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vesthepes

AFV 1:48 F-5F Tunisian AF

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vesthepes    578

A bit of progress on the Tunisian..

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The problems with decals breaking up took me quite some time to find app. supplements and apply them letter by letter.

The windscreen and canopy sealing is also a pain to do, masking the clear parts can become tricky.

Still many more parts to apply - the undercarriage and the armament, some work on the cockpit, more weathering on certain places and so on...

Thanks for looking in.

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modelling minion    3,296

She looks great Vasko, very convincing.

I really like the weathering on the radome.

The colour scheme on this is very interesting, unique amongst F-5 users.

Great work so far.

Craig.

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trickyrich    5,351

Wow that is some nice work!

I love the scheme and the finish, well done, am dying to see the finished beasty.

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vesthepes    578

First and foremost Happy New Year chaps.

Thanks a lot for your comments, I really appreciate your words. I hope it will look good in the gallery next to your excellent builds...

I've been thinking a lot about those missing RWRs and it bugged me so much I just had to do something about it. I found some nice parts that will serve for the blisters on the nose and the ones on the tail are shaped from a similar plastic part.

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The landing gear is attached.. The whole bottom, LGs and the wells still need some weathering...

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Ah, the armament. Should I go traditional with Mk.82s and LAUs or should I put on Paveways and CBUs? The latter option is tempting but I'm not sure if Tunisians use that stuff. But I doubt anybody does!? I replaced the cannon barrel on the port side with a nicer brass tube. The starboard one is a dummy so the plastic one from the box will do OK.

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Slowly this build is coming to an end. A few more posts... till next time

cheers

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trickyrich    5,351

It may be coming together slowly, but it is coming together very nicely!

She's going to look fantastic when finished!

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Skids    1,137

Oh wow that looks amazing, a great choice for colour scheme - different but stunning

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Giorgio N    3,912

Looking great !

Not sure about weaponry, I'd expect that when delivered these aircrafts didn't carry anything too sophisticated.

Good point on the gun barrels, this is something often forgotten: the F-5F only had one gun, the other "barrel" is just a pipe leading air into the avionics compartment

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vesthepes    578

Thanks for your comments.

I found some nice videos earlier of Tunisian F-5s in flight...

https://youtu.be/W1Xtr9on-E4

and the one revealing AIM-9s on the wingtips, seems the same type as AFV offers

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a pic from facebook of an armed F-5F - some additional antennas on the belly visible

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cheers

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modelling minion    3,296

Fantastic work Vasko, I love the colour scheme and you have done a great job on it.

You are right about the AIM-9's they are the same version supplied in the kit, and quite nice they are too.

Can't help with the usual weapons load of Tunisian F-5's but I would think the Mk.82 and LAU option would be common to most F-5E operators.

I like the links to the videos you have posted, they even include some very rare footage of their HH-3 Pelicans, very tempting for a future build!

Keep up the great work.

Craig.

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vesthepes    578

Thanks Craig.

Well,... Fuel tanks are boring right? So here's an idea... I believe that might be possible...

I think I'm going to add some LAUs on the outer pylons and that's about it...

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Mr B    1,605

That is really lovely work.

Slight observation.....You might want to recheck the nose gear rings. It looks like it's back to front.Not too difficult to swop it around I think......

I really love the load out and the finishing....ace work all around

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vesthepes    578

Wow, so true... For a moment I had a feeling something's weird about it, just never figured it out...

Thanks a lot B. Much appreciated.

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Mr B    1,605

No worries man such a great build should not be marred in anyway

Hope to see it in the gallery soon

Rgds and happy modeling

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trickyrich    5,351

That is a really nice model, the paint job and the details look great, well done!

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vesthepes    578

Huh, I guess this is it. The Tiger is finished and placed in the gallery

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Thanks to everybody helping, participating, commenting, liking and just looking. Couldn't finish it the same without you.

cheers,

Vasko

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Skids    1,137

That is one awesome looking beast, love it

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trickyrich    5,351

very impressive looking model Vasko, she looks amazing, flawless paint job and lovely attention to detail, well done.

A model to be very proud of.

I hope the build was an enjoyable one and well done again.

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