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F8F BearCat Plan

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60 $60.00

Product ID: ZIR:F8F1

  • Scale: 2.5" - 1'
  • Wingspan: 86"
  • Length: 69"
  • Wing Area: 1480 sq/in
  • Weight: 28-34lbs
  • Power: 62cc-85cc

Grumman's F8F bearcat was the last of the piston-engine "CATS". Although produced too late to see combat, it's performance can be measured by the fact that, in racing trim, it's among the fastest prop-drive airplanes in the world.


The giant scale F8F Bearcat plan set is 1/4.8 scale and consists of five large sheets that clearly illustrate all structure as well as showing installation of flaps and retracts. The F8F Bearcat plan shows the installation of Robart retracts, fixed wire gear, servos and Quadra 35 engine and features one piece wing.  The basic structures use conventional “modeling” tools and materials such as balsa and plywood, and the techniques are straightforward; easily accomplished by anyone with previous model building experience. There are many online building threads at www.rcuniverse.com forums and www.rcscalebuilder.com  forums for Nick’s plans. Tech support is also available via email at www.ziroliplans.com or by phone 9:00 to 5:00 Mon - Fri EST 631-467-4765. The plan includes full-size templates for all the required parts allowing you to cut a complete “kit” before you start construction. If you would like to purchase a wood kit see KIT CUTTER'S on selection bar at the top of each page.The plans have instructions and building notes on the plans. If you choose gear or an engine not shown on the plans you should have them on hand when you start construction to make any changes needed for mounting. Nick Ziroli Plans recommends covering the airframe with 1 oz fiberglass cloth and ZAP Z-poxy finishing resin and elevator and rudder with iron on cloth covering such as Solartex. Nick Ziroli Plans has building and scale accessories available for the F8F Bearcat. 

Plans Specifications:
  • Specifications: F8F Bearcat Plan
  • Scale: 1/4.8
  • Inches to the foot: 2.5" - 1'
  • Length: 69"
  • Weight: 28-34lbs
  • Wing loading: 44-53oz/sqft
  • Wing area: 1480 sq.in
  • Wing span: 86"
  • Wing incidence at root: +2.5 degrees
  • Stab incidence: +1 degree
  • Dihedral: 4.75" under W-14
  • Power:  62-85cc gas
  • Washout at wing tip: 2 to 3 degrees built in with jig
  • Aileron throws: 1.25" up and 1" down
  • Elevator throws: 1" up and 1" down
  • Rudder throws: 1.5" to right & 1.5" to left
  • Flap degrees down: 40-50
  • Cowl length: 9.75"
  • Cowl height front: 10.5"
  • Cowl height rear: 12.25"
  • Cowl width front:: 10.5"
  • Cowl width rear: 12"
  • Engine offset degrees: 2 right 2 down
  • CG Location: 7.75" back from leading edge of wing at the fuselage
  • Requires:
  • Ziroli cowl
  • Ziroli canopy
  • Engine: (1) 62-85cc gas
  • Spinner: (1) 1.5" spinner
  • Fuel tank:: (1) 32oz rectangle
  • Control Horns: (2) 1/2", (2) 3/4", (1) 1"
  • Hinges: (28) DUBRO# 257 LG flat hinges
  • Covering: 1 oz fiberglass cloth & epoxy resin
  • Retracts Main
  • Retracts tail
  • Retract Air Kit: yes
  • Wheels Main: 5.5"
  • Wheel nose: n/a
  • Wheels tail: 2"
  • Radio channels: 6 or more
  • Servos: Flaps (2) 150-200oz MGBB, Ailerons (2)90+oz BB, Elevators (2)90+oz BB, Rudder (1)120+oz BB, Gear (1)50oz, Throttles (1)50oz BB
             MG-metal gear BB-ball bearing