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  1. 1/72 Sword Fiat G.55

    Dear fellow Britmodellers, this is Sword's new 1/72 Fiat G.55, a kit presented at ModelBrno Show in June. I bought two boxes (each box containing two model kits) plus an aftermarket bag, containing resin seat, air intake, wheels and a vacu canopy. There's seven rather colorful marking options included. The model fits reasonably, but has shallow and washed-out details and soft panel lines in some areas. I found the assembly of the multi-part landing gear most challenging. I found an original photograph of this machine in "Aviazione Nazionale Repubblicana Italian Air Forces 1943 - 1945" by Richard Caruana (Modelaid). It confirms the White fuselage band, but the nose is not visible. Therfore, I went with Sword's instructions and painted the cowl yellow, and the spinner black & white. Main colors are RLM74/75/76 from Gunze/Mr.Hobby acrylics range. Photographs by Wolfgang Rabel. Thanks for your interest! Best wishes from Vienna Roman
  2. Sword is to release a family of 1/72nd North American FJ-2/3 Fury kits. - ref. SW72107 - North American FJ-2 Fury Source: http://swordmodels.cz/en/coming-soon/125-sw72107-fj-2fury.html - ref. SW72108 - North American FJ-3 Fury Source: http://swordmodels.cz/en/coming-soon/127-sw72108-fj-3-fury.html - ref.SW72109 - North American FJ-3M Fury Source: http://swordmodels.cz/en/coming-soon/127-sw72108-fj-3-fury.html V.P.
  3. Sword is to re-release its 1/72nd Shooting Star kit - ref. SW72105 - RF-80C "over Korea" - ref. SW72106 - P-80A/B Sources: http://swordmodels.cz/cs/home/123-sw72105-rf-80a-over-korea.html http://swordmodels.cz/cs/home/124-sw72106-p-80ab-.html V.P.
  4. Sword is to release a 1/72nd Fiat G.55 Centauro kit - ref. SW72104 Model contains 2 complete kits with 2 tails versions Source: http://swordmodels.cz/cs/home/122-sw72104-fiat-g55-centauro.html Box art & schemes V.P.
  5. My latest completion the 1/72 Lightning F2A and Sword Lightning T4 completed as aircraft from 92 Sqn RAF, as I am no Lightning expert these were built virtually OOB with the exception of Xtradecal sheet X72155 used on the Airfix Ligntning so I could depict a 92 Sqn aircraft and a Pavla replacement seat, the Sword kit had a Master pitot probe added to replace the kit item that was like a tree trunk. Both kits went together pretty easily with no great problems all I would say is that some of the decals in the Sword boxing seem a tad overscale. As I have mentioned I am no Lightning expert and can't comment on the accuracy of either kit. Anyway enjoy, C + C welcome. Willy IMGP6755 by Phillip Wilmshurst, on Flickr IMGP6762 by Phillip Wilmshurst, on Flickr IMGP6760 by Phillip Wilmshurst, on Flickr IMGP6751 by Phillip Wilmshurst, on Flickr IMGP6757 by Phillip Wilmshurst, on Flickr IMGP6758 by Phillip Wilmshurst, on Flickr
  6. Hello and thanks for your interest, here's my 1/72 Sword Supermarine Spitfire IXe in markings of 26. GIAP, Leningrad, April 1945. Photo etch from Brengun, metal gun barrels from Master, decals from AML ("Lend Lease Spitfires Pt.1", #72018). Painted with acrylics from Sangyo/Gunze. Photographs by Wolfgang Rabel, IGM Cars & Bikes. To represent the overpainted British Roundels, I tried a new technique: I painted a Black disc the size of the Roundel before applying the main airframe colors. Now there's only a soft shadow line visible. Best wishes from Vienna! Roman
  7. I often dream of Spitfires myself. Lately, that I've made a decent job of the Sword XIV. Having made two, one of which was reduced to spares after suffering Cat E damage, and making a half-decent stab at the other, I think it's time for another go. First of all, I have to locate one in the stash, which has recently been moved (for the sixth time in six months): (To the left is my extensive modelling area. To the right is my hiding place, if family or other unwelcome visitors arrive.) We're having some carpet laid today and I'm sorting-out my home studio, so I'll be making a start later this afternoon. Here's the start of the studio: I'll be installing a desk at some point.
