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Offline Rod The Fixer

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Northrop F-5A Freedom Fighter - AFLC Kelly AFB
« on: August 14, 2022, 06:17:16 AM »
Hi everyone,
I'm strarting to assemble this kit:


by Rodolfo Masti, on Flickr

to make this F-5A which was with the Air Force Logistics Command from 1974 until 1986, based at Kelly AFB at the San Antonio ALC. In 1988 it was delivered to Greece.


Source: https://www.airhistory.net

A quick look inside the box:


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Offline Kerick

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Re: Northrop F-5A Freedom Fighter - AFLC Kelly AFB
« Reply #1 on: August 15, 2022, 05:23:51 AM »
That’s going to look great. Is that ship in the photo painted grey or natural metal?

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Re: Northrop F-5A Freedom Fighter - AFLC Kelly AFB
« Reply #2 on: August 15, 2022, 09:16:14 AM »
When don't Rod's builds look great? ??? ;)

The F-5 in the photo is definitely grey, looks like light gull grey (but my screen could be deceiving me). :smiley:
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Re: Northrop F-5A Freedom Fighter - AFLC Kelly AFB
« Reply #3 on: August 15, 2022, 12:47:04 PM »
My first thought was ADC grey but like you said computer screens can throw it off.

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Re: Northrop F-5A Freedom Fighter - AFLC Kelly AFB
« Reply #4 on: August 15, 2022, 03:11:48 PM »
According to the instructions it is ADC Gray.  FS16473

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Re: Northrop F-5A Freedom Fighter - AFLC Kelly AFB
« Reply #5 on: August 17, 2022, 11:55:27 AM »
Lots more parts than the old Monogram one!

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Re: Northrop F-5A Freedom Fighter - AFLC Kelly AFB
« Reply #6 on: August 18, 2022, 01:16:29 AM »
Lots more parts than the old Monogram one!

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Re: Northrop F-5A Freedom Fighter - AFLC Kelly AFB
« Reply #7 on: August 18, 2022, 02:28:23 AM »
I'm disappointed with the kit, I'd have thought seeing as they gone to that extreme with the parts count, they would have made it like the real thing. Like the wing all in one piece  ;)

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Re: Northrop F-5A Freedom Fighter - AFLC Kelly AFB
« Reply #8 on: August 23, 2022, 06:11:00 AM »
Cockpit assembled and painted without aftermarket, I hope it turned out well  ...


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Re: Northrop F-5A Freedom Fighter - AFLC Kelly AFB
« Reply #9 on: August 23, 2022, 09:31:10 AM »
I would say "Who needs aftermarket when you can turn out excellent results OoB?" ???


It turned out brilliantly, Rod! :smiley: :smiley:
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Re: Northrop F-5A Freedom Fighter - AFLC Kelly AFB
« Reply #10 on: September 18, 2022, 02:00:01 AM »
Kit Assembled ...


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Re: Northrop F-5A Freedom Fighter - AFLC Kelly AFB
« Reply #11 on: September 18, 2022, 02:00:23 AM »
Kit filled and sanded ...


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Re: Northrop F-5A Freedom Fighter - AFLC Kelly AFB
« Reply #12 on: September 18, 2022, 02:00:46 AM »
Kit after a layer of Mr. Surfacer 1500 ...


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Re: Northrop F-5A Freedom Fighter - AFLC Kelly AFB
« Reply #13 on: September 18, 2022, 01:30:57 PM »
 :smiley:
"This is the Captain. We have a little problem with our engine sequence, so we may experience some slight turbulence and, ah, explode."

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Re: Northrop F-5A Freedom Fighter - AFLC Kelly AFB
« Reply #14 on: September 24, 2022, 02:23:56 AM »
Excellent
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Re: Northrop F-5A Freedom Fighter - AFLC Kelly AFB
« Reply #15 on: September 25, 2022, 12:03:44 PM »
Excellent

What he said x 2!!!
Makes me want to build an F-5 or T-38!!

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Re: Northrop F-5A Freedom Fighter - AFLC Kelly AFB
« Reply #16 on: September 25, 2022, 10:09:12 PM »
I applied the FS 16473 Aircraft Gray [Mr Color 73] ...


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... then, after the masking step ,I airbrushed the Fluorescent Red Fs 28915 [Mr Color 171]  ...


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Re: Northrop F-5A Freedom Fighter - AFLC Kelly AFB
« Reply #17 on: September 25, 2022, 10:12:49 PM »
Looking good!!

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Re: Northrop F-5A Freedom Fighter - AFLC Kelly AFB
« Reply #18 on: September 25, 2022, 10:27:25 PM »
Well, you won't be losing that any time soon! ;)
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Re: Northrop F-5A Freedom Fighter - AFLC Kelly AFB
« Reply #19 on: September 26, 2022, 12:25:08 PM »
Lovin' this!  :-*

Seeing the F-5 without tailplanes, I kinda want to put a delta wing on it. And some canards. Or something along the lines of HiMAT...
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Re: Northrop F-5A Freedom Fighter - AFLC Kelly AFB
« Reply #20 on: September 26, 2022, 12:30:53 PM »
Lovin' this!  :-*

Seeing the F-5 without tailplanes, I kinda want to put a delta wing on it. And some canards. Or something along the lines of HiMAT...

