The F-5E is an improved version of the F-5A Freedom Fighter developed by Northrop. The F-5A Freedom Fighter is an extremely simple and compact aircraft with excellent maneuverability and has been highly evaluated as an overseas fighter. However, when the Soviet Union began to provide the Mig-21, performance shortages became noticeable and improvements were made. Improvements are engine enhancements and radar equipment. This F-5E was used overseas as well as the F-5A. It was also used as a virtual enemy aircraft by the US Air Force and the US Navy due to its outstanding maneuverability. The movie “Top Gun” is famous.
AFV club kit. The 1/48 F-5E had an old monogram kit, but it was released by the AFV club in 2010 with a new mold. It’s a pretty good kit. The rivets on the surface are quite elaborate, such as making the area around the engine convex. As for 1/48, rivets seemed a little annoying, so washing is modest. The opening of the cannon and the pitot tube are changed to brass wire + brass pipe. The seat belt is a fine mold etching.
The painting is a US Air Force aggressor machine. The camouflage was done freehand. Of course, it is not decided once, so both colors are gradually trimmed. German gray + brown decal and matte clear after washing. Initially, the canopy was planned to be closed, but at the very end it didn’t come into close contact with the fuselage, so I kept it open.