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F8F Bearcat 1100mm PNP
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Airplane (Discontinued)

F8F Bearcat 1100mm PNP - Overview

Shortly after the Battle of Midway, Jamie Thach (inventor of the Thach Weave combat tactic) and other pilots who had participated, met with Grumman personnel at Pearl Harbor to give input into a new carrier fighter design, specifically with maximum climb rate for interception. The resultant plane, the Bearcat, had the same engine as the F6F Hellcat, but was about 5 feet shorter. This, combined with a lighter airframe and a thinner wing, allowed the Bearcat a 50mph advantage over the Hellcat and a record setting climb rate. There is speculation that the testing of a captured German FW190 interceptor may have influenced the design. While arriving operationally in the summer of 1945 to the Pacific, the Bearcat was immediately busy being a Kamikaze Killer of the top rank.

After the war the Bearcat filled out 24 squadrons and outperformed the early jet fighters, until being replaced by the F9F Panther and F2H Banshee during the Korean War. Subsequently the Bearcats went on to serve with the French in Vietnam as well as Thailand.

In civilian use, surplus Bearcats dominated the Reno Air Races for decades. A highly modified F8F named Rare Bear set the world speed record for propeller driven aircraft at 528mph in 1989.

Arrows faithfully recreates the F8F in exceptional realism. Despite its compact size, the realistic landing gear, retracts, panel lines, functional flaps, pilot and auxiliary fuel tank were all replicated realistically. The preinstalled 40A ESC and 3536 850kV power system is adapted for scale and sport flight maneuvers. For scale lovers, the Bearcat awaits!

  • High power-to-weight ratio
  • Realistic scale details
  • Simple yet robust airframe
  • Easy assembly
  • No glue required
  • Environmentally friendly water-based paint
  • F8F
  • 3536 850kV outrunner brushless motor (installed)
  • 40A ESC installed (XT60 connector)
  • Electronic retractable landing gear (installed)
  • Servos (installed)
  • 6-Channel radio transmitter
  • 6-Channel receiver
  • 3-Cell 11.1V 2200mAh LiPo battery with XT60 connector
  • 3-Cell compatible battery charger

Customer Reviews

  • F8F
    Just received this item today and it was in superb condition. Great to see QC check list with item. My thanks to Carolyn E.
    Cannot praise this company enough for their fantastic service.

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  • Tough and Surly Bearcat
    I balked at this plane numerous times when Banggood was selling it under the Eleven Hobby brand, so when Arrows RC brought it back I jumped at the chance to pick one up. The introductory sale price made it twice as sweet. So happy I followed through this time! What a fantastic plane. It looks fantastic and flies wonderfully. It is quite agile and a very smooth flier. It is also quite quiet. I fly mine with the slightly larger E-Flite 10.5 x 8 prop used on the 1.2 m Mustang, Corsair and P-47. This makes the plane rather quick on a 3 cell. Do pay close attention to CG (as you always should) and heed some of the advice that people have posted on their blogs and on the forums (mostly as the Eleven Hobby version). My maiden flight was with too heavy of a battery and I didn't have the elevator set to neutral, as I thought I did, and I ended up tip-stalling it on takeoff. The only thing that broke on a relatively violent cartwheel was the tip of the wing. This is one tough bird. I was sure I had done it in. I FoamTac'd the wing, put some nose weight in and then tried it on a 3S 2200 mah graphene batter and it flew wonderfully. I am so impressed. It gets about 4-4.5 minutes of relatively hard flying with the larger prop. The only other change that I may make is to add a stabilizing receiver or gyro to make it more stable on windy days. It definitely doesn't need it on calm days.

    Thank you Arrows RC and Hobby Zone for bringing back this terrific plane and for the excellent service that I received when I ordered it!!!

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