F8F-2 RACING BEARCAT MODEL
The black and white photo was in one of my many airplane books and one day I went searching on the web for a model kit that had these beautiful decals. I found the blue cast resin model by "Hi Planes" which was located in Australia and bought it.
The next few photos showed me experimenting on how to make better parts. Then I bought the grey looking model and used parts from both kits to build this racer.
I joined the "Society of AirRace Historians" in 1984 and one of the member's sent me over 500 3'x5" prints of air racers dating from about 1964 to 1990. I scanned the photos and put them on a digital CD disk, and this racer was one of them. The Bearcat was donated to a museum and that is how I got a print of it.
I have several racing models, but this one is special to me.
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