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Apropos intake trunks.... would a bass wood master (top half plus bottom half) carved and sanded to shape (as a male master) for each side - then both halves taken apart and vac-formed over with plastic sheeting work as a master to cast a resin seamless in-take trunk?

Just thinking outloud here...

Cheers

Alan

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1 hour ago, Out2gtcha said:

Does anyone know of a similar F-5F scheme?

 

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No F-5F bandits in that scheme as far as I know, but there are two more F-5E in same pattern but with different colors

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6 hours ago, Harold said:

I got the wheels done, but the intakes are more of a challenge than I thought.

 

Yes, I'd imagine they're a real pain. I know I certainly won't be attempting it.

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1 hour ago, Out2gtcha said:

Does anyone know of a similar F-5F scheme?

 

VFC-13-Tiger2.jpg

Nope. 21 was the only VFC-13 jet to get that scheme unfortunately. VFA-127 had an E in a very similar scheme, but the colors were tan and green.

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Intake FOD covers/intake trunks welcome! The same for a set of nozzle shroud covers.
Kitty Hawk failed at properly replicating the double-wall nozzle structure - interior corrugated liner/outer nozzle shroud.

 

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(apologies for the poor quality pics - quick & dirty cell phone shots)

 

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So one of the great mysteries for me after finishing my F-5E, is why this kit has the AIM-9B and AIM-9L but no AIM-9J. The vast majority of F-5Es were sold abroad with the AIM-9J and the aggressor birds carried the AIM-9L during and after ACEVAL/AIMVAL. If we have the adversary birds as decal options, why no ACMI pod (guess what's going to happen to my AIM-9s)? Having AIM-7s as an option made me wonder what research source was used for this kit? Yes, the (lack of) intake trunks was another mystery, but painting the inside of the fuselage black minimized that potential eyesore. Backdating the kit to an early F-5E turned out to be straightforward, especially with all of the good information in this thread, so thank you all!

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6 hours ago, Ivan Ivanovich said:

Intake FOD covers/intake trunks welcome! The same for a set of nozzle shroud covers.
Kitty Hawk failed at properly replicating the double-wall nozzle structure - interior corrugated liner/outer nozzle shroud.

 

(apologies for the poor quality pics - quick & dirty cell phone shots)

 

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loy0Qgy.jpg

 


 

the best way is to make the inner layer from scratch...I done it with alum. foil by my F-5A...

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Edited by Menelaos

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Nice F-5A, Menelaos! 

 

Deep down my gut feeling tells me using the plastic parts from sprue F might be a better option. Maybe tonight I will slap them together to find out.

The outer nozzle shroud, kit parts F16+F17, comes with delicately recessed surface details. One thing is for sure, some of that detail will be lost after sanding. No dealbreaker for me since I'm planning to use Archer 3D Surface Details resin rivets (printed on decal film) to replicate the characteristic raised rivet lines on my F-5E builds. 

 

I've got yet to find out which of their set comes closest in terms of rivet size and rivet spacing.

 

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Edited by Ivan Ivanovich

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From left to right:

Kit plastic parts (accurately replicating the double-wall structure), kit resin nozzle shroud minus casting block, kit resin nozzle shroud with thinned trailing edge.

 

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Contrary to my inital plan (see my previous post), I'm now sort of inclined to take the middle way, only thinning the shroud trailing edges.

 

What do you think? Close enough? Nevermind? Lazy bugger?

Feedback welcome!

 

Plan B:

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Ivan Ivanovich contemplating...left hand fumbling for the dang toilet paper...followed by loud NSFW Russian cursing:

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Some details of the F-5F Tiger II Twin seater on the Kitty Hawk Group's facebook page.

 

Two resin pilots + One resin acces ladder ( ! ). (not 2 acces ladders....1).

Markings for US Navy, Iran, Thailand, South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore & Switzerland.

B)

SharkOwl

 

Reference : https://www.facebook.com/groups/369828906819827/?fref=nf

Edited by SharkOwl

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11 minutes ago, SharkOwl said:

Some details of the F-5F Tiger II Twin seater on the Kitty Hawk Group's facebook page.

 

Two resin pilots + One resin acces ladder ( ! ).

Markings for US Navy, Iran, Thailand, South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore & Switzerland.

B)

SharkOwl

 

Reference : https://www.facebook.com/groups/369828906819827/?fref=nf

 

 

Thanks for posting that.

 

Now about were this seamless intake trunks.............

 

AM guys?

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