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PostSubject: Hobby Master Model 7009 - F2A-1 Export model B239E, Ilmari Juutilainen, 3/LeLv 24, Suulajarvi, December 1942 "Orange 4"   Tue Mar 07 2017, 19:31

Producer - Hobby Master
Model 7009
Scale 1/48
Brewster Buffalo F2A-1 Export model B239E
Ilmari Juutilainen, 3/LeLv 24, Suulajarvi, Squadron 24 - the Lynx Squadron  December 1942 "Orange 4"


Tactical and technical characteristics of Brewster 239 Buffalo, F2A-1 , Developer: Brewster Aeronautical Corporation, USA  



Powerplant.
(1) air-cooled Wright R-1820-G5 Cyclone 9 cylinder 950 HP radial (FINNISH VERSIONS WERE PROVIDED REBUILT G5 ex DC-3 ENGINES)
Propeller – Hamilton-Standard variable pitch – metal



Dimensions
Wing Span – 10.67 m   (35 ft)
Length – 8.03 m   (26.35 ft)
Height – 3.66 m   (12 ft)
Wingspan: 10.67 m (35.01 ft)
Wing area: 19.4 m²
Empty weight: 1770 kg (3902 lbs)
Max weight: 2640 kg (5820 lbs)



Performance
Max Speed – 480m/h @ 4,750 m   (297 mph @ 15,675 ft)
Cruising Speed – 380 km/h   (236 mph)
Maximum Ceiling – 9,900 m   (32,480 ft)
Time to 3000 m (9850 FT.): 4' MINUTES 12"SECONDS
Time to 5000 m:(16400 FT)  7' MINUTES 10"SECONDS



Flight Duration – 4 hours
Range: 1550 km
Date of manufacture: 1938/39
In Finland fighters was provided by an extra armor around pilot seat (by Winter War experience)



Armament
Originally equipped with a single 0.30" machine gun but it was replaced with a 0.50" (12.7
mm). In 1943 all except one Finnish B-239s had four 0.50" machine guns. The wing guns
had 400 rounds and fuselage guns 200 rounds each (0.30" had 600 rounds).

Ilmari Juutilainen, 3/LeLv 24, Suulajarvi, Squadron 24 - the Lynx Squadron  

The Brewster B-239E fighter aircraft was never referred to as the "Buffalo" in Finland; that was an British name. It was known simply as the "Brewster" or sometimes by the nicknames Taivaan helmi ("Sky Pearl") or Pohjoisten taivaiden helmi ("Pearl of the Northern Skies"). Other nicknames were Pylly-Valtteri, Amerikanrauta ("Butt-Walter" and "American hardware" or "American car", respectively) and Lentävä kaljapullo ("flying beer-bottle").  Perhaps one of out Nordic members can explain ("Butt-Walter")




When the Second World War started and before the German invasion of 1941 Russia approached Finland to start "negotiations" with Soviet Union about concession of Finnish territory.  



The Finnish Defence Forces were mobilized and suddenly the shortage of money which had delayed all kind of equipment purchases during the 30's was over. Finland was trying to buy military equipment from all directions.



In the USA, the Brewster Export corporation offered Brewster Model 239. It was one of the three US candidates, others were Grumman F4F and Seversky EP-1/(P-35). The Brewster wasn't considered to be strong candidate in light of US Navy's experience with deliveries, but the Grumman couldn't sell the F4F and Sweden had bought all planes in production of the EP-1.



While the Finnish Embassy was negotiating with plane makers, the Soviet Union attacked Finland without an official declaration of war.  The only modern fighters in Finland were 36 Fokker D.XXI's, the Soviets had about 2000 aircraft  and the Finnish embassies were instructed to buy any modern fighter planes at all costs.  Prompt availability and compatibility with 87-octane fuel were the only requirements stipulated by the Finns. The U.S. Navy and State Department arranged to divert existing and in production F2A-1 fighter aircraft, in exchange for Finnish orders of F2A-2 Buffalos scheduled to be delivered later.



