FlightLine F8F-1 Bearcat 1200mm (47") Wingspan - PNP
FlightLine F8F-1 Bearcat 1200mm (47") Wingspan - PNP - FLW206P
The F8F “Bearcat” was Grumman’s last piston engine fighter to conquer the skies. First taking flight in August 1944 and powered by a massive Double Wasp engine, the Bearcat’s performance was superior to many jet powered aircraft of the same era. Over 1,200 Bearcats were produced, operating around the world and participating in conflicts from Korea to Vietnam. The F8F also served from 1946-1948 with the Blue Angels, the US Navy’s premier flight demonstration squadron, and set the foundation for generations of inspiring excellence by Blue Angel pilots. In 2016, FlightLine commemorates the 70th Anniversary of the Blue Angels by presenting this electric flying model to inspire new generations to appreciate the historic F8F Bearcat. This is the only RC Bearcat that is officially licensed by Northrop Grumman.
FlightLine presents an exciting 1/9 scale flying electric replica of the F8F-1 Bearcat. This EPO foam model assembles easily in minutes and features a scale profile with many plastic detail parts such as spring-loaded inner gear doors, highly detailed cowl and radial engine, and removable cannon barrels. The 1200mm wingspan removable wing is easy to transport and strategic carbon reinforcements provide lightweight strength. The Bearcat’s magnetic hatch reveals a large battery compartment that can also accommodate a flight stabilization gyro (sold separately). Cooling airflow is channeled over the battery and ESC compartment. Large flaps help stabilize the aircraft for very slow and controlled landings to accomplish that perfect carrier landing!
Scale power is provided by a 3748-580KV brushless motor with 4-blade scale propeller, which provides impressive vertical climbing power and 120kph/75mph level speed on a 4s battery. The Bearcat is optimized for satisfying scale performance and extended flight times of 6-7 minutes on the Admiral 2500mAh, or up to 8 minutes with throttle management using the Admiral 4s 4000mAh. An optional High Performance Power System Set provides 147kph/87.5mph level speed and increased vertical performance with slightly shorter flight times.
FlightLine’s F8F-1 Bearcat is a suitable aircraft for novice warbird pilots to advanced pilots. Its 490mm wide landing gear stance provides stable ground handling especially on grass when compared to other aircraft with narrower gear stances or smaller wheels. The power to weight ratio also allows for most any acrobatic maneuver you can imagine, yet the Bearcat’s large wing and flying surfaces are most conducive to stable, scale flight, for an overall relaxing flying experience. Landing under power with full flaps can yield a very short landing length, which is ideal for pilots flying in confined areas.
The FlightLine F8F-1 Bearcat arrives completely painted in dark blue, with green gear wells. Included inside the box are two optional decal sets:
- 1946 Blue Angels Demonstration Team with 70th anniversary decal
- US Naval Reserve, Olathe, Kansas, 1948
Visit the Official FlightLine F8F-1 Bearcat Discussion Thread on HobbySquawk.com for additional photos, videos, reviews, and customer Q&A.
- Model officially licensed by Northrop Grumman
- Removable main wing/elevator for easy transport
- Efficient motor for speeds up to 120kph/75mph and 6+ minute flight times
- Intuitive internal structural design for optimized cooling of all electronics in the fuselage from the nose to the tail
- Large cabin space for easy placement of the battery, radio equipment, and gyro
- Improved spinner and propeller mounting design to enable better balance
- Optional upgrade complete nylon hinge set included in each box for free
- Tall foam rubber 65mm diameter main wheels and additional forward rake angle for operating on short grass runways
- Electric retractable landing gear with metal trunions, metal reinforcement plate and 4mm steel wire struts
- There is an optional two bladed propeller Sport Power System (sold separately) to achieve speeds up to 147kph/87.5mph. This Sport Power System includes: 3648-880kV motor, 12x8 2 blade propeller, and 2 bladed spinner. Click the upgrades tab above for more info.
- FlightLine F8F-1 Bearcat 1200mm (47") Wingspan - (PNP)
- Motor, ESC, servos and retracts pre-assembled
- 6 Channel Radio - Select a minimum 6 channel radio from our Radio Collection
- 6 Channel Receiver - Select a minimum 6 channel receiver from our Receiver Collection
- 4 Cell 14.8V 2500mAh to 5000mAh LiPo battery with XT60 Connector – We recommend the Admiral 4 Cell 14.8V 4000mAh LiPo battery
- 4 Cell Compatible Battery Charger - Select a minimum 4 cell (4S) charger from our Charger Collection
1200mm / 47in
1085mm / 42.7in
1550g / 54oz
|CG (Center of Gravity)||80mm from the leading edge of the wing at the root|
3748-580Kv Brushless Outrunner Motor (Stock scale power system)
Electronic Speed Control
60A Brushless with XT60 Connector
Propeller / EDF
12x7 4 Blade Propeller / 12x8 2 Blade Propeller High Performance Version (optional)
9g standard with 550mm lead: left aileron, right aileron
|Landing Gear||Electric retracts with metal trunions|
4 Cell 14.8V 2500mAh to 5000mAh LiPo battery with XT60 Connector
6+ Channel 2.4GHz
Foam hinges except nylon hinges on flaps
|Build Time||2 Hours|
|Recommended Environment||Outdoor, minimum 200 foot runway, pavement recommended, less than 1" tall smooth grass|
Product Spare Parts
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- September 11, 2018 - The FlightLine 1200mm F8F Bearcat recommends a 4S 4000 mAh Lipo, but a 4S 5000 or equivalent weight can be used. Special care for CG must be taken with this model.
