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    Fleet Air Arm aircraft 1939-1945.

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  1. Thank you Dave that really helps I shall give it a go.
  2. I could use a little help please... The kit comes with a transparent part for the instrument panel and four small decals which make up the instruments. My first instinct was to apply liquid mask to the clock faces on the front of the panel, paint the rest of the part, stick the decal to the rear and then remove the mask revealing the clocks. I remember my error with my last model though, decals won't stick face down. It would be really nice if Trumpeter had provided some reverse decals to accompany the transparent part in fact since the rear of the panel is flat a single reverse de
  3. I managed to get the engine painted and assembled after some difficulties getting used to my paints once again. I much prefer the Vallejo personally I find it brushes much more easily and without the constant thinning maintenance but some colours I only have in Tamiya so needs must. I tried using 15 Amp fuse wire for the spark plug cables, the cylinder end was simple I just drilled a hole either side and threaded the wire through but the other end was proving difficult since I had sanded the collar of D21 down for the induction pipes and there reall
  4. Don't you just hate it when someone says something so logical that all you can think is "now why didn't I consider that?". Thanks MeneMene that does make sense. I was misled by two things, firstly the fact that the colour image above is taken from the book "How to Build Tamiyas Fairey Swordfish" by Geoff Coughlin. The accompanying text is as follows: The second thing was that I was convinced I saw at least one old B&W image with the ring but I cannot find it again so it was probably weariness. I can't blame Geoff or his book for the misleading informati
  5. Thank you again everyone, you answered questions I didn't even have yet but which are just as fascinating. I never realised (or noticed to be honest) the ariel along the upper wing and hadn't considered or paid much attention to the ASV at all but undoubtedly would have since - as Dave mentioned - the ariel is seen on LS247. Since there isn't one included in the kit I guess I'll have to make one of those. Eventually. I suppose I had previously assumed (I know, never assume anything) that the ASV required the "dustbin" to be fitted and took all the observers pit which then pushed out the
  6. Right. Understandable, I figured there was probably a reason but thought it wouldn't hurt to post the images anyway just in case. Apologies.
  7. @dogsbody I may be trying to teach you to suck eggs here (I am new remember) but in my search I came across the thread here on BM from 2017 and from your post above where you say "the only image" I have to assume you haven't seen the aircraft at IWM Duxford? There are several images which show the radar layout including these two: It still doesn't address the problem of where they put the third man of course, I too am curious about that now. I am also curious as to the role of the third man if there is information. @ Dave Do you have images
  8. Wow you guys are amazing. I know nothing of modelling, aircraft or WWII but sometimes something just catches my attention and following it up opens up all kinds of wonderful information and insight. I only have Google to work with, well Google and a few other search engines, but they have their limitations. I really appreciate everyone taking the time to add their buckets of knowledge to my pitifully empty pot. @Grey Beema My apologies the image I posted wasn't very clear as I look back at it now, I always try to keep size as low as possible but it's often a trade off between that
  9. Well I finally found time to do a little today, I removed and tidied up all the engine parts and did a dry fit but then I became distracted. I have seen several models where people add extra wires and pipes to the engine to provide more detail and I noticed the small lugs on the engine cylinders: I wondered what they were supposed to be and then I fell into the world of the Bristol Pegasus Radial Engine. Turns out the the MkI Swordfish were equipped with a Pegasus IIIM3 690HP engine. A very few of the first MkII's retained this engine but it truly was on
  10. Well you probably thought I'd abandoned this build/thread again but I did warn that progress will be slow. Thank you for the kind responses they are very much appreciated. @bigbadbadge I did consider following the panel lines but I want to stay away from straight and square with the transparent viewing window since the Swordfish isn't a very square aircraft. I'd even like to feather the edges of the paint if I could but not having an airbrush will likely make that impossible. @Terry I took a quick look at your Vosper thread Terry, amazing work, to be honest
  11. Thank you to both of you. This is likely to be a very slow journey to completion, just catching up on all the background is keeping me very busy and I continue to find new information I missed the first time around. I can understand why I put the model away two years ago as I had reached a point where I can only cease to refer to the instructions as such and have to begin calling them a guide instead. In deciding to use the transparent side for the Starboard it invariably means much will be visible which Trumpeter neglected to include, in particular all of the equipment in the fron
  12. Well I just returned to this thread and, hopefully this model, having done neither posting nor modelling in the interim. Thank goodness for Britmodeller as reading through my own posts has been the best reminder of what I had in mind for this aircraft. I was hoping to do a search and find dozens of other Swordfish builds completed since my last visit so I might have used them as guides but sadly that doesn't appear to be the case. This was only my second model back in 2018 so I knew very little back then and I have forgotten twice as much so the road to continuation is likely to be
  13. The rigging looks great, your troubles are not doing anything to ease my own concerns but your eventual success does give me hope. I shall have to get back to my build sometime soon, I seem to have taken a little unplanned break. You're pretty close to an RFI thread by the looks of things, I'm looking forward to seeing her complete.
  14. Looking good. I hope I don't have to buy one of those things to get the PE off.
  15. Great work. I just finished one of these myself (it's the Airfix Club Specialist right?) and even for a beginner the kit was a joy to put together; apart from the undercarriage, as you say, although mine is holding out so far with lots of glue and hope. I agree the cannons look much nicer, did you replace the exhausts too because that's an incredible job you've done of hollowing them out if you did it yourself.
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