 In the USA laws about selling war materials to a country at war weren't an issue, since Finland wasn't in a declared war and there were 44 Brewster 239's just about to be completed for the USN.  The fighters headed for Finland were declared surplus by the USN and demilitarized, and so they could be bought by the Finland after all USN equipment, such as machine-guns, sights, emergency rafts and instruments were taken away. Consequently, on 16 December, the Finns signed a contract to purchase 44 Model 239 fighters. The total agreed price was U.S. $3.4 million including spare parts, ten replacement engines and 20 Hamilton Standard propellers. The Buffalos sent to Finland were de-navalized resulting in a lighter aircraft. The Finnish F2A-1s also lacked self-sealing fuel tanks and cockpit armor.  The Finnish Brewsters weren't equipped with standard Wright R-1820-34 -engines since they weren't available for foreign sales, they were equipped with refurbished R-1820 G-5 -engines instead, taken from DC-3 airliners.



Three Brewsters were completed and test flown in the USA, the rest of the 41 planes were assembled and test flown in Trollhattan, Sweden. Planes left New York harbor on the  13th of January 1940, and the last planes arrived Sweden in 13th of March.   After war broke out and Norway was invaded that ended the shipments.  As always with the Brewsters, they were late. The unassembled planes were assembled by Swedish, Norwegian and British volunteers, and were equipped with three Colt MG 53-2 .50 cal machine guns and one Colt MG-40 .30 cal machine gun (.30 cal MG was later on changed into .50 cal), instruments originally bought for licence-made Fokker D.XXI's and British Aldis telescopic sights. (replaced with Finnish copy of German Revi 3/c deflector sights before the Continuation war) Since the Brewster test pilot Robert A Winston arrived in late February, the first test flights were made by Finnish pilots without any kind of advice.  



 Finnish Air Force pilot Lieutenant Jorma "Joppe" Karhunen flight tested the first B-239. Unfamiliar with the aircraft, he burned out the engine while flying very low at high speed; crashing on a snow-covered field, damaging the propeller and some belly panels.



Initially unimpressed, the Finns later witnessed a demonstration by a Brewster test pilot, who was able to stay on the tail of a Finnish Fiat G.50 Freccia  fighter from Italy; although the Fiat fighter was faster in level flight, the Brewster could out-turn it  The Brewsters were coded with numerals BW-351 to BW-394.

Only six planes arrived to Finland during the Winter War which ended in 13th of March, and they didn't get into action. The last ones were delivered to  Finland by the 1st of May 1940.



During the peacetime period with the Soviets  of 14th of March 1940 - to 24th of June 1941 the LeLv. 24 (Lentolaivue, Squadron) trained hard and lost two planes in crashes. One plane was seriously damaged. Some modifications were made, most visible being the change of small, hard rear wheel into 12x4 inch wheelbarrow wheel which was more suitable for grass field operations.



The original natural metal finish was covered with camouflage. Also, seat armor was added.   The top speed of the Finnish B-239s, as modified, was 297 mph (478 km/h) at 15,675 ft (4,750 m), and their loaded weight was 5,820 lb (2,640 kg).[

Why the Finns were so successful.


In 1941 many Finnish Buffalo pilots had combat experience during the Winter War. Air combat tactics were modified and developed. Tactics including a Finish version of the Thatch weave were developed independently, dive and zoom attacks on Lufbery circle tactics, making the most of the aircrafts advantages with mock dogfights made against captured Russian planes.  The Finns put many captured planes back into service against the VVS.  



The Soviet air combat tactics were usually very predictable. The basic flight element and formation consisted of three planes flying tight-vee. Soviet flight discipline was very good, daredevils were not very usual. Some Soviet were very good pilots. But majority weren't. Air-to-air gunnery wasn't very good, it wasn't unusual that Soviet planes started shooting at the Brewsters from distance of 1000 meters or even more! Soviet rifle-calibre mg's also lacked the power to kill Brewsters.  



The Soviet pilots were not cowards, close escort fighters were always eager to close for action, but Soviet high cover fighters didn't usually have the will for a long fight.  The mass of pilots in the Soviet VVS were   poorly trained.  Stalin's purges had reached far in the VVS.  Leaders had real fear of making mistakes in peace time and being severely punished, this had its effect in war. In the pre-war FAF, air-to-air gunnery was considered essential and was trained very hard, main emphasis being shooting from a dive. Gunnery was in high standard throughout the war. Finnish pilots weren't just trained to hit airplanes, they were taught to hit specific parts of airplanes. There was the strong fighter pilot spirit. Morale stayed high throughout the war, from 1941 to the harsh battles 1944. One pilot used beer bottle labels for his kill markings. Theirs was a target rich environment with proximity to the front not see by air forces on the western fronts.  Multiple missions in a day were not uncommon.  The principle of attacking, regardless of numbers, to gain advantage was honored.



