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  1. 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 isn't bad, but it does have a few problems. I wanted to do a partial interior and pose the finished product with the door posed open invitingly for little VIPs. No crew figures on this one, however.
  2. My second contribution will be this Sword Seafire MkIII Two liveries offered, one a D Day spotter of 885 NAS in the temparate day fighter scheme with D-Day stripes and in the more traditional temperate Sea scheme of 809 NAS on HMS Stalker in 1945' presumably in the Indian Ocean. The box is full of plastic. It looks like it's the sprues from a MkV Spitfire with a new fuselage and wings, along with the other parts for a Seafire. The instruction sheet is about 8 pages long but the build looks like other Sword/Admiral/Legato Seafires. A nice transfer sheet, but no D-Day stripes so that will be a challenge. A couple of resin exhausts and for some reason, I reckon a mistake, theres two clear sprues with a couple of canopies and landing lights
  3. I seem not to have put my name up for this but I'm in, especially with this Lockdown going on. Swords' Seafire IIc looks a nice kit, hopefully it'll build well. I did a Mk XV a while ago and the main wing gave trouble but got a reasonable result. Davey.
  4. As well as the Vigilante, I want to offer a WW2 tech project. From a choice of many, I've settled for this Sword AEW Avenger. This my second Sword build, my 8th Avenger. Parts: Having done all the wartime schemes, this grey Canadian option grabbed me, Decals.
  5. Second of three Harrier builds. This is the Sword boxing of the T4 trainer finished as WV 268 from 899 Naval Air Squadron in 1992 based at RNAS Yeovilton. The kit is finished in the 899 NAS 50th Anniversary Markings, transfers for which are in the boxing. Overall its a decent kit with some resin and an awful lot of etch. I felt every time I got somewhere I had more etch to stick on, including some which were practically microscopic. The intakes aren't very good as they don't have the dropped down doors, only closed as in flight. I replaced them with a set from Pavla but it took an inordinate amount of fettling and time to get them to fit. I would have preferred Sword had given options for the intakes rather than loads of tiny etch. Painted with Xtracrylix Dark Sea Grey and finished to a Satin finish with Liquitex Satin varnish. With some of his friends
  6. Recently completed my 1/72 Sword RF-84F Thunderflash. Went with the RNoAF markings in the kit. The decals in this kit were superb, with loads of miniscule stencil markings. The original engraving was very fine so I re-scribed everything. Added some canopy locking mechanism latches from an Eduard F-16 etched set. Used a little cars lens for the landing light & added the rod actuator for the nose leg. Drilled out the gun ports. Mig acrylics & Vallejo Metal color Aluminium underside with a Mig enamel pin wash. Royal Norwegian Air Force RF-84F 51-17053 AZ-G 717.Esk Sola Norway 1957; RNoAF RF-84F 51-17053 AZ-G 717.Esk Sola Norway 1957 by Martin Laurance, on Flickr RNoAF RF-84F 51-17053 AZ-G 717.Esk Sola Norway 1957 by Martin Laurance, on Flickr RNoAF RF-84F 51-17053 AZ-G 717.Esk Sola Norway 1957 by Martin Laurance, on Flickr RNoAF RF-84F 51-17053 AZ-G 717.Esk Sola Norway 1957 by Martin Laurance, on Flickr RNoAF RF-84F 51-17053 AZ-G 717.Esk Sola Norway 1957 by Martin Laurance, on Flickr RNoAF RF-84F 51-17053 AZ-G 717.Esk Sola Norway 1957 by Martin Laurance, on Flickr Many thanks for looking. Martin
  7. I finished this towards the end of last year, but have only just got around to taking some photographs. Swords excellent rendition on a Harrier T.Mk.4. More or less out of the box, but I did open up the upper auxiliary doors on the intakes as the kit parts were moulded in the closed position, which isn't accurate for an aircraft that is parked up. I used Vallejo Model Air paints and kit decals. I picked this scheme as it was the temporary arctic scheme. I painted all the upper surfaces in the usual green and grey, then overpainted the green with white on the areas visible from above. Hope you like it.
