Brewster F2A Buffalo VMF-221

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  • Frank Steffens said 1 year, 1 month ago:

    I will be building Tamiya’s 1:48 Buffalo as the mount of 2nd Lt. Kunz of VMF-221 at Midway. I’ve got the kit, and the decals, but I have yet to start the research. I have a Tamiya Ki-61 Hien on the workbench now, but once that’s done, I’ll be diving into this project.

    2 attached images. Click to enlarge.

  • Louis Gardner said 1 year, 1 month ago:

    Thanks for joining the Midway Group Build. It looks like you have a nice subject picked out. You don’t see too many Buffalo’s built up, much less in Midway markings. Excellent choice…………….

    Please keep us updated as time permits, and welcome aboard !!!!

  • Frederick J Seitz III said 1 year, 1 month ago:

    Frank, the kit as it comes out of the box, is a F2A-2. The buffalo’s at Midway were -3’s. They had a longer fuselage and a different prop hub. There are conversion kits out there
    Special Hobby makes a -3 with Midway markings…

  • Rick Wilkes said 1 year, 1 month ago:

    Frank,
    Here’s the conversion set you need for a Midway Buffalo. I haven’t used this particular set, but I have used the one to convert the Tamiya Buffalo to the one the Finn’s used. It was very straight forward and a great first resin conversion if you don’t have much experience with those.
    I have no connection with this auction whatsoever.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/AeroMaster-HT-4-F2A-3-Buffalo-Conversion-Kit-Scale-1-48-J4-/152448989601?hash=item237eaaf9a1:g:V8cAAOSwtfhYsJ3f

    Hope this helps,
    Rick Wilkes

  • Frank Steffens said 1 year, 1 month ago:

    Thanks Rick! I went the other route and bought the Special Hobby kit.

    And Freddie… I have two of the Tamiya B339 kits…I’ll build one as an RAF bird and the other as either RNZAF or Dutch East Indies for the AAM allied planes case.

  • Frederick J Seitz III said 1 year, 1 month ago:

    Works for me Frank! You can also do a “Yellow Wings” F2A-2.

  • Frederick J Seitz III said 1 year, 1 month ago:

    In response to Rick’s suggestion, of using the F2A-3 conversion set: I have built one and used the set, and it is really an easy fix, and works out well. Below is my converted Tamiya F2A-2, to a -3, using the Aeromaster set. Rick, I did not think there were any of those still out there!! Sorry the pictures SUCK…..

    3 attached images. Click to enlarge.

  • Brian Scott said 1 year, 1 month ago:

    Frank this is going to look sweet buddy . I need to pick one of these up to. Look forward to the progress pics 🙂

  • Louis Gardner said 1 year, 1 month ago:

    I will definitely be following this build. I have the SH Buffalo but mine is the British 339-23 version. I opened it up and it looks like you can build a US Navy Midway plane from the kit if you had proper decals.

    Thanks again for posting this article. When you get the Special Hobby kit please post some pictures.

  • Louis Gardner said 1 year, 1 month ago:

    If the Buffalo you’re going to build turns out half as nice as your recently posted Tamiya Ki-61 Hien, then this one will be absolutely amazing………………..it is a work of art.

  • Frank Steffens said 1 year, 1 month ago:

    I started the Special Hobby Buffalo today. It’s going to be a LOT of work. So far, the top halves of the wings are longer in chord by about 2 mm than the bottom, and both trailing edges need to be planed or they don’t fit. The wing to fuselage joint is currently less a “joint” and more of a “rough association”.

    And three steps in, I’m finding a bunch of broken pieces attached to the sprues.

    Limited run multimedia kits. I do not love them.

  • Frederick J Seitz III said 1 year, 1 month ago:

    Are ya sure you don’t want that conversion set?

  • Louis Gardner said 1 year, 1 month ago:

    Wow Frank sorry to hear that about your Buffalo. Hang in there my friend.

  • Frank Steffens said 1 year, 1 month ago:

    I should be ok Freddie…but this kit is maddening. No attachment indicators. Broken parts up the wazoo. And it’s not from the person from whom I bought it… The box is pristine. It was packed with damaged parts.

    I’m going to hang in there with it.

  • Louis Gardner said 1 year, 1 month ago:

    I’m glad to hear that you are going to forge ahead with this one. It’s an excellent choice for the Group. I’m following this one……………………. Thanks again.

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