scale Brewster Buffalo is available online from Squadron.com
This is the Hasegawa Brewster Buffalo in 1/72 scale. It was a gift from a
friend in California. Thanks Dan!
I have always been intrigued by this aircraft - a stubby little cigar-shaped
plane that always seems to be depicted in Finnish markings. The Hasegawa kit
supplies decals for two different Naval versions. I wanted something totally
I opted for the U.S. Army Airforce version. I have always loved the brown and
green camouflage of this early war scheme. My reference shows that this plane
was used in Australia during mid 1942. The serial number in the pictures was
3119, however I didn't have enough number ones on my aftermarket sheet, so I
made it the next consecutive serial number. Hey, its a possibility!
intended to build this kit straight from the box.. It fitted well, and only a
small amount of superglue was used as filler.
I used Floquil USAAF Khaki and Model Master European Dark Green for the upper
surface camouflage colors. Model Master Light Gray was used for the bottom. RLM
66 was chosen for the tires.
The interior is painted with Model Master Interior Green. A coat of Future
and an oil wash were applied to bring out the details on the True Details resin
replacement seat, and the kit supplied floorboard. This was then drybrushed with
flat yellow and flat white to show wear.
The entire plane was given a coat of Future before applying an oil paint wash
to enhance the panel lines
National markings are from the spares box. Pastel chalk was used for the
exhaust stains after a coat of Testor's Flat was applied.
The landing and formation lights were then painted Model Master chrome, and
then Tamiya clear red and clear blue were applied.
The entire project took nine days. I found this to be an enjoyable build.
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