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F-5E Tiger II "The MiG" Top Gun 1:72 Airfix A00502 The F-5E was developed by Northrop from the F-5A with more powerful engines, a larger fuel capacity, a greater wing area which incorporated leading edge extensions, improved avionics and a radar. A total 1400 were built. Most were supplied to US Allies. One use in US Service was as adversary aircraft with both the USAF and USN. The aircraft was used in the original Top Gun film to portray the fictional MiG-28, and were painted black so the film going public could see they were the "bad" guys. The Kit The kit is a re-release of Airfix's 1983 F-5E kit. Dont expect a modern tooling here, but it is a better kit than some we have seen in some "Top Gun" boxings, however it does seem to have some flash on the mouldings. Construction starts with the basic cockpit. The instrument panel goes in, along with a basic seat and control column. A pilot figure is supplied if you want to use it. Details for the instrument panel and side consoles are provided as decals. The finished pit then fits into the top fuselage half. The single part wing goes between the upper and lower fuselage halves along with the single part tail plane. The intakes are made up and added to the aircraft, and at the rear the vertical fin is added along with the exhausts. Next up the front and main landing gears can be added along with all the gear doors. Airfix also provide a set of closed doors for the aircraft if you wish to do it "in flight", A range of Maverick missiles, bombs and drop tanks are in the kit, though none are needed for the "MiG". To finish of the nose cone and pitot tub are added at the front, the canopy goes on, and underneath the airbrakes and arrestor hook are fitted. Decals The small decal sheet is from Cartograf so should post no issues, it has only the decal option for "The MiG" Conclusion This is a kit of its time but will no doubt look like the MiG-28 when built up, we could tell you more but that's classified Review sample courtesy of
This is my latest completion. It was done for the Tomcat STGB II and I thought I would to try and inject a bit of humour into this build, anyway I had fun doing it. The hardest bit was getting Maverick 'giving the bird', something that didn't work out too well but, after some major amputation, he is doing it. Enjoy. Kits Tomcat - Revell 1/144 F-14A MiG-28 - Revell 1/144 F-5E TigerII Figures OzMods & Prieser 1/144th Generic ranges Paints Lifecolor and Citadel Decals Revell 1/144th F-14D Grey Scheme from spares box VF-1 F-14A .PDF file supplied by Scarlet MiG-28 homemade Build Thread is here http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234958011-the-data-on-the-mig-is-inaccurate-scene-from-top-gun-in-1144th-finished/