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Old 02-27-2005, 08:55 PM
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Didnt even get to that point, just getting the feel of it, and throws dialed to my liking
Old 01-17-2006, 12:55 AM
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I just picked up one of these beauties at the AMA show in Las Angeles. I could not believe I found one at their booth!

I think I will put a 4 stroke 71 or something. I don't have one yet. I need to get one from somewhere or someone!

I got the BLACK one. I took it out and mocked it up by just putting the wings together and laying the fuse/cowl on it in the kitchen. I LOVE the look of this bird for sure!

Larger wheels and beefing up the retract mounts is a start. I am thinking about just buying some balsa and traceing the rear stab and making it a solid piece of balsa and covering it in black...using the provided moving serfaces to attach to the new horizontal stab. What do you think? I may be too lazy to do that though.

Anyway, I can't wait to start things with my Bear. All I need is a motor.

Kevin
Old 01-17-2006, 07:33 AM
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Kevin, could you snap some pictures of your black one? Is the plane pitch black or just very dark blue? What markings came with the plane? You will need a heavy 70 four stroke because nose weight is needed. The OS 70 might do the trick. A solid piece of balsa for the rear stab might be too heavy. Sheeting both the top and the bottom of the rear stab with 1/16" balsa might be sufficient.
Old 01-21-2006, 03:42 PM
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I will try to take some pics.

Yes, its coal black. The wings seem to be really ,REALLY close to the same black. You can only notice it IF you look it it too closely. I'm happy with the color

The gel coat is very beautiful on the fuse. I can't remember the graphics that it comes with though. I should take a trip out and look. Its but up though until I get my motor. I bought the hobbico retracts yesterday.

I wish they would have taken a couple more SECONDS and masked the canopy better. It has some poor paint "lines" for the trim. BUT, I can live with that.

All this horizontal stab talk is making me nervous. I just may do the Sheeting thing for the stab. Sad that thats a weakness.

I can't wait to start it.

Kev
Old 01-22-2006, 11:21 PM
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I just converted one of the latest shipment of Dymond Bearcats to electric. Mine is blue.

My horizontal stab is pretty solid. I've flown the model a bunch of times and haven't had any fluttering, etc. I did seal the hinge gap with tape, though. And electric power doesn't impart as much vibration to the fuselage.

The biggest problem I've had is with the landing gear. I'm using the GP .40 sized retracts. The gear is so far back from the leading edge that I had a difficult time taxiing and landing on grass without nosing over. I angled the gear forward with shims on the mounting rails and it totally solved the problem. One of the mounting rails ripped out on a very smooth landing. I had reinforced the glue joints. But the original epoxy job was really bad. Most of the original epoxy came off with very little effort.

I moved the elevator and rudder servos to avoid having to use nose weight. I removed the stock servo tray and made a new servo mount closer to the front. The new servo position is right at the CG.
Old 01-23-2006, 12:50 AM
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One of the mounting rails ripped out on a very smooth landing. I had reinforced the glue joints. But the original epoxy job was really bad. Most of the original epoxy came off with very little effort.
I'm surprised they haven't fixed this problem yet. My retract rails were also butt glued in with very little reinforcement and they also came out with little effort.
Old 01-23-2006, 09:43 PM
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Default RE: Dymond F8F Bearcat ARF

They're still including the crappy manual which talks about the AT6 half the time as well. Not that I got one with my original package, didn't get the elevator hardware either. So all this is pretty much par for the course.

But I still love the model now I've got the nosing over problem fixed. It flys terrific.
Old 02-06-2006, 04:04 AM
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just got a bearcat from Dymond. Still the same AT6 instructions. And mine was missing the rudder pull-pull hardware. it took a couple of calls back to them to get them to send the hardware.
They needed reminded more than once.
Have a plane on the table to finish before I start the bearcat
Old 02-11-2006, 09:42 PM
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Hi Pat, I hope to see that warbird in the air before i go to Texas[8D] Thanks for my 1st flight of the year!!!
Old 02-11-2006, 09:47 PM
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should I order one today and maybe get it when i get to Texas[sm=lol.gif][sm=lol.gif]
Old 02-14-2006, 01:12 AM
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Dymond website says sold out!
What is the price for one of these F8F bearcats?
Old 03-02-2006, 07:36 PM
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Dymond website says sold out!
What is the price for one of these F8F bearcats?
HAHAHA they are back in stock!!!
Old 03-02-2006, 07:44 PM
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Hey I'm the crew chief on the third bearcat in your pics.
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Here ya go.
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Old 03-02-2006, 08:08 PM
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hey 4star6o: whats the progress on the bearcat?
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Old 03-17-2006, 08:28 PM
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I got mine today. Already stripped the covering to clip the wing and recover it in Rare Bear livery. It is now 48" span and I plan to run a RCV .91 to keep it all in the cowl.
Old 03-17-2006, 09:51 PM
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Thats gonna be flutter city! Beef those stabs up really well
Old 03-19-2006, 10:20 AM
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Thats gonna be flutter city! Beef those stabs up really well
Yeah I sheeted one side, and now it's really stiff. Not much to that thing when you get it uncovered!!! The wing area only went down to 490 sq in so that should make it hot but manageable. I will be doing SWRA style race with it on the 9th. I will try and post some pics soon.
Old 05-07-2006, 01:22 AM
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Hello,
Ok guys a question for everyone flying the dymond bearcat. Did you or did you not put in right thrust when mounting the engine?
And how did your set up vs flight work?

And yes it seems every problem listed on this thread are still unaddressed by dymond.
working on mine and nothing has changed.

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Old 05-18-2006, 11:39 PM
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I would be curious also about that.

Old 05-19-2006, 12:10 AM
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I gave mine about 1.5 degrees of right thrust, and it flew fine.
Old 05-31-2006, 11:08 PM
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Default RE: Dymond F8F Bearcat ARF

what is the maximum distance one can get between the firewall and cowl opening?

will this plane take a 26oz engine?

Old 06-06-2006, 01:54 PM
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what size engine did you put in the dymond bearcat and how is glide on landing
Old 06-06-2006, 03:53 PM
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YS 63S. Please go to my website for pictures, specs, and videos. It glides fine on landing.
Old 06-06-2006, 03:56 PM
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Yep, FWIW, I am still flying Richards F8F up here! Thanks Richard! Hopefully you can make it to our warbirds event in august!

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Old 06-06-2006, 04:03 PM
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I will try to be up there in August. Thanks.

Somebody really needs to make an 80" Navy Bearcat ARF.

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