**** DONE: 1/48 Fairy Swordfish of 816th Squadron

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  1. vikingBerserker

    vikingBerserker Well-Known Member

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    #1 vikingBerserker, Feb 25, 2010
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    Name: David
    Category 2/Intermediate
    Model: Fairey Swordfish
    Scale: 1:48
    Manufacturer: Tamiya
    Details: The 816 Squadron was re-equipped with 12 Swordfish and attached to 19 Group RAF Coastal Command at Perranporth and St Merryn for duties in the English Channel leading up to D-Day activities at Normandy.

    I've always wanted to build this plane so now is finally my chance. The model is for a Mk I so I'll be doing some scratch building to turn it into a Mk II (mainly rocket rails and a new oil cooler)
     

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    Excellent choice David, been wanting to do a swordfish myself...look forward to your build mate!:D
     
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    Very cool David!
     
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    Damn sweet build mate 8)

    I have a number of 1/72 Swordfishes in the stash , drop some motivation off when your building this one eh?
     
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    Great choice David. Looking forward to see your build.
     
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    Same here, would be our first Stringbag ever done in a Group Build, way to mix it up Dave....
     
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    As always, something different. Great choice David. :)
     
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    great choice and a great kit too David, looking forward to aseeing this one progress! It's a big kite, the Stringbag. I had to tow the one flown by the RN Historic Flight at an air show once, using my old Land Rover. Eight tons and long wingspan, over bumpy grass - tricky.
    Just a point to make the presentation a tad more accurate; in Britain, squadrons of the RAF, RN and AAC are not refered to as, for example, '...the 816th Squadron'. It would be 'Number Eight One Six Squadron' or, more commonly, just 'Eight One Six Squadron'. Exceptions were, for instance, 111, or 222 Squadron, where it would be 'Treble One Squadron', or a single-figure squadron, such as 'Four Squadron' (4 Squadron, R.A.F.).
     
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    I was going to point that out, but I thought it would annoy people :)
    Three-digit units were referred the way Terry says and two-digit, eg 56 Squadron, would be pronounced fifty six. The FAA still have 800 Squadron, no idea how that rolls off the tongue though...
     
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    Very cool, thanks for the education fellas!
     
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    You're welcome David. Just another quaint old English (OK, British) custom old boy!
     
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    And now for something compeltely different.

    Lovely choice! Looking forward to another FAA entry.
     
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    FINALLY got some serious time off from work to start my build.

    I left the parts on the sprue and painted them, something I normally don't do but I like it.

    On the interior of the fuselage halves, I painted the exposed fabric a light tan then sponged painted a light red to mimic the primer bleeding through the fabric. It came out brighter then I was hoping so I need to tone it down a bit with some pastels. This is my 2nd Tamiya model since rejoining the ranks of model builders and I have to admit, I've been pretty impressed with them so far.
     

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    Lookin great so far, nice to be back at the bench huh??
     
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    Nice work. I like the internal fabric effect.
     
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    Good to see you underway!:D
     
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    great start
     
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    Another great choice Dave and a great model to build, looking forward to this one.

    :hotsun: :hotsun:
     
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    Thanks fellas. We're under a Tornado watch so I figured I'd pass some time:

    1 - Got the instrument painted and gauges put in place
    2 - Cockpit cage assembled and weathered, seatbelts need to stil be added
    3 - Engine finished
     

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