Northrop NF-5A in 1/32 scale
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 NF-5A model in 1/32 scale kit review ? modelling report
 
The NF-5A model now got a light grey base / primer coat of Revell 75 enamel to check for any flaws.

This turned out to be OK.

In order to suggest some weathering, black lines were sprayed on to suggest a wash inside panels and moving surfaces gaps later on. These will show through later on when the camouflage is added.


The cockpit now got some extra detailling. The sidewalls need some extra depth; this was made be creating a double wall with some thin card.


The area behind the seat got some extra wires and plates from card and stretched sprue. The instrument panels still need to be detailed. 
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The seat itself can be used as provided in the kit. Only some extra details are added with sprue, wire, plastic. Open up also a hole in both sides of parts #D36 and D1+D2 as seen here.

The whole excercise does not take a lot of time and enhances the model.
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The seat is pretty simple in F-5 aircraft and also used in the Dutch NF-5. (on the left you see a F-5E seat made for my F-5E  agressor model). 

The cockpit detail painting and finishing was set aside for later.
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Next, the NF-5A model was ready to get its final surface colours. 

The scheme choosen was the first scheme as used on the NF-5 type. Later, several other schemes were also used, but the plane as it flew in its first scheme remembered me of how I saw it first at Dutch AF air shows in the nineteen seventies.
This comprises a fresh camouflage scheme with light grey undersides and a Dark green and Dark grey camouflage on upper surfaces: 

For the Light grey    RAL 7001  : you can use Humbrol 128 or Xtracolor X255 (lower surfaces).
For the Dark green  RAL 6014  : Humbrol Xtracolor X251. 
For the Dark grey    RAL 7012  : Xtracolor X207 or Revell 77.

During air force service especially the dark grey colour quickly faded on mostly the horizontal surfaces with the colours becoming lighter. For the faded grey DACO has a colour readily available as for the "Hunter". (Alternatively you can use mix in some white paint with the fresh colours). 

All enamel colours were thinned with 60% paint, 20% thinner and 20% white spirit.

First, the model was first given an undercoat of  light grey RAL 7001. 

Masking and spraying takes some time and effort, but the results are worth it!
Do not forget the underwing stores, pylons and undercarriage doors outher' surfaces!

After 24 hours, the horizontal demarcation line was masked off with Tamiya masking tape

Next, the upper and side surfaces first a coat of the darker grey Revell 77. Than, on the upper horizontal surfaces the DACO slightly less dark grey was sprayed on most areas. This gives the model a good look as the vertical surfaces (eg. under the vertical tail and at the light grey demarcation) are still the darker grey.

 


Dutch NF-5 planes usually carried later in their service career the AN/ALE-40(N) dispenser for either chaff or flare. 
More info here...


It was decided to add this also to the model with some scratch modelling required.

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