The Buffalo was also popular within the FAF because of its relatively long range and also because of a good maintenance record. This was in part due to the efforts of the Finnish mechanics, who solved a problem that plagued the Wright Cyclone engine by inverting one of the piston rings in each cylinder, which had a positive effect on reliability.[citation needed] The cooler weather of Finland also helped, because the engine was prone to overheating as noted in tropical Pacific use. The Brewster Buffalo earned a reputation in Finnish Air Force service as one of their more successful fighter aircraft.  FAF pilots have said, the real heroes of the FAF were in fact the mechanics who kept high Buffalo serviceability levels with no ready supply of spares.



Aid from the Finnish Air Force Ground Control, from Radio Intelligence in particular was very good from early 1943 onwards. Soviet pilots didn't use any kind of code language and were usually very talkative, so the Ground Control was often able to give very useful information to Brewster Pilots, such as "There's a Soviet formation of four LaGG-3's over you". It wasn't unusual that the Ground Control could tell who was piloting a particular plane. Also, kill verification was easier since the Intelligence could use actual Soviet Reports which were often radioed.



The Brewsters had their baptism by fire in Finland on 25 June 1941, when a pair of Buffalos from 2/LLv24 intercepted 27 Soviet Tupolev SBs from 201st SBAP  over Turku. Five SBs were claimed as downed. Subsequent attacks were repelled by other LLv24 pilots who, by dusk, had flown 77 missions



During the period of 25th of June 1941 - 21st of May 1944, when the Squadron 24 finally traded in it's Brewsters to Squadron 26 and started using Messerschmitt 109G-2's and G-6's, the Squadron shoot down 459 Soviet planes, while losing 15 planes in aerial combat, 4 planes in crashes, 2 in bombings. So the kill ratio was 30.6 to 1. Twelve pilots were killed and two were captured. Best kill ratio was achieved in 1941 when 135 Soviet planes were shot down against the loss of 2 planes and 2 pilots, so the kill ratio was 67.5 to one! Of course there's issue about verifying kills. But in fact, when the Karelian Isthmus was recaptured by the Finnish Army in 1941, the Ground Forces found 42 unaccounted Soviet planes clearly shoot down by the Finnish Air Force. (judging from bullets.) The best Brewster pilots (and the best in Finnish Air Force) were Captain Hans Wind with 39 kills and Staff Sergeant Ilmari Juutilainen with 34 kills.



The Brewster F2A Buffalo was the first US Navy monoplane fighter and one of the first of the modern fighters available when the United States entered the war, with production beginning in 1938. In a competition to replace the F3F, the Buffalo went up against the Grumman submission of the XF4F-1  a double-row radial engine "classic" biplane.  The F2A Buffalo won but the XF4F went on to be redesigned and emerged as the monoplane F4F Wildcat. The new Brewster fighter had a modern look with a stubby fuselage, mid-set monoplane wings and a host of advanced features. It was all-metal, with flush-riveted, stressed aluminum construction, although control surfaces were still fabric-covered. The XF2A-1 also featured split flaps, a hydraulically operated retractable main undercarriage (and partially retractable tailwheel), and a streamlined framed canopy. However (as was still common at this time), the aircraft lacked self-sealing fuel tanks and pilot armor.  It was the smallest Navy fighter, single seat, set up to be carrier or land-based.  The early under armored & gunned versions were light and surprisingly nimble. These were the versions exported to the Finns.



Both the F2A-1 and the early F2A-2 variants of the Brewster were liked by pre war Navy and Marine pilots, including Pappy Boyington, who praised the good turning and maneuvering abilities of the aircraft. Boyington is alleged to have opined "...the early models, before they weighed it all down with armor plate, radios, and other [equipment], they were pretty sweet little ships. Not real fast, but the little [aircraft] could turn and roll in a phone booth.

Although superior to the Grumman F3F biplane it replaced and the very early F4F monoplanes, the Buffalo was largely obsolete when the United States entered the war.  However that did not stop orders from Britain, the Netherlands and Finland before WWII in Europe actually broke out.   Britain soon realized the Buffalo could not survive in Western Europe so with the fall of Belgium they took over those orders and sent all these aircraft to South East Asia, believing as most western powers did these aircraft were more than a match for the Japanese.    