  8. Here is my Reggiane Re.2000 from the Sword kit. Overall an OK kit, fit wasn't too bad though fitting the engine in the cowling was a pain. Pretty much OOB, though I did risk cutting open and thinning the canopy (after first checking a vacform replacement was available! Supplied decals are TechMod ... which I have a love/hate relationship with ... beautifully printed and very thing, not a hint of silvering, which could have been a real problem with the clear areas on the national insignia. But a real pain to apply - all too easy to fold one over on itself, which is pretty much unrecoverable. Density is pretty good, though I wish now I had opted to paint the cross on the rudder. Of course the real interest in making this one was the paint job. After looking for usable images and artwork, I tried to emulate Schema A from the Stormo colour guide Attempt no 1 was to freehand it with an airbrush, but I just couldn't get the feathering tight enough ... I think it needs to have a harder edge than say a Luftwaffe mottle. Attempt no 2 had me using green as the base colour, then using blutak to mask out the green mottles, then repeat for the maroon. This worked a bit better, but the spacing wasn't right. I found it hard to visualise how much space to leave in the first round of masking. So attempt no 3, I added ALL the mottle masks, then removed those marked red, sprayed, the reapplied the 2nd colour mask Here it is with all blu tack applied. The red blobs were removed, and maroon paint applied. Then the red blobs stuck back on and final yellow coats added. I think the mottling should have been denser, but by then I'd had enough! The red cowling was a bit of a conundrum. The Sword instructions called for a 'dark red', but I could find no reference to this in the usual sources. In the end I went for Japanese hinomaru red which, based on no evidence whatsoever, looks right to my eyes! All paints are Colourcoats. Cheers, Colin
  9. 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
  10. Just wandering through the forum and came across this GB, what a great idea Seems like an ideal time to finish off the lightning I started in the Trainers GB which failed at the end due to a missing part I've got a Peugot 206 WRC to finish, then the Lightning should be a good project over Christmas to finish off Just got to remember where I put it safe now Shouldn't be too hard as it's not small Ian
  11. Hello all, For my next Lightning (I always have a Lightning model on the go), I have decided to try my hand at some shiny metal finishes, and a two seater version. I have on hand the Sword 1/48 T4, and a set of Xtradecals for 226 OCU. The kit is certainly a decent representation of the type, but is also a little basic in terms of fit. There is a substantial amount of flash, ejector pin marks and seam lines. However, with some patience (in short supply) I think it will make into a decent model. Box and aftermarket decals The kit decal sheet seems decent - stencils are well defined and good resolution The sprues I think the cockpit is busy enough with kit parts. With some scratch building I think it would even look OK with an open canopy, but for simplicity I'll be closing the canopy on this build. Here I am just starting to dry fit parts. Still some clean up needed. The cockpit includes resin ejector seats (not shown here). The seats are not up to Eduard or Quickboost standard for sure, but streets ahead of the average injection moulded versions in the Airfix kits. (Although the Airfix kits are superior to the sword ones in terms of fit and overall definition). The wings go together fine. The leading edge joint is not very good, but the wing lower sections fit well otherwise. It shouldn't take too much effort to sand the leading edge smooth. The intake ring is not very well molded, but again didn't take to much work to cut out runner leftovers, and smooth the internal diameter transition. And just a couple of progress pics - meaning I have done some priming. And so away we go!
