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  1. F2H-2P, 128863 U.S.Navy, "Look III", VC-61, USS Yorktown, Korea 1953-54 Kit: Sword F2H-2P Photo Banshee (SW72078) Scale: 1/72 Paints: Vallejo Model Air, Vallejo Metal Colour Weathering: Flory Models Wash WIP: Photo reconnaissance version of the early US Navy fighter jet, the Banshee. Not many were made but still an interesting plane with rather sleek looks due to the extended nose. Delightful little kit with some resin & PE extras that came with the kit. Only thing I have added is the tail pitot tube. Cockpit requ
  2. SWORD 1:72 F-2H-2P Photo Banshee One of my more recent purchases. I'm currently working on Hobby Boss's F9F Panther and thought it could use a friend. Colour schemes. This will be a Navy bird, most likely. Decals. By Eduard, as it seems. It's a short run kit, for sure. Not saying that is a bad thing - I mean the details are pretty nice for the most part, but you can also see that there will most likely be a lot of sanding & fitting included.
  3. I really like the austere look of the 1980s-vintage Hawker HS-125 CC.3 in RAF service, painted gloss white overall and a roundel blue cheat line, similar to that shown on the Matchbox cover-art of the CC.2. To do justice to the type requires kit-bashing using two different generations of kit: the 1974-vintage Matchbox of the -600, and last year's Sword model of the -800. Sword's kit offers many details that can be cobbled onto the -600 to turn it into a -700 jet, such as the engines, underwing details, and possibly the landing gear. As others on this board have pointed out, the Matchbox kit
  4. Hi all! Bear with me, this is my first WIP post. Sword’s 1:48 T4 lightning. All the usual comments about “short-run” kits apply - no locating pins, some flash, occasional fit issues, etc., but overall, I’m impressed. I bought a few goodies to go with it, the best being Danny Coreman’s book, but there were a few diorama bits I couldn’t resist, like tow bar, FOD cover (covers a multitude of sins!), tow-tractor... I took inspiration from #propforward’s build, so all the same comments apply as to fit, filling and finish! Natural metal finish on an earlier
  5. After some false starts on recent group builds, I thought that I would try to restart in 2021 with this kit, the Sword 1/72: As the kit box clearly states RAAF, it seems ideal for this GB and I have had it for some time. I will be doing the 79 Squadron version which is A58-169 originally ES307 built at Castle Bromwich (kipper tie, no I have just had one thank you). The airframe history is from ADF serials website: 58-169 F.VC ES307 Arrived in Australia on SS Empire Strength 11/04/43.Rec 2AD ex UK 29/03/43. Rec 1AD ex 2AD 23/04/43. Receive
  6. I think this might be the next project to start. Not an easy kit to get hold of these days - managed to find it on ebay a couple of years back. Heard some comments in the past about some tricky parts fit? I've also bought aftermarket intakes / nozzles which seems to be this big issue with the Sword kit. It's going to have to be a rattle can paint finish too, so let's see how that works out!!! Will try to update some pics through the build.
  7. Had this mostly built gathering dust on the shelf for a couple of years. If it wasn't for the fact that this was mostly built up, it was too advanced in build to enter into the Interceptors GB but since as I'd just done the MiG, I thought it was only right that I should complete its western counterpart Finally got it done & at last got to grips with Alclad as opposed to the Vallejo Metal Colour on the MiG. Added another pic of them both side by side for size comparison & comparison between the metal finishes. So this is the Sword kit which is a short run kit & should
  8. Hello guys and girls.I hope you are doing well.Here is my latest finished model.The Sword EE Lightning T.5.A really bad kit that requires a lot of work to turn it into something worth of having a place in you display case.I built it OOB.The paints used are gunze. enjoy the photos.
  9. Hi all, here's the first of 2021. It is the Sword kit straight from the box except Eduard etch ejection seat handles and scratch built pitot. Nice kit though not for the complete novice, and the decals are so thin they are very difficult to move once placed. Anyway thanks for looking 20210214_152721 by bryn robinson, on Flickr 20210214_152731 by bryn robinson, on Flickr 20210214_152744 by bryn robinson, on Flickr 20210214_152803 by bryn robinson, on Flickr 20210214_152832 by bryn robinson, on Flickr 20210214_153227 by bryn robinson, on Flickr
  10. http://www.hannants.co.uk/product/SW72088 Spotted on Hannants future releases is a 1/72nd Fairey Gannet AEW3 by Sword. One to look forward too and can make use of the surplus decals AlleyCat did for their resin kit.
  11. Joining you with this Sword 1/72 BAC Strikemaster. This kit cost me £8 at IPMS Avon show in 2015.
  12. Hello everybody! Another model that landed in my workshop is Reggiane Re. 2001 Falco II from Sword in 1:48 scale (SW48012). I know I promised an MC. 202 but there has been a slight adjustment in plans. Falco will be straight out of the box without any fireworks. And the rest will come out during construction. The whole thing looks like this: The little in-box of the kit: And a few details
  13. I've been missing the building with all the painting and decals I've been doing lately so was looking forward to starting this from the stash (even though I have a couple of KUTAs I could restart that need decals, etc.)... It's a second hand kit, but everything seems in order - actually I think there's an extra piece that doesn't belong (the light grey bit at the top middle - oddly seems the same sprue colour). The kit has a couple of resin (I think) bits - the exhaust and pilots seat, and some colour photoetch. I've never built a Sword kit before but thi
  14. Boosting the Carrier Air Wing with this Sword 1/72 TF-9J Cougar. Performing as a USMC Forward Air Controller. Parts. This is the Vietnam option.
