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Michal Walusz
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1/48 Tamiya Brewster Buffalo USN

October 9, 2017 · in Aviation · · 15 · 4.3K

Hello Folks

I would like to present my latest model completed in September. This time this is Buffalo from Tamiya. Pretty old kit with raised panel lines. So I start building with rescribe all panel lines. Rest of the build goes very smoothly. I completed my kit in F2A-3P, BuNo 01512, VMF-221 markings, flown by 2Lt. Kunz, Midway Island, June 1942.

Kit manufacturer: Tamiya 61094
Scale: 1/48
Type: Brewster B-339 Buffalo
Extras used: Eduard eduFE292 cockpit set, True Details resin wheels, Print Scale decals 48-075
Paints and colors used: Gunze 367 FS35189 Blue Gray, Tamiya XF-19, Tamiya XF-71 Cockpit Green, XF-4 Yellow Green, AS-12 Silver.

Hope you will like it.

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15 responses

  1. Really like the finishes here, Michal.

  2. The rescribing is spot on; the canopy is incredibly precise; and what we can see of the cockpit is beautifully finished. Add to that a beautiful paint job and it all adds up to a really eye-catching build. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Superb build, sir...everything about it is stunning - right down to the photography.

  4. Superb finish and weathering.

  5. Excellent! Some very nice detail and weathering work. Well done.

  6. Simply excellent execution. Pristine in every way.

  7. Exellent and perfect job

    Congratulations for this result 🙂


  8. Fantastic work to bring an old (but still good) kit up to modern standards.

  9. Outstanding work, Michal! Your weathering techniques are superb. The Tamiya Buffalo is an old kit, but nearlyl as good as the more recent releases by Special Hobby and Classic Airframes - and much easier to build. Well done, sir!

  10. Michal, very nice paint work, it really makes this model stand out !, Well done !

  11. It's about time we saw a Buffalo in these parts! Congratulations on a superb build. It looks pretty flawless to me but I especially love your canopy. How did you get that so clear?

  12. Awesome job overall. Extra points for the precise canopy work! I do wonder why the Wildcat went on to be so successful, while the Buffalo faded into relative obscurity. On paper they are very close in performance.

    • Josh, you raise a good question. Part of the problem was Brewster management. It got to the point that the Navy stepped in and took over the company. They were making their version of the Corsair by then. While they were working on the Buffalo, there was sabotage on the aircraft. The erlier ones, -1, and-2 would give a good account of itself depending on who operated it. As we know, the Finns did the best. In the far East, the Commonwealth pilots were outclassed and overwhelmed, as were the Dutch. The -3 was overloaded, and its engine wasn't able to haul it around. Some of the old hands said they'd have done better at Midway in -2s. The youngsters who flew it off Midway, had not as much experience as the Japanese veterans of the China incident, cream of the IJNs rigorous prewar training program. Some of the Midway squadron had some of the prewar guys pulled prior to the battle, back to the States to form new squadrons and train the influx of new pilots.

  13. Very nice Michal, did one of those but it doesn't compare to the excellent work you've done with this one.

  14. Agree with all here, well done

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