  8. Another fairly recent build, this is the Sword Seafire XV of 806 Sqn Fleet Air Arm based on HMS Glory. The Seafire XV was basically a strengthened Seafire III airframe with a Griffon VI engine. This was derived from the Griffon IIb used in the Spitfire XII and unlike the engine in the Spitfire XIV etc. had a single stage supercharger. Compared to the Seafire III, the Seafire XV had an improved performance, particularly at low altitude. The first squadrons received their aircraft in September 1945 and by mid-1946 had completely replaced the Seafire III in first line FAA service. 806 Squadron received their aircraft in October 1945 and became part of 16th Carrier Air Group embarked in HMS Glory in September 1946 and based in the Far East. The Squadron disbanded in October 1947, reforming briefly in 1948 and more permanently with Sea Hawks in 1953. The model is basically the Sword kit from the box with only the addition of seat belts and a whip aerial. The decals are from the kit and I chose this scheme as it was a little unusual in that it was the post war scheme of Extra Dark Sea Grey and Sky but with British Pacific Fleet Roundels. There is a colour photo of the aircraft in Vol 16 of ‘Planes of Fame’. The kit itself posed few problems apart from the perennial problem I have with Spitfire kits of getting a good fit on the wing joints. The canopy could also have been a bit easier, but it was a short run kit and as they go I think it is one of the better ones and a much better kit than my previous effort of building a XV using a conversion kit (Brigade Models?) that used the Italeri IX as a basis. Hope you like it.
  9. NF435 was built by Westland and delivered to 30 Maintenance Unit on 19/01/1944. She then flew with 899 squadron FAA before moving to 809 and flying from HMS Stalker (ex-USS Hamlin) in the Indian Ocean. Sadly, she collided with something (Spitfire The History doesn't say what) and was pushed overboard on 01/05/1945. Here's my attempt, using the Sword kit, brushed painted wth Humbrol enamels and a final coat of Windsor & Newton matt varnish. The WiP is here, should you care to look.
  10. I recently moved my modelling into my new mancave and the first kit out of the stash is a Sword Seafire III. This will be a quick WiP because I just bash kits together. Anyway, here's the stash: Here's the box-top: And the back of the box: I'll need to get hold of some EDSG & DSG which means a trip to my local hobby shop or an order from Sovereign Hobbies. The kit is Sword's Spitfire MkVc, with extra bits for the fuselage and folding wings. Not the world's best photograph (I'm testing-out an old digital camera, rather than using my phone) but you'll notice the are several spare cannon on the sprue. Both boxings I have also include almost everything you need to make a Spitfire Vc. I have made a start. The seat & bits: The interior painted (Humbrol 33 and Sovereign Hobbies Interior Green): Some Tamiya Aluminum on the un-painted bits and a wash of poster piant black to make the detail stand out (not that it'll be seen once the fuselage halves are joined). The interior bits, with Tamiya tape seatbelts: The fuselage halves joined: Wings on: (note my mini Swiss Army Knife, with the tool for opening pots of paint, on the RHS of the photograph). More to follow in due course. Thanks for looking, Beard
  11. Fairey Gannet AEW 3

    Another from last year's KUTA. Needs the transfers finished, canopies added, masked and painted, and the undercart on. I've even got a set of masks for the canopy. Oh and the props as well. This should be straightforward. Well at the moment it seems straightforward.
