Northrop F-5E Tiger

F-5E Hasegawa model in 1/32 scale
Created this page December 26, 2000

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.
Detailed were the cockpit, undercarriages and bays, 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 
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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, as with the 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....

Back to 1/32 Models.......

Best references:
- F-5E/F Tiger, Detail & Scale 5, Bert Kinzey



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Created this page December 26, 2000