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REVIEW
Aifix F-5A Freedom Fighter
warreni
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Posted: Saturday, October 19, 2013 - 07:27 AM UTC
Mark Doremus (md72) brings us an in-box review of Airfix''s F-5A Freedom Fighter first released back in 1966.

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If you have comments or questions please post them here.

Thanks!
Jessie_C
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Posted: Saturday, October 19, 2013 - 09:07 AM UTC
The bombs look like they're an unholy mix of the old-style M117 and the newer Mk. 82. It's probably a good idea to replace them with something which looks a bit more real. Or leave them off entirely. Modern jets rarely fly with live bangity things hung on them, and even more rarely are seen armed on the flight line.
chris1
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Posted: Saturday, October 19, 2013 - 09:19 AM UTC
Hi
I've just tried to view this and get this message:

This review either does not exist or has not been published for public viewing. Please contact us if you think you believe this is in error.

I've never had a problem before so what have I done wrong.

Thanks


chris
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Posted: Saturday, October 19, 2013 - 02:27 PM UTC
I was thinking of the M76 Practice Bomb when I saw the shapes. I suppose If I place the pilot in the cockpit (bury the lack of detail) and pose it on the runway just past the armourer's check point, it'll be legal.
Jessie_C
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Posted: Saturday, October 19, 2013 - 02:36 PM UTC
The great problem with that is those practise bombs are tiny. They're usually carried on a CBLS (Carrier, Bomb, Light Stores) which itself is smaller than a live bomb. They're weighted so they have all the ballistic characteristics of real bombs for a fraction of the cost. They're also re-usable. More often than not fast jets these days will have those hanging on them rather than the real thing. You could probably hack those "bombs" up into a fairly reasonable fake CBLS without much difficulty.

Chris, the review hadn't been set to "live" which is why you had trouble seeing it. It ought to be corrected now.
md72
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Posted: Saturday, October 19, 2013 - 03:34 PM UTC
Yea, you're right, Mk76 are about 24in long (.33" in 1/72), these are 1.2" long, about 86" real life.
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Posted: Saturday, October 19, 2013 - 06:24 PM UTC
thank you
Berwickboy
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Posted: Saturday, October 19, 2013 - 09:04 PM UTC
If you can get hold of the Hasegawa weapon set of bombs that contains a CBU and a variety of loads
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Posted: Sunday, October 20, 2013 - 04:17 AM UTC
Good suggestion, I think I've got one in the stash somewhere.