Northrop F-20 Tigershark – 1/72 Hasegawa
The F-20 was of course the last of the famous Northrop F-5 line.
Regrettably the F-20 did not go into production despite being a superb aircraft
In 1983/4 the RNZAF sent a team to the USA to evaluate the F- 20 Tigershark as a possible replacement for its A-4K Skyhawks and decided it was a superb aircraft. However in line with a number of other small air forces the RNZAF was reluctant to order the F-20 if it was not going to be in service with the USAF.
The F-5 is one of my favourite aircraft and the F-20 also. It must be one of the best fighters never to see service.
This is what the F-20 might have looked like if it had gone into service with the RNZAF.
The paint scheme is the ‘lizard’ scheme variant of the SEA scheme. The paints used are Humbrol and Tamiya.
The kit is super and goes together very nicely and I would recommend it
I found the idea for the build on the internet and thought it was a cool one.
I have the Freedom Models 1/48 in the stash and it is on the list sometime soon
It would have been a great build for the year of the cat group build, but it was finished last year!
How often does that happen!
Thanks for looking!
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