I built this F-5E as a fun build. The hit is the Hasegawa 1/32 F-5 Aggressor kit which I built OOB except for the Black Box Cockpit and an updated aggressor color scheme.
The black Box cockpit is an impressive piece of work, The canopy mechanisms are very intricate and as delicate as it looks. The ejection seat even comes with two styles of headrests.
Painting: I decided to add a current paint scheme and obtained the "New Blue" scheme from Don Color http://www.jpsmodell.de/dc/usaf_e.htm . I was unable to find FS 35109 in enamels locally so I mixed a custom blend starting with FS 15102 which is real close in color. After the color was added, I sealed it with Future clear, weathered the kit, applied decals then applied dull coat.
This kit was a fun and joy to build, especially just after finishing the Trumpeter A-10.
Photos and text © by David Horn