  12. Having built the 72 scale one last year, when the 48 version was released, it was a no brainer to get one! It is typical short run quality in respect that there are no location pins and plenty of dry fitting and fettling is needed, but the detail is very nice and includes resin exhausts and ejection seats. To overcome the lack of location pins, I added some plasticard on both halves to act as tabs making assembly easier and the joins stronger... The intake assembly is complete. This was quite fiddly as you have to ensure that when everything goes together, it all aligns centrally or else it's going to look a little drunk on completion! The cockpit rear bulkhead has been busied up a bit using brass rod although not much will be seen once the bang seats are in place. As people have mentioned before, the wing to fuselage profile doesn't quite align near the front of the wing, so some fettling has been done to improve the joins. TonyOT also gave me some advice to reinforce the fuselage between the wings to enable pressure to be applied when fitting the wings, so I'll use some large diameter plastic rod to beef the interior up. Quite enjoying working in the larger scale, the old eyes are particularly pleased with the decision!!! Cheers Neil
  13. As I'm getting near to the finishing post on my two current builds, I thought I'd start another. In both of my Sword Seafire III boxings, there are spare wings and fuseleage which means that, with some additions from the spares box, a Vc can be made. Here are the Sword bits: and the spares: Clockwise from top right: 'early' tailplanes from an AZ MkIX; interior bits from a Sword XIV (I realised, after taking the photograph, that they're for a low-back and have been replaced with parts from an AZ MkVb); wide cannon bulges from an AZ MkIX; resin cannon from a Sword MkVc; above them are an Airfix MkV oil cooler and an AZ radiator; wheels are from an AZ MkVb and; undercarriage bits from a Sword MkXIV. Missing is the canopy, which I forgot to photograph, which is from either an AZ Vb or a Sword Vc (I'm not sure which). I just need to work-out what exhausts to use, I'm thinking MkV ones would be appropriate. I'm using decals from the Hannants sheet X72228, 'Fighters over Africa and the Mediterranean Part 1'. The schemes were researched by our very own Tony O'Toole. This one caught my eye: It'll make a nice change from my recent diet of Middle Stone/ Dark Earth over Azure Blue. Thanks for looking.
  14. Although I have three currently have three Spitfires on the go in this GB, I thought I'd do something different... a Sword Kittyhawk. I already have one of these twin-packs in the stash but bought another as my track record with Sword kits isn't great (I suppose I make too many mainstream kits and am not a careful enough modeller for short-run). Here's the obilagtory box-top pic: And the options: As I have four kits, I don't need to decide which one to make until I get to the painting stage (in fact, until I get to paint the dark earth!). Here's the sprue: Oddly, for a short-run kit, the fuselage has location pins... An out-of-focus photograph of the clear parts: The decals: Not only do I not have a lot of sucess with Sword kits, I also have little sucess with Techmod decals. The lower wing had some ejector marks that needed removing. I've done the port wing (as if you couldn't guess). Wheelwells assembled and painted: The wheelwell bits are one of the reasons why I have 'trouble' with Sword kits, they usually make assembling the wings tricky, not in this case though. Some interior bits have been painted: I used a 50/50 mix of Humbrol 81 & 120 for the green as suggested by Nick Hillman in this thread: The thread is about Tomahawks but by casual research suggests that Kittyhawks had the same or similar colour interior. A close-up of the seat and instrument panel, to demostrate that I shouldn't show close-ups of my painting. I'm sure I took a photograph of the cockpit sides but can't find it, so I'll post it next time. Thanks for looking and all comments are welcome. Beard
  15. As a change from things with propellers on and 72 scale, I've just completed this in 48. It's been an enjoyable build (HERE) which apart from a bit of extra plumbing in the cockpit and some additional surface riveting, it's OOB including the decals. Painted mainly with Citadel Chainmail silver and Tamiya rubber black for the anti-glare areas. XS452 entered service in 1965 in the scheme it is modelled in here. It's career followed on with 11, 111 & 56Sqn before ending the first chapter in its life doing fast taxi runs having been delivered to and restored at Cranfield. 452 lived a charmed life compared to many as it was then purchased by Mike Beacheyhead and flown in Capetown with several other classic jets along side its sister XS451 which was tragically lost in 2009 resulting in the grounding of the fleet. XS452 took to the air again in 2014, although from what I can gather is currently up for sale again. Thanks for looking, Neil
