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    Bearcat vs Rarebear

    I'm planing on building a 86" Bearcat from Ziroli this comming winter but I want to change it to the Rare Bear 2009 version

    Any know where I can find the changes made eg. wing clipping, racer canopy etc. so I can make the Rare Bear instead of completing the wings and fuselage for the Bearcat and then do the changes.

    I think I saw a list sometime ago but I can't seem to find it anymore

    Thx in advance
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    RE: Bearcat vs Rarebear

    Good news that you are building one.Don't know much about them,would you put the new saito fg84? in it
    Watch out for the ground eh?

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    RE: Bearcat vs Rarebear



    I've not desided what engine that should go into the model but some kind of gas boxer engine is what I've been looking at so I can make use of the exchaust on each side of the fuselage

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    RE: Bearcat vs Rarebear

    Check your LHS for a book titled "Round Engine Racers." I think the press is Osprey. If you can't find it with the info I gave get back to me as I have a copy.
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    RE: Bearcat vs Rarebear

    If it got the info needed I'll just buy the book, since I need some documentations for F4C competitions :-)
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    RE: Bearcat vs Rarebear

    Taichiro Yama****a has some fantastic scale drawings of the Bear in several different configurations. Should be all you need to build your model. You can see some small samples of his drawings and order them full size at the link below. They are easily worth twice what he charges for them.

    http://www.taichiunlimiteddrawings.com/

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    RE: Bearcat vs Rarebear

    I have always like the air racer by Charles Mendenhall.

    http://www.amazon.com/The-Air-Racer-.../dp/0933424019


    Chad awesome website. I will order my favorite racer Cook Cleland's #94 super Corsair. A future bash for me.
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    RE: Bearcat vs Rarebear

    P.Vest
    a good friend of mine that i work with is on the maintenence crew for the Rare Bear airplane. as a matter of fact he is there now getting it ready for the upcoming races..
    i am sure he can provide you with any info you may need..let me know and i will ask him.

    gene

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    RE: Bearcat vs Rarebear

    Nice Gene

    Maybe he could be helpfull with some colour numbers, I'm going to Reno next year for the Air Race 50th anniversary and If I got the colour then I can get my colour tokens approved and then that part of the documentations is complete.

    I was there last year as well and got acquainted with serval crewmember from the La Patronas & September Fury Team (same owners as Rare Bear) but I wasn't focused on the details of the Rare Bear due to the fact it was our first trip to the Air Races

    Still waiting for the recommended books to arrive so maybe that will spawn some news questions :-)
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    RE: Bearcat vs Rarebear

    Hi Gene

    Can you ask your friend about the size on the propeller, the normal size for a bearcat is 12ft 10 in, is the propell still that size or is it bigger or smallere

    and the size of the spinner would also be nice to know

    Thx in advance

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    RE: Bearcat vs Rarebear

    Excellent resource/history book about Lyle and the Bear.

    http://www.amazon.com/Racing-Gold-St...cing+rare+bear

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    RE: Bearcat vs Rarebear

    p.vest

    will see him at work tomorrow.. will pass on the info then

    gene

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    RE: Bearcat vs Rarebear

    P.vest

    got some info for you,
    the wingspan is 6 feet shorter, 3 feet from each side
    the cowling is from a Douglas DC-7, modified to fit the airplane
    the canopy is custom made for that airplane..it is not from another plane
    the prop is a hamilton standard from an earlier Douglas Skyraider
    and the spinner is from an airplane called a "Blackburn Beverley"..

    gene

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    RE: Bearcat vs Rarebear

    thx Gene

    That helps me alot

    Now lets hope that the Bear is taking gold in Reno next week
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    RE: Bearcat vs Rarebear

    P. Vest

    From all my photos I have of Rare Bear I have come up with these facts.
    As above from gblas777
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    The Skyraider prop is 13' 10 3/4" in Dia.
    The spinner is 32" so for the Ziroli it should be about 6 5/8"
    You will have to change down thrust from -4 degrees to 0 degrees.
    Wing and stab incedence should also be zero.
    The DC 7 cowl starts its blend 12" out from the stock Bearcat cowl mount and it is 46" deep overall.

    Hope this helps?

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    RE: Bearcat vs Rarebear

    Thx Tim

    Every bits and piece helps so your info is noted, it seems that the right scale size propeller is only going to be used for static 34,73" and a 111 ccm engine max 4-blade propeller is 26x10 so there will be a big difference between the 2 propellers :-)
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    RE: Bearcat vs Rarebear

    Don't forget to not build the flaps. She is going to land hot I bet. I had always thought about buidling mine as the 'Bear, but after reading about the mayday they had when the throttle stuck I changed my mine. That thing really does sink like a rock!!

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    RE: Bearcat vs Rarebear

    There will not be flaps on my Rare Bear :-)

    I've decided to split the wing into 3 pieces for easier storage and transport and the same goes with the stabilizers.

    Now I'm just waiting for my Kit to arrive and I can start the build
    Kind Regards

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    RE: Bearcat vs Rarebear

    i built the ziroli bearcat many years ago and it is a very easy plane to fly.mine came out at 32lbs..it has a wide speed envelope and you will be suprised how slow a speed it will fly at..landings are a breeze...typical of ziroli's designs

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    RE: Bearcat vs Rarebear

    P. Vest,
    Chad Veich's recommendation of the Japanese artist Tachi will yield the most scale appearance. His detail and eye for shapes is the best. I would contact him and try to buy his Bearcat drawings as large as he may have drawn them.
    http://www.taichiunlimiteddrawings.com/

    Chris...

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    RE: Bearcat vs Rarebear

    Clipped wings and no flaps. Yes a hot bird it is if scale!
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    It does NOT have to be GIANT to be scale!

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    RE: Bearcat vs Rarebear

    Here is Gene and I launching the rare"est" bear. HA-Ha
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    RE: Bearcat vs Rarebear

    I've been in contact with Tachi and I've ordred the 5 view drawing its only in scale 1:48 but its better than nothing.

    I'm also in contact with the painter who has paintet RareBear in Reno and he will provide me with the ral codes for the paint.

    Status so far is:
    all the books recommended has arrived
    the Giant Sierra Scale Retracts has arrived
    The full Kit from PCK should be sent out today, was delayedd some days due to Sandy should arrive sometime next week
    Plans arrived 3 weeks ago and I've made some copys of it, need to draw the changes directly on the plans

    Building should be able to start next weekend if everything goes by the book :-)


    Kind Regards

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    RE: Bearcat vs Rarebear

    I will enjoyt this since I have a kit and Barton scale retracts for a Ziroli 'Bear on the shelf.

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    RE: Bearcat vs Rarebear


    ORIGINAL: P.Vest

    I've been in contact with Tachi and I've ordred the 5 view drawing its only in scale 1:48 but its better than nothing.

    I'm also in contact with the painter who has paintet RareBear in Reno and he will provide me with the ral codes for the paint.

    Status so far is:
    all the books recommended has arrived
    the Giant Sierra Scale Retracts has arrived
    The full Kit from PCK should be sent out today, was delayedd some days due to Sandy should arrive sometime next weekÂ*
    Plans arrived 3 weeks ago and I've made some copys of it, need to draw the changes directly on the plans

    Building should be able to start next weekend if everything goes by the book :-)



    I would love to get the colors as well
    Who says scale warbirds have to be GIANT.


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