1:350 Northrop F-5A Freedom Fighter
The F-5A is a small, lightweight, low cost, easy-to-maintain supersonic fighter, well suited to the needs of friendly foreign countries that didnt need, couldnt afford, and couldnt maintain the bigger, more complex fighters in the U.S. inventory. Development was begun by Northrop in the mid-1950s but for a time took back seat to the development of the related T-38 trainer. Countries receiving the F-5A under MAP included Iran, South Korea, the Philippines, Turkey, Greece, and the Republic of China. Norway, Spain, and Canada made direct purchases of the airplane. The airplane was also modified by the U.S. Air Force and evaluated in Vietnam with those airplanes dubbed Skoshi Tigers. Following more than eight years of production, the last F-5A was delivered in June, 1972, with 636 being built.
This 1/350 scale model of the F-5A has 37 parts and was designed to give the builder multiple options. The model includes two sets of landing gear for displaying the model gears down in either the compressed or extended position. Alternatively, gear doors are provided so the model may be displayed in-flight with gears up. The model also includes canopy parts, all printed in clear plastic, so that the canopy can be displayed either up or down. Detailing of the cockpit will make this an attractive option for many modelers. Flaps, ailerons and the rudder are all provided as separate parts, and can be assembled in the configuration of the modelers choice. A cockpit access ladder is also included. Payload are provided for two configurations, one with Sidewinder and Bullpup missiles, and the other with wingtip tanks and anti-personnel napalm tanks, as flown by the Skoshi Tigers. A PDF file containing decals with NASA markings is available for those who wish to print decals for the model. Two options are available, and a list of parts contained in the kit is also accessible.