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Peace Alsp
Tiger
MC48018
MC48018
MC48018 / MC72018
MC72018
MC72018
MC72018
MC48018 screen printed by Fantasy Printshop
Litho printed
MC72018
Instructions
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Decals are screen & litho printed by Fantasy Printshop UK


MC48018 1/48 scale - CHF 25.-
MC72018 1/72 scale - CHF 20.-


suggested kits:
AFV Club, Italeri

J-3001 early

40 years ago the F-5E/F Tiger was introduced into the inventory of the Swiss Air Force. The Tiger was the last ‚inexpensive’ mass fighter aircraft for the Swiss Airforce, 98 single-seaters and 12 two-seaters were purchased. It was also the last Jet Fighter that was to be crewed by the militia pilot system; men who followed normal professions but also were professional Fighter Pilots. The end of the ‚Flying Baker’ has been proclaimed for many years. The fleet reduction started already in 2002 when the US Navy became interested in the F-5 to beef up their ‚Aggressor Squadrons’.

In the media, the Tiger got called old, night-blind and lame winged. A replacement was required, found and tested, the Saab 39 Gripen came out superior to the Dassault Rafale and Eurofighter. Not everybody liked this and in 2014, three million aviation experts voted not to purchase any new aircraft at all.

Peace Alps Part Two is the story of an aircraft that has reached 40 years of service in Switzerland against all odds and continues flying. This set offers decals for the very first aircraft up to some retirement schemes of today, but is not covering the end, as the final pages still need to be written.

Tigers delivered in the original first batch (J-3001 – J-3066 and J-3201 – J-3206) did not have the extended Leading Edge Wing Extensions (LERX) or the aerodynamically more streamlined shark shaped radar nose cones. However the second batch (J-3067 – J-3098 & J-3207 – 3212) delivered from 1982 onwards, were built from new with the LERX and the improved nose cone. The prominent VHF antenna was installed behind the cockpit. These modifications were also retrospectively introduced to the earlier Tiger fleet.

As has become an established tradition, the last aircraft off the production line received special nose art and J-3066 became Peace Alps I and featured a flying dove while J-3098 had Peace Alps II titles above a flying witch (both aircraft are featured on the ‘Peace Alps Part Two’ decal sheet). There is hardly any F-5 in Swiss service that did not receive a squadron badge at some time during its service life. Since the aircraft are not assigned to any specific squadron, some aircraft have more than one squadron badge applied or may have had a mix of various badges at different times. Tiger airplanes also participated in training missions and competitions abroad. Sardinia (SAKA) or Waddington (NORKA) in the United Kingdom created new badges. It is imperative to check photo references to get a picture of the exact look of a particular aircraft at any given time.

The paint scheme applied was similar to the USAF F-15’s of the time. The original colors are F9453 Medium Grey and F9452 Light Grey, produced by the company Walter Mäder AG in Switzerland. The closest equivalent is a mix of FS 35237 Grey Blue and FS 36622 Grey in parts 33/67 and 50/50 respectively. With the introduction of the F/A-18 Hornet in 1998, things became easier and the colors were harmonized with FS 36320 Dark Ghost Grey and FS 36375 Light Ghost Grey. This is a matter of evolution, some aircraft were completely repainted, some merely received only a partial replacement while others simply received a touch up, thus leaving a 4 color mottled effect. While similar, the new Ghost Grays are a shade darker than the original colors; a very pleasing challenge to the modeler.

In 2002, the US Navy purchased 32 surplus F-5Es from the Swiss Air Force to strengthen their ‘Aggressor Squadrons’. Later, a similar deal for an additional 12 F-5E was finalized. Renamed as “F-5N”, these Tigers now serve with VFC-13, VMFT-401 and also VFC-111 ‘Sundowners’ in Florida, a suitable retirement home for ageing airplanes!

Research for this project was extremely interesting and creating the artwork for the decals placed a challenge. I’m aware, that I got carried away. This presents my biggest decal project and while preparing these instructions, I have not seen the finished product myself. I do know, that some registration numbers are missing… but they are easy made up with spare numbers. This said – with this sheet you will be able to create almost any Swiss F-5 Tiger at some point in time. Extra squadron badges are provided. There is simply not enough space on the instruction sheet for the whole fleet.

J-3001 early
J-3001
J-3001
J-3001
J-3001
J-3001
J-3001
J-3001 / L1001 was build by Northrop in December 1977and tested at Edwards AFTC from April to October 1978. She became the first F-5E Tiger II delivered to Switzerland October 19th 1978. Until 1997 she was opereated by the GRD (Gruppe für Rüstungsdienste / later RUAG) as a Test and Sytem / Weapons evaluation aircraft. As such, she received very early a VHS radio system and the small Data Link antenna behind the cockpit. Later on - large calibration markings and daygloo trim was added. With the arrival of F-18C J-5001, RUAG handed their F-5 over to the Air Force who consequently sold her in 2002 in a batch of 32 F-5E to the US Navy. On October 2007 she left Emmen for the United States where she became a F-5N. Today, J-3001 still flies as
76-01526 with the Agressor Squadron VMFT-401 Snipers.
J-3001
Fotos: Airliners.net
J-3003
J-3003
J-3003
J-3003
J-3003
J-3003 'Sinacat' - August 17th, 2001 - received her Tigercoat on the event of the Swiss Armed Forces Competition with 10 flighthours remaining on the airframe. She was handed over in this livery to the US Navy in November 30th, 2004 and after a lifetime extension continued flying with as 76-01528 VFC-13 Saints.
Tigris Helveticus goes west...
J-3001
J-3001
Fotos: Airliners.net, Grimmi

