A preliminary look at Kitty Hawk's upcoming F-5E/F in 1/32 scale
Several weeks ago, Kitty Hawk announced their intentions to release a large scale Tiger after sharing several CAD images on their Facebook page. It usually isn't prudent to jump all over CAD images with criticism so early on because many things change through the course of a model's production timeline. It would be like saying your child looks nothing like you after catching a glimpse of the ultrasound.
Never the less, the image gives us an idea of part placement, engineering and features like open panels and weapons that will be included. Since as you know I have a distinct fascination with aircraft weaponry, that will be the main point of interest here. So, let's explore the world of the F-5 Tiger II and see if we can't figure out what to expect from Kitty Hawk.
The Kit so far...
These are a few of the images released by Kitty Hawk that show the weaponry apparently included in the kit. The first th…
The AIM-9 Sidewinder is the most successful short range air-to-air missile in the world. Since entering service in 1956, it has been employed by twenty-eight nations worldwide and has seen combat in multiple contested air spaces since its first action in 1958. It's low cost and continuous upgrades have enabled the missile to achieve success well into the 21st Century.
It's incredible life span has allowed the AIM-9 to serve on a range of different air frames, making it the air-to-air missile you will likely see in your kit's box, especially if you intend to build a Western subject. However, through the copied K-13 Soviet version, you may also see it in Eastern Bloc subjects as well like the MiG-21.
So what's this about?
It's not hard to look up the history of the Sidewinder online. Good thing I am not writing a history book. Instead, I recognize that the little missile is quite popular in the United States as well as the air forces of foreign nations. It will appe…
The M117 is a general purpose bomb with a weight class of 750 pounds although, depending on its fuse and fin assembly, it can weigh around 820 pounds. It was born out of the Korean War and saw extensive use in Vietnam, and was dropped by B-52's during Operation Desert Storm in the early 1990's.
It is fairly common, and a modeler will likely see them in kits of tactical fighter aircraft that served in the Vietnam War era. It has several different configurations, all of which are briefly highlighted below along with references for a few of the aircraft they were typically released from.
The M117 had several fin assemblies, giving the bomb a low drag or high drag capability.
The M117 was found, it seems, most frequently on F-100's and F-105's though it could be carried by other aircraft in the US inventory as well.