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REVIEW
Fairey Swordfish Mk.II
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Posted: Tuesday, March 16, 2010 - 03:54 PM UTC


The Fairey Swordfish was originally designed as a torpedo bomber and built by the Fairey Aviation Company. It was used by the Fleet Air Arm of the Royal Navy during the Second World War. Affectionately known as the "Stringbag" by its crews, it was outdated by 1939. Though it achieved some spectacular successes during the war, notably the sinking of one and damaging of two other battleships of the Italian Navy in the Battle of Taranto and the famous crippling of the German Battleship Bismarck. Alongsde with my sprue shots, I wish to thank Aeroscale member Rob Storey for his permission to publish his inprogress shots and allowing me to bend his ear with questions.

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Thanks!
JackFlash
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Posted: Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 03:16 AM UTC
Aeroscale member Rob Storey favors us with a bit more intel on the kit!


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"G'day Stephen,

Thanks for your article on the Swordfish Mk II {as I have picked my Mk II kit up today} and if I may add the following:

Sprue Parts J: #'s 1 and 2 The outer lower wing halves, the metal covering is not the entire wing, but replaces the wing ribs #'d 4,5,6,8,9,10 and 11 [difference between the Mk I outer lower wing section].

Where you have written Page 13, steps 14 and 15, 'Pilot's left and right Outer wings, smoke bombs and armaments assembly', I would have add the weapons options of the kit contain either 8 x rockets, 6 x 250lb bombs, together with the 2 x smoke bombs and 2 x flares.

Pages 14 - 16, showing the option of either spread or folded wings with the Port wing armament of 1 x 250lb bomb, 4 x rockets, 2 x smoke bombs and 2 x flares as against the Starboard wing, armament of 3 x 250lb bombs, 2 x smoke bombs and 2 x flares as well as the torpedo.

I would also add that the painting guide included in the kit give the options of a #815 Sqn RNFAA 1943 Western Desert in D.S.Grey / Slate Grey over 'Night' or an #816 Sqn RNFAA 1943 in D.S.Grey / Slate Grey over Sky.

I hope this small addition is of some help.

Regards
Rob"


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Posted: Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 04:25 PM UTC
Stephen,

Well done with the format and flow of the review. And thank you, Rob, for your input!
JackFlash
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Posted: Friday, March 19, 2010 - 04:29 PM UTC
Now we need to think about a commited modeler to build this. . .
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Posted: Friday, March 19, 2010 - 09:25 PM UTC

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Now we need to think about a commited modeler to build this. . .



Hi Stephen

That's what we've got the Aeroscale Contributors section for.

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Monday, March 22, 2010 - 08:13 AM UTC
Nice review. Very well-done. Does the Mk. I come with RAF wires, too?
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Posted: Tuesday, March 23, 2010 - 06:12 AM UTC

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Nice review. Very well-done. Does the Mk. I come with RAF wires, too?



Yes, I believe it does.
JackFlash
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Posted: Tuesday, July 13, 2010 - 09:27 PM UTC
Bit of fun coming up. The kit has been built and completed by master modeler Dallas Lloyd. As a head's up there seems to be a glitch with the kit instructions. But a build review and some images maybe forth coming in the future.
JackFlash
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Posted: Wednesday, September 01, 2010 - 06:22 PM UTC
As promised Dallas Lloyd IPMS Nationals winner for multiple years has done this kit and has written a few words. First the images.







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JackFlash
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JackFlash
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JackFlash
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JackFlash
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Posted: Wednesday, September 01, 2010 - 07:02 PM UTC
Here is the continuation.
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Posted: Wednesday, September 01, 2010 - 07:03 PM UTC
JackFlash
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Posted: Tuesday, October 05, 2010 - 05:05 AM UTC
Greetings all,

I had an inquiry on this thread, so I am just bringing it up.
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Posted: Wednesday, October 06, 2010 - 12:46 AM UTC
Perhaps I can point out one small item; Trumpeter "left out" the seatbelts, for the navigator and gunner because they didn't have any. There was a ringbolt set into the middle of the floor, and the crew member had a lanyard attached to his waist, which was clipped (rather like a dog's lead) into the bolt. Apparently it was known as the "anti-cavorting chain."
Although not strictly correct, the supply of only shoulder straps, for the pilot, makes some sort of sense, since, contrary to what is seen in most models, the lap belts were allowed to fall beneath the seat, largely out of sight, otherwise, when the pilot got in, he was liable to sit on them, and have a mammoth struggle to pull them free.
Also the gunner's "seat" was a bucket-style, set right down on the floor, against the starboard wall of his compartment.
Edgar