As a NASA test or research aircraft!

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Re: Northrop F-5A Freedom Fighter - AFLC Kelly AFB
« Reply #21 on: September 26, 2022, 11:42:44 PM »
Wow - great paint job! Fluorescent paint jobs are the toughest.

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Re: Northrop F-5A Freedom Fighter - AFLC Kelly AFB
« Reply #22 on: October 01, 2022, 05:22:55 PM »
Ready for the decals ...


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Re: Northrop F-5A Freedom Fighter - AFLC Kelly AFB
« Reply #23 on: October 01, 2022, 08:36:36 PM »
 8) :smiley:
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Re: Northrop F-5A Freedom Fighter - AFLC Kelly AFB
« Reply #24 on: October 01, 2022, 11:55:50 PM »
Lovin' this!  :-*

Seeing the F-5 without tailplanes, I kinda want to put a delta wing on it. And some canards. Or something along the lines of HiMAT...


I did this one . . .   ;)


https://beyondthesprues.com/Forum/index.php?topic=9171.msg170118#msg170118


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Re: Northrop F-5A Freedom Fighter - AFLC Kelly AFB
« Reply #25 on: October 03, 2022, 01:27:49 AM »
Coming along great! Awesome work.

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Re: Northrop F-5A Freedom Fighter - AFLC Kelly AFB
« Reply #26 on: October 08, 2022, 02:57:05 AM »
Ready for the weathering ...


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Re: Northrop F-5A Freedom Fighter - AFLC Kelly AFB
« Reply #27 on: October 08, 2022, 05:33:42 AM »
Nice  :smiley:  :smiley:  :smiley:
 
Gave me flashback to 1959-1961 etc early years of F-5.

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Re: Northrop F-5A Freedom Fighter - AFLC Kelly AFB
« Reply #28 on: October 08, 2022, 02:25:01 PM »
Nice  :smiley:  :smiley:  :smiley:

+1

(I'm not old enough to remember 1961, let alone 1959. ;) )
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Re: Northrop F-5A Freedom Fighter - AFLC Kelly AFB
« Reply #29 on: October 13, 2022, 06:51:10 AM »
Coming together nicely!

<...> Seeing the F-5 without tailplanes, I kinda want to put a delta wing on it. And some canards. Or something along the lines of HiMAT...

I did this one . . .   ;)
https://beyondthesprues.com/Forum/index.php?topic=9171.msg170118#msg170118
<...>

That's a cool idea, swapping the wings/tailplanes!  :smiley: I was thinking something more Mirage-ish, though.

I remember having a toy that looked much like your Eagle Claw. It used a bellows that you would strike to propel it into the air. I wanna say it was made by Hot Wheels, but I can't remember the name. I believe they had an earlier version that would make "cars"/hovercraft race on the floor.
EDIT: Found them! Mattel Jet Streex
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Cheers,
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Re: Northrop F-5A Freedom Fighter - AFLC Kelly AFB
« Reply #30 on: October 14, 2022, 05:05:23 AM »
Weathering done ...


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Re: Northrop F-5A Freedom Fighter - AFLC Kelly AFB
« Reply #31 on: October 14, 2022, 05:15:37 AM »
Before weathering found myself back in 1959.  With weathering I must be in 1960-61.  :smiley:

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Re: Northrop F-5A Freedom Fighter - AFLC Kelly AFB
« Reply #32 on: October 14, 2022, 08:43:13 AM »
Exquisite work, as usual, Rod! :smiley: :smiley: 8)
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Re: Northrop F-5A Freedom Fighter - AFLC Kelly AFB
« Reply #33 on: October 15, 2022, 01:32:20 AM »
 :smiley:
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Re: Northrop F-5A Freedom Fighter - AFLC Kelly AFB
« Reply #34 on: October 16, 2022, 05:23:24 PM »
Here is the completed model ...

I hope you like it


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Re: Northrop F-5A Freedom Fighter - AFLC Kelly AFB
« Reply #35 on: October 16, 2022, 06:05:02 PM »
Exquisite work, as usual, Rod! :smiley: :smiley: 8)

Rinse & Repeat! :smiley: :smiley: 8)
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Re: Northrop F-5A Freedom Fighter - AFLC Kelly AFB
« Reply #36 on: October 17, 2022, 10:04:20 AM »
Gorgeous!  :-*
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Re: Northrop F-5A Freedom Fighter - AFLC Kelly AFB
« Reply #37 on: October 17, 2022, 09:44:17 PM »
She turned out great, love that you kept the weathering subtle.

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Re: Northrop F-5A Freedom Fighter - AFLC Kelly AFB
« Reply #38 on: October 18, 2022, 01:17:58 AM »
She turned out great, love that you kept the weathering subtle.

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Re: Northrop F-5A Freedom Fighter - AFLC Kelly AFB
« Reply #39 on: October 18, 2022, 02:05:05 AM »
Well done.
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Re: Northrop F-5A Freedom Fighter - AFLC Kelly AFB
« Reply #40 on: November 21, 2022, 05:33:58 AM »
Very nicely done - I built the same kit just after it came out... loved it.







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Re: Northrop F-5A Freedom Fighter - AFLC Kelly AFB
« Reply #41 on: November 22, 2022, 02:24:36 AM »
 :smiley:
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