Building A Bearcat Champion Racer
I started out to build the Bearcat in the Glenview scheme, but as you can see, there was a change in plans along the way. I know racing aircraft is not everyone’s cup of tea, but when one is looking for something colorful in a scheme, one can usually find it in the racing category. One might wonder how I ended up doing a white scheme. The kit was a Hobby Boss 48th scale F8F-2 Bearcat, and I decided early in the construction to switch to an early Bearcat racer when I ran across a set of decals from Red Pegasus depicting the 1964 Champion. The aircraft was basically a stock Bearcat so I did not have to do any surgery other than remove the guns and gun bumps, and cut the wings for the folded tips. I did add a set of resin wheels and tires from BarracudaCast to get the proper tire tread. I used Tamiya’s White for the finish.
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