Manufactured from 1938-1941, the F2A Buffalo was a monoplane fighter that saw service with the Allies in the early years of World War II. By the time America entered the war in late 1941, however, the aircraft was largely obsolete. It could not contend with the more versatile and stable A6M Zeros flown by the Japanese. It was operated by the U.S. Navy and Marines — who referred to it as the "Flying Coffin" — and was eventually retired in 1948.
Replicating a Buffalo 339-23 — originally an export variant that was also flown later in the war by the USAAF — this 1/72 scale plastic kit features engraved panel lines, a multi-piece canopy, a ventral bomb-aiming window, a well-equipped cockpit, a detailed engine, individual propeller blades, an optional undercarriage, and four sets of authentic markings (RAAF and USAAF). Assembly required. Skill level 2. Measures approximately 4¼" long with a 5¾" wingspan.