Tamiya 1/48 Brewster Buffalo
This is my fifth model so I'm still learning quite a bit. This kit in particular is very simple and easy to build, all the parts fit together perfectly, and the decals seemed to be less thick than the ones from my Tamiya Wildcat. Due to the small number of parts and simplicity of design, this is a quick build overall and I would definitely recommend this kit.
The main weaknesses of this kit are the wheel well is completely empty and devoid of any details, there is no option for an open canopy (Plasmo stated on his Buffalo video that he didn't want to risk cutting it apart so I definitely am not going to try at my novice level), and the exterior skin is rather plain due to a lack of rivets. For the wheel well, I attempted my first OOB build. I built the gun mount and guns, the back side of the engine and engine mount and some of the wiring inside the wheel well. Unfortunately, these details didn't show up well on my cell phone camera pics.
This model was also my first attempt at making rivets. It looked really nice after I riveted the plane but the rivets have all essentially disappeared after layers of primer, paint, and clear coat. Any suggestions on how to keep rivets visible and not disappear under the layers of paint?
Another problem I had with this kit is the three exterior paint colors listed by Tamiya do not match at all the plane in the museum. I didn't realize this until after I painted the model per Tamiya and compared it to the museum plane. I gave two more attempts at trying to match the paint scheme in the museum photos but I still couldn't figure it out. I would say the two tone green camouflage I have on my plane is 80% accurate compared to the museum photos.
As I researched this plane, I learned that there is a dispute as to the color of the cockpit and bulkhead of the Buffalos that were sold to the Dutch. Thus, I painted it in a standard USAAF color palette.
This was also my first attempt at doing color modulation on the camo pattern using oil paints. It looks fairly well but you can hardly tell I did it from these pics. The kitchen lighting and cell phone camera apparently aren't good enough to capture those details.
Another question I have for the group is that the white stripe at the rear of the fuselage left an visible raised edge where I had the tape. This was obviously due to the layers of white paint needed to make it opaque over the dark camouflage colors. How do you prevent these raised edges on taped paint seams in this scenario?
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