is my Testors F-5A Freedom Fighter.
built the model out-of-the-box with the exception of the brakelines, which were
made from black-sleeved wire. The
20mm gun barrels were also drilled out using my mini-drill.
Master and Humbrol paints were used for the finish, with each color lightened a
little by mixing it with flat white after each base color was airbrushed on.
Drafting tape was used do the masking with thread being used to
‘lift’ the edge off the model’s surface to achieve a softer edge.
An ivory black oil wash was applied to the underside to simulate a grimy
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decals are from Microscale (Foreign F-5’s: http://www.happyhobby.com/hobb_html/images/microscaledecal/DECAL-48-54.jpg
) and were provided to me by a fellow modeler who answered my plea.
Champ setting solution was used to help the decals conform
better to the model’s surface. The
number on the tail as well as the wing ‘do-not walk markings came from the kit
decals with the tail number simply
being over-painted in flat white (while still on the sheet) to reflect the color
used on VNAF aircraft.
was a very straightforward, hassle-free build.
model represents an F-5A Freedom Fighter as used by the South Vietnamese Air
Photos and text © by Rick Reinbott