Airfix 1:72 fairy Swordfish Mk1 Floatplane

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I'm in with this. I was really tempted to go the Sunderland route with some others, but then remembered, I had this. I can't remember when I bought it, but, it's new tool Airfix and looks really good, nice fine detail and a rather clever way of ensuring correct wing dihedral. Also, if you are building with the wings folded, Airfix supply a jig for correct alignment.

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Colin can you face all that rigging again ? This time 1/72.

Actually it looks more at home on floats. Not realised that there was such a machine.

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Its a superb kit by all accounts Colin, the interior detail is very comprehensive. Very nice choice of subject , cant wait to see the build , cheers tony
 
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Looks a very interesting subject.

I'm thinking this GB will be very fun and entertained one ;)

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And we're off. Well it's a wet bank holiday, what where they made for ?

Laurie, rigging, well this thing uses solid bars for rigging. So, poetic license on the way. Even in this small scale, the wings are made of two halves. I'm sure I can use this to my advantage for the rigging, don't know how yet, but the answer is there somewhere.

Tony, detail, yes lots of it. Infact it rivals many 1:48 kits in the detail department.

Some engine bits,

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The fuselage,

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Some nice wing detail,

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And finally for now, a bit of photo etch. I'm sure I said to myself sometime ago, 'no more 1:72 PE' but here we go again, this stuff is tiny.

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Right, I'm off to stick a few bits together, then it's time for one of my favourite paints, H78.

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Nice one Colin it looks a lot better than the original 1/72 Swordfish by Airfix
 

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Nice Colin. I like H78 too, it's the starting point for many a build :smiling3:
 

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Nice Colin. I like H78 too, it's the starting point for many a build :smiling3:
That maybe the reason why Joe, the starting point. Plus the fact I like an excuse to get the enamels out once in a while. Vallejo might do an equivalent, but I'm not looking too hard to find it.
 

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So, a little bit of work has been done. Now I've started chopping bits off and sticking them together, I'm glad to say this kit is as good as I thought. Airfix have done a really nice job with it.

Humbrol 78 for the interior, then masked ready to replicate the red primer (applied before doping), as seen from inside.

Which gave me this.

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For a 1:72 model, the interior is quite well detailed. Of course most will be lost when the fuse' is closed - but we modelers know it's in there, somewhere........

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PE harness by Eduard - nice stuff.

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And a radio which I'm sure will be well out of sight.

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Now then, time to put all the above together.

Any questions or comments, please fire at will.

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That's a remarkable level of detail for 1/72. I like it.

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Colin, that looks stunning so far mate.
 
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Great work, this is coming out very nicely.

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This cockpit looks excellent Colin.

The paint work and weathering is spot on.

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Thanks for the comments gentlemen. Did I mention how good this kit is ? Well, you know how we often have to drill the exhaust out just to make it a bit more realistic. Not needed here, Airfix have done it for you, remember this is 1:72.

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Good start Colin.Im looking forward to seeing how you do the rigging.
 

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I'm looking ahead to the rigging now Dave (before I put the wings together) The Swordfish appears to use nice big thick bars, not wire like my DH2, so I think I'll go back to using EZ line, which is already black - bonus. Eight halves make up the four wings, so I'm nearly sure I can 'trap' the rigging inside somehow.

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