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

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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:

  1. 1946 Blue Angels Demonstration Team with 70th anniversary decal
  2. 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.

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 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 5000mAh 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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NOTE: Questions submitted on this page are answered by customers who have previously purchased this item. If you have a support related question that requires immediate assistance, please visit our Help Center.

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Product Manuals:

Product Updates:

  • September 11, 2018  -  The FlightLine RC 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.

 

If you need any additional assistance, please visit the Motion RC Help Center

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GM
01/16/2019
Guillaume Maris
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Bearcat

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.

JL
12/19/2018
Janice L.
United States
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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

GM
12/16/2018
Guillaume M.
Switzerland

Bearcat

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

EA
12/12/2018
Ed A.
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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

A
12/11/2018
AZFlyer
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Me Likey

This is a sweet plane. Wasn't sure how I'd like it, being only 1200mm, but it's a sweet flyer. It flies super stable, but can do all aerobatics with no problem. It's not a speed demon, but it's fast enough and it will climb out of sight. It was very easy to build, maybe took 30 minutes. The decals took a while longer, but they are worth it. Only challenge with the build was feeding the wing wiring up through the fuse to get to the junction box. it's a little tight, but not a big problem. Speaking of tight, the carbon fibre spar was a tight fit going through the fuselage. I thought I was going to break the plane trying to push it through. I've balanced the plane a little farther back than the instructions say. They call for 85" back form the wing root, but it was tail heavy there. I'm balanced right over the main spar, and it flies perfectly. I'm getting 6 minutes of high power flying on a 4S 3000 battery, so happy with that. One thing I was pleasantly surprised with: The build video didn't accurately describe the decal set inside the kit. I was only expecting 2 sets of decals, but the kit came with decals for about 8 different versions, so I was able to pick the one that I liked, and i was very happy about that. This plane is not very big; I'd estimate at 47", so on one hand, it's small enough to transport easily, but on the other, it's on the small side for an RC plane. It looks great in the air, though. If you're looking for a handy warbird that is a joy to fly, easy to build and will do all the flying stuff, this plane is a winner. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

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12/03/2018
Paul
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Invest in 3 Y cables.

As per the title, invest in Y cables. 3 to be exact. The BLUE BOX connection system does not work. I've had 3 or 4 other Blue box's that did not work either. The BLUE BOX connection system is GARBAGE. As a mater of fact, that's where this one is now. If you do buy the plane, she's a beauty, be ready to bypass the blue box with Y cables. Now that my F8 is box less, she works perfectly.

SS
11/23/2018
Steven S.
United Kingdom
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FlightLine Bearcat

Superb model, quality of moulding excellent with only very minor blemishes. A nice touch having alternative decal sets.

TP
11/09/2018
Thomas P.
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Bearcat Bonanza!!

Finally a fantastic Bearcat that's both affordable and easy to fly, not to mention very scale and easily customized! MotionRC knocked it out of the park with this one, she is easy to assemble and absolutely priced better than most Warbird's this size! No issues with the setup, very straight forward, just follow the instructions, and I highly recommend using the included plastic control surface hinges to make this model last! Had a bad flap servo out of the box but Motion made if right, shipped out a new one in two days! Their customer service really shows how they proudly stand behind their great products, not many RC companies can say that. One more note, you may need to add some significant nose weight to balance this plane, I'm currently using a 4S 4200mah 35C pack all the way forward and still need more nose weight. This was no easy feet, as there is little to no room in the nose for weights. I ended up filling the fake engine cylinder heads with modeler putty then bolted it back in with a nearly perfect balance. Flying is a dream, she takes off with little effort and landings are smooth with no bad tendencies. The power is pretty descent with the scale four-blade prop, averaged about 7 min flight times with the above battery mentioned. I chose to customize mine in with a French Livery from Callie Graphics, the French actually used these planes in combat but of course in a ground attack role. I chose to add HVAR rockets and ****** tanks as the real planes had, as well as custom weathering since these birds were worked hard! Overall I highly recommend this plane if you love the Bearcat, and with the speed package available both scale and sport flyers will be pleased! Well done MotionRC, hope to see more Flightline Warbird's in the future!!

RJ
11/07/2018
roderick j.
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Bearcat

Regarding Bearcat decals, when you have fitted the decals to your plane you must peel the top Film From The Decals then use your iron on a low setting. Job Done Perfect.

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