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Old 08-10-2019, 09:27 AM
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Another great job by the dynamic duo.

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Old 08-10-2019, 09:59 AM
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Old 08-10-2019, 04:56 PM
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Thanks everybody for looking in and for the supportive comments. And thanks Curt for providing the opportunity to have a USN 'Jenny' in my collection.
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Garry, you're very welcome. I feel like I should provide the propeller for your model since it's just about the only part of mine that I really still like. If you would like it I can send one to you.

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Old 08-11-2019, 03:48 AM
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Thanks for the offer Curt but I've got the prop. The only reason I left it off was because I wanted to display the model 'in flight'. Tell you what though, I'll add it and take some more photos. Keep an eye out on here for earthbound 'Jenny' with 'Curt's Prop'.
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Actually on checking my files Curt the one I have may not be yours. I've PM'd you.
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Next Model.

This is the Brewster F2A-2 Buffalo by the two 'B-Men' - Bruno design with another superb Brent repaint. Only mod was 'boxing' the unique F2A main u/c legs.
Over to Don for an in depth analysis of the full size.
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Information on Brewster F2A-2 BuNo 1398

This paper model by Garry Gillard is of a Brewster F2A-2, Bureau of Aeronautics Number (BuNo) 1398, 3-F-8, as it appeared when assigned to the third section of Fighting Squadron 3 aboard USS Saratoga (CV-3) in 1940.

In 1924, the Brewster automobile manufacturer established the Brewster and Co. Aircraft Division to produce aircraft floats. In 1932, James Work, former project engineer at the Naval Aircraft Factory (NAF) in Philadelphia, and a group of investors purchased the company and established the Brewster Aeronautical Corporation using the same Long Island City, New York, facilities as the previous firm. Its first aircraft was the XSBA-1 scout bomber, which flew in 1936 as the SBA-1 and was produced by the NAF as the SBN-1. In June 1936, Brewster received a contract for a single-engine, single-seat, all-metal, monoplane fighter with an 850-horsepower radial engine, a retractable landing gear, provision for up to four .50-inch machine guns, and a thousand-mile range. Not only was the fighter, the XF2A-1, to be the first monoplane U.S. Navy fighter, its capabilities and performance were a substantial improvement over existing carrier-based fighters and comparable to contemporary land-based fighters. In operational service in East Asia, the Brewster fighter, flown by American, British, Australian, and Dutch pilots, most of whom were new to combat and outnumbered by experienced Japanese pilots, generally did not perform well. However, skilled and experienced Finnish pilots flew the aircraft with considerable success against the Soviets. A small number of the Brewster fighters were also flown by the British Fleet Air Arm in the Middle East.

Fighting Squadron 3 (VF-3) became the first U.S. Navy fighter squadron to fly monoplanes when it took delivery of nine F2A-1s in December 1939. The remainder of the aircraft scheduled for delivery to the squadron were sold to Finland, and VF-3 operated the nine F2A-1s alongside Grumman F3F-1s until F2A-2s, with 1,200-horsepower engines and other modifications, became available. F2A-2 BuNo 1398 was delivered to VF-3 on 16 September 1940 and flew with the squadron from Saratoga until August 1941, when VF-3 transitioned to Grumman F4F-3s. BuNo 1398 was then transferred to Marine Fighting Squadron 221 (VMF-221) at Camp Kearny, California (later, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar). On 31 March 1942, the aircraft was assigned to Advanced Carrier Training Group (ACTG) Pacific at Naval Air Station (NAS) San Diego, where it was used to train new naval aviators in instrument flying, formation flying, combat tactics, and field carrier landing practice (landings and takeoffs from an aircraft-carrier deck-sized landing strip). On 15 June 1942, 1398 was transferred to Marine Photographic Squadron 2 (VMD-2) at NAS San Diego. Two months later, on 18 August 1942, the aircraft was converted to the F2A-2P photo-reconnaissance configuration at San Diego. On 14 October 1942, it was assigned to the Naval Air Operational Training Command (NAOTC) at NAS Jacksonville, Florida, where it was used to provide Naval Aviators training in an aircraft similar to those they would soon fly in combat. BuNo 1398 crashed twice at Jacksonville: on 1 January and 7 May 1943. It was repaired and returned to service after the first crash, but on 21 May 1943, it was finally stricken and ended its service.

Garry’s model shows BuNo 1398 as it appeared while flying with VF-3 aboard Saratoga. It is in the pre-war scheme of overall light Aircraft Gray with the upper wing surfaces painted Chrome Yellow and White tail surfaces indicating the Saratoga Air Group. The Section 3 White wing formation chevrons, and the White upper half of the cowl indicate that it is the second aircraft of Section 3. The individual aircraft number is repeated on the wing upper surfaces and the Felix-the-Cat carrying a bomb emblem of VF-3 is emblazoned on the side of the fuselage. On 25 July 1943, VF-3 and VF-6 swapped designations, raising some confusion over which unit owned Felix. In 1946, VF-3 was re-designated VF-3A. In 1948, the squadron became VFA-3 (Tomcatters) and the Chief of Naval Operations officially awarded the Felix emblem to the squadron, which is now Strike Fighter Squadron 31 (VFA-31).

