Spotlight On: Northrop F-5E & F-5F Tiger II

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Alexandre Guedes
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Hard Cover, Square Bound, A4 [8.6” x 12.0”], 44 pages
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Spot 13
Book cover

Alexandre Guedes was born in 1975 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Alexandre has always had a love for drawing, painting, and building scale models where military and civil aviation has been his primary focus. He created a design company, Communication and Design Tentacle where he directs graphic design projects, signage projects, and advertising campaigns. His Facebook page, Alexandre.Guedes.Design Facebook, was initiated in January 2016. Be sure to check it out!

Alexandre Guedes begins with a one-page introduction to the Northrop Tiger II and then dives into the color illustrations. There are forty-two color side profiles depicting both sides of twenty-one Northrop Tiger II aircraft. Where appropriate, enlarged scrap views focus on unique markings. Where possible, camouflage colors are provided with FS numbers. The aircraft include examples from around the world as noted in the Table of Contents below.

The Table of Contents includes the following sections:

  • Introduction
  • Northrop F-5E USAF 58th TFTW [Page 2]
  • Northrop F-5E Mexican Air Force
  • Northrop F-5E Swiss Air Force
  • Northrop F-5E Yemeni Air Force
  • Northrop F-5E Chilean Air Force
  • Northrop F-5N USN VFC-13 Aggressor
  • Northrop F-5EM Brazilian Air Force [Page 13]
  • Northrop F-5S Royal Singapore Air Force
  • Northrop F-5T Royal Moroccan Air Force
  • Northrop RF-5E Malaysian Air Force
  • Northrop F-5F USN VFC-13 Aggressor
  • Northrop F-5F Honduran Air Force [Page 24]
  • Northrop F-5F Indonesian Air Force
  • Northrop F-5F Kenyan Air Force
  • Northrop F-5F Taiwan Air Force
  • Northrop F-5F Royal Saudi Air Force
  • Northrop F-5F Tunisian Air Force
  • Northrop F-5FM Brazilian Air Force
  • Northrop F-5T Royal Singapore Air Force [Page 37]
  • HESA Azarakhsh Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force
  • Northrop F-5E Thai Air Force 904th Aggressor

I particularly enjoyed the HESA Azarakhsh Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force profile which is a reverse-engineered variant of the Northrop Tiger II that was introduced in 1997. The tail features a golden shark logo over the Azarakhsh (Lightning) name.

This edition of ‘Spotlight On’ provides an interesting view into a chapter of aviation history. A quick search of the wild world web shows that there are plenty of Tiger II decals in 1/72 and 1/48, even the aforementioned HESA Azarakhsh, so re-creating any of the featured aircraft should be no issue.

My thanks to Mushroom Model Publications and IPMS/USA for the chance to review this great book.


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