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My Shiny Bearcat/Model Number Eight for the Year

by Scott Nelson on September 29, 2016 in Aviation -- 22 Comments

This is the Academy 1/48 Bearcat. Apparently it is also the Hobbycraft Bearcat. I’ve read reviews that say the cowl is misshapen and the wheel well detail may be spurious among other issues. However, I found the kit to look […]


Felix genealogy, F8F Bearcat VF-31, circa 1948

by Robert Royes on August 28, 2016 in Aviation -- 8 Comments

A recent build of the ancient Monogram 1/72 F8F, This ones a bit tricky to build, you have to slide the wing and horizontals into the halves of the fuselage, Added some old microscale decals of VF-31 and you get […]


HobbyBoss 1/48th F8F-2 Bearcat

by Frank Steffens on June 29, 2016 in Aviation -- 13 Comments

This is the first model I’ve completed since returning to plastic models at the beginning of the year. I took my daughter to the American Airpower Museum in Farmingdale, New York. After seeing the unbelievably awesome models displayed there, the […]


Hobbycraft+ 1:48 F8F-1 Bearcat

by Pip Moss on April 4, 2016 in Aviation -- 13 Comments

When my friend Jim Sullivan sent me the photo of the NAS Glenview Bearcat, I knew that was the one I wanted to replicate. Fortunately, SuperScale has those markings on their sheet 48-1008. I possessed both the Hobbycraft and Hobby […]


Building High Planes Awesome 48th Scale Rare Bear

by Jack Mugan on January 13, 2016 in Aviation -- 12 Comments

The Bearcat that became Rare Bear was a severely damaged wreck when discovered by Lyle Shelton in 1969. It had been abandoned next to a runway in Valparaiso, Indiana after it crashed there from a throttle-on torque roll in 1962. […]


Building A Bearcat Champion Racer

by Jack Mugan on October 19, 2015 in Aviation -- 15 Comments

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 […]


Camouflage & Markings – Grumman F8F Bearcat

by Rick Kent on December 21, 2014 in Aviation -- 6 Comments

Too late to see service in WW II, the Bearcat operated with the US Navy’s frontline fighter squadrons from 1946 to 1950 as their last piston-engined fighter, alongside late marks of the F4U Corsair. It fitted very neatly into the […]


Grumman F8F-1b by Academy in 1/48.

by Tony Prince on November 29, 2014 in Aviation -- 16 Comments

Supplied from U.S.Navy stocks, these Bearcats saw combat service with the Armee de l’Air in what used to be French Indo-China from 1951. This model is the Academy kit, which came out around 2004, which is when I built it. […]


Grumman’s pugnacious Bearcat

by Morne Meyer on September 2, 2014 in Aviation -- 22 Comments

This is Academy’s 1/48 scale rendition of the ultimate Propcat, the F8F-1B Bearcat. Designed as a shipborne air superiority fighter for the US Navy, with a design emphasis on speed and manoeuvrability, the Bearcat proved to be everything the US […]

Hobbyboss Bearcat complete 001

Hobbyboss 1/48 F8F-1 Bearcat

by Clark Cook on June 10, 2014 in Aviation -- 16 Comments

Hello: I just finished up the Bearcat this morning. It was another one of those challenging builds that we all tackle every now and then. I installed Aires resin bays in both the wings and area behind the engine. I […]