Turkish Air Force F-5A-2000 Kinetic 1/48

 

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This is a nice kit from Kinetic, box number 48020, 1/48 scale. Engraved panel lines has nice depth. Generally no fitting problem. Canopy can be build open position but i prefered closed because of modernized cockpit mentioned below. Flap/Slat can be make extend or retract position. There is not much detail in landing gear bays also struts.

Kit gives F-5A cockpit but my aircraft is F-5A-2000 modernized. Their cockpits and avionics are improved as much as possible like F-16. Because these F-5’s were used for training before F-16 squadrons. To make this modernized cockpit first i ordered F-5E cockpit detail set(aires), that was not enough. I had to add some multi function displays. But i didnt like the result and i closed canopy.

Aires F-5E detail set were used for landing gear bays. Resin nose gear bay fits normal but main landing gear bays thicker than kits one. Not for wing size. It needs a lot of cutting and sanding. Also i added some wire to simulate hyraulic lines.

All white antennas are hand made from plastic.

Wing tip fuel tank navigation lights are made with clear plastic parts. There is no clear parts for this lights. Also beacon lights on tail was made with extra clear plastic.

Martin Baker MK16 seat is hand made from plastic.

Pilot is from PJ Production F-16/F-18 pilots.

SUU-20 training pod is from Hasegawa Aircraft Weapons:A

All paints are Vallejo acrylics.

Decals are from TANDECAL – TD48002

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