Furball Decals FD32-002: Top Gun Tigers




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Scott Van Aken


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Furball Aero Design's second 1/32 sheet is for the F-5E Tiger II. Specifically, those that operated with the Naval Fighter Weapons School or 'Top Gun'. I know that the title of the sheet says 'Tigers and Talons', but all the options are for the F-5E. Top Gun planes are particularly popular with modelers thanks to the wide variety of schemes that they carried.

This sheet provides a wide variety of these schemes for the large scale modeler. You can see that simply by looking over the twelve different schemes offered on the cover sheet. For kits, there is the still nice Hasegawa kit as well as one by Kinetic.

One thing that few people realize is that many of Top Gun's planes carried no national insignia. They were not flown outside the US so it was felt that this addition was not needed.  Since markings on these were minimal at best, the builder can spend most of their efforts on the camouflage scheme. Fortunately, these schemes were well documented and this enables Furball to provide both sides as well as upper and lower camouflage information on each jet. These schemes cover from the mid 1970s until the late 1980s with the latter period being more widely represented. These are not all of the schemes carried, but enough to provide variety.

Note that some of these planes have a 'sharknose' so you will need a specific kit to duplicate this. All these details are specified in the extensive color and markings guide that accompanies every Furball decal sheet. An additional selection of serial numbers is provided for those who wish to deviate from what is provided.

November 2016

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