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F-5A Skoshi Tiger

Wolfpack 1/48 F-5A Skoshi Tiger Kit First Look

by Michael Benolkin

Date of Review August 2015 Manufacturer Wolfpack
Subject F-5A Skoshi Tiger Scale 1/48
Kit Number 14803 Primary Media Styrene, Resin, Photo-Etch
Pros Kit and aftermarket details all in the box Cons Nothing noted
Skill Level Experienced MSRP (USD) $47.95

First Look

F-5A Skoshi Tiger
F-5A Skoshi Tiger
F-5A Skoshi Tiger
F-5A Skoshi Tiger
F-5A Skoshi Tiger

For a brief discussion of the subject, look here.

When Wolfpack announced this F-5A in 1/48th scale, I was curious to see how it would stack up against some of the other quarter-scale F-5A kits on the market. When I opened the box, I was having a feeling of deja vu until I had a blinding flash of the obvious - this is the Kinetic kit in a Wolfpack box.

This isn't the first time Wolfpack has released another company's kit in their own box. They took Academy's 1/48 Su-27UB Flanker C and added lots of nice details to accurize the model and offered some nice decals for the Russian Knights aerial demonstration team. So what did they do different with the Kinetic 1/48 F-5A? Let's take a look:

First, you can see the original release of the Kinetic F-5A kit here. You'll recall that Kinetic put two left tip tanks in the kit and no right tank. This was corrected in their F-5B release and I believe in their current production F-5A kits. This kit also has the new right wingtip tank included by Kinetic.

Wolfpack added a new resin ejection seat with pilot restraints cast onto the seat, a more accurate air refueling probe, and a small fret of photo-etched parts which provide the instrument panel and the gunsight. These are nice enhancements and if these are all the improvements needed in the Kinetic kit, then the Kinetic kit is still an oustanding kit!

The kit also provides markings for two examples:

  • F-5A-20-NO, 64-13332, 10 FCS, Bien Hoa AB, Vietnam, 1966
  • F-5A-25-NO, 65-10525, 4503 TFS, Bien Hoa AB, Vietnam, 1965

This kit goes together quite nicely. You can see our quick-build review of the Kinetic release here. Whether you buy the Kinetic kit or this enhanced release from Wolfpack, you've got the best F-5A option on the market.