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Old 03-24-2017, 07:46 AM
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Grumman Bearcat - 1/33 - GPM

As announced, the next plane model will be a Bearcat, from GPM. The kit dates back from 2001 and was reissued in 2005. So, it is somewhat old.

GPM kits with this age tend to be well below Halinski standards on detail level, lack of weathering effects (a feature, not a defect) and “simplified” kit design, leaving a lot to the modeler. Fit is usually good. So, GPM kits often have fewer parts but they are not necessarily easier to assemble. This one has “just” 452 parts, despite having a radial engine and quite a lot of ordnance. A Halinski would have at least twice as many! Finishing the introduction might leave the impression that GPM kits are not very interesting. Wrong! In effect, these kits often yield good models and are fun to assemble. I hope it will be the case here.

Regarding the plane, I’m not going to elaborate. You know it! It belongs to the “strong and not ugly” category. By the way, if you look at the propeller and the engine, it is easy to forget that there is a plane behind…
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Old 03-24-2017, 07:50 AM
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I am very glad to see you building this one. I love this airplane, have the kit, and look forward to an enjoyable vicarious building experience.

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Old 03-24-2017, 07:53 AM
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I'll be watching this build, great airplane.
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Old 03-24-2017, 01:23 PM
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Good luck at the building!

I also built this model, the model is accurate but there
are a lot of instructions and explanations missing.

Recommend to scan the model before construction and also to order a ready canopy.

Link to the construction process of my model:

https://www.fresh.co.il/vBulletin/sh...hlight=Bearcat
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Old 03-24-2017, 02:52 PM
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Old 03-24-2017, 07:57 PM
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Can't wait to see first pictures
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Old 03-24-2017, 09:07 PM
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Why don't we just put the "Excellent" rating on this thread now and cut to the chase...

Can't wait to see this one. Getting the popcorn.

Yrn_n! Thanks for the link. That a sweet job on your Bearcat!

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Old 03-27-2017, 06:56 AM
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Welcome aboard, friends

@yrn_n - thanks for the link! Lots of interesting pictures, there
I confess never to scan the kits but I did get a plastic canopy. This one has very strong double curvature.
You're right - the instructions/diagrams are somewhat sketchy. Very far from newer kits. However, having "endured" GPM's Corsair II, it should be doable

The kit includes a couple of bombs. I’ll never get used to the lack of gluing tabs. So, paper rolls and extra tabs did the trick.
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Old 03-27-2017, 07:42 AM
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Very fine bombs. The paper rolling paid off again.

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Old 03-27-2017, 09:18 AM
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Nice technique with the petals


For me, I will putty it up, sand smooth and paint


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