  16. F-80 accuracy

    Hi all, Seeking a bit of advice from anyone who knows. I want to build an F-80 in 1/72 and the choice that I have is either the Airfix kit or to bodge an Airfix nose on to a Sword RF-80. Having matched the two up their are very clear differences, apart from the obvious (RF- nose ). Any ideas which is best to go for? I am tempted to think the Airfix is better but I'd bow to the collective knowledge out there. Thanks. Martin
  17. Greetings. This is my first RFI post and my first completed model in about seven years. It’s the Sword F9F-8T/TF-9J Cougar. The Cougar (along with the S-2 and F-111B) holds a special place for me. My father worked on these aircraft at the Grumman Bethpage facility as an electrical assembler and installing wiring harnesses. Unfortunately, when the F-111B program was cancelled, so ended my father’s employment with Grumman. Since I pretty much limit myself to /72 scale, I was rather excited when Sword announced the “Twogar”. In the box, the kit looks very good, but it doesn’t take long for the some of the short-run “features” to pop up – maybe that’s why I haven’t seen any of these built up yet. It looks like a two-seat Cougar and the shape looks good to my eye, but the detail is very soft. The panel lines are complete, but too soft to do my usual pin-wash. I ‘m not ready to re-scribe and entire model yet, and maybe a white finish should just have fine penciling to accent the lines anyway. The series of “fish gill” vents along the lower front fuselage are perceptible as a series of small bumps, not all of the center fuselage vents were open on my example. I elected to drill out the airbrake holes (don’t look to closely at the alignment) and the cannon troughs. The axle holes in the wheels are just dents, but that matches the very short axles on the main gear legs, the wheels ending up in full contact with the brake stacks. The result is a toe-in of the main wheels. The tail bumper wheel, which is typically extended with the gear, is represented as a lump just below the exhaust. I found late in the build that the left main gear leg extended further than the right from the wing. Both legs looked to be the same length, so this may have been an error in my assembly of the gear bays. I had already removed the locating pins on the gear legs as the didn’t seem to have any place to go in the wells, but ended up removing some of the gear leg to get things to look level. I also found that the nose wheel fork was not deep enough to grip the nose wheel at the axle line. I filed some of the inner fork away, but was concerned about breaking the fork. So it is now only just deep enough to take the wheel and looks more like a one-piece nose gear reminiscent of 1960s kits. The cockpit is painted ModelMaster Dark Gull Grey with details picked out with Prismacolor pencils. The kit provided resin seats have surgical paper tape seatbelts and wire overhead ejection handles added. Not taking any chances, the nose is filled with lead shot encased in Epoxy Sculpt External colors are Floquil Reefer White and Testors gloss red (the little square bottle). The standard markings are from the kit decals. They are printed by Techmod and are very thin and fragile. Many of the two dozen or so stencils had a tendency to wrap around my tweezers or fold upon themselves, making it difficult or impossible to get them onto the model. The unit specific markings are computer generated with a laser printer. It wasn’t until I started applying the decals that I realised that I had scaled the aft fuselage MARINES AIR FMF PAC legend too large and had to reprint tem about 30 percent smaller. Maybe this wasn’t the best choice to get my modelling legs back under me, but I have two more of these kits, so maybe I’ll take on more of the detail deficiencies in future builds, particularly the landing gear and the tail bumper. Thanks for looking. Sven Old Viper Tester
  18. Spitfire kit measurements - 1/72 compared

    Over in this topic we started chatting about accuracy/dimensions of kits, in 1/72 scale, and that prompted me to break out my caliper and do some measuring. I was asked to start a new thread with just the measurements, and here it is. Hopefully others can add for the other kits out there. I find it useful to know which kits are just a bit off (I've yet to find one that is perfect) and in which dimension (chord, span, length, height). Error is ~+/- 0.0025 (I can reliably judge the value to halfway between gradations, which are 0.01; but it may be off by half that half. Any errors are my own. All measurements in inches, unless otherwise noted. Reference is "Spitfire Mk. IX & XVI Engineered", Paul H. Montforten, 2007. Full size values taken from Montforten. Frames are vertical members in the fuselage, stations are vertical members of the wing (aka ribs). First, wings. Measurements from pages 7.28 (span) and 7.31 (chord). Edit: