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Bill Gilman (Navy Bird)


Brewster 339E Buffalo Mk. I (Special Hobby)

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This kit represents a Buffalo Mk. I from 453 Squadron, flown by very brave RAAF pilots in the defence of Singapore. The build will be pretty much out-of-the-box, since the kit comes with some highly detailed resin components.



This album is attached to project Model 339 B/E Buffalo Mk.I.

Albums: 1 with 75 images
1:72 Model 339 B/E Buffalo Mk.I (Special Hobby SH72131)1:72 F2A-1 Buffalo exhaust (Quickboost QB 72 271)3+
Brewster Model 339E Buffalo Mk.I
AU Military Royal Australian Air Force (1921-now)
453 Sqn. W8209/ TD-F (Sgt. Mac N. Read) | Sembawang SG November 1941 | Dark Earth, Dark Green over Sky Blue, Night


18. February 2015 at 02:28:38 Share
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Bill Gilman Hi mates, I've started a photo album for my latest project (which is almost finished). I've been working on it for a month. It's the oh-so-cute tubby little Brewster Buffalo in RAF/RAAF markings. I chose the Special Hobby kit because of the great resin detail parts. Have look and enjoy! Cheers, Bill
18. February 2015 at 03:03:51
Matthias Weiss That's a lovely little bugger... I like the buffalo!
Well done, sir,
18. February 2015 at 03:21:19
Hanno Kleinecke Excellen t work as usual, Bill ! How do you achieve this tremendous depth in detail with the instruments in the panel, are they decals or do you paint them freehand ? I`m a bit envyous...... ;)
18. February 2015 at 10:04:23
Bernd Müller Thats a really nice Buffalo, will watch this with interest, got still the Tamiya kit to do
18. February 2015 at 10:10:47
Philip De Keyser Wonderful job bill. Nice work on the cockpit and engine
18. February 2015 at 10:25:17
Urban Gardini Looking great mate!
18. February 2015 at 10:55:56
Guido Haesevoets Very nice going Bill! The masking tape didn't leave any traces on the green after removal?
18. February 2015 at 13:15:23
soheil moghisi very nice.
18. February 2015 at 15:47:01
Bill Gilman Thanks, mates! :)
Guido - no tape residue. I used the Tamiya tape.
Hanno - the instrument panel is a combination of decals and freehand painting. The instrument faces and dials are decals that I applied individually to match the detail in the resin.
18. February 2015 at 17:26:24
Hanno Kleinecke Thanks ! :)
18. February 2015 at 18:47:46
Dirk Heyer Nice and clean built, like always, Bill!! :)
The fat barrel is on my to do list too!
It is always a pleasure to watch your builts!

I have both volumes of "Bloody Shambles" from Christopher Shores, Brian Cull and Yasuho Izawa in my stash. Just incredible what these RAAF/RAF/RNZAF and Dutch Pilots have undergone to fight against an overwhelming opponent and modern fighters like the Zero and Hayabusa.

Your model represents W8209/F, Squadron No.453 / Kuala Lumbur of Sgt. Mac Read, KIA, ......"last seen apparently ramming or crashing into an opponent as he went down......." This happened on Monday, 22. December, one of the big air battles over Malaya. Btw, the opponent that day was the 64.Sentai with Ki-34 Hayabusa fighters led by Major Tadeo Kato. The battle lasted for over 30 minutes and 15 Buffalos fought against 18 Hayabusas with heavy losses for Squadron No.453.

Cheers Dirk
18. February 2015 at 19:53:08
Bill Gilman Hi Dirk, thanks for the nice comments. Sgt. Read flew the plane I'm modelling, but he died in a different aircraft. When I get home I can post the serial number.

W.8209 (there is a decimal point between the W and the 8) was coded TD-E. The kit decals were TD-F, and I had to modify them. Surviving logbooks from 453 Squadron show that TD-F was a different aircraft. There is a movie at the IWM that shows my plane during an inspection, and it's TD-E.

I have to read Bloody Shambles, I've heard from several people that it is really good. I'm currently reading Buffaloes Over Singapore, which is also by Brian Cull. You are right, it is incredible what these guys did.

