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  1. Hi, Another very old, archive model - Northrop N3PB made from vacu Contrail kit. Markings are from 330 (Norwegian) Squadron RAF, Reykjavik, Iceland, April-May 1941 I made her more than 20 years ago, in early 1990s, then after some time I changed lettering from red to black when photos of confirmed that code letters should be black... Regards J-W
  2. F-5E Tiger II BU-741558 at the Fort Worth Aviation museum. Pics thanks to Nigel Heath.
  3. This F-5E was modified by NASA for use in the Shaped Sonic Boom Experiment see:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shaped_Sonic_Boom_Demonstration Pics thanks to bootneck
  4. As usual I have been a bit bored on shift and was playing on the internet and found some really cool photos of Vietnam era F-5A Freedom Fighters…which got me thinking of cause……. Northrop F-5 STGB??? I’m sure someone will tell me if it has already been done! But I would like to throw it out there for a STGB for the Northrop F-5. Now this should include the F-5A/B/C Freedom Fighter’s, F-5E/F Tiger II’s, plus to be fair to those who like their trainers the T-38 Talon plus the unusual the F-20 Tigershark and X-29. There you go, there are heaps of different users of this wonderful little aircraft so we should be able to get a good spread of variations, plus lots of good models in various scales available as well. Plus our resident Guru on all things Middle Eastern (MiG’s etc) has a new book out on the Iranian F-5 Tigers! -------------- de list.... 1, trickyrich - de host 2, Jabba 3, SaintsPhil 4, Vingtor 5, Paul J 6, chockhead 7, Arniec 8, Dazzio 9, Wes 10, Giorgio N 11, AndyC 12, depressed lemur 13, nimrod54 14, Lex77 15, swat11
  5. Hello! Here are some photos of a model i built for Airfix Model World. It is published in this month Magazine (March 2014). It is the Great Wall Hobbies kit, with the adition of True details engine and magneto covers, engine cowls and props. Painted with Tamiya acrilics. Here are some photos. If you get curious, the detailed proces is here on my blog: http://josepiresmodelismo.blogspot.pt/ Hope you like it! José Pedro
  6. P-61B Black Widow 1:32 Hobby Boss From the outset, the XP-61 was designed as a night-fighter, and engineered to incorporate the early radar sets that were being developed even before the war in the UK and US. The various design requirements led to a large aircraft with twin engines and fairly bristling with offensive armament. The name Black Widow was coined to reflect its sheer power and the fact that a lot of them would be painted black in their night fighting role. Its less-than-conventional twin-boom design gave it an imposing look, and in competition with the XA-26 from Douglas (later to become the Invader) it won the day. It had a long gestation period due to its innovative design, and finally reached service in 1944, too late to take a huge role in the conflict. Where it did feature, it was highly effective, and its high speed, capability at altitude, long loiter time and fire power helped greatly. The three-man crew also reduced the workload on the individual members, leaving the gunner to concentrate on the current targets while the radar operator searched for more, as well as keeping a look-out for night intruders that would seek to knock them down. The concentration of four 20mm cannon and a further four .50cal Brownings in the top turret gave it an awesome stopping power, which was enhanced by gyroscopic stabilisation of the guns, with control being selectable by either the gunner, or radar operator as needed. The twin 2800 Double-Wasp engines gave it a significant speed advantage over the bombers it was designed to combat, which it used to its advantage, downing many of the larger German and Japanese types, and plenty of fighters into the bargain. Although it served in the Pacific theatre, its use in the European theatre is possibly less well known, where it acquitted itself well, taking part in the Battle of the Bulge, and flying from airfields in France and Belgium. In the Pacific, it was used widely, replacing the Ageing Bostons and taking part in some of the notable actions and missions in that area. Some squadrons weren't so fortunate with their kill-tally, finishing the war with no credited kills. During the last months of the war the addition of drop-tanks carried under the wings gave extra loiter time, which was solely lacking in the widely spread Pacific Island campaign. After the war the Widow continued on in service, although with the rapid advances being made in jet aircraft technology, its days were already numbered. The last in service aircraft were withdrawn just before the start of the Korean War, to be replaced initially by the Twin Mustang, and then the Northrop F-89 Scorpion, which was on the drawing board even as the last shots of WWII were being fired. The Kit There has been a resurgence of P-61 based activity and interest of late, with the GWH Widow making its debut in 1:48 last year in a couple of versions, and now we have this monster of a