Removed original photo to avoid confusion with update. Next fuselage. This started as an effort shared by Edgar Brooks, I simply took his original idea and expanded on it. For those who may care: A = Frame 5 (aka datum or firewall) B = Frame 8 C = L/e of door opening, not on a frame D = Frame 11, albeit Frame 11 is slightly aft of the panel line (an inch?) E = Frame 15 F = Empennage break, aft of Frame 18a, last vertical G = Rudder post 0-G = 326.64 inches or 4.537" at 1/72 Measurements of full size is on page 2.32 of Montforten for fuselage, for empennage on page 6.18. Edit: Removed original photo to avoid confusion with update. Summary: Overall the Airfix F IX is the closest to Montforten, both for the fuselage and wings. The AZ and Sword kits are short in the fuselage, but not the empennage, strangely. However, and I have to stress this, no Spitfire kit is "perfect" in terms of dimensions. All are off by just a few thousands of an inch, and unless one is comparing them at the mating surfaces, it is very difficult to see them as "off", to my eye. Personally, I prefer the Airfix IX for an early, full span IX, and the AZ for the later clipped wing IX/XVI (standard high back), but the Sword for the XVI RV (rear view or bubble top) (although I have quite a few Heller XVI RV on my shelf!). Both the AZ and Sword kits are lean in the fuselage at Fr 15 by about 1mm. See photos below... First - AZ left fuselage superimposed on Airfix right fuselage half: Secondly - AZ right fuselage superimposed on Sword left fuselage half (near perfect alignment, albeit length is obviously short): I am still doing some analysis of the Airfix PR XIX. The wings and fuselage are interchangeable with the Airfix IX kit (great for cross kitting to make the PR X/XI or F XIV) to determine how "off" it may be. Preliminarily it seems the nose is not too far off, but I still don't have a great reference value for the nose lengths (0-Fr 5), so much more to do in this area. Since I had the fuselages taped together... Left photo: AZ is on left (tan) and Airfix on right (light gray). Right photo: Sword on left (dark gray) and AZ on right (tan). Hope you find this useful. Tim
  19. And now the smallest model I`ve ever made - 1/72 scale Beechcraft T-34C Turbo Mentor, Argentine Navy`s Air Force, Falklands 1982. The kit is quite old short-run, one of the first Sword`s kits (definitely not for beginners). Some self-made additives were used (new canopy, new propeller, antennas etc.). Decals are combination of DP Casper and Xtradecal "Falklands War" sets. It was quite difficult to match the right colors, because on most photos we can see them faded, so it`s only my interpretation. The final result is below my expectations, but it was all that my skills allowed me to do with this tiny and simple kit... On the other hand - I`m quite happy with wire antennas, which are a real challenge in Argentine T-34C in 1/72. Model shows aircraft no. 412, one of T-34s deployed on Pebble Island and destroyed there in SAS attack at night 14./15. May 1982.
  20. Hannants has just posted this amongst its "Future Releases": #72089 - BAC Jet Provost T.Mk.5 - http://www.hannants.co.uk/product/SW72089 #72090 - BAC 167 Strikemaster - http://www.hannants.co.uk/product/SW72090 Sword keeps releasing really interesting subjects!
  21. I've been wanting to do this triple build for a while now and I'm glad it's complete (my fourth Spitfire triple since December!), but it may be time to go back to single builds. All three are 1/72 Spitfire V's representing 'A', 'B' and 'C' wing versions, all belonging to 303 (Polish) Sqn. The build was part of the Spitfire Group Build dedicated to the memory of Edgar Brooks, and the build thread can be found here. First up, a Spitfire VA from the 1/72 Airfix Mk I/IIA kit reperesenting K9871, RF-P, flown by Boleslaw Gladych on 8 Dec 1941, where he, alongside Mieczyslaw Adamek, protected a downed Spitfire pilot over the English Channel. K9871 was built as a Mk I, but was modified into a Mk V and assigned to 303 Sqn in late 1941. I built one of Gladych's P-47's in that STGB, and I thought it would be nice to build one of his Spitfires. I've not been able to find any photographs of this aircraft as a 303 Mk V, only as a Mk I, so I had to apply 'typical' squadron markings from that period. Next to Gladych's P-47. Next up is Spitfire VB, BL670, RF-K, from the new 1/72 KP kit. This Spitfire was assigned to S/L Wojciech Kolaczkowski, who commanded 303 Sqn from Nov 1941 until May 1942, and had his name "Wojtek" painted on the nose, as well as the name "Krysia" formed with the individual squadron letter on the fuselage. Last up is Spitfire VC, AB174, RF-Q, from the 1/72 Sword kit. This aircraft was the mount of PO Antoni Glowacki, a Battle of Britain 'ace in a day'. The individual squadron letter, 'Q' formed the word "QQWCA" on the fuselage side, apparently meaning 'cuckoo' in a transliterated Polish/English pun! All three together.
