Grumman F8F-1/1B/2 Bearcat & derivatives.
|'American Jet'||High Planes R7217|
|'Conquest I'||High Planes R7215|
|F8F-2||Monogram 5013, |
|'Rare Bear' 1985 season||High Planes R7222|
|'Rare Bear' 1999 season||High Planes R7214|
|'Smirnoff'||High Planes R7213|
|Cast Detail Parts|
|Detail set||Cobra 72006 , |
|P&W R-2000-34 engine||Pavla E7217|
|P&W R-2800 engine||Cooper 7208, |
|P&W R-2800 late V engine||Aires E7209|
|Etched Detail Parts|
|F8F||Falcon 01, |
|F8F-1B||Indochina: P GC II/21 Auvergne, G GC 1/21 Artois||Carpena 72.04|
|F8F-1B||GC 1/9 Limousin CAT-BI: 5015/E, 5472/T; 145/F GC II/8 Languedoc CAT-BI, 836/A GCI/21 Atois Bach-Mai, 5015/H EROM 80 Bach-Mai||Model Art 72/033|
|F8F-1B||5167/F GC 1/22 Saintonge Indochina||Superscale 72643, |
|F8F-1B||Indochina: all squadrons no details available||Berna 72014|
|F8F||2300 23 Sqn Khokratiem, 4331 43 Sqn Talee, 211 12 Sqn Donmeaumg||Siamscale 72012|
|F8F-1||2315 2 FBW Nakorn-Sawan||Sword 72022|
|F8F||Blue Angels demo team|
|F8F||Blue Angels 'Beetle Bomb' yellow scheme||Superscale 72642|
|F8F||121553/553 VMFT-10 'Quantico', 121695/402 VF-194, 121664/103 VF-83||Superscale 72643|
|F8F-1||3F/4 VF-3||Sword 72006|
|F8F-2||K/105 VF-3||Superscale 72301|
|F8F-2||A/105 VF-151 USS Boxer||Sword 72006|
For years the Monogram kit was the only offerering until this kit came along. This tooling is mixed media, featuring mid grey injection moulded polystyrene and resin. This tooling is a substantial improvement over the Monogram kit in that there is a far greater level of internal detail. The kit features optional parts to make either an F8F-1, F8F-1B, or F8F-2. This is in the form of 2 different fuselages featuring vertical fins with different heights. The canopy is injection moulded, but is not as clear as it should be, and is best replaced with an aftermarket vacform one. The resin parts are well cast and consist of the following: main wheel well, main wheels, rockets, cockpit, and engine face. The kit captures the shape of the real thing reasonably well except for the following areas: the F8F-1 fuselage does not have a ventral strake at the rear of the fuselage; the curve of the fin tip is a little too circular and needs to be more streamlined; the fuselage cross section where it meets the fin fillet is poorly rendered; the trim tab on the tail fin should have a wider chord and not be in line with trailing edge of the fin.
The best compromise would be the original tooling (72006) combined with the resin engine of the new tooling (72022).
Aircraft No 99, F8F Bearcat in Action, by Charles L. Scrivener, Squadron Signal 1990, ISBN 0-98747-243-8
Grumman F8F Bearcat, by Edward T Malony, Aero Publishers No 20, 1969, LC 75-96071
Grumman F8F Bearcat Super Profile, by Christopher Chant, Haynes 1985, ISBN 0-85429-447-3
Grumman F8F Bearcat, detail artwork by Michele Marsan, Scale Aviation Modeller International Jan 2001 pp44-46
RaceplaneTech Vol 2, Round-Engine Racers: Bearcats & Corsairs, by Nicholas A. Veronico & Kevin A. Grantham,
Last updated 20/02/08.
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