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Completed : AFV Club 1/48 Northrop F-5E Tiger II ’26th TFTS’

Kit Info Brand and Kit Number: AFV Club AR48102 Media: Injection Plastic, Photo-etch, Resin Aftermarket: Seat from Wolfpack Design WPD48089 Markings: TwoBobs 48-216 F-5E PACAF Gomers #2 The Subject The F-5E Tiger II is an upgrade of the F-5A Tiger. Introduced in 1970, it has more powerful engines, a lengthened and enlarged fuselage,...

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WIP : AFV Club 1/48 F-5E Tiger II Pt. 5 – Finishing

The resin ejection seat was painted separately and left out until final assembly. The cockpit is much improved with this lone aftermarket part and I highly recommend it. The nose gear is a straightforward build. The kit gives you the option of an extended nosegear. If I’m not mistaken, the nose gear takes on that …...

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WIP : AFV Club 1/48 F-5E Tiger II Pt. 4 – Finishing

So work has finally continued after not having touched this kit since end of June. Markings are from TwoBobs’ 48-216 F-5E PACAF Gomers #2. As usual, some layering of decals are required but once cured they look great. I then mildly weathered and panel washed the kit with my usual thinned oil paint sludge. The …...

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WIP : AFV Club 1/48 F-5E Tiger II Pt. 3 – Painting

To prep for painting, I began with masking off the cockpit, adding the HUD and attaching the windscreen. The instructions called for aluminum for the wheel bays but I only had Model Air Metal Steel on hand. I think it looks close enough. All the landing gear and doors were also painted steel separately. The …...

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WIP : AFV Club 1/48 F-5E Tiger II Pt. 2 – Construction

Work continues and I begin with masking the canopy. Unlike my previous builds, I decide not to dip the 2 canopy parts in Future since they look quite clear as is. Maybe I’ll brush on some in the end. I’m also planning to leave the canopy open so I decided to mask the inside of …...

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WIP : AFV Club 1/48 F-5E Tiger II Pt. 1 – Construction

Kit Info Manufacturer : AFV Club Scale : 1/48 Media : Injection Plastic and Photo-etch My next kit is a new build (as opposed to another Shelf Queen) of a USAF F-5E Tiger II flown as an Adversary for training purposes. The build begins with the cockpit as usual. Details are nice and are finely raised. …...

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