Tamiya 1/48th Brewster F2A-2 Buffalo, USN PTO,WWII
July 23, 2013 in Aviation
Tamiya produced an early series of 48th scale model kits in the early 70’s. Hasegawa covered 72nd scale while Fujimi did both scales. Then Otaki came along with simple but pretty decent 48th scale kits. Anyway the Buffalo was among the early Tam kits along with some Zero’s, Raiden, a Frank, those 2 Lancasters which I did build one of those as a kid. Nice as being the only bomber kit other than Monograms. And no one else really since. Like the Monogram classics, these kits are still here. The Buffalo has fine raised panel lines. The kit is quite simple yet some nice details. It was amazing how expensive this kit was when it first came out. Believe over 20.00 USD,. This rebox was produced in the 90’s, also repackaged to build just the -2. Molded in silver, I used Eduards PE basic cockpit set, Aeromaster decals and True Details “Fast Frames”. The Fast Frames was bought about the time I got the kit. New idea at the time, have used them over the years on mostly WWII multi paneled canopies. About the only thing I really takes too much time and I’m not too thrill in masking canopies. Anyway I have about 5 planes on the shelf over 15 years old, and none show any deterioration or peeling so far that has the Fast Frames on the canopy. The only thing that can be a peeve is that they lack a little detail and will cover the riveting on the canopy frame rails. Otherwise they are quite simple and easy to apply. The Aeromaster decal set provided the marking for a USN machine that flew off the USS Saratoga (CV-3) in 1941, VF-3 in a scheme we do not see to often, an overall Lt Grey, AN602, aluminum and black was used for the cockpit. The Eduards set was basic unpainted PE set. Which also provided dropped flaps. Giving the Buffalo some character by doing this little modification. Other than some minor seam work around the lower wing fuselage join and some putty. It was a straight forward no headache build. Thanks for viewing.
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