F 5 E from VFC 13 !
This is my HASEGAWA model of the
F5E in 1/32 scale, additions are :
- the Black Box cockpit
- and the decal sheet from TwoBobs.
Well, eveybody knows my love in
those adversary schemes, especially since TwoBobs are in the decal market!
So, I've had the F5 box in my room
for a long time, just turning around...and one day the green light was "
ON "... As Black Box was just releasing its new cockpit for the F5. I found
one quickly and decided to finally have this decal sheet!
Finding a good scheme was very
difficult, they all carry great schemes....but I only had one F5...so I
decided that "RED 01" was a good challenge for me!
I'm actually working on the F16N,
wearing the " Viggen camo"...a MARINE bird !
This time it began with the
sanding of whole the kit and rescribing all the panel lines. Hopefully the F5
is not difficult for that.
For scribing, I used the TAMIYA
scribing tool, which I've cut the end off, so it's easier to scribe in
Everybody who's used to
building resin cockpits, especially from Black Box, know all about the
problem....lots of dry fitting is required. But I have to say that this
one was coming really great inside the plastic fuselage. The detail
level is very impressive, really a nice kit to build! Paint gives it
Nothing very difficult with
this kit, careful assembly, dry fitting.....patience...and it comes very
well! One remark I have on the TwoBobs decal sheet is that a
picture showing part of the 01 wing, has some plate added on the center
of the wing...I cannot explain what it is, but I just tried to reproduce
them with plasticard.
image below to see larger image
Not a lot of things to add, some
wires as usual. About the wheel wells, I didn't improved them...I know
that they're not deep enough....but it's something you can't noticed when
looking at the bird!
I painted them using a TAMIYA
spray can of WHITE primer, then used SMOKE to weathered them. Some touches
with a black pen...and it's done !
Well I would like to have a "colourful
bird" for this one, so I decided to add the air intakes cover and the
exhausts cover too !
They are built using excess resin
blocks, sanded in shape and glue on a plasticad sheet located inside the
Well, I used some surgical tape
(white)......it fits very well, and gives a good structure when painted...you
can use it to cover seats for cars, dashboard, harnesses....)
Well...that's where the fight
began....I first painted all the model in the lighter blue colour and let it
dry completely. Then I masked all the model with TAMIYA TAPE and I drew the
second camo on the tape. Then I've just to cut at the lines.....and
paint the second coat of darker blue. Paint chart was following the decals
sheet instruction, using TESTORs paints.
Well, there's not a lot of decals
to add on this bird, just pay attention that for the numbers like RED 01 and
the star on the tail, you should add some white decal under, I didn't do that
and in the end the yellow / red decals are a bit "pale".....
Same techinique for me, using
Tamiya SMOKE in the panel lines.
Well, nothing overwhelming, just
cut a plastictube and make the beginning of it, like the normal pod. add a
needle in the front and paint it red. that's another colourful addition!
I think that the little
addition of the helmet is a great addition to the model, like if it's
coming for a new Bandit day !( looking around to see Maverick......)
The Hasegawa model is an easy
build, addition of the BB cockpit is very important, and the scheme finished is
so great !!
So, if you're bored of grey
range and build something colourful !!
Hope you enjoy the beast !
Have a great day all of you and
God may bless you countries and families in these difficult times.