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FlightLine RC F8F-1 Bearcat 1200mm (47") Wingspan - PNP

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FlightLine RC 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 RC 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 RC 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 RC’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 RC F8F-1 Bearcat arrives completely painted in dark blue, with green gear wells. Included inside the box are two optional decal sets:

  1. 1946 Blue Angels Demonstration Team with 70th anniversary decal
  2. US Naval Reserve, Olathe, Kansas, 1948

  Visit the Official FlightLine RC F8F-1 Bearcat Discussion Thread on HobbySquawk.com for additional photos, videos, reviews, and customer Q&A.

Features:

Officially Licensed
  • 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

Upgrade Option:

  • 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.

Includes:

  • FlightLine RC F8F-1 Bearcat 1200mm (47") Wingspan - (PNP)
  • Motor, ESC, servos and retracts pre-assembled

Requires:

 

Product Specifications:

AGE LEVEL : 14 and up
SKILL LEVEL : Intermediate
BUILD TIME : 2 Hours

Wingspan

1200mm / 47in

Length

1085mm / 42.7in

Flying Weight

1550g / 54oz

CG (Center of Gravity)80mm from the leading edge of the wing at the root

Power System

3748-580Kv Brushless Outrunner Motor (Stock scale power system)
3648-880Kv Brushless Outrunner Motor (Optional sport power system)

Electronic Speed Control

60A Brushless with XT60 Connector

Propeller / EDF

12x7 4 Blade Propeller / 12x8 2 Blade Propeller High Performance Version (optional)

Servos

9g standard with 550mm lead: left aileron, right aileron
9g reverse with 300mm lead: left flap
9g standard with 300mm lead: right flap
9g metal gear standard with 300mm lead: rudder, elevator

Landing GearElectric retracts with metal trunions

Required Battery

4 Cell 14.8V 2500mAh to 4000mAh LiPo battery with XT60 Connector

Required Radio

6+ Channel 2.4GHz

AileronsYes

Elevator

Yes

RudderYes

Flaps

Split Flaps

Lights

No

Hinge Type

Foam hinges except nylon hinges on flaps

MaterialEPO Foam
Skill LevelIntermediate
Build Time2 Hours
Recommended EnvironmentOutdoor, minimum 200 foot runway, pavement recommended, less than 1" tall smooth grass

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Product Reviews

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SG
08/09/2018
Skip G.
United States
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Bearcat

Flew it once put the flaps down it cork ******* in to the ground no more plane

R
07/25/2018
Roberto
Florence, Italy
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Great little model

Maiden my F 8 F today......great model....fly very well and has a nice scale apparence. Only disappoint..... one of gear door don't close well in the air and decals are poor quality...it's a pity because you can choose various scheme but difficult to apply......change with callie decals. No problem with electronics...look like good quality. Love this F8F.....4 stars only for the decals but i suggest this gorgeous warbird

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07/24/2018
roberto
Florence, Italy
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Great little plane

Maiden my F8F today.....great model...easy to fly.....i use 4s 4200 lipo and added 100 gr. for correct cg, magnet of one gear door not work well....but in general no problem with electronics. The plane is very nice.....pity only for the decals ..... they would be beautiful but of poor quality ..... replaced with Callie decals.

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07/02/2018
Frank
Fairfax, VA
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Awesome scale detail, and good stock powerplant on Flightline F8F-1 Bearcat

After initially receiving, and testing the electronics, I was disappointed because neither retract was working. I contact MotionRC, and they sent new, working retracts promptly. Hats off to the folks at MotionRC. They're much more reasonable, and easier to deal with, then other online hobby vendors (horizonhobby). After the new retracts were installed, everything worked flawlessly. I put the upgraded motor in, and paired up the upgraded 880kv motor to the 80A Skywalker ESC for the Freewing P-51 Mustang. This plane was my favorite 1200mm plane I had flown up to this point, and sure enough, I bled off too much air speed in a slow left bank, and the plane spiraled right into the ground. I'd definitely recommend this plane to any flyer at the intermediate, intermediate/advanced skill level. The only reason why this plane did not get 5 stars, is because it came with defective retracts. https://youtu.be/Q4T_KBo6pCg

DO
06/21/2018
Dennis OConnor
Chino Valley, AZ
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F8F-1 Bearcat

Great Looking, great flying Airplane. I have used Acrylic matt finish Clear Spray paint over the Decals . Just dust it no over the Decal (don't spray a wet coat). Just dust it on several coats, and you won't loose your decals. I did have a Magnet come loose on an inner gear door. I fixed it without much of a problem.

J
06/06/2018
Johnny
Heusden-zolder
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F8F Bearcat flightline

Zeer gemakkelijk te bouwen . Beetje lood bij steken in de neus 100 tot 110 gr met een 4s 4000 Mah . Vlieg super . Met de flaps half of volledig blijft mooi op zijn hoogte . Een geweldig vlieger .

AM
06/06/2018
Aarron M.
United States
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Lettering easily comes loose during

Lettering easily comes loose during flight but able to reatach with an iron on low setting.

NM
05/26/2018
Nick M.
United States
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FlightLine RC F8F-1 Bearcat 1200mm

Flies good looks good only problem I had was decals don't stick very well and inner doors don't stay closed while flying. Other than that flies really well plenty of power fully aerobatic

ER
05/16/2018
Ed R.
United States
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Bearcat

Nice airplane well done except I wish something can be done with the decals, they do not look good in big squares,

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