  15. Hi all, My first build for this GB will be the 1/72 Sword RT-33 in USAF markings. The USAF got one of these from the Philippine Air Force in 1961, to use over Laos to help provide the Laotian government with intel on the Pathet Lao and the Viet Minh in northern Laos and along the border with North Vietnam. Naturally, this whole project was a bit hush hush, but there's some info in the book "Tactical Reconnaisance in the Cold War" by Doug Gordon. A link to the pages about this subject here. As mentioned, I am using the Sword kit which comes with everything you need, incl
  16. Sword is to re-release it's T-Bird kit as 1/72nd Lockheed RT-33 Shooting Star - ref. SW72113 Source: http://swordmodels.cz/en/6-coming-soon box art V.P.
  17. Just a quick update to say that we are still here and still trading (well just about!). Sales have taken a dramatic slump since lockdown was eased but we're just about limping along, still sending out what orders we have as quickly as ever and everything is still discounted. We've got a new credit/debit card processing option on our website by Stripe, for those who can't or won't use Paypal. You can still of course use Paypal, send a bank transfer or request an invoice (to be paid by card). We've recently got most of the ICM 1/48 German Bombers in stock plus the latest
  18. Dear All, Further to my previous post on Merlin Seafires and my intention to build all 3 versions,1B, IIC and III I've just managed to buy the Sword Mk III / SW72084 late boxing which, with all Sword Seafire and Spitfire kits, are like hens teeth these days. I've read the excellent review of this kit on Hyperscale by Mark Davies (below) which confirms my initial thoughts that the kit is excellent with the only obvious error being the lack of panel lines on the wings showing the wing fold. http://www.hyperscale.com/2014/reviews/kits/sword72083reviewmd_1.htm
  19. What should turn up on my doorstep but a Sword 1/72 Avenger AS.4. Nice kit: very happy with it and construction underway. Sword have had a pretty good stab at the interior but some of the detail is a bit clunky eg shelves 3” thick. Does anyone have any photos of what the interior of the rear cockpits really looks like please? Photos of the other turretless FAA variants (AS.5, ECM.6) equally acceptable! Thanks in advance. PS Have already had a look at the photos of the FAAM Avenger ECM.6 in Walkrounds.
  20. I'm really pleased with this one. Nice kit, bit tricky in places as no locating pins on most parts but goes together fine and good detail. Part of Sword's Reggiane 1/72 boxing and first one I had attempted so looking forward to the others now. Only one marking option per kit included in the 6 kit boxing, this is Reggiane 2001 of Tenente Agostino Celentano, 150a Squadriglia, 2 Gruppo Autonomo. San Pietro di Caltagirone, May 1942
  21. Hi everyone, Not been posting RFIs for a while for various reasons. No time to take photoes, no sunny weather to take good photoes, no time to write articles... Now it's time to change things so I'm presenting here the photoes of my latest model I just finished this week. This is a very well known Jet Provost, but not an Airfix kit which has been invading RFI section recently. I've gone the other way and challenged Sword kit of T.5. Not much aftermarket or scratchbuilding applied. I had Pavla MB mk.4 seats, Reskit wheels (main wheels only as their front w
  22. Good day to all, This is number seven for the year, the Sword F3H Demon. Here are the highlights I found of the kit............... 1. The kit is tricky to assemble. I spent considerable time dry fitting before applying glue and bonding parts and sections together. 2. I added metal and brass rod to shore up and strengthen major sections such as the wings to the fuselage, landing gear, horizontal stabilizers, and weapons pylons. 3. There are no alignment pins for the fuselage and the ones for the wings, pylons, horizontal stabilizers, and landing gear are la
  23. Hi. I'd like to join with this Japanese fighter. I started it last April, then I just stopped modelling...I think is time to start again
  24. Hallo again The EE Lightning from Sword is a kit, which is not the finest, but good one to advance for a nice model. I built the Lightning already in 1/33 from paper. A long time ago. Now, here I started with getting the main groups of the a/c right done. The wing, very unusual in shape and cross section. Here at the trailing area, where the ailerons are, I had to fill in some styrene, to prevent a remarkable difference, not flush at all. The intake as a group I finished. Here I could do inside all necessary grinding. I will paint the cone, mask it and afterward the rest in
  25. With one Seafire finished and two just about done, and my 'high speed' Spit on its way, I thought it time to start another in my Seafire stash reduction project. The Mk XVII or Mk17 was a development of the Groffon engined Mk XV which introduced the bubble canopy to the Seafire family. It served post war with a number of front line squadrons and was delpoyed on carriers as well as a number of training and second line squadrons. The kit pretty much follows the usual Sword Spitfire/Seafire approach with a common wing and most other parts with fuselage half mouldings de
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