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  RAAF Brewster F2A-3 Buffalo Fighter - Sergeant John Bailey, A51-13, 25 Squadron, Dunreath, Western Australia, 1942 (1:48 Scale)
RAAF Brewster F2A-3 Buffalo Fighter - Sergeant John Bailey, A51-13, 25 Squadron, Dunreath, Western Australia, 1942

Hobby Master RAAF Brewster F2A-3 Buffalo Fighter - Sergeant John Bailey, A51-13, 25 Squadron, Dunreath, Western Australia, 1942




 
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Hobby Master HA7008 RAAF Brewster F2A-3 Buffalo Fighter - Sergeant John Bailey, A51-13, 25 Squadron, Dunreath, Western Australia, 1942 (1:48 Scale) "Why should we have a navy at all? There are no enemies for it to fight except apparently the Army Air Force."
- General Carl Spaatz, Commander of the US 8th Army Air Force, after WWII

Built by the Brewster Aeronautical Corporation in Queens, New York City, the F2A Buffalo was the first production monoplane fighter to enter service with the US Navy. The F2A was an all-metal, single-engine, single-seat, mid-wing monoplane with retractable landing gear and a tail hook for carrier operations. The control surfaces, i.e., ailerons, elevators and rudder, were metal framed but covered with fabric. The struts of the hydraulically-operated landing gear retracted into the underside of the wing while the wheels fitted into the stubby fuselage below the wings. The tail hook was fully retractable into the rear fuselage while the tail-wheel partially retracted into the rear fuselage. Because of its short wingspan, the F2A did not need a folding wing configuration to be accommodated on U.S. aircraft carriers.

The Buffalo entered squadron service in the summer of 1940 and it was not long before three serious defects were identified. The first was the landing gear; it was not strong enough for carrier operations. Brewster strengthened two weak struts but a real fix would require a redesign of the aircraft. The second defect was identified by reports from Europe which indicated that the Buffalo did not meet the performance criteria of other aircraft then in combat, e.g., armor protection, self sealing fuel tanks, etc. Armor protection was added to the F2A-3 resulting in a heavier, unstable aircraft. One solution was to use a more powerful Pratt & Whitney engine but this would require a redesign of the aircraft. The third problem was the Brewster company management who had a habit of promising more than they could deliver resulting in serious delays in the deliveries of the aircraft. The final straw came when the Navy realized that the Grumman F4F-3 Wildcat was a superior aircraft in virtually every respect so no further Buffalos were ordered.

Pictured here is a 1:48 scale RAAF Brewster F2A-3 Buffalo fighter that was piloted by Sergeant John Bailey, who was attached to 25 Squadron, then deployed to Dunreath, Western Australia, during 1942. Sold Out!

Dimensions:
Wingspan: 8.75 inches
Length: 6.5 inches

Release Date: December 2008

Features
  • Opening canopy
  • Movable rudder
  • Spinning propeller
  • Retractable landing gear
  • Accurate markings and insignia

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