Northrop F-5A FREEDOM FIGHTER – Philippine Air Force
The second of two model build projects I did after coming back to modeling from decades of absence, two first one allowed by retirement from work…The exercise is to simulate/replicate the personal aircraft of erstwhile Philippine Air Force Commanding General , Jose E Rancudo, when, earlier, in command of the 5th Fighter Wing. The marking “Lightning” was made possible by locally made HARIBON Decals .
The kit (Italeri 72nd) received some detailing like opened starboard gun bay; scratch built Pontiac M-39 20-mm cannon; and, canopy actuating mechanism at the canopy rear; small lengths stretched sprue to simulate the many thin linkages in the landing gear struts, landing gear door. It also received scratch-built simulation of the gun-sight from a bent No. 10 Staple Wire and from thin plastic rod the Auxiliary Compass by the windshield inner frame … Bosny (Krylon) Automotive Chrome Enamel (decanted from rattle can) simulated the prototype’s Silver Lacquer Painted Finish . The chrome was laced with some white enamel to reduce the “chrome-y” effect.
Shown second to the last image is a shot of the subject next to the HARIBON Decal cover sheet.(an erstwhile dry printed homemade decal sheet turned commercial) . . . the final image is the inspiration:
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