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Year of the Cat: 1/48 Testors/Hawk F8F-2 Bearcat

I want to thank Louis Gardner for starting this group build and inviting me to come along with my cat entry. Since I was a little late to the party I picked a kit that I thought would be simple […]

Grumman F8F-2 Bearcat in 1/48.

Long a favourite of mine, I waited for a better kit than the Academy offering but have not found one. Unfortunately the HB kit seems to suffer from a number of issues which made me stick to what I had […]

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

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”

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

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

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

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

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 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 […]

Camouflage & Markings – Grumman F8F Bearcat

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 […]