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Finished! F-2A2 Brewster Buffalo, USN VF-3, USS Saratoga 1940. Tamiya 1/48 +scratch


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Hi comrades!

 

This is my build of Tamiya Buffalo. Old kit, relatively simple. I will made my life more interesting by scratch detailing of the "empty" areas (wheels-motor compartment, cockpit, main u/c legs) and riveting. I'll use some aftermarket details and decals. The painting guide is for general idea only - my project is of different prototype (but the same unit/section).

 

Also, to make the things even more interesting - in parallel I'll build the Classic Airframes counterpart - Brewster Type 239 of Finnish Air Force (will be in different thread)

 

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Hi comrades!

 

I started with rescribing (only rised) panel lines, adding some missed details and riveting. So far the lower wing finished. Some errors were corrected on the way.

It's funny, but the original bottom window of Tamia kit have very loose fit, but the CA windows fits much better to the Tamiya's wing))

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Hi comrades!

The build of "Felix the cat" continues. Great fit but VERY basic detailing so far.

 

Upper wings riveted, some wiring added to wing wheel wells, wings assembled (Silver plastic)

 

structure details were added inside the lower fuselage and forward part of the floor

 

Aft part of the floor and firewall omitted by Tamiya were copied from Classic Airframes kit and built from styrene.

 

"Low cockpit" was painted and weathered. 

 

Next stage - huge and empty aft engine compartment.

 

Thanks for looking

 

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Hi comrades!

Lot's of scratch build (styrene, Evergreen rods, brass and wires). All painted and weathered. Tamiya - silver colored plastic

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Next - engine support and fuselage re-scribing/riveting

 

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Wow. Ok, following this and taking notes.

There's a 339 with ML-KNIL waiting for courage.

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Good heavens!

I wanted to do one during Midway, but being an absolute novice on planes.... I think I might reconsider.

But following nonetheless!

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Hi, comrades!

Fuselage riveted, oil tank (?) added, part of engine framing installed. Most of the effort I put on the Classic Airframes kit - see parallel thread.

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Hi comrades!

Interior finished with Eduard's brass. Everything painted and weathered.

Fuselage assembly and main assembly completed, rivets added.

Canopy, forward cowling and horizontal tail surfaces in dry fit stage so far.

 

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Next stage - Quickboost engine wiring and painting

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Hi comrades!

Engine (Quickboost replacement) wired, panted, weathered and installed

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Then, the assembly completed and last re-scribing/riveting done. Next step-primer and eliminating imperfections...

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Hi comrades!

 

Painted. Next-lacquer, decals, panel wash and oil dots

 

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Hi comrades!

 

Wiring added to main gear legs.

Small tubes added as gun nozzles in the wings.

Navigation lights done from lengthened clear sprues. 

Yellow wing and Starfighter decals are simply excellent!

Sorry, pitot tube forgotten...I'll add it before final photo-session

 

See You in RFI section with more photos'

 

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Hi comrades!

 

More and better photos are here:

 

 

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