The research part is almost as fun as building the model! I have the Dutch Buffalo to build along with the US Marines (Midway), the Finnish model 239, and US Navy (Yellow Wings). That will make a nice little collection! Cheers, Bill
18. February 2015 at 22:43:53
Es-haq Khosravi Great job Bill!
18. February 2015 at 23:51:57
Bill Spargo Great job on "Stumpy", looks fantastic
19. February 2015 at 02:26:02
Holger Kranich Marvellous work, Uncle Bill! What else should i say... ;)
19. February 2015 at 13:37:48
Wim van der Luijt Stunning build!
19. February 2015 at 20:23:10
Bill Gilman Latest pictures are posted. I keep finding some other little fiddly thing that needs to be done, but it is very close to being finished! :)
26. February 2015 at 01:54:45
Holger Kranich That was some kinda speed build for ya, hu?
26. February 2015 at 08:35:18
Bill Gilman Hi Holger - you are right, it has been quick. But it's a small model, not many parts! :)
27. February 2015 at 01:13:42
Soeren . Great work Bill. Again ;)
27. February 2015 at 08:31:42
Guido Haesevoets it turned out really great!!
27. February 2015 at 16:51:14
Tomislav Martan Looks great.
27. February 2015 at 16:58:41
Bill Gilman Thanks, mates! There are still a few things to finish. Last night I did the landing lights on the underside of the wings. I put some photoetched landing lights into the holes in the wings, and then sealed them in with Future (Kleer) to represent the lens. I think it looks pretty good. I'll get a picture soon.
27. February 2015 at 17:26:19
Bill Gilman The Buffalo is finished! I added the landing lights, the aerial wire and lead-in, plus I added a decal for the gas patch as well as the sealing over the gun camera port. Not my best work, but I will remember it as my chemo-bird, built while I was having my cancer treatments. I've added several more photos to show the final work. The very last photo shows the Buffalo and my recent Beaufort, both with Snifter nose art. :)
1. March 2015 at 21:35:35
Es-haq Khosravi Great job Bill!
1. March 2015 at 23:22:28
John E That looks like a beautiful kit and you have done marvelous work with it. The scheme is great. We should all remember those brave men.
2. March 2015 at 00:22:13
Bill Davis Nicely done!
2. March 2015 at 00:53:49
John Bollig wow, Bill I have the matchbox and airfix buffaloes. I have built them years ago. yours is a great build wow
2. March 2015 at 04:17:14
Soeren . The Buffalo is really a great nice plane! I ve two Hasegawa combos in my stash and I think I will build one Finland version soon :)
2. March 2015 at 06:24:04
Ulf Petersen Phantastic art, Bill! I am glad to see your output increase. Keep on!
2. March 2015 at 06:59:14
Bartłomiej Ślusarczyk Impressive I can't stop looking!
2. March 2015 at 07:14:09
2. March 2015 at 11:55:40
Guido Haesevoets From where I'm sitting, I cannot tell it's a "chemo-bird", not even closely. You have done really well Bill!!
2. March 2015 at 12:10:28
Guy Rump Just found your project, absolutely inspiring. :)
17. February 2018 at 18:10:17
Jens which is made class without telling the scale, I would have thought it a '48 model
17. February 2018 at 18:12:20
Guy Rump 1/72 is on the box photo.
17. February 2018 at 18:14:06
Christian Bruer Very nice work
17. February 2018 at 18:46:33
Cuajete Very nice "Buffie" and Albemarle looks very good. Does the Buffalo's assembly have any difficulty?
17. February 2018 at 19:46:39
Vinny Panda Excellent build of the short fat ugly
17. February 2018 at 20:17:28
Bill Gilman Thanks mates. It's always fun to have an old thread revived. I was just dusting this model the other day! :)

@Cuajete, for a more detailed look at the building of this Buffalo, see my WIP thread here:

This reminds me, I still have more of these to build - USN F2A-1 (yellow wings), USMC F2A-3 (Midway), Finland B-239, and Netherlands B-339. Cheers, Bill
18. February 2018 at 18:52:09
Cuajete Many thanks, Bill. Checked. When I said Albemarle, I meant to say Beaufort. Sorry.
18. February 2018 at 20:04:20
Bill Gilman @Cuajete, I knew that's what you meant. :)
18. February 2018 at 20:24:54
18. February 2018 at 20:55:27
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