kit from Hobby Boss. It arrives in one of HB's large top-opener boxes with a fine painting by Kostas Kavvathias, who is a member of this site. The box is large and heavy, and that is because it is pretty full of "stuff". Inside the box are twenty two sprues of mid-grey styrene, four of clear styrene (plus two clear engine cowlings), a small sprue of flexible black styrene, a set of tyres in the same black flexible styrene, five white metal nose weight pieces, two frets of Photo-Etch (PE) brass, three white metal landing gear struts, two decal sheets, instruction booklet and full colour painting and decaling guide. The first impression, once you get over the stacked box, is that there is detail everywhere. Some kits that cross my desk do so without enticing me to pore through the contents again, and don't induce a satisfied smile while doing so. This kit is one of those kits that makes a modeller grin, and 1:32 isn't my thing normally, so it's clearly doing something right. The kit has been cleverly engineered so that none of the parts are too large, with the inherent problems of possible warping and increase in tooling costs. In fact, every sprue fitted in my photo tent, which as well as being rather convenient of me makes handling the sprues easier during construction. A small thing, but I find large sprues a bit of a pain, as you have a tendency to clear your desk of things while wielding them. Construction starts conventionally with the cockpit, with the floor running the whole length of the fuselage pod. A bulkhead separates the front from the rear, behind which the turret gear will sit. The pilot's control column, foot pedals and instrument panel (which is clear) are added along with a gunsight for the under fuselage cannons, while the gunners seat and turret controls are installed just in front of the bulkhead. Each chair is made up from a large number of parts, with plenty of detail captured, as well as a full set of PE seatbelts. The bulkhead is detailed with some add-on parts such as the crew operated fire extinguisher, and from the flexible sprue, a long hose is made up from two parts and attached to a box at the top of the bulkhead, although the correct location of the other end isn't immediately clear. A large corrugated tube runs from the bulkhead (from an L-shaped cylindrical assembly) to the front of the cockpit, and is cut to length to terminate at the end of the pilot's footwell. A pair of nicely detailed sidewall parts are decorated with equipment and side consoles for the pilot, but are relatively simple toward the gunner's station, with only rib work present. Decals are supplied for all of the pilot's instruments both on the main panel and on the side consoles, although more detailed dial faces are available from the Airscale range, which is certainly worth investigating. The rear seat, which also faces forward is reserved for the radar operator, who has the same design chair as the gunner (he also has access to the gun controls, so that makes sense), and a stack of black boxes and radar screens to peer into. His workstation covers over a page of the instruction booklet and uses almost 50 parts, excluding the seat, which takes up another 20. The sidewall detail for his station is moulded into the fuselage halves, and augmented by a number of boxes and flexible tubes before the fuselage is closed up. Turning the cockpit over, and element of the gun bay is moulded into the underside. This causes some very shallow sink marks on the mid-section of the topside, which you can either fill for a dead-flat floor, or rely on painting to disguise the fact, knowing that nothing will be seen once the glazing and turret are installed. The nose gear bay is a separate part that has its own roof skin, so sink marks aren't a problem in the very visible front cockpit. It is boxed in by shallow side walls, and the deeper wheel well and crew access section is boxed in. The gap between the bay roof and the cockpit floor is filled with a custom shaped lump of white metal that is more dense and has a finer surface than the metal found in short-run kits. Wiring looms are added from separate parts, and the gear lock is added just aft of the gear leg's pivot point. The wheel well is covered by a hinged bath-shaped panel, to which a crew ladder is attached at the rear. This is shown deployed in the instructions, but closing it up shouldn't tax the modeller much. The gear leg is shown in the instructions as fully styrene, but can be replaced by a hybrid that has a white metal core that is enclosed in a styrene outer above the wheel yoke. The cannon bay is moulded to the underside of the cockpit, as mentioned earlier, to which a number of boxes are added, as well as a small bulkhead that prevents the see-thru look at the rear of the cockpit floor. The four 20mm Hispano M2 cannons are mounted with barrel braces to the bay roof, and each cannon has a nicely done hollow barrel, courtesy of slide-moulding, and a flexible length of shells that run back to the feeder holes in the roof/floor. These should be secure once