The Brewster is easy
to fly and will do any
aerobatics that aileron/
aircraft are capable of.
by John Morgan
The Brewster F2A Buffalo was an American fighter designed and built by the Brewster Aeronautical Corporation. It was one of the first monoplane fighters with an arrester hook and
won a competition against Grumman’s F4F Wildcat in 1939 to
become the Navy’s first monoplane fighter.
By the time the US entered World War II, the Buffalo had
become obsolete because of its ever-increasing weight from
various modifications without a corresponding increase in power.
The F2A only saw combat with US units once at the Battle
of Midway, where it was outclassed by Japan’s extraordinary
Mitsubishi Zero. After the Battle of Midway, the Buffalo was
retired from combat and reassigned to training units.
Several other countries ordered the export version of the
Brewster F2A- 2 including Britain, Belgium, Netherlands, and
Finland. The Finns were the most successful with the Buffalos—
flying them against early Soviet aircraft with excellent results.
I have always had an attraction to the Buffalo. There is just
something in that tubby, rotund fuselage that pleases my eye. As in
most of my scratch-builds, a three-view enlarged on my overhead
projector produced the outlines that were needed to develop the
It is a simple and fast build that ends with a lightweight and
great-flying model. The model is built mostly from Depron foam,
with a small amount of balsa and light plywood thrown in. Let’s
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