Hasegawa 1/32 F-5E Tiger II
By Luc Van den Ende
Several years ago, I built Hasegawa's 1/32nd scale Northrop F-5E Tiger II kit. At the time, it was the only available kit and I had to build a few items from scratch.
List of scratch-built items:
- Pitot: made from stainless steel tubes.
- Ejection seat together with the complete mechanism that operates the canopy. Seatbelts made from lead foil with aftermarket buckles, copper wire for oxygen hose and some wiring. I bought the Black Box cockpit set, but in the end I used the heavy cockpit tub only as the other parts of the set couldn't really convince me.
- Canopy frame.
- Angle of Attack vane and temperature probe, made from brass.
- Intakes: I vacuformed two halves for each intake over a carved mould from beech wood. The first stage of the turbines for both engines.
- Nose landing gear, complete with wells and doors: constructed from styrene rod and strip, I used polished stainless steel for the oleo.
- Main landing gears, complete with wells and doors: constructed from styrene rod and strip, oleos polished stainless steel. Copper wire of various thicknesses for hydraulic lines etc.
- Two speed brakes, arrestor hook, centerline pylon.
- Both wingtip missile rails.
- The large hinges under the wings that operate the flaps.
- Both exhaust nozzles, constructed from styrene tube.
- Boarding ladder, constructed from brass rod and brass plate. I connected the parts with a soldering iron for a much stronger connection.
List of additional items:
- Air Combat Maneuvering Instrumentation (ACMI) Pod: constructed from styrene rod and stainless steel tubes simulating the Air Data Sensor Antenna.
- Safety container, with collect dripping fuel. Constructed from styrene rod.
- NWC-4 polyurethane wheel chocks.
- Note: The rasters in front of each intake were created by my good friend Danny Coreman's (DACO Productions) on his computer and printed on clear decal.
I engraved the complete model using an X-acto blade #11. To simulate the rivets, I fabricated a couple of templates from spare brass strip. Tape fixated these templates on the model while I ticked off the many rivets using a .3 mm. drill between thumb and index finger. Time-consuming business, but it was worth the effort!
For painting my model, I used Model Master enamels, following the instructions of the Two Bobs 32-006 decal sheet, 'Aggressors F-5E Tiger II'. I chose the #05 Blue/Grey Saints served at NAS Fallon, VFC-13 'Fighting Saints'. I used masks for the wrap-around camouflage pattern. After enlarging the drawings of the Two Bobs instructions to 1/32nd scale, I glued each pattern on stiff aluminium sheet. These patterns could easily be attached to the model, millimeters from the surface to create a realistic faded line between the different tones. A coat of Model Master gloss varnish to prepare for decaling.
Panel lines were accentuated with a very diluted medium grey mixture of oils, I used different shades of pastels as finishing touch.
Needless to say, building this antique Hasegawa kit proved to be a real test of my patience and perseverance.
- DACO Publications: Uncovering the Northrop T-38A / AT-38 / T-38C Talon, photographed by Willy Peeters.
- Lock on # 26: Northrop F-5E/F Tiger II, Willy Peeters - Christophe Donnet.
- The web, but most of all, http://www.primeportal.net.
Enjoy the photographs and I hope you like it!
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© Luc Van den Ende 2022
This article was published on Sunday, August 14 2022; Last modified on Sunday, August 14 2022