installed, with little concern about them coming loose during the process of sealing the fuselage. The fuselage halves have large wing-root shaped depressions in their side, which are covered over by two identically shaped inserts that continue the internal detail mentioned above in the rear. Another large shaped white-metal weight is installed forward of the main instrument panel before the fuselage is closed up, ensuring that your pride and joy sits on its wheels rather that its tail. Cleverly, the radar assembly in the nose also hides two more weights, which masquerade as the cylindrical drums (capacitors/accumulators?) that sit behind the dish on a floor part. This is then attached to the forward bulkhead and further braced by two y-shaped legs for strength. The clear radome part is frosted, as even when left unpainted, these domes weren't totally clear. The top of the fuselage between the two main canopies is also supplied as a frosted clear part, as is the turret itself, which although slightly thought provoking as to why, shouldn't be an issue, as they hold paint as well as any styrene. It does open up the possibility of being able to "ghost" the fuselage top, but as there is little in that section other than the turret, there seems little point. The pointed rear glazing is installed along with a pair of side-windows, and a couple of small inspection panels and intakes are added to the sides of the fuselage. The top turret is next, and this is supplied as a complete unit that drops into the hole in the frosted fuselage top. It is built up from a pair of semi-cylindrical halves, into which flat internal bulkheads are added with the pivot point for the gun platform at their top. You have a choice of smooth or perforated jackets for the M2 machine guns, and all four of each have slide moulded hollow muzzled. They attach to the two part breeches, and these fit into a stepped base, with pivot points at each side that fit into the receptors on the turret body. A pair of flexible black styrene ammo feeds are supplied, which are bent once installed to enter the turret body outboard of the hinges. Front and rear access panels are added, and a ribbed turret ring is installed by sliding it over the barrels, and positioning it around the top of the turret body. It slips into the fuselage and glues in place by its tapered base. The frosted clear turret cowling is installed in the same way as the turret ring, and I'm still struggling as to why this is a clear part. The main canopy glazing has optional emergency exits for crew access, but these are only shown installed in the closed position, so some research will be needed if you plan on leaving them open. Clarity and gloss on these parts is first rate, and there will be plenty of detail visible in the cockpit even if you leave everything closed. Underneath the fuselage are the gun bays and the rear crew access, as well as the large nose gear bay doors. The barrels of the cannon pack are covered over with nicely shaped covers (or not - your choice!), and the door is just a chunk of the rear underside fuselage that hinges down with a single part ladder on the concave internal surface. At this stage of the build, the fuselage is pretty much complete, but it still needs wings, tail booms, motive power and of course the main gear legs. HB have gone to town on the engines, which are both supplied as very detailed units with their mounting frames holding them firmly in place against the firewall. Both rows of pistons, head-gear, exhaust and wiring are depicted, as well as the magnetos and reduction gear in front, which has a prop-shaft installed to hold the large four-bladed propellers in place. I can't imagine a resin engine improving much on this detail at this scale, and a pair of transparent cowlings are included to allow you to show off your handiwork if you wish. If you're not interested in that aspect of modelling, and some aren't, you simply paint the inside a suitable primer colour and paint the outer skin at the same time as the rest of the fuselage. I'd be tempted to leave a little "window" on one of the engines unpainted to allow the viewer to see the engines from one side at least. In order to close up the booms, the main landing gear bays are made up, and detail here is very nice. There are very close ribbing details in the upper roof of the bay, and some odds-and-sods added to a partial bulkhead, with the landing gear leg added at the same time as the bay walls. As seems to be the vogue with Chinese kits of late, the gear legs have to be enclosed at this point, unless you're planning on doing some adjustments to allow them to be added later. I'm actually coming round to this way of building, as long as the legs and their attachment parts are strong, which in this case they definitely will be. The legs are supplied as either completely styrene in the instructions, but there are white-metal alternatives for the main strut, in case you are worried about their strength. The parts will need a little fettling to remove the seam lines in either case, but the