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Freedom Models F-20A Tigershark

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  • From: Central Florida
Freedom Models F-20A Tigershark
Posted by plasticjunkie on Monday, March 11, 2019 4:51 PM

Just completed this 1/48 Freedom Models F-20A Tigershark as a comission. The kit was a delight to build having delicate details and great fitting parts except the join under the fuselage where the forward fuselage meets the rear. It had a medium sized gap that was easily filled with stretched sprue and all melted solid with Tenax. 

I opened up the intakes for a better look. I used mylar discs punched out from a potato chip bag as the reflectors in the landing lights and secured with Future then the back side of the housings were painted the belly color. The gunsight glass included with the kit was a bit too thick so I cut my own out of clear plastic and secured with Aleene's. 

The model was painted with MM enamels. The paint was then polished out with 3,000 grit pads, then two coats of Future were hand brushed on and set aside to cure. The decals came next receiving some Solvaset to melt them down. Another light coat of Future was brushed on and set aside for a couple of days. Flory washes came next and most of it was wiped off with a water dampened paper towel. After curing for over a week or so, several light coats of Testors flat lacquer were sprayed on to kill the gloss followed with some light streaks and staining with artists oils. 

I must admit that the F-20 is one hell of a sleek good looking plane and it looks fast just sitting there on my bench.

Double click on the picture for closeups. Thanks for looking.

Check out the mylar disc reflecting the light

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Posted by TheMongoose on Monday, March 11, 2019 6:22 PM

I love that light! May redo the one on my T-38 as yours looks the part perfectly.

In the pattern: 1/32 BaaBaa Black Sheep Corsair for a tribute build, Weird-Ohs Digger!

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Posted by suomi39 on Monday, March 11, 2019 6:58 PM

That is a super clean build. Crisp and well-detailed. You're right, too, it does look fast. 

Also thanks for the twenty-minute Wikepedia dive -- I was totally unaware of this a/c. Interesting political history. 

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  • From: Central Florida
Posted by plasticjunkie on Monday, March 11, 2019 7:34 PM

Hey thanks guys! I think it looks like something out of Star Wars. 

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Posted by Don Stauffer on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 8:49 AM

Looks great!

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by hogfanfs on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 9:37 AM

PJ, 

Wow! Very well built, and yes, a very attractive aircraft. 

 Bruce

 

 On the bench:  1/48 Eduard MiG-21MF

                        1/35 Takom Merkava Mk.I

 

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Posted by BrandonK on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 9:56 AM

Just the right touch of color vs weathering. It look super nice. Well done.

BK

On the bench: 1/48 Kinetics E-2C Hawkeye

1/72 Meng F-102A Case XX

1/25 MPC Deserter GMC 4x4.   Shelf of doom for now.....

On Deck: 1/48 Italeri Tornado IDS "Black Panthers"

1/48 Hasegawa P-38J Lightining

 

 

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  • From: Central Florida
Posted by plasticjunkie on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 5:23 PM

Thanks Don, Bruce and BK!

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Posted by Fly-n-hi on Friday, March 15, 2019 3:31 PM

Awesome work!  This kit is on my wish list.

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  • From: Central Florida
Posted by plasticjunkie on Friday, March 15, 2019 11:54 PM

Thanks Fly. I highly recommend this one, excelent model.

 

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  • From: Yorkville, IL
Posted by wolfhammer1 on Sunday, March 31, 2019 7:53 PM

I remember building the Monogram 1/48 scale one in the Anthracite Grey Metallic finish.  Nice looking plane, and a great job on the model.  

John

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  • From: Central Florida
Posted by plasticjunkie on Sunday, March 31, 2019 11:06 PM

wolfhammer1

I remember building the Monogram 1/48 scale one in the Anthracite Grey Metallic finish.  Nice looking plane, and a great job on the model.  

John

 

Thanks John. I also built the old Monogram one but this one is light years ahead in fit and details, I highly recommend it.

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Posted by crown r n7 on Monday, April 01, 2019 3:10 AM

 Very neat little jetYes ..

Nick

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Posted by Jay Jay on Monday, April 01, 2019 9:19 AM
These are the jets they use for the fly-overs at the Daytona Coke 400 race in July. Very nicely detailed build Ernie.

 

 

 

 

 

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  • From: Central Florida
Posted by plasticjunkie on Monday, April 01, 2019 4:06 PM

Thanks Crown and Jay!

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