Grumman F8F-1 Bearcat 1/24 Scale Mahogany Model
Introducing the ready-built AF8TE Desktop Model. This 1/24 scale model was handmade with precision and accuracy to produce the finest model that will be the centerpiece of your collection for years to come. This model is a perfect gift for pilots and aviation enthusiasts alike. Not too big or too small, this model features a wingspan of 17.5 inches and a length of 13.5 inches. This model features a very accurate paint scheme with realistic panel lines.
This collectible model F8F-1 Bearcat represents the ultimate version of Grummans piston-engine fighter development during World War II. The Bearcat in a later civilian racing version became the fastest piston-engine aircraft in history. This 1/24-scale model F8F-1 Bearcat makes a great pilot gift, or a present for any veteran, aviation enthusiast or history buff.
The Bearcat followed the other Grumman cats of World War II the F4F Wildcat and F6F Hellcat. By adding the largest available engine the R-2800 Double Wasp of 2,250 horsepower to the smallest and lightest airframe Grumman engineers could devise, the Bearcat showed dazzling performance. Top speed was 455 mph, and in 1946 set a time to climb record of 94 seconds to 10,000 feet, a record that held for 10 years.
Although squadron deliveries began in 1945, the Bearcat arrived too late to see combat in World War II, and never saw action with U.S. forces. However, the Bearcat saw use with French forces in Vietnam, and with the Vietnamese Air Force.
The Bearcats speed and maneuverability made it the first aircraft used by the Blue Angels, the navys flight demonstration team.
A highly modified Bearcat became Rare Bear, one of the most successful air racers in history.