Hobby Master HA3358 – 1/72 Scale F-5F Tiger II Diecast Model.
Hobby Master HA3358 diecast model replicates in 1/72 scale the Northrop F-5F Tiger II US Navy s/n 160964. In the markings and colour scheme of #46, United States Navy Fighter Weapons School (NFWS) “Top Gun”, based at Naval Air Station (NAS) Miramar, circa 1977.
Hobby Master 1/72 Scale Northrop F-5F Tiger II diecast model details
Diecast Model Dimensions:
- Length 21.8 cm 8.58 in Approx
- Wingspan 11.3 cm 4.45 in Approx.
Diecast Model Features Include:
- Constructed with metal and plastic components
- Undercarriage displayable extended or retracted
- Canopy displayable open or closed
- Display stand included.
The United States Navy Fighter Weapons School is popularly known as “TOPGUN”, formed on March 3, 1969, at Naval Air Station Miramar in San Diego, California. Established by the US Navy to help counter air losses in Vietnam, partially contributed to inadequate training in air combat maneuvering. The school teaches fighter and strike skills to selected naval aviators, who then become proxy instructors within their unit.
In 1996, the school merged with the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center at Naval Air Station Fallon, Nevada and renamed as the United States Navy Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor program (SFTI program). TOPGUN was made famous by the 1986 motion picture of the same name.
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 missions. The first flight took place on July 30, 1959, and entered service in April 1964, with the 4441st Combat Crew Training School, United States Air Force (USAF). Privately funded by Northrop, work on the design started in the 1950s. Smaller and less complicated than contemporary fighters, with lower purchase and operating costs, made it a success in the export market. The first use in combat occurred during the Vietnam War with both the USAF and the Republic of Vietnam Air Force (RVAF).
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 Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star. The F-5E/F became favoured by the US military as an “aggressor” in Dissimilar Air Combat Training (DACT) due to its similarities to the MiG-21 and serves in this role with the US Air Force from 1975 until 1990, the US Navy and the US Marines Corps.
F-5 E/F Tiger II
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. The F-5E differed from the earlier model with more powerful engines, longer wider fuselage, higher fuel capacity and optional air refuelling probe. Enlarged leading edge extensions increasing wing area, improving maneuverability. The undercarriage nose unit length could be adjusted, varying the angle of attack to shorten takeoff run. The avionics were more advanced and included air to air radar. The F-5A initially did not have radar but were retrofitted. Various avionic packages were available to meet customer requirements.
Northrop built 1,400 Tiger IIs before production ended in 1987. Canada, Spain, South Korea and Taiwan manufactured the F-5 under licence.
F-5F Tiger II Specifications
- Crew: two, instructor and student
- Length: 15.72 m (51 ft 7 in)
- Wingspan: 8.13 m (26 ft 8 in)
- Height: 4.01 m (13 ft 1¾ in)
- Empty weight: 4,793 kg (10,567 lb)
- Engines: two General Electric J85-GE-21B afterburning turbojet.
- Guns: one 20 mm (0.787 in) M39A2 Revolver cannon mounted internally on the side of 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, Laser designator in the rear cockpit.
- Maximum speed: 1,656 km/h (1,029 mph), Mach 1.56 at 11,000m (36,090 ft)
- Cruising speed: 850 km/h (528 mph), Mach 0.8 at 11,000m (36,090 ft)
- Combat range: Up to 964 km 599 mi (depending on the load carried)
- Ferry range: 2,353 km (1,462 mi) with drop tanks
- MTOW: 11,406 kg (25,147 lb)
- Service ceiling: 15,484 m (50,800 ft ).