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1:48 HobbyBoss F8F-1 Bearcat “Beetle Bomb” Blue Angels

Here’s my grimy looking Blue Angels’ F8F-1 “Beetle Bomb” Bearcat circa late 1949 as it might have looked after a hard weekend working an airshow. Note the attached photo of the actual plane. By early 1948 the Blue Angels were flying four blue F[...]

Hobbyboss 1/48 F8F-1 Bearcat

the Grumman F8F-1 Bearcat came on the scene too late to serve the U.S. Navy in WW11.. they were on the carriers halfway across the Pacific when the war with Japan ended...it was the fastest thing Grumman ever came up with to that point and pil[...]

Building Darryl Greenamyer’s American Jet

Darryl Greenamyer donated this aircraft to the Smithsonian Museum in 1977. I first laid eyes on it at the Silver Hills storage facility and I have wanted to build it as a model ever since. Today you can see this historical aircraft up close a[...]

Year of the Cat

this is the Hobby Boss F8F-1 straight from the box. A great build and I think the Hobby Boss kit is a wonderful kit of their aircraft. I used the kit decals and they represent an A/C of VF-3 flown by Lt A.M.Granat in 1946.

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 and fast. So presented for your view today is the [...]

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 built. The real plane[...]

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 act accor[...]

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 fine to me (though I'[...]

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 the start of a family tree.

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[...]