Brewster F2A Buffalo is available online from Squadron.com
The Brewster Buffalo was one of a handful of modern fighter types available to
the United States at the outbreak of the Pacific War. The Pacific and Asian
chapter of the story was inglorious, being swiftly dispatched by Japanese forces
while the Buffalo was under the colours of the US Navy, the Netherlands, Great
Britain, Australia and New Zealand. Only in Finnish service did the Buffalo turn
the tables on its adversaries, inflicting notable victories over Soviet aircraft
and even serving into the post-war period.
Disregarding its patchy record, the Buffalo was certainly one of the more
colourful US built aircraft of the Second World War, wearing the yellow wings of
the pre-war US Navy; Dark Earth and Dark Green of the Commonwealth, and the
winter tones so essential on the Russian Front. In wartime US Navy service the
Buffalo was also seen in the more traditional Blue-Grey and Light Grey. It was
in these colours that the Buffalo appeared over the skies of Midway Island.
Kagero has recently released a title on this stubby little aircraft. This A4
sized title has 104 pages printed on glossy paper between
The book is presented in typical Kagero style. The left hand column is printed
in Polish and the right hand column in English. The captions and colour artwork
receive a similar approach with the Polish language first followed by the
English translation. Some of the English text is a bit quirky in grammar and
choice of words, but it is certainly readable.
18 pages of the book are devoted to technical drawings. There are 1/48 scale
drawings and larger scrap views detailing specific parts of interest. These are
all very well done. In addition to these, though, Kagero includes a series of
drawings that point out the specific differences between Buffalo variants. I
found this incredibly helpful as I had been somewhat confused until now about
the distinguishing factors on the cowls, fuselage, tail and canopies for each
variant. These drawings clearly illustrate the differences with shading and in
text form, for both Navy and USAAF variants.
A decal sheet is also included with the book. The decals are in 1/72
and 1/48 scales and are printed by Techmod.
Markings are offered for four different aircraft each in 1/72 and 1/48.
The decal sheet is packed into a sealed plastic bag that is slipped into a
plastic sleeve on the inside corner of the front cover.
Tamiya has recently re-released their short-fuselage Brewster Model 339C/D /
F2A-2 Buffalo in 1/48 scale, but it is a shame that we do not have the option of
the F2A-3 / Model 339/23 kit to depict the Midway aircraft; or even a kit with
some of the unique attributes of the Finnish Buffalos; or an early US Navy
Kagero's Monograph series continues to impress.
This is an excellent one-stop modellers' reference source on the Brewster F2A