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I have quite a few 1/72 F-5 kits in The Stash.  I could have just grabbed one of those.  However, I am having a lot of fun building the Kinetic 1/48 F-104 in the Century Fighters GB so I though why not supersize this build as well.

 

So this is the Kinetic 1/48 F-5A kit.   It was sourced at a knock down price from that nice Mr Kingkit as a scrapyard item because bits were missing.  

 

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The bits that were missing are the PE fret!  The only parts needed from that for an NF-5A are the rear faces of the ALE-40 chaff dispensers.   I reckon I can sort something out.  :) 

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The parts are crisply moulded although not quite as nicely as Kinetic's F-104.  The parts breakdown looks as though assembly could be a little tricky.

 

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There are two of the sprue on the right.  It provides the "coke bottle" wingtip tanks.  However, there is a minor issue here.  The tank is moulded as a port side unit, meaning that there is no starboard tank.  :shrug:  Bizarre!   It shouldn't be a problem though as a bit of trimming of the slot in the tank should make it fit

 

 

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The kit provides markings for sixteen different schemes.  That's 16 !!!  :wow:

 

USAF  -  3

Canadian  -  3   one in the classic green/grey scheme, the others are the later ghost scheme.

Dutch  -  2    classic green/grey and later "F-16" scheme

Norwegian  -  2    both natural metal

Greek  -  5  two in the blue grey uppersurface scheme and the others in three different shost schemes

South Vietnam  -  1    The Skoshi Tiger scheme.   I believe this is actually an F-5C.

 

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I shall be building this as a Dutch NF-5A in the later "F-16" scheme.

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Welcome to the build, Enzo.
This looks interesting, an early boxing of the Kinetic F-5A?
Later releases have a correction to the starboard (right) “coke bottle”, but, that is a slightly different size to the earlier moulding.

Wonder which scheme you'll go for?

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3 minutes ago, Robert Stuart said:

Wonder which scheme you'll go for?

 

My F-104 build in the Century Fighters GB is a Belgian one because when I was on a Harrier squadron in Germany in the late 80s, we saw Belgian Starfighters at every exercise and detachment that we went to.   The same was true for Dutch NF-5As in the F-16 scheme, so that's what I'm building.  :thumbsup: 

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I have fallen into the habit of simply putting pre-painted instrument panels into cockpits.  It's easy - but lazy.   So now I'm making a conscious effort to improve my skills and paint what is provided in the kit.

 

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Welcome to the GB Enzo.

A fine choice of subject matter sir as the NF-5's were a regular feature on the airshow circuit too, along with the Norwegian ones.

Don't expect this to go together as smoothly as your F-104, a totally different ball game, but she still builds into a very nice model.

Nice start on the cockpit too.👍

 

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Forward fuselage ready to be assembled, as are the intake components.

 

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Forward and rear fuselage assemblies plus the wing assembly.

 

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The rear fuselage parts have alternative parts for the auxiliary inlet doors.  These are the same as seen on the F-5E.  Northrop built F-5As did not have these.  Canadair build CF-5s did.  As the NF-5s were built by Canadair, they had them as well.  Thgere is a blanking plate for Northrop aircraft and open and closed parts for  Canadair aircraft.  All will need a modicum of filling.

 

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It all looks good now but - believe me - those intakes were really tricky!  :wall:  

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46 minutes ago, modelling minion said:

She looks to have gone together quite nicely too, intakes aside.

 

indeed.   And I have learned a few things in case I ever build another.  :wink:

 

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15 minutes ago, Enzo Matrix said:

indeed.   And I have learned a few things in case I ever build another.  :wink:

 

Sounds like another one is a distinct possibility.

Any tips for those of us who are also thinking of building one, he says looking at his own kit.

 

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On 8/4/2022 at 10:08 PM, modelling minion said:

Sounds like another one is a distinct possibility.

Any tips for those of us who are also thinking of building one, he says looking at his own kit.

 

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Looking good Enzo.  As MM said any tips very welcome.  I have one of these waiting to be built 😀

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Moving on...

 

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The control surfaces can be fitted displaced.  Each one has a couple of tabs for each position.  The modeller just snips off the ones that are not needed.  It's a simple and elegant method of fitment. :thumbsup:  

 

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Windscreen fitted and masked.  Ready for priming.

 

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Primed with grey plastic car primer from a rattle can. Some joints were then cleaned up and the AN/ALE-40 dispensers and tip tanks added.

 

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I then sprayed the main colours.  Here was where there was a bit of fudging - possibly.  The instructions state that the colours are 36118/36320/36270. Other sources agree with that.  However, when I sprayed it in those colours it simply didn't look right.  So I spent a lot of time faffing around.  I'm pretty good at faffing around.  :D 

 

In the end I sprayed it in F-16 colours, which looked right.  The undersurfaces (36375) are Xtracrylix XA1136 Light Ghost Grey.  The upper nose and tail  (36270) are Lifecolor UA-524 Neutral Grey and the main uppersurfaces (36118) are Lifecolor UA-532.

 

To me it looks right.  However, if I have got it totally wrong, please let me know.   It won't take musch to respray.

 

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By the way, there is a glaring omission on this model.  Can anyone spot what it is?  :D    (Not the missing jetpipe)

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I usually fit the tailplanes towards the end of the build.   I neglected to fit the engine cooling intakes on the upper fuselage inboard of the AN/ALE-40 dispensers.   It's an easy fix. 

 

But wait...!  What is happening here?!?!?  :hmmm:  

 

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How did that get there???

 

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2 minutes ago, Robert Stuart said:

Think you'll have to build that now.

 

 

Oh well.  If you insist...  :lol:  

 

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The decal sheet from the original kit has sixteen different schemes!  One that caught my eye is for a USAF jet in ADC Grey with dayglo panels. 

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On 8/11/2022 at 6:48 PM, modelling minion said:

She's looking really good Enzo and I think your choice of colours looks right, certainly looks like how I remember them.

 

 

Hi,

 

Yes, that's also how I remember them. 

This week-end (it's a 3-day week-end here in Belgium), I intend to finish my F-4EJ kai from the Turning Japanese GB and start a thread in the F-5 GB.

Also the Kinetic NF-5A, but in the "RAF scheme" with 314 Sqn markings.

 

Cheers, Stefan. 

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