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Dmitry Stropalov
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Brewster F2A-2 Buffalo (Tamiya 1/48)

May 19, 2018 · in Aviation · · 40 · 3.9K

Hi everybody! This is my latest build, and this one is something special. First of all, this is an iModeler build, started back in October 2015, and it took 2 years and 7+ months to be completed. And all I can say – thank you everybody, who followed my build, commented and supported me. Without you it will be impossible. That's an example of how community works.

Another one thing – first comment in a WIP thread was left by Bernard E. Hackett, Jr, and he gave me a lot of advises and references during the build, so this model is a tribute to him.

if you're interested, a complete WIP thread is here – I've shared some tips, so it might be useful.

Thank you, the iModeler community.

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  1. Love this one, Dmitry...(even without the lighter) 🙁

  2. Love the Brewster, Dmitry, and really enjoyed the build thread. I think the Buffalo is a great little aircraft.

    Well done, and a lovely tribute to Bernard.

  3. Dmitry, I went back and looked through the whole WIP thread this morning and really enjoyed it. You have taught us a lot! Thank you! The outcome is a thing of beauty. The riveting and the work with the serial numbers and insignia really add something special. And I know that the engine and interiors are partly hidden - but the work was sensational and what can be seen only hints at the quality of the job, but shines through. Brilliant! I can't wait to see what you get up to next!

  4. Wow this looks fantastic ! I've been following along with your building and it has turned out great. All of the parts you scratch built made all the difference. You would not normally think this model is the ancient Tamiya release, but it is.

    Well done my friend. I like it a lot ... 🙂

    Bernie would be proud.

  5. Nice work on one of my favorite kits! It’s nice to see one in the all gray scheme, rarely done.

  6. I must say, you went "above and beyond" on this project.

  7. A masterpiece Dmitry. Shows off all the patience it took to finish her. I followed this thread with great interest. Thanks.

  8. I really like it.
    Good job, mate!

  9. Very nice build Dmitry, good to see this rarely seen overall Lt Grey scheme. Same one used on my one and only Buff though a different squadron. It sets it apart from the rest of the Navy/Marine birds I have sharing the same deck. Nice story as well. Thanks for sharing.

  10. I also like it a lot. It’s one of those models that just looks right, just looks spot on. 2 years building is plain devotion to the subject, despite adversities. Congratulations Dmitry, you should be proud of this little gem!

  11. stunning, awesome, beautiful, brilliant! Best Buffalo I have seen in a while.

  12. your welcome my friend!

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    said on May 20, 2018

    Nice one Dmitry.

  14. Wow a great build indeed! Mr. Hackett bailed me out on some decals for an Aussie A-4 Skyhawk awhile back, he was a real gem.

  15. Fantastic. You turned what is actually a pretty decent kit for its age into a fabulous model.

  16. Just beautiful Dmitry. There's something about the Buffalo that always appeals to me & yours is just amazing! The Tamiya kit is still great quality, even after all these years, especially so given your skills & patience.

  17. I've been looking forward to the final reveal - and it doesn't not disappoint! A beautiful build, and great WIP thread with some excellent tips. Well done!

  18. Great looking Buffalo, Dmitry! I'll bet Bernie is smiling down from Heaven at it.

    As the window was a big topic of discussion in the WIP, it's great to see it and the model done. I also really like the lt. gray color, like Chuck said.


  19. Terrific model, Dmitry, well worth the wait.

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