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 Bearcar 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.
A striking replica of the F8F-1, this 1/32 scale kit features finely molded plastic pieces, recessed panel lines, a two-piece canopy, a well-equipped cockpit (with an instrument panel and seatbelts/harnesses), a detailed engine and undercarriage, separately molded control surfaces and flaps, realistic wing gun bay detail, transparent cowling, numerous photo-etched parts, full weapons complement (including two bombs, four rockets, and a centerline drop tank), optional folded wings, and two authentic decals. Assembly required. 366 pieces. Skill level 3. Measures approximately 10½" long with a 13½" wingspan.