metal legs also have some prominent ejector pin marks on them, which will need cleaning up and/or filling. The bonus of extra strength should be well worth the effort, and if you're phobic of metal parts, you can still use the styrene alternatives. It's odd that the metal parts aren't mentioned in the instructions though. The hubs and auxiliary struts are all styrene, with the hub provided as front and rear sides that trap those rubbery styrene tyres in place. Love them or loathe them, they're your only choice out of the box, and as they are hollow (just like the real thing), I wonder if they would sag more and more over time. With these assemblies built and painted, the engine nacelle/tail-booms can be closed up, with the engines added to the bulkhead at this point. The booms are then set aside while the wings are built up. The Widow was fitted with full-width flaps, and used Zap-flaps, named after their designer, to replace the ailerons. These flipped out of the upper surface of the wing, slowing airflow and reducing lift, causing that wing to drop. These are depicted deployed on the kit, with no option of stowing them. That's a shame for such an expensive kit, but I suspect an easy scratch-build fix. Interestingly, the wings are built from four outer skin parts, split outboard of the boom location point, and joined strongly by an internal spar part that is ribbed lengthways for extra strength, and forms the attachment tab at its inboard end once installed. Before closing the wings up however, you must build up the intakes on the leading edge that are found either side of the engine nacelle. These are made up from top and bottom halves, and have full length trunking, plus PE parts for the splitter vanes, and a separate outer lip that traps the PE parts in place. A very nicely detailed part of the wing that could easily have been overlooked. A scrap diagram shows how the PE vanes are folded up into box-like shapes, and all of the joints are pre-weakened with etched fold-lines. Once closed up, two clear leading edge light covers are added, and a wing-tip light inserted in a hole at the end of the wing. The flaps are all then added, and could be depicted deployed if you wish, although they are shown stowed in the instructions. The Zap-Flaps are curved, and the PE parts must be rolled to match the profile of the supports, so a rolling tool might be useful if you want to get the correct shape to them. There are two perforated spoilers on each wing, the shorter one having two supports and the outboard long one having three. Again, there are no parts documented to show them retracted, which might be the only option if you're PE averse, or manage to make a mess of rolling the PE by some chance. Some reference material and styrene strip could be the way to go here if you don't want to have them hanging out. The wings and booms are brought together next, and have a good sized mating surface for a strong joint. There should be minimal seam filling if you take care with the joint too, as the seams are all on panel line breaks. The large rounded rudders are added at the rear on the hinge tabs, so could be offset if you wish, but remember to point them both in the same direction! Underneath the nacelle, a large PE grille is installed in a recess, a vent is added to a rectangular hole behind it, and the gear bay doors are added to each side. Interior detail on the doors is well done, but I'd leave them off until after painting to ease masking, handling and painting. The cowling for the engine is clear, as mentioned earlier, but the cowling flaps are separate styrene parts, with open and closed parts included for a little variety. Simply slip your choice of parts over the engine and glue in place, following that with the clear (or previously painted) cowling parts. Hobby Boss would also have you install the props here, but these are also best left off until the end. The rear of the boss accepts the blades, which are all keyed, and the front of the boss is then put in place to hold everything together in-line. The kit includes two types of prop, and in this instance you are instructed to use the needle-ended type, but there are broader paddle-type blades included on another sprue, so check whether your intended subject was ever fitted with the alternative blades, just in case. Final assembly sees both wings mounted on the fuselage using the large tab/spars sandwiched between the wings, and the large horizontal stabiliser is added across the full length between the two booms, with the elevator a separate posable part build up from two halves, as is the stabiliser. Four large drop-tanks are included in the kit, but if you are building any early B models, the first 62 had no hard points installed for extra tanks, and the following 38 had only the inboard tank points fitted. From the B-10 onwards, all B models had the four hard points. The two main gun-pack doors are added, and some small antennae attached to the nose and forward fuselage, finishing off the build. Markings The decal sheet is fairly restricted in content, extending