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Hasegawa/Belcher Bits 1/32 scale
CF-5A Freedom Fighter

by Freddy Pedrique


Canadair/Northrop CF-5A Freedom Fighter

Hasegawa's 1/32 scale F-5E Tiger II is available online from Squadron.com




This my recently built 1/32 CF-5A Freedom Fighter.

It was built using Hasegawa's F-5E, the Belcher Bits CF-5A Conversion kit, and scratch building. The Belcher Bits Kit is a very nicely detailed conversion set. It is cast in resin and comes with all parts to convert a 1/32 F-5E into a nice Canadian-built CF-5A.

Since I wanted my CF-5A in Venezuelan Air Force colors, I had to scratch build the entire instrument panel, the ejection set and the nose landing gear.



Flaps and rudder were made using resin parts of a 1/48 He111 upgrade set, idea of fellow modelist Luis Santos. An internal structure was made for the air brake, since the one provided with the kit is very simple and doesn't look like the real ones.

Before painting, some panel lines were re-scribed. I applied several coats of Tamiya primer and fixed all visible flaws.

When the primer dried completely, I took a fine-tipped black permanent ink marker and applied it to every panel line. Paper masks with the appropriate curves were used to make the camouflage pattern, and applied the paint with my single action Paasche. Then I airbrushed freehand around the borders where the paper masks had been in order to soften the edges. The weathering was done using the post-shading technic and a wash of water-based black. Some other details were applied to finish the model.



I wanted my model to represent one of the CF-5A used by the Venezuelan Air Force since 1972. And although they are about to be discarded from use, they are a pretty elegant machine.


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Text, Images and Model Copyright 2007 by Freddy Pedrique
Page Created 18 February, 2007
Last Updated 24 December, 2007

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