1/48 Northrop F-20A Tigershark


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1/48 Freedom Model Kits to build the Northrop F-20A Tigershark, with decals for three prototypes variants.

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0.85 kg
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BrandFreedom Model Kits
SortPlastic kit with PE
MotifFighter aircraft
Plastic parts+/- 110
PE parts10
Masking sheet - die-cut adhesive shapes.Masking sheet - die-cut adhesive shapes.
DecalsCivil registrations, Paris Airshow and a variety of potential international users
Historical period1975 - 1986
AttentionDo not include paint or glue ( sold separately )
ContentPlastic kit | PE parts | Decals | Instructions

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The Northrop F-20 Tigershark (initially F-5G) was a privately financed light fighter, designed and built by Northrop. Its development began in 1975 as a further evolution of Northrop's F-5E Tiger II, featuring a new engine that greatly improved overall performance, and a modern avionics suite including a powerful and flexible radar. Compared with the F-5E, the F-20 was much faster, gained beyond-visual-range air-to-air capability, and had a full suite of air-to-ground modes capable of firing most U.S. weapons. With these improved capabilities, the F-20 became competitive with contemporary fighter designs such as the General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon, but was much less expensive to purchase and operate.

Much of the F-20's development was carried out under a US Department of Defense (DoD) project called "FX". FX sought to develop fighters that would be capable in combat with the latest Soviet aircraft, but excluding sensitive front-line technologies used by the United States Air Force's own aircraft. FX was a product of the Carter administration's military export policies, which aimed to provide foreign nations with high quality equipment without the risk of US front-line technology falling into Soviet hands. Northrop had high hopes for the F-20 in the international market, but policy changes following Ronald Reagan's election meant the F-20 had to compete for sales against aircraft like the F-16, the USAF's latest fighter design. The development program was abandoned in 1986 after three prototypes had been built and a fourth partially completed.

This is a 1/48 Freedom Model Kits to build the Northrop F-20A Tigershark, with decals for three prototypes variants.

  • Plastic parts: Freedom Model Kits
  • No. of decal options: 3
  • Decals: FMK
  • PE parts: yes
  • Painting mask: no
  • Resin parts: no


  • Choice of short or long shark-nosed radomes
  • Nicely detailed cockpit
  • Boarding ladder included
  • Positionable canopy (canopy lift mechanism provided for open and closed)
  • Detailed landing gear
  • Positionable leading and trailing edge flaps
  • Positionable ailerons
  • Positionable stabilators
  • Positionable speed brakes


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1/48 Northrop F-20A Tigershark

1/48 Northrop F-20A Tigershark

1/48 Freedom Model Kits to build the Northrop F-20A Tigershark, with decals for three prototypes variants.

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