Airframes' new 1/48 scale
Classic Airframes' 1/48 scale F2A-1 and Model 239 kits may be ordered online from
For a detailed examination of the kit
Jim Maas' in-box review here on HyperScale.
I have long awaited the release of this kit, and I
wasn't disappointed. Finally a Buffalo with recessed panel lines, nicely
detailed wheel wells, with an actual nicely molded resin engine
accessory section visible when viewed from outside, and associated
What puts this example above the aged Tamiya is the
crystal clear canopy with definition in the framing that makes masking
so much easier. Honestly, the canopy sections look as if Monogram has
Construction and Painting
I built and painted mine in the neutrality gray scheme
of overall gull gray.(FS36440) of an aircraft operating out of NAS
Master paints were used throughout the build.
I made a few adjustments to my model whilst building. I
added pushrods to the engine from Evergreen rod stock. The kit has a
very extensive photo etch sheet that gives you a multitude of parts.
Some the human eye can barely see, let alone actually use. Unfortunately
a photo etch wire harness for the engine isn't included. Even I would
have used that! Inclusion of that part would have taken a "Oh, there's
the engine" to "Wow! What an engine!"
This kit suffers the same as the Tamiya in that the life
raft holder, headrest, and rollover bar prevent the rear canopy section
from sitting where it should, if built using the instructions. I ended
up sanding the bottom of the life raft holder flat, cutting the curved
section of the headrest shorter, and mounting it a little further
forward then the instructions will have you mount it. When done the
rollover bar assembly will fit onto the rear deck.
Best advice for building this kit? Test fit, test fit
Overall this is a great little kit and advanced my
modeling skills up another notch.
Classic Airframes for the sample
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