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HBB80358 1/48 Grumman F8F-2 Bearcat

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HBB80358 1/48 Grumman F8F-2 Bearcat
Product Code: HBB80358
Brand: Hobbyboss
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WAS: £18.99
OUR PRICE:£16.98
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 The Grumman F8F-1 was designed to replace the earlier Hellcat and Wildcat fighters for the US Navy. The plane was designed round a more powerful version of the same engine as the Hellcat but the airframe was much smaller. This gave the new fighter an increased performance and climb rate as well as greater agility. On the downside it could carry less bombs and rockets but the US Navy retained the Corsair for fighter bomber missions. The F8F was just too late to see service in WW2 but equipped US Navy fighter squadrons straight after the war. It was still in service during the Korean war but the front line squadrons replaced the F8F with the jet powered Panthers and Banshees. It served well into the 50's with the French, Thai and Vietnamese air forces.

The F8F-2 Bearcat featured a more powerful engine and redesigned cowling, taller rudder and the machine guns replaced with 20mm cannons.

Hobby Boss are a relatively new company to us in Western Europe. They are from China and are connected with Trumpeter. Hobby Boss are known for producing well engineered kits with a good level of detail. This particular kit looks very well detailed.

Markings are provided for 2 US Navy planes from the USS F D Roosevelt and USS Boxer. 
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