"in RAAF and USAAF colours"
S u m m a r y
- Buffalo Model 339-23 "in RAAF and USAAF
Contents and Media:
82 parts in grey styrene, 4 parts in clear
injection molded for canopy, 4 parts in
cream colored resin 36 etched metal piece
and printed film for the instrument panel.
Instructions and decal sheet for four
USD$39.96 on line from Squadron.com
FirstLook - In Box
Conforms to published plans; fine panel
lines, extensive detail; busy wheel wells
and clever engine mounting; high quality
Special Hobby's 1/48 scale Model 339-23 Buffalo
online from Squadron
Although early versions of the Brewster
Model 339 featured the short forward fuselage of the F2A-2, the Model
339-23 was fitted with the long nose and was the USAAF version analogous
to the Navy's F2A-3.
Special Hobby has released a new 1/48 scale
Buffalo Model 339-23 with markings for Australian and US aircraft.
This kit has much in common with Special
Hobby's F2A-3 kit released earlier in 2005, including high quality
surface details, flash-free mouldings with fine sprue attachment points,
crystal clear injection moulded canopy parts, framing inside the forward
fuselage, guns in the gun bay, fuel tank and an intricate and accurate
system of engine support framing.
Detail is superior to the old Tamiya
Buffalos in almost every respect.
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to view larger images:
Resin parts are cleanly cast and
For more detail on the specifics of
Special Hobby's F2A-3 Buffalo, see
Steven Eisenman's review
elsewhere on HyperScale.
The Special Hobby Model 339-23 Buffalo
includes markings for two RAAF machines, and two USAAF
Buffalos based in Australia.
Three options wear camouflage of
Medium Green and Olive Drab upper surfaces with RAAF Sky
Blue underneath (including one of the USAAF options so,
strictly speaking, all three of these subjects are "in
RAAF and USAAF colours" as claimed on the box top!),
while the final US option is overall silver.
Decals are well printed, thin and
in perfect register.
Special Hobby's Brewster Buffalo family are fine,
well detailed, well moulded kits that should not present
any real challenges to modellers even with only a
moderate amount of experience.
If you like Buffalos, there is nothing stopping you
from building one now!
Thanks to MPM / Special Hobby for the
kits are available worldwide through hobby retailers
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