I had the day off from work for New Year’s Day, so I decided to do a “build a kit in a day”, or at least attempt it.
The victim kit was Hobbyboss’ 1/72 F-5E Tiger II. It’s not a bad kit, really. Fit is good. Cockpit detail is a bit sparse, and it sits really low. Four nice options are provided for markings- A Navy and Marine aggressor, in browns and grays respectively, a Brazilian Tiger II in a jungle scheme, and a Swiss version in gray.
The only real hitch in the assembly was the wing join. It leaves a bit of a gap. However, a good slopping dose of Mr. Surfacer 500 got things back on track quickly.
For painting, a sort of looked at the diagram, saw some gray stripes, and figured that was enough research. I used Tamiya XF-25, 66 and 80, and went with a quick freehand scheme. The colors nor the pattern are correct, but what do you want in one day?
Anyway- it’s finished. The contrast between the two darker grays is not quite what I’d wanted, but it’ll do.
It’s a fun kit- I recommend it for anyone.