Classic Airframes' 1/48 scale
RF-5A Freedom Fighter
by Mick Evans
Airframes' 1/48 scale RF-5A Freedom Fighter may be ordered online
Classic Airframes’ 1/48 scale RF-5A Freedom Fighter
is quite nice to build. Very little preparation work is required before
Once the cockpit has been painted assembly of the fuselage was very
straight forward, with no assembly hitches at all.
I elected to cut the radar nose off after the fuselage was assembled to
ensure the alignment was correct. The clear nose parts were then
assembled to the nose and the camera windows masked for protection.
The resin insert for the main wheel bays required some cleanup work
before they would just drop in. Once this was done the lower fuselage
was fitted and this created my only major concern. Quite a large seam
line was present and I think this is a result of the moulding process.
Not to worry - a bit of filler some sanding and panel scribing and the
ugly seam line disappeared. The intakes were assembled painted inside
and fitted. These required a bit of trimming to achieve a good alignment
with the front of the main wheel resin insert.
The wings were carefully and gradually trimmed and dry fitted. The time
spent here meant that I used no filler on the wing to fuselage joint,
just a quick brush of Mr Surfacer 500. The backend was a small problem.
When the engine nozzles were fitted a gap appeared at the top. I
referred to photographs and drawings and fashioned the brake chute door
out of plastic card to fill the void. Ensure that when assembling the
wing tip tanks to the wing that you refer to drawings and photographs to
get the positioning correct.
The rest of the assembly was very straightforward, except for the canopy
fit, which was an exercise in patience which I eventually got right.
This has nothing to do with the manufacturer but the way the canopy
opens on the actual aircraft. All transparencies were dipped in Future
which added to their clarity
The kit was finished in the colours of a Canadian CF-5A-R based at
Elmendorf Air Force Base Alaska in 1968.
Classic Airframes’ 1/48 scale RF-5A is a great looking when finished.
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