Hobby Master HA3326
1/72 Scale Northrop F-5E Tiger II Diecast Model s/n 73-00847, 23rd TFW, RVNAF
Tan Son Nhut Air Base, circa 1975.
- Wingspan 11.2 cm 4.44 in Approx.
- Length 21.7 cm 8.55 in Approx.
Model features include:
- Constructed with metal and plastic components.
- Canopy displayable open or closed.
- Undercarriage displayable extended or retracted.
- Display stand included.
Hobby Master HA3326 – 1/72 Scale F-5F Tiger II Diecast Model.
Hobby Master HA3326 is a 1/72 scale diecast model of the Northrop F-5E Tiger II. In the markings and colour scheme of F-5E, s/n 73-00847, 23rd TFW Republic of Vietnam Air Force (RVNAF). The Republic of Vietnam received their first 18 F-5Es in 1972, diverted from delivery to Iran. The more advanced electronics made them difficult to maintain, and therefore the simpler earlier F-5A/B model saw most combat. During the fall of Saigon in 1975, 22 F-5Es and four F-5As escaped to Thailand and then to the USA. F-5E s/n73-0847 was one of these aircraft.
Northrop F-5 Freedom Fighter/Tiger II.
The Northrop F-5A/B Freedom Fighter and F-5E/F Tiger II are a family of American supersonic lightweight fighters. Capable of day air superiority and ground-attack roles. Design of the aircraft, privately funded by Northrop, started in the 1950s. Smaller and less complicated than contemporary fighters, with lower purchase and operational costs, making it a successful export aircraft. It saw combat in the Vietnam War with both the USAF and RVAF.
The first flight took place on July 30, 1959, and first entered service in April 1964, with the 4441st Combat Crew Training School, USAF. The USAF did not purchase the F-5A/B, but selected the T-38 Talon, an advanced trainer based on the F-5A, to replace the T-33.
The improved single-seat F-5E Tiger II first flew on August 11, 1972, and enter service on April 6, 1973, with the 425th TFS. The F-5F, tandem seat combat-capable trainer, first flight occurred on September 25, 1974. The RF-5E Tigereye was a reconnaissance variant.
Northrop built 1,400 Tiger IIs before the end of production in 1987. The F-5 was licence-built in Canada, Spain, South Korea and Taiwan.
The Northrop F-5 airframe construction is mainly of aluminium alloy, steel, titanium and magnesium. The design uses the transonic area rule to reduce drag, and a small profile makes visual and radar detection difficult.
The fuselage is a semi-monocoque structure with either a single seat (F-5A/E) or a tandem two-seat (F-5B/F) cockpit. The two-seat tandem cockpit has individual canopies. The two afterburning turbofan engines are mounted in a side-by-side layout internally in the rear of the fuselage. On the fuselage sides forward of the wing roots, are the engine air intakes. Two hydraulic actuated air brakes are located under the fuselage ahead of the main wheel wells.
The cantilevered wings are a traditional skin over a spar-rib structure low mounted on the fuselage. With no dihedral and 24° sweepback at quarter-chord. Fitted with ailerons mid-span, trailing edge flaps inboard and leading-edge maneuvering flaps. Flight control systems are hydraulic. The tail unit is also of a sweptback cantilever design with a single fin and rudder and all moving tailplane.
The undercarriage is a hydraulically operated retractable tricycle type. The steerable single-wheeled nose unit retracts forward into the fuselage. The single-wheeled main landing gear, hinged in the wing retract inwards into the fuselage. The F-5E has a two position extendable nose unit to vary the angle of attack to shorten takeoff run.
The improved F-5E has more powerful engines, a longer wider fuselage with higher fuel capacity and optional air refuelling probe. Enlarged leading edge extensions increasing wing area, improving maneuverability. More advanced avionics which included air to air radar. The F-5A initially did not have a radar but were retrofitted. Various avionic packages were available to meet customer requirements.
The F-5 uses two General Electric J85 axial flow turbojet engines with afterburners. The engine air intakes have additional inlet doors for taking off and low-speed flight.
- Guns: two 20 mm (0.787 in) M39A2 Revolver cannons mounted internally in the nose.
- Hardpoints: seven external hard-points able to carry up to 3,200 kg (7,000 pounds) of payload. One under each wingtip, two under each wing and one under fuselage on centre-line.
- Ordnance: air to air missiles, air to ground missiles. Bombs include laser-guided, unguided, napalm and cluster. Rocket launchers for unguided rockets.
- Other: up to three drop tanks.
- Maximum speed: Mach 1.64, 2,009 km/h (1,248 mph).
- Cruising speed: Mach 0.8, 980 km/h (609 mph).
- Combat range: Up to 1056 km 656 mi (depending on the load carried)
- Ferry range: 2,863 km (1,779 mi) with drop tanks.
- Service ceiling: 15,800 m (51,800 ft ).
- Northrop F-5 Freedom Fighter/Tiger II.
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Hobby Master HA3326 – 1/72 Scale Northrop F-5E Tiger II Diecast Model Aircraft. S/N 73-00847, 23rd TFW, RVNAF, Tan Son Nhut Air Base, circa 1975.