[MKM144046] Buffalo Mk.I/Brewster B-339D ‘Far East Service’

RELEASED 2/2016

Two injection-moulded kits are supplied in this box and each kit contains 20 parts and two clear parts (the cockpit canopy and ventral fuselage window). A comprehensive decal sheet is included.

 

SKU: MKM144046 Category: Tags: ,

Description

The stubby Buffalo fighter was designed and built in the late 1930s by the American Brewster Aeronautical Corporation and was destined for the U.S. Navy operations from aircraft carriers. It was a single-seat, all-metal mid-wing monoplane with fabric-covered control surfaces and a retractable undercarriage.

The Model B-339E, or the Buffalo Mk.I, was an export de-navalised variant of the F2A-2 for the Royal Air Force service in the Far East. With 170 aircraft built, it was inferior in performance to the original F2A-2 model having a less powerful Wright R-1820 Cyclone radial engine and being heavier due to additional equipment. It was fitted with Hamilton Standard propeller with a large spinner and a fixed tail wheel. Its armament consisted of two machine guns in the nose and one in each wing.

The first Buffalo Mk.Is arrived in Singapore in the spring of 1941, where they also equipped a few RAAF and RNZAF squadrons. In the Burma/Malaya theater the Buffalos bravely fought against the Japanese, but were soon outclassed by the Zero fighters. When the Commonwealth units withdrew to the islands of the Netherlands East Indies, a handful of Buffalo Mk.Is were turned over to Dutch squadrons. In 1942, some ex-Dutch aircraft were captured and tested by Japan.

 

Colour schemes included in the kit:

1) Buffalo Mk.I (B-339E), W8189, Grey WP-Q, No.243 Sq., RAF, Kallang airfield, Singapore, summer 1941

2) Buffalo Mk.I (B-339E), AN185, Grey TD-V, No.453 Sq., RAAF, Sembawang airfield, Singapore, December 1941

3) Buffalo Mk.I (B-339E), W8163, Grey GA-P (ex-Nos.21 and 453 Sq. RAAF), Royal Netherlands East Indies Army Air Force (Militaire Luchtvaart – Koninklijk Nederlandsch-Indisch Leger, ML-KNIL), Andir airfield, Java, Netherlands East Indies, March 1942

4) Brewster B-339D, White 2 (ex-RNEIAAF), Air Technical Research Laboratory, Imperial Japanese Army Air Force, Tachikawa Air Base, Japan, 1942

 

Assembly instructions:

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