F2A-1 Buffalo (oz4705)


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F2A-1 Buffalo. Free flight scale gas model. From Jan 1939 Popular Aviation.

Quote: "Build the Brewster F2A-1. Here is a scoop for gas model fans. Although the US Navy only recently accepted the Brewster fighter, model builders already can build it themselves. Brewster Buffalo, by Paul W Lindberg, Model Editor and Designer.

BUILDING this authentic model of Uncle Sam's newest Navy fighter, the Brewster F2A-1, will give you many enjoyable hours. Being of a semi mid-wing type, this model has excellent flying qualities. It not only makes an excellent flyer but makes a worthy presentation at any model exhibit, Powered with the tiny 1/8 hp Hornet motor, it performs very much like the big fellow. In other words this little model has plenty of stuff behind it.

Construction. Let us remind you that this model should be given plenty of time in construction as it is far, far too nice a model to rush through with. By enlarging the plans four times, the exact size of the model will be had that was built in our laboratory. The color scheme is: fuselage of gun metal gray with red cowl. Wings and tail surfaces regulation Navy yellow.

The general procedure in building a model is to begin with the fuselage, In this case, however, we will start with the wings so that you may be more ac-customed with the work before going into the fuselage. These wings are the full cantilever construction. After all the ribs, spars, etc., have been cut from balsa, they are cemented together upon a flat surface. Sizes of war and ribs are clearly shown on the plan. Make one left and one right wing panel. It is necessary that all reinforcements shown on plan are placed in their respective positions in the wings in order to gain added strength to prevent any warping when covered. Spars leading and hailing edges on each wing panel are extended at the root rib in order that they will enter into the fuselage for proper support..."

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Update 18/01/2020: Added alternate plan scan, thanks to JJ.

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F2A-1 Buffalo (oz4705) by Paul Lindberg 1939 - model pic

  • (oz4705)
    F2A-1 Buffalo
    by Paul Lindberg
    from Popular Aviation
    January 1939 
    43in span
    Scale IC F/F Military Fighter
    clean :)
    all formers complete :)
    got article :)
  • Submitted: 05/08/2013
    Filesize: 648KB
    Format: • PDFbitmap
    Credit*: Anthony WorKman, JJ
    Downloads: 2541

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