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The 1980's produced some fine aircraft designs and this is one of those that went by the wayside.

In an effort to improve the F-5 family and also generate a lightweight, agile and most importantly, cheap fighter aircraft, Northrop designed the F-20.

The West required something akin to the Soviet MiG-21 i.e. mass-produced at low cost and could be thrown at an aggressor in sufficient numbers so as to not need to be "bleeding-edge high technology" but also "budget-blowing". However the F-20 WAS a high tech aircraft introducing computer technology, HOTAS, electro wizardry, etc, etc. Subsequently its real competition was the F-16, from where its engine originated.

The initial production order was from Bahrain. In this “whiff”, additional orders were placed by Singapore, Brasil, Taiwan, Australia, USN and the RNZAF, enabling it to actually go into production and enter service. This being an operational example based out of Ohakea in the attack/fighter role in a similar manner to the A-4K Skyhawk filled. The Euro 1 scheme is a homage to that worn by Scooters of that era.

Introducing the FA-20K Tigershark.

38917571824_1ed20126c5_c.jpg20170119_164840-1 by Arthur Dent, on Flickr

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25754326808_211b3a58c8_c.jpg20170119_164547-1 by Arthur Dent, on Flickr

24759314127_aa731f4b2d_c.jpg20170119_164602-1 by Arthur Dent, on Flickr

38919496804_1631f188a3_c.jpg20170119_165159-1 by Arthur Dent, on Flickr

39627632871_797191bebc_c.jpg20170119_164712-1 by Arthur Dent, on Flickr

24759307107_18bcbe68f9_c.jpg20170119_164804-1 by Arthur Dent, on Flickr

 

 

 

Underway...

39627637841_0545a789b1_c.jpg20170116_133902-1 by Arthur Dent, on Flickr

39627644851_eea5ac4cb4_c.jpg20170116_133812-1 by Arthur Dent, on Flickr

 

It is nice to see thought put into those who want to open up panels (gunbay here) and find the inside of the mouldings already done on the inside of the access doors. Really intelligent design!

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I'm really quite surprised with my first experience with a new model company. Freedom Models have done themselves proud with this kit.

The fit has been exceptional and I have used a pin-head amount of filler on the entire build! It is that good!

Two small issues that I would have to note. First, the lack of seatbelts on the ejection seat. These could be moulded in (like an Aries unit, which I prefer) or with photo etch. Second is the fins on the smaller droptanks. These are simple rectangular "blocks" which have not been shaped into aerofoils. Perhaps the designer went off for lunch and forgot when returning? These are the only points I would raise.

Everything else has been a complete joy to encounter and has kept me interested from the start (1 January) until now.

Hopefully you enjoy.

 

Right. That's probably going to make the rest of my year very quiet, with attempting to get the P-61 completed, then on to the Airfix Buccaneer.

 

 

Images copyright of the owner.

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Lovely job on that. I first thought 1/72 Hasegawa kit but reading down I saw Freedom models. Not something I know but I'm guessing 1/48th? What ever, its a stunning scheme for one of these, something that could almost have been & one I'm keen to do with my Hasegawa number. I'll be using this thread for inspiration. :)

Steve.

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22 hours ago, stevehnz said:

Lovely job on that. I first thought 1/72 Hasegawa kit but reading down I saw Freedom models. Not something I know but I'm guessing 1/48th? What ever, its a stunning scheme for one of these, something that could almost have been & one I'm keen to do with my Hasegawa number. I'll be using this thread for inspiration. :)

Steve.

Hi Steve,

Cheers for the comments. I put the scale in the tags area as it's always nice to know (after seeing a few other threads that have left me guessing!) what scale it is in.

21 hours ago, Aviano said:

Fantastic, great job!

Oliver

Thank you Oliver. Not up to your quality of build though!!

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2 hours ago, hairystick said:

Hi Steve,

Cheers for the comments. I put the scale in the tags area as it's always nice to know (after seeing a few other threads that have left me guessing!) what scale it is in.

 

Tags, riiiight. I'll remember to check them next time. :whistle: I knew it wasn't the Hasegawa kit, way too much detail. :)

Steve.

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On 1/19/2017 at 3:46 AM, stevehnz said:

I knew it wasn't the Hasegawa kit, way too much detail. :)

Steve.

It most certainly has bucket loads of that!

I'd be putting the quality of kit right up there with the Two Big Japanese manufacturers.

It really says what you can do with good engineering and CAD design. I can see this being driven by a modeler, as there are some things so brilliantly thought through like how the front canopy fits in and even having canopy rails instead of a simple flat surface.

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Ohh poos.

I suspected that the existing pics would stay as they were and PB would be accommodating.

 

I foresee an extended visit to flikr since I refuse to be extorted by the scum at photobucket.

 

 

Right! As at Jan '18 they are all now hosted on Flikr!

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