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THE FUTURE OF REPLICAS

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2005

F8F Bearcat Project: Baby Bear

All early replica aircraft designed by Joe Labert were at that time based on the KR1 using basically the same techniques and method of design that the original members of W.A.R Aircraft Replicas had used. Joe was working with the current owner of W.A.R at that time, I was hoping to make both a continuation of their 50% series and learn enough to start his own, which as you can see, happened. He started the drawings for the Bearcat sometime roughly in mid 2004 and as you can see in the first photo, the inner structure was using nearly the same wooden structure that KR1 and WAR was using and also included the “New” Rotec R2800 engine which W.A.R. aircraft were too small to use. In fact the scale of the Bearcat was increased to match the size of that engine, thus the innerstructure was increase slightly to compinsate for that engine.

The full story can be found here:

2005

ARTICLE: Baby Bear (2014-Present)

The majority of the aircraft was completed on the draftingboards. The landing gear configuration was designed as a straight inward folding leg which is the same as the German FW-190 and also design with the same nuckle folding system the real bird had.

At this point we had not built one of our designs to completion, so it was felt that making a scaled mockup was necessary to look fo issues and make changes while there were at an affordable scale.

Early Development

First Build

Second Build

Article 2014 to Present