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Mikkel

F-5 Lightning

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Hi all :)

Is there any conversions for a F-5E or F-5G avaliable today? in 1/72 that is.

The Colorado decals for F-5/P-38's should have a recon nose, but I donno...

HELP!!!

cheers,

Mikkel

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Didn't DB Resin or Paragon make resin noses for these? In any case, will be difficult to find these days. : :(

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The old Revell-Italeri 1/72 P-38 kit had the Recon nose, IIRC.

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The old Revell-Italeri 1/72 P-38 kit had the Recon nose, IIRC.

Not this old Revell P-38 - which I'm currently converting to an F-5.

P38Revell.jpg

More pictures later.

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The old Revell-Italeri 1/72 P-38 kit had the Recon nose, IIRC.

It was this one: (kit 4521 P-38F/F-4A )

Revell4521.jpg

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Wow! Never know that one existed!

Neither did I, untill I saw some of them being offered for sale on ebay.com. Don't know if these were ever sold in Europe... :unsure:

We did get some Revell USA kits in Greece back in the 80s/early 90s (1/48 A-6E, 1/32 "Helicopter Patrol" combi kit with UH-1H and OH-6A etc); don't recall ever seeing this one though.

The only one I've built was the P-38J/M (which BTW is just a scaled down Monogram kit).

Edited by Panoz

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Wow! Never know that one existed!

Hi

They are nice, I have two in the stash, they go for cheap as well on e bay.

I think there was a 99 cent one on there when I looked today..... yep ... e bay item number 260989240049

cheers

Jerry

Edited by brewerjerry

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Hi gents :)

thanks for the reply's guys;)

The Dragon kit. is IMHO to expensive, DB/ contact resine is impossible to find... looks like I'm going to convert the academy kit then :(

RS Models F-5

rs models are making a F-5, maybe wait for that one??

Cheers,

Mikkel

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More pictures later.

As promised - I've just finished this Revell Lightning as an F-5B.

Lockheed_F5B_Lighting001.jpg

All engine and gun detail was consigned to the spares box.

Gunports all filled and smoothed. Painted Blue - to simulate Synthetic haze at high altitude. Perspex disks for props, then mounted on a stand.

Camera windows painted onto the nose.

Expect another photo when the sky is blue.

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Looks very good!!

If some want to do a a F-5G (huge nose) I think the recon version of T-33 has about the same nose... well it looks a bit like a F-5G nose :)

cheers,

Mikkel

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As promised - I've just finished this Revell Lightning as an F-5B.

Lockheed_F5B_Lighting001.jpg

All engine and gun detail was consigned to the spares box.

Gunports all filled and smoothed. Painted Blue - to simulate Synthetic haze at high altitude. Perspex disks for props, then mounted on a stand.

Camera windows painted onto the nose.

Expect another photo when the sky is blue.

Looks good. Just to confirm - this is the standard kit with the gun nose converted? If so did you alter the shape of the nose underneath to represent the flat camera panels or just paint them on?

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Looks good. Just to confirm - this is the standard kit with the gun nose converted? If so did you alter the shape of the nose underneath to represent the flat camera panels or just paint them on?

Confirming that I filed the flat camera panels ahead of the nose gear door.

I'll do some more photos when the weather is better.

I also moved the aerial mast from underneath, to the top

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Hello Forumers :D

Been waiting for the photos of your Revell photo recon Lightining!!!!

Im building the Airfix P-38 and converting it to photo variant, hope turns out ok.

Airfix should take note of this item and give us a nice P-38 with photo version option!!!

Maclovin.

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Here's a close-up showing how I converted my Lightning.

Lockheed_F5B_Lighting003-1.jpg

I filed that flat section ahead of the undercarriage door - one of my research photos shows that lip.

I also filed flats for the rearmost oblique camera port, though that doesn't show very well.

The ports are black tape stuck on - the camera is a bit too honest about these.

Replaced props with perspex disks, and mounted it on an aluminium tube to represent 400mph at 30,000feet

Lockheed_F5B_Lighting006.jpg

I found this website http://aerial.rcahms.gov.uk/ of aerial recon photos, so have an image of Omaha on D-Day as the base - hence the stripes.

http://aerial.rcahms.gov.uk/database/recor...chdb=tara_scran

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Like the way you solve the nose job. I did the same in my Airfix P-38 but i drilled the holes.

How about the Revell P-38?? It scared me with all those panels open (engines, gun bays, etc), but in the positive side

it's cheaper than the Academy offer.

There's a review of the early Revell P-38/F-4A at Modeling Madness and it looks like a nice kit.

I searched the web for the RS Models F-5 review but came out with empty hands.

Regards,

Maclovin.

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Like the way you solve the nose job. I did the same in my Airfix P-38 but i drilled the holes.

How about the Revell P-38?? It scared me with all those panels open (engines, gun bays, etc), but in the positive side

it's cheaper than the Academy offer.

There's a review of the early Revell P-38/F-4A at Modeling Madness and it looks like a nice kit.

I searched the web for the RS Models F-5 review but came out with empty hands.

Regards,

Maclovin.

Those RS Models Lightnings are not available yet so we have to wait.

I have got the Revell’s F-4 kit, it is an old one of course but still quite nice - I am going to start it soon.

Then there is the Dragon’s F-5E, very difficult to build I am afraid.

Carpena/Colorado decals come with the recco nose as well.

And two sets which are out of production: Contact Resine (a lovely French set of F-5B nose, wheels and 2 French decal options) and DB Production (F-5G nose - impossible to find even on the Evil bay)

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I will use this old topic.

I'm not specialist of P-38 variants so please be patenet. :-)

When I want to convert F-5A to F-5B what are main differences between these variants?

I have heard that engines are different and there is difference in booms as well. If some one can point good drawinfs that would be perfect.

TIA

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I will use this old topic.

I'm not specialist of P-38 variants so please be patenet. :-)

When I want to convert F-5A to F-5B what are main differences between these variants?

I have heard that engines are different and there is difference in booms as well. If some one can point good drawinfs that would be perfect.

TIA

The engines defined if it was an F-4 or an F-5. Pictures of both earlier on this thread.

The A-B etc came from the camera fit, and associated bulges.

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The engines defined if it was an F-4 or an F-5. Pictures of both earlier on this thread.

The A-B etc came from the camera fit, and associated bulges.

Is this so simple?

Because my understanding is that F-4 was P-38E airframe

F-5A was P-38G

F-5B was P-38J

When I'm looking pictures there are larger radiators in F-5B's and if they are J airframes maybe in those should have dive flaps and some other changes as well.

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Hi

link to webpage on F-5

http://34th.photorecon.org/html/aircraft/F5dev.html

intersting read, apparently paper was taped over the camera windows prior to flight to keep them clean they later just blew off in flight

cheers

jerry

Thanks this was good infotmation.

I probably have a DB resin nose somewhere. Contact me if you're interested.

Thanks for offer, PM sent.

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