockpit as tradition called for, so it wouldn't clutter up the fuselage where their kill
markings would later be painted. Thus, the legend was born. In October 1943 VF-17
was made a land based squadron because they still flew the Corsair and the safety of
these planes carrier operations was in question. April 10, 1944 the original VF-17
stands down and the CO is re-assigned. Under a new CO VF-17 began its second tour
but this time on aboard USS Hornet and flying the F6F Hellcat. They first flew the F6F
on strikes against Tokyo on February 16 1945. On March 18, 1945 over Kanoya and
April 16, 1945 near Okinawa the Jolly Rogers scored 31 victories each day. VF-17
managed to score a total of 161 victories and made 12 aces while flying the Hellcat.
The combined score for both tours brought the total to 313 narrowly beating the single
deployment record of 30 held by VF-15.
Shipping, Returns + Local Pickup
Shipping, Returns + Local Pickup
At MTS, we strive to deliver you the lowest possible shipping cost while taking extra time to package your order to ensure a safe delivery. Each item is inspected carefully before shipping and delicately packaged to avoid any damage during the shipping process.
The shipping cost for your order is based on the item's size, weight, shipping method and delivery address. Your shipping cost will be calculated based on the current shipping rates.
MTS is committed to shipping out all orders within 2 business days. Delivery time will vary based on your location.
All Pre-Orders will be shipped out within 2 business days of MTS receiving the item. The shipping cost will be calculated based on the current rates at the time of shipment.
Please exercise caution when removing your items from the packaging. Diecast models are very delicate. Propellers, antennas, and canopies will break easily if not handled with care. MTS inspects all items for damage prior to shipment. If you receive a damaged item, please contact MTS within 7 days of the shipping date at 937-320-1428 or email email@example.com, we will determine if a claim needs to be filed with the shipping company.
If you would like to return or exchange an undamaged item, please contact MTS within 14 days of the shipping date at 937-320-1428 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to start the return process. Once your item is returned to us, it will be inspected to ensure it is returned to us in a salable condition in the complete original packaging. You will receive a full refund for the item purchased but the original shipping charges are non-refundable.
Local Pickup is available Monday thru Saturday 11am-4:30pm. All orders placed by 1pm will be available for same day pickup. An email will be sent to you when your order is ready for pickup. If you prefer to meet us curbside, please call MTS at 937-320-1428 upon your arrival to the shop.