1/72 scale SWORD model of the Grumman Bearcat
review / Building report
For information about the real Bearcat F8F see page 1.
had a 1/72 kit of the F8F Bearcat (kit no SW 72022).
The cockpit is very small but there are nice details with some raised panels. Not a lot is seen anyway as the main interior colours are black.
There is a central fueltank and rockets and guns are provided in this kit.
Kit decals are for 2 schemes: a Thailand
Air Force F8F-1 in aluminium finish and a bleuish French Armee de l' Air
as used in the Indo China War. More about the decals later on.
In STEP 1 I drilled a hole in the engine cylinder part U2 to receive the propeller later. The cockpit interior is nice and mainly black.
In STEP 3 it is a bit unclear where
the engine bulkhead should go and how deep inside the cowl. But the engine
cowl ring is a separate parts and fits OK.
(SWORD shows a drawing for a folded wing, but if you want this you have to do this yourself).
On the kit parts small bulges (18, 19) are found and nothing is noted in the instructions. Probably these are upper wing gun bulges. I left them out having no information but if you have good photo's, they may be required.
The front of the lower wing needs
some trimming in order to fit inside the fuselage recess. And the lower
cowl area should be adapted with part 43 which is there for the other version.
I needed that for my Bearcat version.
Each main wheel needs a hole to fit into the aixle. The brake disks should be at the front.
Looking at the gear, I found the main gear legs being far too long. I removed no less than 5 mm from the base in order to get a good angle when parked on the ground.
The propeller had some flash so sand here. To fit the propeller a rod was fitted at the back to be received at the engine front.
The amout of filler and sanding was limited overall for the kit. After sanding, the model got a grey primer with the airbrush. After correcting any flaws, the model was ready to get its paint.
I opted for the nice Thailand Air Force Bearcat F8F-1. It has a dull metallic aluminium scheme for a Bearcat. The basic metal colour airbrushed was Revell Aqua 90 silber acryllic. This was also applied in the gear bays and so on.
Looking at real photo's of these Bearcats,
I found variations in the scheme. The rudder markings seen are often not
white-black but white-dark blue. Also aircraft were seen that have
The nose number "2315" is far
too large; a replacement was retrieved from the spares box. Also the bull
emblem is far too large on the decal sheet! I needed to do something here
and it was cut in several parts and "compressed".
I also added the central fueltank which was dark blue. Finally, the propeller was installed fixed with white glue and an wire antenna was added from flexible EZ line.
The overall model was finally given to protect the decals an overall gloss coat with Johnson Future/Pledge. It now looks fine with an even shine.
That completed this kit. I found the SWORD kit is much better than the more expensive ART MODEL kit described on page 1.
of the Thailand Air Force ( "Kong Thab Akat Thai" ) of
the 2nd Fighter Bomber Wing used in the nineteen fifties.
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