While the Buffalo and Brewster have been much maligned the development paid off in other ways. This was a time of rapid aeronautical advancement. The aircraft was tested in 1938 in the Langley Research Center full-scale wind tunnel, where it was determined that certain factors were contributing to parasitic drag. Based on the tests, improvements were made to the cowling streamlining and carburetor/oil cooler intakes, and the Buffalo's speed rose to 304 mph from 277 mph with no increase in engine power.  Other manufacturers took notice of this 10% increase in speed and efficiency, and wind tunnel tests grew to be standard procedure in the US.  Every other fighter produced by the US benefited from this initial research.

Eric Brown ...My feeling after flying the Buffalo ( F2A-2's ) was one of elation tinged with disappointment. It was a true anomaly of an aeroplane with delightful maneuverability but poor fighter performance. Indeed above 10,000 ft. it was laboring badly."

Captain Piet Tideman, commander of 3-Vl.G.V, gave in “Buffaloes over Singapore” the following analysis of the Brewster fighter:  “ .....…generally it is said that that it was far inferior to the Zero. On the contrary, the Brewster was a good, sturdy, fast fighter with two half-inch armour-plates behind the seat. She would take a hell of a beating. My view is that our drawback during the fighter actions was not an inferior aeroplane, but that we had too few of them and also our armament was too little and too light. Another thing we have to bear in mind is that we were up against the crème de la crème of Japanese fighter pilots.



An increase in armament on later models caused a corresponding increase in weight in which deteriorated severely performance and flying qualities. Existing engine technology and the limitations of the airframe did not allow the needed improvements to make it a viable fighting machine for the war in western Europe or south east Asia.  Lacking self-sealing tanks, additional problems were weakness in the landing gear and insufficient armor-plating which were never resolved before production was terminated in 1943.  After only a few months of active duty in Allied service, the F2A Brewster Buffalo was replaced by the F4F Wildcat and the remaining planes were put to use as advanced trainers.



IN FINNISH SERVICE Illu" Juutilainen ,3/LeLv 24, Suulajarvi.


The most famous Finnish pilot of WWII was lentomestari (flight champion) Eino Ilmari
"Illu" Juutilainen of 3rd Flight "Knight Flight" LeLv 24 (Fighter Squadron 24). (21 February 1914 – 21 February 1999) was a fighter pilot of the Ilmavoimat (Finnish Air Force), and may be the top scoring non-German fighter pilot of all time. He was one of only four people to twice receive the highest Finnish military decoration, the Mannerheim CrossBetween June 1941 and February 1943 Juutilainen shot down 28 aircraft while flying his “Orange 4” (BW-364) Brewster B239 before changing to a Messerschmitt Bf-109G.


This makes him the top flying ace of the Finnish Air Force, leading all Finnish pilots in score against Soviet aircraft in World War II (1939–40 and 1941–44), with 94 confirmed aerial combat victories in 437 sorties. He himself claimed 126 victories. He achieved 34 of his victories while flying the Brewster Buffalo fighter.



Early on, Ilmari Juutilainen flew the Fokker D.XXI-3, a single seat, single radial engine monoplane fighter with fixed landing gear that the Finns built under license.  The Fokker D.XXI-3 had fixed landing gear and was lightly armored.  It was equipped with four 7.92 mm machine guns.  While the Fokkers were a match for the Soviet aircraft, after the end of the Winter War, they were clearly outclassed.  Critically, the Fokker fighters were under-powered.  



Ilmari Juutilainen managed to shoot down 2 1/2 Soviet planes in the type. The Fokker D.XXI-3 was the plane that gave him the experience and skill he needed. In the Continuation War he flew the F2A-1.  



 The Soviets fielded Polikarpov I-153 ‘Chaika’, the Pe-2, and the I-15, as well as bombers such as the Tupolev SB and Ilyushin DB-3.  The Soviet Red Banner Baltic Fleet air units arrived in force with their newer, more powerful MiG-3 fighter planes, yet even these proved to be no match for the increasingly skilled Finns.



Throughout the Continuation War, Juutilainen would rack up victory after victory against the Soviets, even when they engaged from higher altitude and in superior numbers.  Put simply, he and the other Finnish aces were becoming combat-hardened fighter pilots at a world class level, while the Soviet pilots were generally inexperienced and unskilled.  In terms of tactics, the Soviets used formation attacks and considered airplanes to be little more than flying artillery.  Fighter defense was meant to keep the bombers safe, in an escorting role that stayed close to the bombers rather than engaged in fighter sweeps to fight for air superiority.  The Finns roamed in small teams and used flexible tactics, tactics that proved to be superior in every respect.  By the end of the Continuation War, Juutilainen had racked up another 34 kills in the Brewster Buffalo — most were in his personal plane, BW-364 “Orange 4″.



