Grumman's final piston-engined fighter, the F8F Bearcat was designed during World War II and delivered in February of 1945, though fighting was over before it saw combat service. More than 1,200 were produced, though, by the time it was active, jet technology had largely surpassed the capabilities of the piston engine-driven fighters. The Bearcat was used primarily by the U.S. Navy and Marines, though a number of international militaries also utilized its services. It was retired in 1963.
This 1/48 scale plastic kit replicated an F8F-1/2 Bearcat and features recessed surfaces, an opening canopy, a well-equipped "Spartan" cockpit, choice of one or two cowlings, choice of one or two vertical stabilizers, an opening ventral cowl flap, two bombs, two external tanks, four rockets, and a choice of six authentic markings. Assembly required. Skill level 2. Measures approximately 7" long with a 9" wingspan.