Author Topic: Grumman Wildcat/Hellcat/Bearcat Ideas  (Read 23980 times)

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Re: Grumman Wildcat/Hellcat/Bearcat Ideas
« Reply #75 on: January 19, 2020, 03:31:17 AM »
Well, theoretically the power:weight ratio for the R4360 would be better but it also depends upon what other changes would be necessary especially to the airframe.
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Re: Grumman Wildcat/Hellcat/Bearcat Ideas
« Reply #76 on: January 19, 2020, 06:08:06 AM »
Here's a comparison of the standard F4U R-2800 installation and the R-4360 installation
of the F4U-1 WM testbed.



Note that the length from the firewall to the front of the cowling is pretty much the same,
the installation used a standard cowling with a new section added to the rear.

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Re: Grumman Wildcat/Hellcat/Bearcat Ideas
« Reply #77 on: January 19, 2020, 06:12:26 AM »
Interesting Jon, where did they position all the equipment that's behind the R-2800 in the F4U-1?

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Re: Grumman Wildcat/Hellcat/Bearcat Ideas
« Reply #78 on: January 19, 2020, 06:25:59 AM »
The engine had a single-stage variable speed supercharger which met the requirement
of high-speed at low level so all the ductwork, intercoolers etc. for the two-stage engine
were eliminated, the oil tank was moved to behind the cockpit.
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Re: Grumman Wildcat/Hellcat/Bearcat Ideas
« Reply #79 on: January 21, 2020, 10:39:26 AM »
For an outrageous bit of over-powering, how about a R4360 installed in a Bearcat?  I suspect the tail surfaces would need to be moved farther aft for weight and balance purposes, but it could be interesting to see with either a 5-bladed prop or counter-rotating 3-bladed props (as on first XP-72).


My take on an R-4360 Bearcat: http://beyondthesprues.com/Forum/index.php?topic=351.msg164859#msg164859
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Re: Grumman Wildcat/Hellcat/Bearcat Ideas
« Reply #80 on: April 27, 2020, 03:08:14 AM »
Kind of odd to see a Hellcat on grass:



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Re: Grumman Wildcat/Hellcat/Bearcat Ideas
« Reply #81 on: May 30, 2020, 10:16:39 PM »
Kind of odd to see a Hellcat on grass:

It doesn't look stoned

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Re: Grumman Wildcat/Hellcat/Bearcat Ideas
« Reply #82 on: May 31, 2020, 03:21:23 AM »
 ;D
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Re: Grumman Wildcat/Hellcat/Bearcat Ideas
« Reply #83 on: September 28, 2020, 03:02:14 AM »
Something different:

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Re: Grumman Wildcat/Hellcat/Bearcat Ideas
« Reply #84 on: September 28, 2020, 05:15:45 AM »
All from Comrade Harps in WhatIfModelers (apart from last two, from Dizzyfugu):










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Re: Grumman Wildcat/Hellcat/Bearcat Ideas
« Reply #85 on: August 08, 2021, 04:00:17 AM »
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Re: Grumman Wildcat/Hellcat/Bearcat Ideas
« Reply #86 on: November 11, 2021, 03:00:10 AM »
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Re: Grumman Wildcat/Hellcat/Bearcat Ideas
« Reply #87 on: November 11, 2021, 12:36:28 PM »

That reminds me of a Finnish story about the Brewster Buffalo, AKA the Gentleman's Travelling Airplane. The pilot flew with two passengers, a large dog, and a good amount of luggage in the fuselage.