Northrop F-5E Tiger

F-5E Hasegawa model in 1/32 scale


The Northrop F-5E was a modernized F-5, a very low weight "poor mans" fighter and attack aircraft developed in the sixties. The F-5E has powerfull engines, new avionics, improved wing and radar.  

The 1/32 model available of Hasegawa is excellent. It was also re-issued later in a Revell box. But, as every model, it can be improved and detailed.

This model was made "pre digital" photo age, so only some photos are shown of the completed model.

Detailed were added in the cockpit such as deepened side walls. The undercarriages and bays got extra details and as a bonus: the aft section was removed to expose a detailed engine.

The engines can be maintained "in the field" with the dolly; this was made from scratch. 
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The intakes need the tunnel with some details on the fuselages undersides. The main wheel bays were given more depth and detailed with tubing etc.

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The cockpit panels were detailed, the cockpit internal sides were given depth and the seat was not forgotten.
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Seat with scratch swivelling mechanism for the raised canopy. 

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The nose with the weapons bay hatches open, as per kit. As the finished model is an "agressor tiger", no ammunition canister was installed.



The F-5E was finished as F-5E Tiger, Agressor squadron, USAF with the Snake scheme
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If you want to see how I made a NF-5A using the Belcher Bits conversion set, look here....

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Best references:
-  F-5E/F Tiger, Detail & Scale 5, Bert Kinzey
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Created this page December 26, 2000