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Kitty Hawk 1/32 F5E Tiger II Fighter (New Tool) Kit

Kitty Hawk 1/32 F5E Tiger II Fighter (New Tool) Kit

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$140.79 $175.99

One of the most enduring military aircraft designs ever introduced, Northrop Grumman Corporation's F-5 tactical fighter series has served its customers over more than four decades. The F-5's initial flight was July 31, 1963, at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.

The F-5 is an agile, highly maneuverable, reliable supersonic fighter, combining advanced aerodynamic design, engine performance and low operating costs. More than 2,600 were built by Northrop Grumman and under co-production and licensing agreements with Canada, the Republic of China, the Republic of Korea, Spain and Switzerland.

From the F-5's first delivery in 1964 to its final one in 1989, every aircraft was delivered on schedule, at or below the contract price, and with performance, as promised. Approximately two-thirds of the original production F-5's remain operational in 26 countries, including the United States. The U.S. Navy operates the F-5 in its adversary squadrons to simulate enemy aircraft in aerial combat training exercises. The U.S. Air Force used the F-5 in a similar training role.
Features & Options:
  • Nicely detailed ejection seat
  • Beautifully detailed cockpit
  • Relief detail provided in instrument panel, designed to be overlayed with instrument panel decal
  • Details behind the ejection seat headrest nicely done
  • Canopy lift mechanism nicely replicated (designed to be displayed open only)
  • Choice of no pilot, resin seated pilot, or resin standing pilot
  • Nicely detailed landing gear and gear wells
  • Tires are 'weighted'
  • Nose gun bays are nicely detailed
  • Gun bay doors provided for 'open' display
  • Choice of early radome or 'sharknose' radome
  • Radar dish provided if you want to display the aircraft with radome removed
  • Two J85 engines provided though not overly detailed/complex
  • Choice of styrene or resin afterburner nozzles
  • Photo-etched splitter plate inserts with nice holes for the boundary air flow
  • Choice of open or closed auxiliary intake shutters
  • Positionable rudder
  • Positionable ailerons
  • Positionable stabilators
  • Positionable leading and trailing edge flaps
  • Positionable speed brakes
  • Beautiful wingtip missile rails with hollow tracks
  • 'Optional' antennas and dispensers (see builder's notes)

Among the external stores options included in the kit:

  • 2 x 275 gallon underwing external fuel tanks
  • 1 x centerline fuel tank
  • 2 x Mk.82 500lb bombs with choice of three fuses
  • 2 x Mk.20 Rockeye cluster bombs
  • 2 x AIM-9 Sidewinders with choice of AIM-9B or AIM-9L/M seeker heads
  • 2 x AIM-7 Sparrow (never carried on the F-5E though proposed for the later F-5G)

Markings are included for nine options:

  • F-5N, 76-1543, VFC-111, AF/101, NAS Key West, USN, Skipper's aircraft
  • F-5N, 76-1557, VFC-111, AF/106, NAS Key West, USN
  • F-5E, 50-521, RoKAF
  • F-5E, 70-1431, IRIAF
  • F-5E, 873, Royal Singapore Air Force
  • F-5E, 4605, FAM (Mexican Air Force)
  • F-5E, 70-1401, 425 TFTS, Williams AFB, USAF
  • F-5E, 70-1405, 425 TFTS, Williams AFB, USAF
  • F-5E, 4835, FAB (Brazilian AF)

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