Slavo Hazucha The 4-ship formation looks awesome already! And so does the metal base on the trainer - hope you´ll enjoy!
I admire your consistence in not choosing a "preferred child" and going steady with all 4... I can´t imagine bringing up the patience & discipline to do one step 4-times before moving on to the next one... If you carry this through the stencils, it´s worth a medal!
8. September, 18:41
Erik Leijdens Thanks Nathan, Clifford, Alexander and Slavo!
@Slavo, yes it IS very tempting to finish the "preferred child" first, but that will be a MOJO killer I think to finish the others. I'm even thinking to start a little kit on the side, just to finally finish something this year..
8. September, 19:02
Erik Leijdens Dry fitted the Dutch Orpheus recce pod. Looks nice under the 104
Arjan Ouwendijk Erik, a little late I know but you made a truly beautiful model....I also like this camouflage. There is however a small mistake in the kit and that is the nose gear leg. Kinetic supplied 2 nose gear legs but only the F-5A leg is correct for that type......the made up CF-5/NF-5 leg is incorrect. Originally the first generation F-5's used the leg that was installed vertical under the nose area and the fork section angles back a few degrees. On the CF-5A and NF-5A they installed a nose leg that had the fork in a straight line with the main leg body but the whole gear was angled forward. This leg was later installed on the second generation F-5 namely the F-5E/F. It had also the hike/de-hike provision built in. I still remember doing retraction tests of a hiked nose landing gear and we always had to watch the retraction sequence closely as sometimes the gear retracted before it was fully de-hiked.....which causes a big mess ofcourse
Another thing I'd like to point out is that the leading edge flaps only had 2 positions.......the manoeuvring flaps position was built in on the trailing edge flaps and had 3 positions. I don't know why everyone is always talking about the 3 position leading edge flaps but this is not correct.
Once again, a gorgeous model!!
3. August, 19:48
Erik Leijdens Hi Arjan! Thanks for your comment! And a nice on too, never noticed that the fork should be in a straight line! Something to keep in mind when building another NF-5A
10. August, 20:20
Jos Jansen Me too Anne, Erik NF-5A is probably one of the most finest Northrop I ever saw...and that's a compliment mate . After finishing my F-14, it's NF-5A time...!
Erik Leijdens Well Patrick and Neuling; First, this kit is not very clever engineered. Fiddly undercarriage which broke several times, and you haven to place them early in the build. Also I totally screwed up the initial paintjob, resulting in second layer of paint on top the first. Some decals ripped, I just left them off. I'm Just not very pleased about the overall build progress. But from a distance it looks fine..
27. June, 11:18
Patrick Hagelstein Maybe that's why the pictures were taken from a distance??? I get your point and agree that a complete repaint doesn't always show up that well on close scrutinization... Either way, just looking at the final results, not thinking back about all those issues, it's still a result many of us look at in awe! Don't be too hard on yourself!
28. June, 03:20
Erik Leijdens Thanks Patrick . I will post some close up pictures today. They are bit far away now indeed