to the national markings, serials, walk-ways and some squadron badges, plus instrument panel decals. The separate sheet has only four decals on it, two of each of the nose art paintings, depicting a scantily clad woman on her knees leaning back, and a topless woman sitting on a crescent moon. The decals are well printed, with thin carrier film, and even a hole in the underwing stars-and-bars for the landing light, which is nice. From the box you can model one of the following two options: P-61B 6th NFS, Capt. Ernest Thomas, March 1945 - all over black "Sleepy Time Gal" Sn. 239414 P-61B 547th NFS Lingayen, Philippines Lt. Arthur Bourque - all over black "Lady in the Dark" Sn. 239713 If I'm reading the serials correct however, Sleepy Time Gal is a P-61B-2, and as such wouldn't have a turret, and only the two inner fuel tanks. Lady in the Dark is a P-61B-15, so should have the turret with four guns and all the drop-tanks. It's entirely possible that I've got it wrong (it happens), but even so, if you look on sprue RA, part 2 is the cover for the missing turret, so you can still model it accurately if you fill the outer drop-tank points. The turret wasn't reinstated on the B until the B-11, which leaves around 150 early airframes without turrets, and over 60 Bs without drop-tanks. Please though, just check for yourself that I'm not talking drivel. Conclusion This is a monster of a kit, and will scale out to be only a little smaller than the excellent HK Model B-25J released last year. It is a well-stocked box though, and will keep most modellers entertained for a good many hours. Detail is excellent on the parts, and marks a step-change from the recent F-117 in the same scale. Some don't like the rubber tyres, and I have misgivings, and a few more parts could have improved the fit options immensely by providing closed doors for the open bays or retracted Zap-flaps, but these aren't massive problems that can be surmounted with the application of a little modelling skill. Why should you have to? Because every kit is built to a budget in the end, and the extra parts would have resulted in a higher price tag, and probably accusations of over-engineering. Apart from the tyres, the only part of the build that would cause me a little trepidation is the final joining of the wings to the fuselage and tail. It's difficult to tell whether that will be a snug fit or not, and that will be key to easing the job, as a loose wing joint would result in a rather wobbly airframe while the glue set up. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  7. F-5 Tiger II Gun Bay & Electronics Bay (for AFV Club) 1:48 Aires These two sets are for different variants (E and F) of the same basic aircraft available from AFV Club, and provide resin bay details and replacement door panels for the sections of the fuselage that will be removed. Both sets arrive in Aires branded blister packs, and have short instruction booklets sandwiched between the card backing and the protective foam insert. F-5F Tiger II Gun Bay (4554) This set is essentially a drop-in replacement for under a separate panel on the nose of this aircraft, to depict the contents of the single gun bay underneath. The kit's nose already has the cut-out there, which is normally covered by the panel part M16, but instead, you insert the bay part, which on rough testing using my kit simply drops in, and detail the rest of the bay with the gun breech, ammo feeder-guide frame, and other internal parts. The detail is excellent, and the replacement bay panel has ribbing and rivet detail on the reverse, an improvement on the kit part. You aren't provided with any colour call-outs, but the colours shouldn't be hard to track down with some help from walkarounds on the internet. F-5E Tiger II Electronics Bay(4563) The E has a pair of electronics bays in the nose, accessed by a set of panels that hinge downward. On the kit these are depicted as flush panels, but this set fills those bays with two single piece resin inserts that bristle with detail. The doors are also provided, with ribbing detail on the inside, as well as a pair of delicate hinges on the bottom edge. The majority of these were sadly broken off on my set, but if you have a chance to peruse before buying, you can check for yourself that they are intact. In fairness to Aires, they are very delicate, so not entirely unexpected. You will need to be careful during construction, as the gun bay insert panel makes the port-side nose quite delicate, and once those extra panels are removed it will be very flexible. The E has a different shaped gun-bay, so the F's bay won't be compatible, sadly, but a separate set is available if you want to cram them both in. Conclusion Great detailing sets that require only a little plastic butchery, and will bring the detail level up on your model in a very visible way, whichever option you choose. The gun bay is especially tempting due to the fact that there is little or no cutting of the kit parts. Highly recommended. Review samples courtesy of distributed in the UK by Hannants Ltd.