Images:

1. Brewster F2A-2 BuNo 1398 at the Brewster Long Island City, New York, Plant on 27 August 1940 prior to delivery to VF-3. Image source: Axis and Allies Paintworks Forum, available at Forums / USAAF / USN Library / US Brewster F2A Buffalo. - Axis and Allies Paintworks

2. Another photograph of BuNo 1398. Source: Ibid.

3. Brewster F2A-1 BuNo 1393, lead aircraft of VF-3 Section 5 as it appeared when it was flown in March 1940 by Lieutenant John Smith (Jimmy) Thach, the leader of Section 5. Admiral Thach took command of VF-3 in early 1941 and became famous as an ace fighter pilot, combat commander, and tactician. He later commanded two aircraft carriers and U.S. Naval Forces Europe.

Sources:

Joe Baugher, “US Navy and US Marine Corps BuNos, Second Series (0001 to 5029),” available at http://www.joebaugher.com/navy_serials/firstseries2.html

Nico Braas, Brewster Buffalo, Emmen, Netherlands: Lanastra, 3013.

Richard S. Dann and Steve Ginter, Brewster F2A Buffalo and Export Variants, Naval Fighters Number 104, Simi Valley, CA: Steve Ginter Publications, 2017.

Thomas E. Doll, Berkley R. Jackson, and William A. Riley, Navy Air Colors: United States Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard Camouflage and Markings, Vol. 1 1911-1945, Carrollton, TX: Squadron/Signal, 1983.

John M. Elliott, The Official Monogram US Navy & Marine Corps Aircraft Color Guide, Vol. 2, 1940-1949, Boylston, MA: Monogram Aviation Publications, 1989.

Michael E. Fader, Wings Aviation: http://www.wings-aviation.ch/21-USNavy/000-Navy-Basis-e.htm

Peter Freeman, Wings of the Fleet: US Navy & Marine Corps Aviation 1919-1941, On Target Special, Ardington, Oxfordshire, UK: The Aviation Workshop Publications Ltd., 2010.

William Green and Gordon Swanborough, “Brewster’s Benighted Buffalo,” Air Enthusiast Quarterly, Number One, pp. 66-96.

E.R. Johnson, United States Naval Aviation 1919-1941: Aircraft, Airships and Ships Between the Wars, Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, 2011.

Bas Kruger, “’Flying Coffin’ and ‘Pearl of the Sky’; The worst and at the same time best fighter of WWII,” Journal of the American Aviation Historical Society, Summer, 2004, pp. 124-128.

William T. Larkins, U.S. Navy Aircraft 1921-1941, Concord, CA: Aviation History Publications, 1961.

Malcolm A. LeCompte, “Naval Air Supremacy and the Development of the Brewster Buffalo,” Journal of the American Aviation Historical Society, Winter 1996, pp. 270-276.

Phil H. Listeman, USN Aircraft 1922-1962: Type designation letter 'BF', 'BT' & 'F' Part One, Middletown, DE: Philedition, 2017.

Jim Maas, “Fall From Grace: The Brewster Aeronautical Corporation, 1932-42,” Journal of the American Aviation Historical Society, Summer, 1985, pp. 118-135.

---, F2A Buffalo in Action, Aircraft Number 81, Carrollton, TX: Squadron/Signal Publications, 1987.

Paul R. Matt and Bruce Robertson, United States Navy and Marine Corps Fighters 1918-1962, Fallbrook, CA: Aero Publishers, 1962, reprint of the Harleyford edition of 1962.

Maciej Noszczak, Brewster Buffalo F2A-1, F2A-2, F2A-3, Lublin, Poland: Kagero, 2-18.

Christopher F. Shores, The Brewster Buffalo, Leatherhead, UK: Profile Publications, 1971.

STRIKFITRON Three One (VFA-31) History, available at https://www.public.navy.mil/airfor/vfa31/Pages/History.aspx

Gordon Swanborough and Peter M Bowers, United States Navy Aircraft Since 1911, New York: Funk & Wagnalls, 1968.
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Old 08-28-2019, 11:55 AM
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Don et Al,

Garry's craftsmanship is outstanding! I can never figure out how you folks get such results in such a small scale.

One question about the section markings: Wouldn't the third section color on the wing chevrons and cowl normally be True Blue instead of Insignia White? I thought the latter was for the second section (a/c # 4,5,6). Interesting that one of the pix apparently shows no cowl color.

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