. Juutilainen finished the war without a single hit to his plane from enemy fighter airplanes (once he was forced to land after a friendly anti-aircraft gun fired at his Bf 109). Like Japanese fighter ace Saburō Sakai, Juutilainen never lost a wingman in combat. He also scored the first radar-assisted victory in the Finnish Air Force on 24 March 1943, when he was guided to a Soviet Pe-2 by a German radar operator, who was testing out the freshly-delivered radar sets, that officially became operational 3 days later.
After the wars, Juutilainen served in the air force until 1947. He worked as a professional pilot until 1956, flying people in his De Havilland Moth. His last flight was in 1997, in a double-seated F-18 Hornet of the Finnish Air Force.



Juutilainen died at home in Tuusula (Tusby) on his 85th birthday on 21 February 1999.



Juutilainen: I started my Brewster flights in the beginning of April 1940, doing all the aerobatics maneuvers, stall and dive tests. I was happy with my Brewster. It was agile, it had 4.5 hours endurance, good weaponry - one 7.62 mm and three 12.7mm machineguns - and an armored pilot's seat. It was so much better than the Fokker that it was in another category. If we had had Brewsters during the Winter War, the Russians would have been unable to fly over Finland. It was also a "gentleman's traveling plane", for it had a roomy cockpit and room in the fuselage, as we used to say, for a poker gang. We unofficially transported mechanics, spare parts, oil canisters etc. in our Brewsters. Once, though two pilots went a little too far - a flight sergeant was flying, and in the fuselage was a second lieutenant, his friend, his dog and a lot of baggage. Upon landing the plane went off the runway and the suitcase came out. Both pilots were punished. Humorously, the lieutenant's sentence started with: "As the commander of the crew of a single-seat fighter..."


On the  25th of June 1941,  actual fighting started with the attack of an estimated 500 Soviet bombers against cities and military targets across Southern Finland, the Finnish Air Force had three front-line and two second line fighter squadrons.


Squadron 24 with 37 Brewster 239's based at Vesivehmaa field, near the city of Lahti in Southern Finland.
Squadron 28 with 23 Morane Saulnier 406's
Squadron 26 with 16 Fiat G50's and a flight of 7 Hawker Hurricane I's  in training.                      
Squadron 30 and Squadron 32 had  52 second-line Fokker DXXI's  



The tactical markings for the each Flight in Squadron 24 were:
1st Flight: Blue spinner, blue rudder with white numeral
2nd Flight: Black spinner, black rudder with white numeral
3rd Flight: Orange spinner, green rudder with orange numeral
4th Flight: Red spinner with a white stripe, White rudder with black numeral
The Lynx-sign of the Squadron 24 was originally sign of the 1st Flight but it was rapidly painted on each one of the Squadron's planes.

The nominal organization for the Fighter Squadron was: 24 planes, divided into 3 eight-plane Flights, divided into 2 four-plane Swarms (Parvi), divided into 2 two-plane Elements This was the basis of combat organization and it was modified when necessary. During the attack  Squadron 24 didn't usually operate as a squadron, but rather as flights. The main role was to keep air superiority and the Brewsters were very succesful in this role. 135 aircraft, mostly I-153 and I-16 fighters were shot down. 2, 24 squadron planes were lost in air combat, both pilots were killed. At the end of 1941 the Squadron was based in Eastern Karelia.



The offensive stopped in November 1941 after the previously lost territories in the Karelian Isthmus were regained, and in north of Lake Ladoga, when the Syvari river was reached. The Finnish Army dug in on this static line until 9th of June 1944.


   
In August 1942 the main part of squadron was transferred into Karelian Isthmus with orders to combat Soviets over the Gulf Of Finland. These operations were very succesful. In period of 13th-20th of August 39 Soviet planes were shot down against loss of single Brewster.



In 1943 the new Soviet fighter types began to appear, and combatting them was starting to get hard. Most of the battles were fought in spring and autumn. The biggest battle for Finnish Brewsters ever was in 21st of April 1943 over the Gulf Of Finland, when sixteen Brewsters combatted 35 Soviets. Four LaGG-3's, four LaG-5's and eleven Yak-1's were brought down against the loss of two Brewsters.