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Now Flying my 2nd F8F-1
Recall, that my first F8F-1 was uncontrollable and flew away. It has still not been found. #2 flyies like a dream! No bad characteristic at all. Having not found the first one, I can only guess what was wrong. My strongest guess is that I didn't get the battery strapped in tight and if slid back and forth as the plane went through it's wild antics. With such a large battery compartment, the battery was drastically effecting the CG which made it impossible to control. Bear#2 has no bad habits and will be one of my favorite airplanes. ED
THE PLANE,SERVICE AND SUPPORT ARE EXCELLENT. NEXT STEP IS TO FLY
Best Flying Warbird I Own
I don't do too many reviews, but this plane has won me over. It's quick enough to still be fun without inducing white knuckles down low. It takes off wonderfully and it's lands almost at a standstill with full flaps, so long run outs trying to fight an under responsive tailwheel on paved runways during landing are almost non existent. Only real complaint are the decals, while very good looking and mat finished once applied they come off very easily and I've had a couple of "oh ****" moments when I thought pieces of the plane were coming off only to find another decal missing upon landing. But that complaint is truly a side note to what has been an overall excellent experience with this plane. So I would say it truly is a "Fantastic" warbird if I may borrow that oft used expression from good old Captain Ryan.
Lost my F8F-1 on the first flight
Literally! On the first flight, the plane was wildly uncontrollable. It was all I could do to keep it in the air while I was trying to make adjustments to try to keep it from going straight in. In the process, it got out to far to be visible enough to tell which way it was flying. In desperation I cut the power to cause it to go in with the hope of being able to find it or hitting someone or something. Several of us looked for it but could not find it. That is the first plane I have ever lost. It is a beautiful plane and I can see absolutely no reason why I couldn't fly it. I am not discouraged. I have already ordered another. Will update my efforts when the new on comes in and I try again.
Nice plane...I think.
I got the Bearcat after a fair amount of research, and reading mostly positive reviews. I got the plane and assembled it....some difficulty here. The holes in the control surface horns were a little too small to accommodate the pins on the control rod attachments. After wrecking a couple, I used a needle to enlarge the holes. Not a huge deal, but still a pain. I installed the receiver, connected the control box and tried to finish setup. Binding was no problem, and the control surfaces all worked fine. The landing gear was another story. I was unable to cycle them at all. After talking with Motion RC support, they suspected it was the control box and sent me a new one. I decided to try and remove the control box and use Y cables to see if I could get the gear to work. Still no luck, then I discovered I could get the gear to cycle once if I plugged into the the flap connector (Aux1) I thought I may have a dead gear pin on the receiver, so I swapped it with a receiver from another airplane that I know worked. Still no luck...not sure what else to try. It's a great looking airplane, and I am dying to fly it, but I'm disappointed by all the problems so far.
Nice plane from flightline, everything is perfect. only the stickers that need to be glued if you want to keep them in place. I don't understand why, but all of my warbirds needed weight on the nose... the bearcat is not an exception. more than 100g.
Almost too nice to fly
Great airplane. Easy assembly. Only negative are the decals. $20.00 for Callie Graphics decals and the problem was solved
Wonderful Warbird, easy to assemble, everything fit. The only bad point are the stickers that are easy to remove but that means not glueing perfectely on the plane
Airplanes and Gyros
My new F8F BearCat was ready and we were getting a good flying day. I was ready to put my plane in the air for the first time. I always do a few warmup flights with an old familiar plane before I launch a maiden flight. All went well and I was ready. I had put a gyro in this plane, just for something different. When they warn us about making sure that we get the throw directions right with these gyros, believe Them...... It's important!!!!! In spite of checking and rechecking, I still managed to get the ailerons connected backwards in the gyro. I discovered it at the final check at the field for the first flight of my new F8F BearCat. I couldn't remember how to change it and the instructions were at home. So, I decided to just turn the gyro off at the transmitter and fly my new baby gyro-less. VERY BIG MISTAKE!!!! Somewhere between that final check and takeoff, that switch on the transmitter got turned back on. About 10 feet off of the ground, that plane went crazy. No airplane could possibly fly like that but mine did. Not realizing that the gyro was turned on again, I tried to get the plane under control but it was a loosing battle. In it's wild mannuvering it was flying in a fairly straight line........ away from me. The darn thing was going to fly away!!!!! I did have the presence of mind to do a half-loop so that it was at least coming back. It did a beautiful 10 roll cork screw. By this time, it was heading for the club pit area. So I cut the power and let it come down....... hard. Lesson #1. If the gyro is not right, disconnect it. Don't just turn off the switch. Lesson #2. Refer back to Lesson #1 The F8F will fly again once the $70 worth of parts arrives from MotionRC