Hobbycraft + Cutting Edge 1/48
Grumman F8F-2 Bearcat
by Mick Evans
HyperScale is proudly supported by Meteor
Here is my 1/48 Hobbycraft F8F-2 Bearcat,
extensively modified due to the inaccuracies around the nose cowl and
the simplified cockpit, engine and wheel wells.
The front nose area was removed and replaced with
the Cutting Edge F8F-2 corrected front fuselage section. These parts
have the correct exhaust pipe troughs and cooling cowl outlet flap
details and look terrific when complete.
The simple kit cockpit was replaced with the
exceptional Cutting Edge cockpit detail set. Once again every necessary
detail is included. Now the Bearcat cockpit looked cramped and busy and
the top deck details behind the pilots seat was supplied displaying all
off the sliding canopy rail details.
Next the wheel well detail was removed and replaced
with the Lone Star wheel well replacement set. There is no comparison
that can be made between the kit details and this replacement detail
set. Lone Star provides all of the parts required in this busy area.
The wing intake trunking for the supercharger air
bracing struts and oil plumbing is all provided as is the hydraulic
piping and wing structure in the outer wheel wells.
Assembly from this point was straight forward with
the wing to fuselage fit requiring a little extra work.
The engine was replaced with an Engines and Things
Pratt and Whitney R2800 Double Wasp resin engine. The casting was not
the best and required some cleanup work and extra details such as
ignition harness to be fitted.
Finally the engine and replacement Cutting Edge
cowl were fitted along with a Cutting Edge replacement propeller.
The wheels were replaced with True Details Bearcat
wheels and the decals were from Superscale.
The Bearcat was finished in Xtra Color paints with
When completed with these modifications, the model
looks like the speedy, compact and mean aircraft that the Bearcat was.
Click the thumbnails below to view larger images:
Text and Model Copyright 2007 by
Images Copyright 2007 by Brett Green
Page Created 18 January, 2007
24 December, 2007
HyperScale Main Page