72-01526 ex J-3001 / L1001

VFC-13 Saints

March, 2008

72-01526 ex J-3001 / L1001

VMFT-401 Snipers

August, 2017

J-3003

72-01528 ex J-3003 / L1003

VFC-13 Saints

February , 2017

J-3003

72-01528 ex J-3003 / L1003

VMFT-401 Snipers

September, 2008

J-3004
J-3004
J-3004
J-3004
J-3004
At the end of 2001, Interlaken celebrated the last Tiger Overhaul. J-3004 received for this special event the Interlaken Farewell Badge. Interlaken Air Base was consequently shut down in 2003. J-3004 carried the Farewell badge between 2000 - 2004. From 2004 - 2008 she
served with the Austrian Air Force. After her return to Switzerland she was but into storage.
J-3030
J-3030
J-3030
J-3030 in October 2017 badly zapped by the maintenance crews who celebrated the last F-5 Wiederholungs Kurs' with Squadron 8 on duty. Note the transformation of Vandalo' the Squadron 8 boss shark who has grown older and a bit meaner. The camuflage looks well worn, patched up and slightly dirty
J-3030
J-3038
J-3073
J-3038
J-3038
J-3038
J-3038
J-3038
J-3038
J-3038
J-3038
J-3038
Fotos: Airliners.net
Fotos: Damian Valsecci, Airlines.net
J-3038
Fotos: Geri Friedlos, Airliners.net, Jetphotos.com
J-3038 - Squadron aircraft of 'Staffel 19'. Squadron 19 was founded 1938 - hence J-3038. The aircraft was painted to celebrate the 75th anniversery of the Squadron at their home base Sion. J-3038 was one of the aircraft that was lent to Austria between 2004 until 2008. She flew in this special scheme from June 2013 until September 2017 when she retired from service.
J-3073
J-3073
J-3073
J-3073
J-3073
J-3073
J-3073
Parallel Flight
Foto: Peter Lewis
Fotos: Geri Friedlos, Airliners.net, Jetphotos.com
J-3073
J-3030
J-3066
J-3066
J-3066

76-01591 ex J-3066 / L1066

VFC-13 Saints

February 2008

J-3066
J-3066
J-3066
J-3066
J-3066
J-3066
Fotos: airliners.net
The last F-5E oredered by the Swii Parliament in 1976 under the 'Peace Alps' programme. First flight for J-3066 took place on March 13th 1981. Until 1999 she carried the Peace Alps I badge on her nose. After a full repaint, Squadron 8 adored her with their Squadron insigna. She got sold to the US Navy and left Emmen on November 10th, 2006 to fly with the Saints (76-1591).
J-3074
J-3074
J-3074
J-3074
J-3074 zapped on the event of the Air Base Buochs closure in April 2003.
Fotos: Harnisch Gallery
J-3074
Farewell Buochs
Vandalo
Staffel 19
Peace Alps I
J-3098
J-3098
J-3098
J-3098
J-3098
J-3098
J-3098
J-3098
Fotos: Harnisch Gallery, Airliners.net
Peace Alps II

in 1996 she participated at the NORKA Campaign with a Squadron 19 badge on her r/h nose. This badge was replaced with the Flugplatz Kommando13 shield in 2012 J-3098 was the last F-5E ordered with the Peace Alps II programme. in 1981 and handed over to the Air Force on March 26th, 1985. Today,
J-3098 resides in the Aircraft Museum Dübendorf.

J-3207
J-3207
J-3207
J-3207
J-3207
Fotos: Airliner.net
Origins of the Squadron 1 can be traced back to 1913. With the arrival of the Hawker Hunter Mk.58 in1959, the Squadron was also tasked with publicity work and formed an acrobatic team, that was to become the Patrouille Suisse in 1964. With the transition onto the Northrop Tiger II, Squadron 1 became part of the Überwachungsgeschwader.
J-3210
J-3010
J-3212
J-3210
J-3210
Staffel 24
The Squadron 24 is tasked with EKF - Elektronische Kriegsführung. J-3210 - J-3212 are wired to carry the SAAB Vista-5 jamming pod on the port wing for training purposes. Squadron 24 supplies the equipment operator on the rear seat. J-3210 carries a low viz version of the Squadron 24 badge.
J-3212
J-3212
J-3212
J-3212
J-3212
The last F-5F delivered to the Air Force.
F-5F
Fotos: Airliners.net

The best at the end

 

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