F-5 "Freedom Fighters" in 1/72 scale : kit modelling report
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F-5A FREEDOM FIGHTER
First, the rear of the fuselage halves the holes for the jet pipes were opened up. Also the exhaust pipes parts #40C themselves were drilled open. As most parked aircraft show the leading edge flaps drooped down, with a razor saw the edges were sawed and the flaps bended donw a bit.
Some extra work regarding the canopy to be set open was done as described on the NF-5A kit. The remainder of the kit was simply assembled as per instructions.
came from the AZTEC set
colours were airbrushed and
Demarcations between colours seem soft, this was achieved with free hand airbrushing with the fine Harder Steenbeck airbrush using in place simple masks.
tank boom is also nicely fitted.
Decals were applied after the model got a gloss base coat to prevent
of Johnson Future/ Pledge..
The model got a semi-matt base coat with the usual technique.
stretched sprue was added for
the "hydraulics" in the undercarriage bays and gear. A nose pitot tube
was installed made from a metal needle. A nice CF-5A model completed
now in the World Air Forces collection!
[ area: 916,500 km2 | population: 28 million | capital: Caracas | GDP >> 1,000 USD due to inflation per capita nominal ]
military aviation started with the Air Academy in 1920 with some French
Caudron aircraft and Breguet aircraft. In the 1930's a first base was
at Boca del Rio and aircraft purchased from France, England and the
States. Venezuela had larger oil fiels and oil was exported, mainly to
the USA and the neighbouring Dutch Antilles islands of Aruba and
During the Second World War more US support was obtained and locally in
the Caribbean Sea German submarines on some occasions attacked oil
Later on, also
and B aircraft were put in service as well as EMBRAER Tucanos. In
1992 a coup was launched by the FAV general but that failed as some
pilots still supported the existing government and shot down rebellian
This same aircraft is now on display at the Museo Aeronautico de Maracay
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