1/48 Monogram F5 F/Saeqeh 2 conversion

Gallery Article by Ulysses Almeida on Feb 8 2021



This is  a Monogram F5 F converted to an Iranian Saeqeh 2. Since there is no such model in the market - not in 1:48 scale - that I know of, I got an AFV club Saeqeh-80 and copyed the 2 ruders with acrilic resin. I also modernized the instruments adding touch screens to the instrument panel as seen in some Saeqeh 2 cockpit pictures available on the internet. The rest of the build was straight forward. The model came together very nicely. The colours are Revell oils. Weathering is limited to dust on the surface, just like the real planes. You don't see chipping on them, just dust dirt. Decals are from the AFV Club kit. It comes with colour scheme options, so I painted this kit in the desert scheme.

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Here's some history on the plane: The HESA Saeqeh 80 ("thunderbolt"), is an Iranian built single-seat jet fighter, derived from the American Northrop F-5. The first prototype of the jet was shown on state television making a test flight in July 2004.

The Saeqeh 2 version was introduced in 2015 with 2 seats, more advanced weapon systems, electronics and avionics. This model can also be used for training purposes.

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Photos and text by Ulysses Almeida