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Kitty Hawk 1/32 F-5E/F Tiger II / Special Interest Group (SIG) !

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Obviously they are starting with one of the latest F-5E configurations out the gate. Overall it looks pretty nice. Detail looks well done and I really like how they made the front windscreen as part of the fuselage. I never liked the traditional “F-5 model separate clear windscreen†that had to be very carefully attached, else it be glue marred; not to mention the “stress fracture†that can occur from the sprue attachment. It was also a PITA to blend!

 

 

I'm so not a fan of the open gun panels. Most of the time these are not a clean fit and require a lot of time to get a streamlined. 

 

 

One area of the Hasegawa F-5 that was always a disappointment was the overly thick NLG strut forks. On this kit the NLG forks are not as thick as Hasegawa, but still too thick for the scale. I am sure it was a stability compromise, so hopefully Ernie can make these is brass with a more accurate/to scale thickness.

 

 

Can't make out the main wheel detail, but from what I can see it looks decent. I'd like to get a closer look at the wheels and gear.

I can see the cockpit IP detail is quite soft and bland; something the Hasegawa kit still prevails in as far a kit stock goes.  Of course we still need to see the rest of the cockpit parts.

 

 

The Exhausts look quite unconvincing with a very thick TE and oversized riveting. I'm sure they will most likely be corrected by AM sets soon after this kit hits the rest of the modeling populous.

 

 

Mike V

 

Agree, why can't they leave the open panels closed with a recessed line inside so if you want them open you just scribe and cut them out. I'm not a fan of open panels and this would actually deter me from buying the kit. The only exception I make is Tamiya as their panels fit so well.

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I agree with Mike, the front windshield engineering is clever and was applied by Tamiya to its 48-Tomcat as well (upscale this one!! :)). One on order for me. Looking forward to the F-version as well....and then the A/B versions please. :)

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This looks really nice, and I can see myself getting a few of these.  Will there be a pointy-nosed option on the sprues?  And perhaps full intake trunking?

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...Will there be a pointy-nosed option on the sprues?  And perhaps full intake trunking?

I sooo hope so, given what is represented on the box top.

 

Hopefully two radomes and an etched line in the LERX for easy symmetrical surgery.

 

Tony

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Very nice! I've been waiting for this one for a long long time! Bring on the F KH! It definitely represents a late model E. Hopefully parts will be included for an early version, or at least released again as an early version. So many build options with the F-5E/F  :frantic:  I too like how they did the wind screen, and right along a panel line too. Inside the canopy rails looks great too. Hopefully the option will be there for closed auxiliary intake doors, as those would be closed unless the engines were running. So far so good. I can't wait to get my hands on this one ;0) Fred K.

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"The Exhausts look quite unconvincing with a very thick TE and oversized riveting."   

 

 

There are a couple of pics on the net that show a rather "thick" exhaust section.  If someone were to scrib a ring on the end, it'd be pretty close.  

 

https://goo.gl/images/e7HFGg

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Agree, why can't they leave the open panels closed with a recessed line inside so if you want them open you just scribe and cut them out. I'm not a fan of open panels and this would actually deter me from buying the kit. The only exception I make is Tamiya as their panels fit so well.

 

 

Because the guy who designs these kits is not a modeler.  He's a gee-whiz CAD designer.  

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"The Exhausts look quite unconvincing with a very thick TE and oversized riveting."

 

 

There are a couple of pics on the net that show a rather "thick" exhaust section. If someone were to scrib a ring on the end, it'd be pretty close.

 

https://goo.gl/images/e7HFGg

Ironic as that first photo is one of the ones I went back and referred to, along some walk-arounds I have. But if you're saying all you need to do is scribe a relief to show separate trailing Edge exhaust panel to make it look not so thick, that is hardly the case. The actual F-5's trailing Edge exhaust is real thin sheet metal between the exhaust TE and the liner. The kit Exhaust in scale is about 2 inches or so thick and simply scribing a line segment at the end is going to change that dimension.

 

Again, I do think there will be AM soon to correct the Exhaust issue, so not a big deal in the scheme of things.

 

Mike V

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Agree, why can't they leave the open panels closed with a recessed line inside so if you want them open you just scribe and cut them out. I'm not a fan of open panels and this would actually deter me from buying the kit. The only exception I make is Tamiya as their panels fit so well.

 

I think it's an unwritten rule, all 1/32 F-5 kits have to have exposed gun bays, just like the F-86s.... I kid.... I would prefer closed up gun bays, too. I'll still get one, and hopefully an A if they make them. I have a Canadian build in mind, 434 Sq in Aggressor colors.

 

Don

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I think it's an unwritten rule, all 1/32 F-5 kits have to have exposed gun bays, just like the F-86s.... I kid.... I would prefer closed up gun bays, too. I'll still get one, and hopefully an A if they make them. I have a Canadian build in mind, 434 Sq in Aggressor colors.

 

Don

Sorry my friend but Canadian CF-5 manufactured by Canadair in Montreal were of the ‘'A'' & ‘'D'' models and not the ‘'E'' & ‘'F'' Tiger II type :

 

CF-5A : Single-seat fighter version for the Canadian Forces, designation CF-116A. 89 built.

CF-5A® : Single-seat reconnaissance version for the Canadian Forces. Built in small numbers. Canadian Forces designation CF-116A®.

CF-5D : Two-seat training version for the Canadian Forces, CF-116D. 46 built.

 

The good news is it seems Kitty Hawk future projects after :

 

the 1/32 F-5E/F Family ;

the 1/32  Mirage 2000 C/B/N/D family ;

and

the 1/32 Sepecat/Bae Jaguar Gr.1/T.2/A/E family ;

 

could very well be a 1/32 Freedom Fighter F-5A/B/C/D family.

 

But it will be in a 2 to 3 years timeframe.

:popcorn:

SharkOwl

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I think it's an unwritten rule, all 1/32 F-5 kits have to have exposed gun bays, just like the F-86s.... I kid.... I would prefer closed up gun bays, too. I'll still get one, and hopefully an A if they make them. I have a Canadian build in mind, 434 Sq in Aggressor colors.

 

Don

Oh yea, you hit the nail square on the head with that "unwritten rule". Dissapointing yes, but same here: it's not enough to sway me from getting one.

 

Mike V

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