Hasegawa 1/72 scale conversion
by Nick Kiriokos
Brewster B-239 Buffalo
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Here is my 1/72 Hasegawa F2A-2 that I "converted" to a B-239. A lot of scratchbuilding went into it.
It started harmlessly enough, just wanted to dress up the cockpit. A few lengths of .020 rod, then some larger pieces for panels, then added knobs and switches either scratched from styrene or Reheat PE bought many years ago. Used seat rails from an Eduard Fw190 D set and scratched some armor plate as well as a gunsight. Finally used some Mike Grant placards to finish it off as well as Eduard fabric luftwaffe harness.
Decided the wheel wells were far too empty so I put in some framing, firewalls, a tank from millput, something to resemble the back end of the R-1820 engine, some plumbing for added "realism". I then added brake lines for the gear, wired up the front of the engine with lengths of solder, added some screens to the cowling openings, robbed a spare tail wheel from a Fine Molds Bf109 and replaced the carrier hard rubber type.
Robbed an F4F wildcat prop from a Hasegawa kit and modified it and the spinner to resemble the F2A-1 / B-239 type.
Managed somewhere in the build to throw away the kit exhausts so I scratched them from hollow plastic tube and figured, eh, why not and opened up the kit pitot with a number 80 drill bit. Used SBS decals for a Finnish bird, Tamiya and Xtracolor acrylic paints and weathered with pastels either dry brushed on or applied in a mineral spirit solution as a wash. Hope you can use the pictures.
Check out my Imgur account for more progress photos.
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