  22. Here's my contribution to this GB, a Seafire MkIIc from Sword. Two options on the transfer sheet, a Seafire LIIc from 809 NAS from HMS Unicorn at Salerno and standard MkIIc from880 NAS from HMS Argus from Operation Torch. Although the LIIc with its clipped wings detracts from the beautiful Spitfire wing form it is a little different from the norm so I'm going with that. And how can one not have a sharkmouth Seafire? The box contents is a single sprue with effectively a Mk V Spit, with an additional sprue with a new fuselage, four bladed prop and parts for the arrestor hook. There is also some resin cannons and a clear plastic transparency. Nice transfers and the modifications to the Spit Mk V fuselage to strengthen it for deck landings are nicely moulded. Hopefully a first coat of paint on the little parts before the end of this afternoon
  23. Here's my sword Lighting purchased at Yeovilton this year as an impulse buy. I normally do 1/32 scale so this was a blast from the past when 48th was the scale of choice!, The kit itself is quite good the instructions I found a bit hap hazard but you can easily work it out, the worst thing was the decals the minute they were in water they rolled up. Built pretty much OOB apart from the FOD guard and some antennas. I did the Bovril/Marmite thing for the radome and experimented with dark wash for the dirt. I've forgotten to take a shot of the cockpit! but that came out quite well also making the rubber boots folded over. I've made a mistake in that the yellow around the cockpit should be white. I've added clear light from little cars and the paints were xtracrylix; the silver was alclad but I wasn't impressed by the colour so perhaps it's going out of date?. The only thing it needs are ejection seat handles and its crying out for ladders. Going back to 1/32 again now phew. Steve.
  24. Good morning! I picked up this kit from Bruntingthorpe on Sunday along with a 1:48 Airfix Lightning. I will be quite honest- this kit is a mixed blessing: Pros: -Great surface detail -Resin exhaust cans and seats -An Eduard photoetch fret included (this contains the instrument panel, belts and various aerials -A large decal sheet (which was barely used, decals sourced from the spares box for my alternative scheme) -Relatively straightforward to build and paint -Positionable flaps Cons: -Almost nothing in the way of guides to tell you where you should place the various parts (cockpit tub, intake cone and nose gear bay) -Nothing in the way of guide pins for the rudder and elevators -Main wheels with no hole through them (a hole had to be drilled to fit the axle through) -A myriad of ejection pins inside the fuselage, specifically of concern were those in the intake area -Wing-fuselage locating pins did not fit at all and these were subsequently filed down -No option to have open airbrakes!!! What I've done: Well, with a bit of fiddling around I apparently managed to get the intake cone, etc and the cockpit to line up correctly in the fuselage- once that was done I closed it up, added the various surfaces and painted her in Alclad. It's my first time with Alclad! I put down a coat of black Vallejo paint followed by a coat of Alclad gloss coat. I then sprayed on the Alclad, building it up to what it currently is. I didn't need to re-paint the black rudder because that was masked over before I sprayed the Alclad. I then masked and painted the yellow stripes on the wings and rear fuselage, added the IFR probe, small intakes and attached the PE aerials. Kit: Sword Lightning t5 1:72 Paints used: Vallejo model air: black, gold yellow. Alclad II Aluminium Note: Decals used and colour schemes are based off reference pictures but are to some extent fictional Thanks for having a look! Many thanks, Sam
  25. Seen in Hannants future releases. Sword in coming back in the one true scale, with 1/48th BAC/EE Lightning T.Mk.4 and T.Mk.5 kits - ref. 48008 & 48009. - ref.48008 - BAC/EE Lightning T Mk.4: http://www.hannants.co.uk/product/SW48008 - ref.48009 - BAC/EE Lightning T Mk.5: http://www.hannants.co.uk/product/SW48009 V.P.