  8. F-5A Photo-Etch Update Sets (for Kinetic) 1:48 Eduard The arrival of Kinetic's new F-5A kit has pleased a great many people, and these Photo-Etch (PE) sets to improve the detail further are certainly worthy of consideration. Interior Set (49619) This is a two fret set, one of which measuring 7cm x 4.7cm is pre-painted and self-adhesive. The other, which is 7cm x 4.2cm is in plain brass, providing parts that will later be painted with the rest of the cockpit. It includes a comprehensive upgrade to the kit ejector seat, including finer details on the sides, a new back cushion, as well as a full set of seatbelts in glorious technicolour. The instrument panel is also completely overhauled, with the gun-sight removed along with the chunky rudder pedals and any surface detail on the panel. It is replaced by a dual layer of pre-painted PE with instrument detail printed on the rear part, showing through the bezels in the front part. Additional knobs & levers are added, plus a pair of new rudder pedals that glue to the rear of the panel. The removed gun-sight is replaced with a new part that is glazed with a small piece of acetate sheet provided in the set. The side-panels and rear bulkhead get the same treatment, and the floor receives a pair of foot-plates into the bargain. The canopy opener is detailed with additional elements, and part A9 is skinned with some extra detail. The canopy itself is given a new set of rails and a front hoop that includes a pair of rear-view mirrors for the pilot. Some sidewall detail is added to the inside, and oddly for an interior set, a solitary part in each of the main landing gear bays. Exterior Set (48750) This set consists of one large sheet of brass measuring 14cm x 9.2cm, and although it is large and full of parts, the instructions are brief. The nose gear bay is first, receiving a full set of new skin parts after the raised detail is removed. A new gear bay door is made from folding one piece of PE and adding hinge and other details, as well as a rather 2-dimensional retraction jack that could quite easily be replaced by a scratch-built cylindrical part using that as a template. The nose gear leg gets a new oleo-scissor link and a length of hose, replacing the chunky kit part. The crew ladder is given a pair of tread-plate surface parts to improve the detail, and the small louvered doors on the fuselage sides, are skinned with more detailed parts that have small intakes let-into the fuselage. How much of these will be seen even through the opened louvers is moot though, so draw your own conclusions. A small donut shaped part is added to each side of the tail, and four more are placed on the wings on the underside and topside. Why they included 20 of these little beasts, I can't say, but it's good to know you have a "few" spare. The rear housing behind the tail has a small detail piece added, and the single part exhausts receive a new detail part that slips down the tub to rest either on the rear blanking surface, or just in front of it, depending on clearance. These will be tricky to fit, so it might be worthwhile offering them up on a cocktail stick that has a tiny piece of blutak on the end. The main bulk of the set is dedicated to the two main gear wells and air-brake housings that sit under the centre of the fuselage. The airbrake wells are skinned with new detail parts, and additional fine parts, and the kit airbrakes are set aside in favour of a new set made completely of PE, with structural members formed by bending a single part that is covered in etched out lightening holes. Structural braces are then added, and small fillet pieces added at the sides. This should look very well if done carefully, and should improve the look immensely. Clearly, the painting of this area will be complicated by the addition of the relatively delicate PE brakes, but it should be worth the extra effort. All of the moulded in detail in the main gear bay wells is removed and replaced by a set of skins on the walls, and a complex section of wiring and junction boxes in the roof. The shallower wing section is detailed with a single part, and the kit gear bay doors are replaced by new ones made entirely from PE. The door covering the leg is simple and made from a single part folded in half, with links that attach it to the gear leg itself. The inner curved doors are a little more complex, requiring the modeller to bend a double-skin part accurately at the outermost portion. This is then strengthened by a couple of braces, and a small retraction jack (again a little 2D) is added at one side. I can see many modellers using the kit parts for this section, as getting the roll of the door right would require some careful work. Review sample courtesy of
