F-5 "Tigers" in 1/72 scale : kit modelling report
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F-5 TIGER trainers....
TIP: For F-5F Trainer details, see my own F-5E/F TIGER SERIES INFORMATION PAGES FROM AIRCRAFT MANUAL
(16) F-5F Kenya
Italeri kit #1382 of the F-5E Tiger II was made in a Kenya Air Forcescheme. The kit #1382 has obviously a longer fuselage as the F-5E. Many other parts are common with the F-5E kit. This kit #136 released in 2016 is a rebox from a earlier kit from 1982 but with much better and other decals.
The kit assembly is simple. But first I removed a portion of the lower fuselage part #9 at the intakes to get a clear large intake hole.
The wing has
the longer style LERX moulded in. So check the F-5F version you want to
make, you may need to remove a bit a plastic here for aircraft without
In addition, F-5F also may or may not have the dorsal fin and sometimes also a flat antenna on top of the vertical tail.
The long fuel tanks supplied in the kit look "too thin". I did not use them.
Assembly of main components goes fast. A little filler and sanding was needed at the tail fin leading edge and again the longer nose section lower - upper joints.
The model got a base light grey coat airbrushed on to check for any irregularities.
The Kenya F-5F
camouflage colours were airbrushed as:
a bit vaguer demarcations between the colours with a hand held mask. The
surfaces are a bit glossy so OK to get the few decals applied.
decals are very brittle, take care when applying them. There are only a
Trainer cockpit details, see my own F-5E/F
TIGER SERIES INFORMATION PAGES FROM AIRCRAFT MANUAL
Sometimes one or two canon barrels are seen on the F-5F. I installed 2 but made these from a bit of metal needle.
The rather standard angle of attack vane/indicator below the windscreen on starboard (right) side was installed using kit part #49. Also a small sensing probe was added on the port lower side next to the nose gear bay made from a metal piece of rod.
The arrestor hook part #32 got 5 black stripes added. On the spine a large antenna was added cut from card and painted.
After all dried, a semi-matt dull coat was applied with Future with 5% Tamiya flat base mixed in. This gives an even sheen and looks good as well as protecting the decals for years to come.
The two canopies were set in place and that completed the model.
In 1963 Kenya became independent with in fact a single party government. Military aid was obtained from the West with British and American aircraft supplied to the Kenya Air Force in 1964. Aircraft types like De Havilland Beavers, Hawker Hunters were flown end 1960 and early 1970s. Other aircraft were BAC Strikemasters from 1971 (these were sold in 1993 to Botswana). In 1980 some 8 Hawks were delivered. There were border conflicts with Uganda, Ethiopia and Somalia. In 1978 10 Northrop F-5E and 2 F-5F Tigers were supplied operating from Laikipia (Nanyuki) in the fighter role. Later on additional aircraft were acquired, such as from Jordan some 13 F-5E and no less than 23 F-5F's. They were upgraded to F-5EM standard. Most aircraft are still operational and the air force also has a few transport aircraft like the Dash 8, Buffalo and Harbin Y-12. Trainer aircraft are Bulldogs, Tucano's and several helicopters are also used of both Western and Soviet origin.
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