The model’s accurate profile and scale accents capture the essence of the full-scale Grumman
Multiple sets of self-adhesive vinyl markings are included.
sometimes fails to close completely. This
issue only occurs in flight, so I suspect
that aerodynamic forces are at play.
The model’s power system produces a
respectable top speed and strong climbs.
Vertical maneuvers and loops can be as
tall as you want. I spend much of my
flight time at 1/2 to 3/4 throttle. For those
of you who just like to go fast, MotionRC
offers an uprated power system for the
High-rate control throws can produce
quick rolls and snap maneuvers. That
stuff is fun to do, but it isn’t very warbird-like. I usually prefer flying with low rates.
The Bearcat is still capable of all four-channel aerobatics, but it is easier to make
the maneuvers large and smooth.
Rudder use comes with a little bit of
roll coupling. Keep this in mind when
performing wingovers and stall turns. The
Bearcat will fly knife-edge maneuvers, but
it requires plenty of power, heavy rudder,
and a little opposite aileron pressure to
keep the wings vertical.
In-flight orientation is often a problem
with models painted in dark, solid colors,
and this Bearcat is no exception. You
have to keep your eyes on it! The primary
reason why I chose the color scheme
that I did was the visual benefit of its
broad orange fuselage stripe. Keep this in
mind when choosing how to finish your
When flying with the 3,350 mAh
battery, I set my timer for 7 minutes.
There is often plenty of capacity
remaining when I land. Those of you who
always fly your warbirds at maximum
military power should aim for 5-minute
sorties. With a 5,000 mAh battery
onboard, I can comfortably log 10-minute
Although the Bearcat does not require
flaps for easy landings, they do help to
slow the model. Dropping half flaps
causes a significant increase in drag,
but no discernable pitch change. Even
the full-flap setting creates only a slight
nose-up attitude. Just be sure to mind
the throttle when using flaps so that you
don’t get too slow.
The full-scale F8F had so little
propeller clearance that three-point
landings were mandatory. This model has
more breathing room, so you can touch
down on just the main wheels if you
prefer. Either technique works fine with
this Bearcat. The only challenge with
landing is managing the rudder and tail
wheel to keep your rollout straight.
There is not much provision to
route cooling air for the power system
components. My test flying thus far has
been in cooler winter temperatures, and I
have not experienced any heating issues.
I’ll be sure to keep an eye on things as
warmer weather approaches. I’ll expand
the air inlets and outlet if necessary.
The F8F Bearcat was one of the most
capable piston-engine fighters ever
built. For some, that could make owning
and flying a downsized version slightly
intimidating. There is no need to worry
with the FlightLineRC Bearcat. Any pilot
who is comfortable with a four-channel
sport model should have no trouble
stepping up to this warbird.
This Bearcat has a great scale profile
and a number of factory-installed scale-enhancing features. It looks pretty good
as is, but it could also serve as a great
starting point for modelers who enjoy
adding extra details and personal touches
to their airplanes.
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