Northrop F-5 (F-5E, F-5S) Tiger II - 149th Sqn. "Shikra" Republic of Singapore Air Force 1/72 Scale Diecast Metal Model by Hobby Master

$ 114.99

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1:72 Scale  Diecast Metal  - Northrop F-5E, F-5S Tiger II – Length: 8.5"  Wingspan: 4.5”

This model is a single seat and includes a pilot figure. The canopy is not movable (it does not open and close). Instead, it includes two sets of canopies, one in the closed position and another in the opened position. It does includes a detailed landing gear as well as the covers of the wheel wells to give the appearance of in-flight. A display stand is included

This is really a "no-play" model or a "display-only" model. It is mostly metal and very heavy. It also has a number of antennas which look great but are very fragile. If you have small kids that like to play with your models, save yourself some frustration (and money) and wait till later to get a model like this one. The box is labeled as not suitable for children under 14.

The box measures 8 inches by 8 inches by 4 inches.

The Northrop F-5A/B Freedom Fighter and the F-5E/F Tiger II are part of a family of supersonic Light fighter, initially designed in the late 1950s by Northrop Corporation. Being smaller and simpler than contemporaries such as the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II, the F-5 cost less to both procure and operate, making it a popular export aircraft. The F-5 started life as a privately funded light fighter program by Northrop in the 1950s. The design team wrapped a small, highly aerodynamic fighter around two compact and high-thrust General Electric J85 engines, focusing on performance and low cost of maintenance. Though primarily designed for the day air superiority role, the aircraft is also a capable ground-attack platform. The F-5A entered service in the early 1960s. During the Cold War, over 800 were produced through 1972 for U.S. allies. Though the USAF had no acknowledged need for a light fighter, it did procure roughly 1,200 Northrop T-38 Talon trainer aircraft, which were directly based on the F-5A.

 

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