The Buffalo was first developed in 1935 as a US Navy carrier based monoplane fighter, featuring an enclosed cockpit and retractable landing gear. The first mass produced Buffalo was designated F2A-1, which was shortly followed by the improved F2A-2. Based on the US Navy Buffalo, the B-339 Buffalo was produced as an export version and fitted with a 1,100 hp Wright Cyclone engine. Navy equipment, such as the life raft and arrestor hook were removed, for conversion as a land aircraft. The Royal Air Force (RAF) and the Netherlands East Indies Army Air Corps (ML-KNIL) used the B-339 to protect colonial outposts in Malaysia, Singapore and Java during WWII.
Brewster Buffalo B-339 Pacific
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Following the release of a U.S. Navy version of the Brewster Buffalo in 1993, Tamiya now releases the B-339 export version of the Buffalo used by the Royal Air Force and Netherlands East Indies Army Air Corps during WWII. Kit comes with new parts such as canopy, propeller, seat and decals to accurately reproduce the Buffalo used throughout South East Asia. The kit also includes parts to reproduce the US Navy version featuring gray fuselage.