The model now had its markings applied.
Time for the final steps to be taken
to complete this model.
At the tailpipes a small metal plate
was added cut from metal sheet and also the number of the plane in small
white numbered decals.
The nose pitot tube was replaced by
a metal needle and added to the nose. With white glue a good streamlined
fit was achieved.
The undercarriage got a thin metallic/black
wash from acryllic paint to add some more details and suggest a "used"
The smaller vanes, static probes
etc were added to the model, some were made from rod and metal needles.
The canopy had already obtained some
internal details from rod and sprue, but added were the rear view mirrors.
On the outside, the white edges were applied using thin cut-out decal stripes
from a XTRADECAL spare decal sheet. On the windshield, some white striping
was applied on the insides. The edges were given a tiny black outline with
a fine brush.
The gun nozzles parts #D35 were replaced
with thin hollow plastic piping and painted "burned" metal.
Various small anti-collision lights
were added: at each wingtip and on the vertical tail (on each side). I
first set a small highly gloss metallic disc punched out from thin sheet
with the Waldron Punch and Die set. Next came
the correct transparant colour of the light (Tamiya paint) and finally
a drop of Micro Kristal Clear to suggest each
The vertical tail has for the NF-5
two small round fairings in the middle. With some re-shaping kit parts
#A4 + A5 could be used here. Also, the light panel which is moulded on
the plastic was given a coat of transparant red.
The tiptanks have tip lights. These
were shaped from clear plastic sprue, cut to appropriate length and glued
on the Belcher Bits tanks . Colour the lights with transparant Tamiya paint
(Red on left side, Blue
I still wanted to add some stores
to the pylons for this model, otherwise the model would be very clean.
(Belcher Bits gives you only 1 tank).
A check of pictures showed that often
the Dutch NF-5 are seen with two wing fueltanks.
From a good scale drawing it was
revealed that the Hasegawa fueltanks (parts #38-31) could be used but needed
First, the upper fin should have a
straight leading edge, this was sanded in shape.
The plastic parts for the tanks are
also in 1/32 scale 10 mm too short. As I had a couple of spare tanks from
another F-5E, 10 mm sections were cut out and the tanks were lengthened.
Fill with putty and sand smooth.
After filling and sanding, the tanks
were also sanded to have a pointier appearance.
The tank and it's pylon was sprayed
on the camouflage scheme and obtained small stencils and "rivets" with
On pictures, the NF-5 can be seen
sometimes with a mid-pylon bomb dispenser with small practice bomb "shapes".
This also would be nice to add to the model.
A good scale drawing was used from
the NF-5 book with some good detail pictures. Several layers of card were
stacked togeteher and shaped with sanding. The small bomb"basic shapes"
were found in the spares box but converted and painted blue.
The overall bomb dispenser is a quite
nice addition to the model.
All stores were added to the model
and the result is an almost finished model of the NF-5A.
Also, intake covers were made from
plastic card and inserted in the intakes.
As the decals had dried for considerable
time now, the overall model sheen was applied with a layer of Johnson
Future and a mix of 15% Tamiya Flat base with the airbrush. The overall
model gets a good sheen now. The vertical tail got a gloss Future coat
as well as the engine exhausts and gear leg oleos.
is ready now...
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