During the next winter even more modern fighter types, such as La-5's and Yak-9's appeared. Brewsters managed to shoot down only four of them. This was a clear sign of Brewsters age. On the 9th of June 1944 the Soviet Union started massive attack against Finland, mainly in the Karelian isthmus.  The fighting was hard for the old Brewsters, the new Soviet planes were faster, better armed and faster climbers, and some of the Soviet pilots were better. Nevertheless 17 kills were achieved, against loss of 4 planes shot down and 3 destroyed in bombings. Two pilots were killed.



In 4th of September the cease-fire between SU and Finland was signed and the Continuation War was over. According to cease-fire agreement signed between Soviets and Finland all German troops had to leave Finland by 15th of September.  The Lapland War, started in 1st of October 1944 and ended on the 25th of April when the last German troops retreated into Norway. The Brewsters were considered to be best available fighters for this war since they had long endurance, and therefore the 13 remaining Brewsters participated in the fighting. On the 3rd of October 1944 Brewsters covered Finnish landings in Tornio achieved the final aerial victories of Brewsters, two Ju-87D's and one Ju-88. The main role of Brewsters during this war was reconnaissance.



During the Continuation War, a lack of replacements led the Finns to develop a copy of the Buffalo built from non-strategic materials such as plywood, however the Humu, as they called it, was already obsolete and only a single prototype was built. By late 1943, the lack of spares, wear-and-tear, and better Soviet fighters and training greatly reduced the effectiveness of Finnish B-239s, though LeLv 26 pilots would still claim some 35 victories against Soviet aircraft in mid-1944. The last victory by a Buffalo against Soviet aircraft was claimed over the Karelian Isthmus on 17 June 1944




In  the four years and seven months of continuous combat operations in FAF colours. 476 Soviet and 3 German planes were shot down, 19 Brewsters were shot down in air-to-air combat, the final kill ratio thus being 1-to-25.2.



[ Every time I look at this photo I get the feeling I'm on the island of misfit toys[/b].  If you think about it, they all did disappear. One has been found at the bottom of a lake in frozen Finland.  Coincidence?  He has the lines of a Buffalo, the undercarriage and his line was An airplane that can't fly.[/url]

The cockpit is surprisingly detailed.   The F2A had no head rest armor and the raft container was removed.



The glass in the floor was filled in for the Finnish models.  



Some excellent books on the subject .  



Five remaining Brewsters operated until the fall of 1948. Last flights of Brewsters in the Finnish Air Force were flown by BW-377 and BW-382 on the 14th of September 1948. All five remaining planes were scrapped.



FAF top scorers in the Brewster


Pilot  in Brewsters....... ...... in all aircraft  
Wind.......  39 vics.................  75 vics  
Juutilainen  34......................  94  
Karhunen.. 26.50..................  31.50  
Nissinen...  22.50................. . 32.33
Kinnunen..  19................ ...... 22.50  
Katajainen  17.50............... ... 35.50  
Luukkanen  14.50................. . 56  
Alho ......... 13.40................. . 15  
Pekuri......  12.50.............. .... 18.50  
Teromaa...  12................... .. .19  
Lumme.....  11.50.............. .. .16.50  
Torronen...  10.50.................  11.25  
Kokko.......  10......................  13.33



This is the last of my 4 Buffalo reviews.   While I typically do not collect the same aircraft unless there is a truly significant difference in the variants appearance, very few aircraft in other nations markings are available to the 1/48 collector.  Below are pics of the different cowlings and in the case of the US version the cockpit raft container.   Franklin Mint did approach HM about the Buffalo early on but nothing ever came of it.   When it originally came out it was thought to be such a strange choice.  Certainly for us its been a great one.


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PostSubject: ...... Pix would be nice ! ....... LOL   Tue Mar 07 2017, 22:00

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 Ken, as usual it's a great 'write-up' guy, but....



 Didn't you forget something ?????


 Like,  pix of the actual model ????
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PostSubject: Re: Hobby Master Model 7009 - F2A-1 Export model B239E, Ilmari Juutilainen, 3/LeLv 24, Suulajarvi, December 1942 "Orange 4"   Thu Mar 09 2017, 13:48

My 4th and last Buffalo profile is finished.

These things take me hours to put together. Photo's, research....correcting my many many typos and the occasional computer freeze or crash that causes a loss of work Embarassed So I normally put in progress in the title and figure people will come back if they don't see pics etc. I take away the in progress when it completed.


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