The engineers at Durafly have come out with another easy to fly hand launcher, the Durafly Brewster F2A Buffalo. Prior to World War II the US Navy was looking for a monoplane to fly off their aircraft carriers and the Buffalo was the winner. The Durafly Buffalo comes in two stylish color schemes. The easy to see US Navy pre-war colors and the more “navelised”, early WWII US Navy colors.
As it turned out the Buffalo was no match for the Japanese Zero and Oscars but did perform well for the Finnish Air Force against the Soviets.
This is a superbly finished model made from tough EPO foam and molded plastic fittings. Stickers are pre-applied and it also comes with a realist scale pilot. The motor and ESC are already fitted. There is some building to do but everything fits easily together. As with other Durafly products all control surfaces have ball links for more precise flying.
The Brewster Buffalo starts flying with an easy hand launch. With the power to burn it will easily perform loops and rolls with a few Immelmann’s thrown in. Some slow passes will easily show off the mid-set monoplane wings and stubby fuselage design that makes for straightforward belly landings.
The Brewster F2A Buffalo is an American fighter aircraft which saw service early in World War II. Designed and built by the Brewster Aeronautical Corporation, it was one of the first U.S. monoplanes with an arrestor hook and other modifications for aircraft carriers. The Buffalo won a competition against the Grumman F4F Wildcat in 1939 to become the U.S. Navy's first monoplane fighter aircraft. Although superior to the Grumman F3F biplane it replaced, and the early F4Fs, the Buffalo was largely obsolete when the United States entered the war, being unstable and overweight, especially when compared to the Japanese Mitsubishi A6M Zero.
Several nations, including Finland, Belgium, Britain and the Netherlands, ordered the Buffalo. The Finns were the most successful with their Buffalos, flying them in combat against early Soviet fighters with excellent results. During the Continuation War of 1941–1944, the B-239s (de-navalized F2A-1) operated by the Finnish Air Force proved capable of engaging and destroying most types of Soviet fighter aircraft operating against Finland at that time and achieving in the first phase of that conflict 32 Soviet aircraft shot down for every B-239 lost, and producing 36 Buffalo "aces".
In December 1941, Buffalos operated by both British Commonwealth (B-339E) and Dutch (B-339D) air forces in South East Asia suffered severe losses in combat against the Japanese Navy's Mitsubishi A6M Zero and the Japanese Army's Nakajima Ki-43 "Oscar". The British attempted to lighten their Buffalos by removing ammunition and fuel and installing lighter guns to improve performance, but it made little difference. After the first few engagements, the Dutch halved the fuel and ammunition load in the wing, which allowed their Buffalos (and their Hurricanes) to stay with the Oscars in turns.
The Buffalo was built in three variants for the U.S. Navy: the F2A-1, F2A-2 and F2A-3. (In foreign service, with lower horsepower engines, these types were designated B-239, B-339, and B-339-23 respectively.) The F2A-3 variant saw action with United States Marine Corps (USMC) squadrons at the Battle of Midway. Shown by the experience of Midway to be no match for the Zero, the F2A-3 was derided by USMC pilots as a "flying coffin." Indeed, the F2A-3s performance was substantially inferior to the F2A-2 variant used by the Navy before the outbreak of the war despite detail improvements.
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|Winspan: 900mm (35.4 in)|
|Length: 650mm (25.6 in)|
|Weight: 675 g (1.5 lbs)|
Wingspan: 900mm (36”)
Length: 650mm (26”)
Weight: 675g (13oz) (without battery)
Motor: Aerostar 28mm 1200KV Brushless Outrunner
ESC: Aerostar 40A Brushless
Servo: 9g x 4