Brewster B-339 Buffalo Pacific Theater Fighter

This is a plastic model kit of a 1/48 Scale Brewster B-339 Buffalo Pacific Theater Fighter by Tamiya.

Tamiya Brewster B-339 Buffalo Pacific Theater Fighter Plastic Model Airplane Kit 1/48 Scale #61094
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Specifications :
  • Scale: 1:48
  • Fuselage: 6-1/2 (163mm)
  • Wingspan: 8-7/8 (225mm)
  • Tamiya Product Number: 61094
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Spotlight Review

 
"Great kit of a mediocre aircraft"
rockykeele (Tucson, AZ)
Even though this kit originally dates to 1974, the molding and design have held up well. You get a mixture of raised and engraved panel lines (I'd estimate 25% raised, 75% engraved) with some nice ribbing on the control surfaces. You also get some nice options: choices for propeller, windscreen/canopy, seat, head rest, common-wealth/U.S. pilots, and 4 paint/decal schemes (British, New Zealand, Dutch, U.S. Navy). The kit builds up without much fuss. The only small problem I encountered was the windscreen/canopy (one piece - no option for open) did not fit well in my copy and required a bit of sanding and putty to make it acceptable. Tamiya also provides masks for the canopy and the ventral glass, although these are not die-cut so you have to cut them out yourself. The decals performed well. I used a bit of solvaset solution to get them to conform perfectly to the surface. I had to fill a handful of mold knock-out marks, but they were easy to access and correct. As always, Tamiya's instructions were nice and clear for construction, painting and decal placement. Overall, this was a very fun build that beginner or expert can turn into a nice replica of this early war fighter.

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Features

  • Authentically reproduced large fuselage and unique landing gear.
  • Kit includes parts to accurately reproduce RAF, ML-KNIL or U.S. Navy aircraft.
  • New parts such as canopy, rear fuselage and propeller authentically reproduced in high-quality detail.
  • Includes a full range of accessories including two 100 pound bombs, one pilot figure sitting down and one figure standing, and markings to reproduce a choice of four different aircraft.

Specs

  • Scale: 1:48
  • Fuselage: 6-1/2 (163mm)
  • Wingspan: 8-7/8 (225mm)
  • Tamiya Product Number: 61094

Includes

1/48 Brewster B-339 Buffalo Pacific Theater plastic model kit


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Reviews

  
 
"Brewster B-339 Buffalo another fine Tamiya model"
darling.chris
First let me say I almost past this model up. Glad I did not. First and foremost the kit is very well made very good fit of all pieces, good parts count and very good detail for the price. there are very clear directions, very good decals and excellent painting suggestions to build a very good representation of a Brewster. This is a good starter model for someone new to model building. Tamiya makes excellent aircraft kits. Don't pass this one up, you will not be disappointed. This kit went together trouble free. Parts are clean with very little to no over flash. Good decals. clear directions. I found no cons in the build or the finished model.

 
"Almost Too Nice to Build"
mark.nickelson
Once this kit was so scarce, and so ahead of the class in 1/48 prop fighters, if you owned one, you hesitated to mar its perfection by actually gluing it together. In recent times, happily, Tamiya Buffaloes are plentiful, and when you've built your first one, you'll probably find yourself planning another project to finish it as a Dutchman, a Finn, or one of those hapless Singapore defenders. Open the box and even by today's standards, it's everything you could hope for in a plastic kit. Comes with alternate windshields, propellers and markings.

 
"a very great build of a very bad aircraft"
jctoymaker
Timaya probably built this kit to get even for the war It has been a very nice build; very good cockpit detail that actually comes together beautifully when enclosing it in the fuselage; (something I don't often see great engine or cockpit detail usually mean wresting with closing in the fuselage). Nice details o three different countries use of it,( with VERY mixed results) but I chose the USS Long island version; online this is a picture of a Buffalo that caved in its landing on the Long island ( a problem he aircraft had), and I've been thinking of reproducing the crashed aircraft, since I wonder if the kit was modeled after that aircraft. Too nice a kit to do that to, though; too good a build.

Information

Following the release of a U.S. Navy version of the Brewster Buffalo in 1993, Tamiya now releases the B-339 export version of the Buffalo used by the Royal Air Force and Netherlands East Indies Army Air Corps during WWII. Kit comes with new parts such as canopy, propeller, seat and decals to accurately reproduce the Buffalo used throughout South East Asia. Also includes parts to reproduce the U.S. Navy version featuring gray fuselage.

About the Brewster B-339 Buffalo "Pacific Theater"

The Buffalo was first developed in 1935 as a U.S. Navy carrier based fighter. Featuring a modern mid-wing monoplane design with enclosed cockpit and retractable landing gear the first mass produced Buffalo was designated F2A-1, which was shortly followed by the improved F2A-2. Based on the U.S. Navy Buffalo, the B-339 Buffalo was for export only and was fitted with an export approved 1,100hp Wright Cyclone engine and redesigned for land use with navy equipment such as life raft and arrestor hook removed. The Royal Air Force (RAF) and the Netherlands East Indies Army Air Corps (ML-KNIL) used the B-339 to protect colonial outposts in Malaysia, Singapore and Java during WWII.

About the Model

Highly detailed 1/48 scale assembly kit of the Brewster B-339 Buffalo

Overall length: 163mm, wing span: 223mm

Authentically reproduced large fuselage and unique landing gear.

Kit includes parts to accurately reproduce RAF, ML-KNIL or U.S. Navy aircraft.

New parts such as canopy, rear fuselage and propeller authentically reproduced in high-quality detail.

Includes a full range of accessories including two 100 pound bombs, one pilot figure sitting down and one figure standing, and markings to reproduce a choice of four different aircraft.


Markings

  • Decal options:
  • 1: No.448 Squadron, RNZAF, Singapore (late 1941)
  • 2: No.67 Squadron, RAF, Burma (late 1941)
  • 3: 2-VLG-V, Netherlands East Indies Army Air Corps, Batavia, Java Island (February 1942)
  • 4: VS-201, U.S. Navy, Aboard USS Long Island (AVG-1), 1941

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