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Idea for a new group build with Aircraft, Armor, Automobiles and what have you: “Year of the Cat”…

by Louis Gardner on May 13, 2017 in News -- 71 Comments

We have our Midway Group Build that is scheduled to finish around the 75th anniversary of the battle, which ran from June 3rd through the 7th. We have made provisions that allow for projects to be posted after the deadline, […]

1/48 Hobbycraft F8F Bearcat “Gulfhawk 4” Al Williams

by Louis Gardner on November 20, 2016 in Aviation -- 18 Comments

Here tonight is another Hobbycraft Bearcat. This one is finished in the colors of Al Williams plane the “Gulfhawk 4”. The Gulfhawk 4 was a civilian version of the F8F Bearcat and was called a G-58. Only two G-58’s were […]

Hobbycraft 1/48 Grumman F8F Bearcat Blue Angels “Beetle Bomb”

by Louis Gardner on November 20, 2016 in Aviation -- 15 Comments

Here are some photos of my version of the “Beetle Bomb” Blue Angels plane. The original “Beetle Bomb” was a North American SNJ that was painted to resemble a Japanese Zero. Beetle Bomb was incorporated into the Blue Angels airshow […]

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 -- 14 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 -- 13 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 […]