Malaysian RF-5E Tiger Eye – Airfix 1/72
When I saw a pic of the Malaysian scheme in a magazine, I had to build it. I ordered a couple different sets of after market decals (none for an F-5), but they didn’t fit the size of the model. I was surprised when I opened the box that it included decals for the Malaysian version, as the box art showed a Saudi Arabian jet, though they were poorly registered. I made them work, along with some decals from my spares for additional stencils.
Externally, I replaced the gun with a brass barrel from my spares box, and added the blade aerial, the fin top, and took the belly tank from my Hasegawa F-20 kit, as it matched the Malaysian reference photos – I just had to extend the pylon to make it fit.
Internally, the camera bays were totally empty, and with such large glass panes I was afraid they would look that way. So – using some reference photos, I scratch built the camera bays. They are hard to make out unless you use a flashlight, as the clear parts are so thick. I thought about trying to replace the kit glass, but due to the v-shape decided not to attempt it.
Looking at reference photos, I used pastel chalks to “model” around the edges of the tan and lighter grey shades. I was happy with how it came out. In hindsight I wish I had used one more interim step to do some oil dot fading, but all in all I love the scheme of this bird. I’m just a s…ker for colorful camo schemes! I included a few pics of the inspiration for this project.
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