Hobby Master HA3326
1/72 Scale Northrop F-5E Tiger II Diecast Model s/n 73-00847, 23rd TFW, VNAF
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.
1/72 Scale Air Power Series.
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 Royal Vietnam Air Force. Also referred to as the Vietnam Air Force (VNAF). One of 58 F-5Es sent to the South Vietnamese Air Force during the Vietnam War.
The Republic of Vietnam received their first 18 F-5Es in 1972. These aircraft were originally scheduled for delivery to Iran. Other F-5Es followed later. The F-5Es saw little combat by the South Vietnamese Air Force as the more advanced electronics made them difficult to maintain. The simpler earlier F-5A/B model saw most of the combat. During the fall of Saigon in 1975, 22 F-5Es and four F-5As escaped to Thailand. They were then returned to the USA. F-5E s/n73-0847 was one of these aircraft.
Northrop F-5A/B Freedom Fighter and F-5E/F Tiger II.
The Northrop F-5A/B Freedom Fighter and F-5E/F Tiger II are a family of American supersonic light fighters. Capable of day air superiority and ground-attack roles. Smaller and simpler than contemporaries, the F-5 cost less to purchase and operate, making it a popular export aircraft. Design started in the 1950s, privately funded by Northrop. A small, highly aerodynamic fighter powered by two compact and high-thrust General Electric J85 engines. The design used the recently discovered transonic area rule to reduce drag. The small profile of the F-5 makes visual and radar detection difficult.
The F-5A first flew on July 30, 1959, and entered service in the early 1960s. Although the US Air Force did not purchase the F-5A/B they selected the T-38 Talon to replace the T-33. The Talon was an advanced trainer based on the F-5A.
Northrop introduced the second-generation F-5E Tiger II in 1972. Able to perform both air and ground attack duties, the type saw extensive service in the Vietnam War. The F-5E underwent numerous upgrades in its service life.
More than 3,800 F-5 and T-38 advanced trainer aircraft were built. The F-5N/F variants are still in service with the US Navy and US Marine Corps as adversary aircraft.
F-5E Tiger II.
Initially known as the F-5A-21, the single-seat F-5E first flew on August 11, 1972. First entering service on April 6, 1973, with the 425th TFS. Improvements include more powerful J85-21 engines, larger fuselage, greater fuel capacity and optional air-to-air refuelling. The wings have larger leading edge extensions increasing wing area and improving maneuverability. Advanced avionics including air to air radar. Various avionics options were available. The F-5E proved a successful combat aircraft, serving in a variety of roles. Northrop built 1,400 Tiger IIs before the end of production in 1987.
NASA gave one F-5E a modified fuselage as part of the Shaped Sonic Boom Demonstration program.
F-5F Tiger II.
The F-5F, a tandem seat combat-capable trainer first flew on September 25, 1974. A new 0.9m (3 ft) longer nose allowed the installation of a single M39 cannon.
The Northrop F-5 is a metal, semi-monocoque structure. The aircraft’s construct is mainly aluminium alloy, steel, titanium and magnesium. The cockpit is single or tandem seated depending on the variant. The wings are of a cantilever design, low mounted on the fuselage with no dihedral. The wings are of conventional skin over the spar-rib structure.
Fitted with ailerons mid-span, trailing edge flaps inboard and leading-edge maneuvering flaps. The tail unit is also of a cantilever design with a single fin and all moving tailplane. The tricycle undercarriage has a two position extendable nose unit. Used to vary the angle of attack to shorten takeoff distance. The flight control systems are hydraulic.
Powered by two General Electric J85 turbojet engines. The engine air intakes have additional inlet doors for taking off and low-speed flight. There is provision for a removable in-flight refuelling probe.
The F-5A originally did not have radar but retrofitted with an AN/APQ-153 radar during upgrades. The F-5E uses the AN/APQ-159 radar system.
- Two 20 mm (0.787 in) M39A2 Revolver cannons in the nose.
- Seven Hardpoints:
- One under each wing-tip, Four under-wing, One centre under-fuselage.
- Able to carry up to 3,200 kg (7,000 pounds) of payload.
- LAU-61/LAU-68 rocket pods (each with 19× /7× Hydra 70 mm rockets, respectively).
- LAU-5003 rocket pods (each with 19× CRV7 70 mm rockets).
- LAU-10 rocket pods (each with 4× Zuni 127 mm rockets).
- Matra rocket pods (each with 18× SNEB68 mm rockets).
- AIM-9 Sidewinders or AIM-120 AMRAAM air-to-air missiles.
- AGM-65 Maverick air-to-surface missiles.
- AA-8 Aphid, AA-10 Alamo, AA-11 Archer and other Russian/Chinese AAMs (Iranian version.)
- Mark 80 unguided bombs,
- CBU-24/49/52/58 cluster bomb munitions.
- Napalm bomb canisters.
- M129 Leaflet bomb.
- Laser-guided bombs of the Paveway family.
up to three drop tanks.
- Emerson Electric AN/APQ-153 radar on early production F-5E.
- Emerson Electric AN/APQ-159 radar on later production F-5E.
- AN/AVQ-27 Laser Target Designator Set (LTDS), (F-5B and F-5F).
- 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 ).
Hobby Master HA3326 – 1/72 Scale Northrop F-5E Tiger II Diecast Model Aircraft. S/N 73-00847, 23rd TFW, VNAF, Tan Son Nhut Air Base, circa 1975.