Hasegawa Brewster Model B-239 Buffalo Build Part II

The fit of the canopy left a visible seam, which was addressed with more Perfect Plastic Putty. Eduard makes a mask set for this kit and it was issued before they hiked their prices. It doesn’t quite fit though, the masks for the rear panels are a little short. I cut off strips from the mask sheet to fill in the gaps.
Priming with Mr. Surfacer 1000 revealed only minor seam issues which were quickly addressed. I insert a rod to use as a handle during painting whenever possible.
Masking the camouflage with poster putty prevents paint build up and results in a soft edge between colors. You can adjust this effect by varying the thickness of the putty if you are careful with the spray angles, thicker putty results in a softer edge.
Basic colors are Mr. Color 511 4BO, 137 Tire Black, and Alclad Aluminum undersurfaces. The Finns marked their aircraft with Luftwaffe identification panels which are 58 Orange Yellow. The blue rudder color was mixed to match the blue in the Finnish roundels.
Decals are from SBS Model’s sheet D72012 to replace the poor Hasegawa decals included in the kit. I did use the kit decal for the black lynx marking, the SBS sheet only included them in white outlines. This is a good kit which goes together without drama. The Buffalo carried several interesting schemes, so I’ll be on the lookout for additional kits at the shows!

More completed photographs here: https://inchhighguy.wordpress.com/2022/04/12/hasegawa-brewster-model-b-239-buffalo-of-ssgt-nils-katajainen-in-1-72-scale/

9 thoughts on “Hasegawa Brewster Model B-239 Buffalo Build Part II

  1. That Buffalo turned out amazing! Love seeing the less common planes being built. I liked the rod being used to assist with painting, any chance you could do a post on your paint process? I’m trying to build up the courage to use my airbrush for the first time and could use all the help I can get, lol.

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    1. I’ll try to work in some painting tips, but I think airbrushing is the most analyzed and least productive discussion within our hobby. Top four tips IMHO: 1) keep your airbrush clean (most of your problems will come back to this); 2) thin your paints and build up layers using multiple passes; 3) use a test panel or “paint mule” to test your settings; 4) practice.

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    2. laevans0330, what Jeff said. Now, understand, I’m coming at this from where you are, and not where Jeff is. (FWIW, I want to be Jeff when I grow up. 😉 ) My return to modeling has been in spurts and starts. I’m determined this time it’s going to stick though. A little while back I acquired an Iwata Eclipse double-action airbrush. I have been scared to death to try this. Between guys like Jeff here and on forums such as 1/72nd Scale Aircraft, and the Palstic Model Mojo podcasts that feature Dr. John Miller, aka “Dr. Strangebrush” I’m no longer scared of this DA beastie. Am I still making mistakes? You bet! However, I know now how to deal with them better, etc.

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