  9. R-2800-31 Engine for GWH P-61A 1:48 Eduard Brassin (648066) This extensive set is designed to replace the engine and cowling of one of the new GWH P-61As, and includes enough resin and Photo-Etch (PE) parts to complete one engine and cowling. If you wanted to portray both engines under maintenance, you'll need two sets. The set arrives in a compact box, with a CGI rendering of the completed engine on the front. Inside, nestling between multiple layers of protective foam are four bags of resin parts, and one of PE parts, plus an A5 instruction sheet comprising two sheets printed on both sides. Due to the nature and complexity of any aero engine, there are a large number of parts, 41 of resin and a further 16 parts on the PE fret. The instructions show the radial engine being built up from two banks of pistons that attach to a central cylindrical hub, to which the individual pistons fix. Each forward cylinder must have a 0.5mm hole drilled in it, and the rear bank have a small PE part that bridges the two sides, with a small piece of flash that should be removed from the back before installing. The reduction gear housing is installed next, and here you have a choice of two parts - a more traditional bell-shaped housing, or a more cylindrical one with a recessed front. A few additional wires lead from the reduction casing to the front cylinder bank, and then the exhaust stubs are added to the web of manifold pipes behind the engine. A set of highly detailed cowling flaps are included in the set, which have lots of detail on the inner faces that will be seen because they are depicted in the open position. These are simply a drop-fit on the kit engine nacelle, as is the engine itself, which has a small cylindrical attachment point glued to the rear in an earlier step. The front of the cowling is a separate part that mates with the front of the engine, and must be correctly installed as per the scrap diagram with one panel line pointing vertically down, and the other two at the ten-to-two position. The modeller must then procure some 0.3mm wire in short 3.6mm sections to use as the cowl flap actuator struts, and a triplet of PE strips portray the cowling panel attachment points, and run between the front and rear of the cowling. The three cowling panels are all separate and very thin castings, which can optionally be installed, although why you'd want to bury all that detail, I do not know. The cowlings can be placed on your base, or rested on the wing, to give a candid appearance to the model. Conclusion An excellent set that will come alive with careful painting and fairly bristles with detail. It's not for the feint hearted due to the delicate parts and the need for careful alignment of the parts, but as it requires absolutely no cutting of the kit, it can be approached with no trepidation, and no fear of ruining the kit. The choice of reduction housing shows some attention to detail, as does a choice of magneto fitment on the top of the housing. The delicate splines on the prop shaft give the modeller the option of leaving the prop off entirely, for a deep maintenance scenario. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  10. Since today (May 6th, 2012) the Lucky Model website proposes the Kinetic 1/48th Northrop F-5A/CF-5A/NF-5A Freedom Fighter kit (ref. K48020) as pre-ordable. Kinetic being closely related to Lucky Model, such advertisement indicates usually a very soon release of the kit. Source: http://www.luckymodel.com/scale.aspx?item_no=KI-K48020 Price P&P incl. : +/- £ 19.00! V.P.
  11. Pics taken at the Vietnam War Remnants Museum by Mike (bootneck)
  12. Kinetic is working on a 1/48th T-38 Talon kit that will be followed by a (C )F-5 A - and B? - Freedom Fighter family. Source: http://s362974870.onlinehome.us/forums/air...h=1entry2244636 The 1/48th Talon/Freedom Fighter market will be a challenge considering the soon arrival of the TAN Model Northrop F-5A & F-5A(G). http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=73900 http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=76277 For my part I will be patient as the first TAN Model CAD drawings were quite unattractive. And considering the fact I would like to build a Dutch NF-5A (and later B!) the Kinetic Canadair CF-5 could be a better start. Wait and see. V.P
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