1/48 Monogram F-5E Tiger II

by Marcos Bonfim



During April of 2006, the Brazilian Air Force celebrated the F-5E's 30 years of operational service with a commemorative painting, a remarkable creation from which there's no decals produced for scale models.

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I decided to reproduce the paint scheme in my F-5E model using airbrush  techniques.

The kit used is a Monogram 1/48. I was not sure of the final result so I decided not to use special accessories like photoetched or resin parts. I faced everything as an advanced and creative experience.  I used automotive paint, Tamiya tape and finally did the panel lines and rivets with china ink pen.  I applied ejection seat decals from the original kit set.


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Photos and text by Marcos Bonfim