  12. Here is my Harrier T.52 ZA250/G-VTOL, Paris Airshow 1979, built from the Sword kit with a Master pitot, painted with Hataka and Lifecolour acrylics and finished with decals from Vingtor set 72-118 Harrier Test and Demonstration Aircraft #3. The kit was a bit of a challenge, the fit of some parts was poor, particularly the intake trunking and front cockpit instrument shroud. There were gaps that needed shims and steps, especially behind the cockpit. The front instrument shroud provided by sword is way too big and I ended up replacing it with a part fashioned from a cut down drop tank half. I opened up the auxiliary intake doors, in future I would recommend replacing these parts with Freightdog resin ones. The Vingtor decals are nice and thin and generally went on well, conforming over curves and bumps, although delicate. I had some small of the smaller stencils break up, possibly as I had the water too warm. Frustratingly, one of the fuselage roundels was misprinted without the white segment, and I managed to pull of part of the serial when handling and needed to touch up by hand. Anyway, here it is, a bit rough in places but good enough for my cabinet: Thanks for looking. AW
  13. Back from a couple of months away from home I am itching to get back to the bench and have chosen this as my next build: I’m going to build it as the BAe demonstrator G-VTOL using the Vingtor decal sheet. A look at the contents: Parts are usual short-run fare, thick and fairly soft plastic, a little flash, large spruce gates and some massive ejector pins that will need to be ground off. Detail is lightly moulded so some rescribing after filling and sanding of joints will likely be required. You get a resin part for the air brake interior and a fret of PE details mostly for the cockpit. I also have a master pitot. I have given the parts a good wash and am now cleaning them up before commencing work in earnest. Unfortunately real life commitments and ferrying my mother to and from medical appointments mean that progress on this build is likely to be slow but I will put up updates from time to time. AW
  14. The other aircraft (and the only other suitable for this GB) I will attempt is this Ar-196 from the dual boxing with a Sea Gladiator by Sword. Again OOB with stuff like seatbelts and rigging added.
  15. Sword is to release very soon a 1/72nd Arado Ar-196A-3 kit - ref.SW72085 Source: http://swordmodels.cz/cs/coming-soon/100-sw72085-arado-ar-196a-3.html V.P.
  16. If I may, this seems like a good time to build this. What do you mean, 'tidy your room'? That's time I could spend building. Nice bits. A fair bit for flash, some of it a bit thick, such as that around the fin. But, lovely resin wheel well and seat. Plastic is cut:
  17. Sword is to rebox its 1/72nd Republic P-47N Thunderbolt in a 2in1 kit - ref. SW72121 Source: http://swordmodels.cz/en/home/140-sw-72121-p-47n-2-in-1.html V.P.
  18. Now I've more or less finished the Meteor F8 in the 50s GB it's time to make a start here I'm going to throw my hat in the ring with the RAF trainer that was the ultimate last step in the budding fighter pilots journey After learning their trade in the sweet handling Gnats, Hawks, Hunters etc. they got to experience the brute force of the Lightning I'm sure there's a quote from a fresh pilot somewhere that said something like, "I was in control right up to the moment I released the brakes" I'm following my theme of 56 squadron aircraft with a Sword T5, depending how I go with time I might do a T4 as well, but we'll see how I go It also depends on how my first real attempt at NMF goes as well, as to whether I do another
  19. In 2019 Sword is to release McDonnell F3H Demon kits. - ref. SW 72122 - MCDonnel F-3H-2/F-3B Demon Source: http://swordmodels.cz/en/home/141-sw-72122-f-3h-2f-3b-demon.html - ref. SW72123 - McDonnel F3H-2N/M F-3C/MF-3B Demon Source: http://swordmodels.cz/en/home/142-sw72123-f3h-2nm-f-3cmf-3b-demon.html V.P.
  20. Joining you with this US Navy trainer - derived from the T-33, that I'm also building. The first Sword kit that I've built - from several purchases. And I really like the hi-vis options
  21. Seen at Shizuoka Hobby Show 2013 Source:http://happy.ap.teacup.com/applet/runchickens/20130516/archive?b=10 - ref. SW72119 - Hawker 800/Raytheon U-125A (JASDF) announced by Sword Models (http://www.swordmodels.cz/) A challenger for the - now out of production ? - NMC (North Wing Model Craft) resin kit: http://nsf.tc/~nmc/ProductDetail.php?iProduct=8 http://nsf.tc/~nmc/ProductDetail.php?iProduct=8 V.P.
  22. The latest Sword kits are on order for delivery to us, sometime next week! So we'll have new F3H Demon models in 1/72! Also out, will be the re-issued P-47N Thunderbolt kit but this time as a double set! The prices will be discounted compared to RRP! thanks Mike
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    BAe Harrier T4N

    Here's my next contribution to this GB, Sword's Harrier trainer. It will be finished as an FAA Harrier T4N from 899 NAS. Sprue shot. As usual I've been impatient and already got some paint on. The majority is well moulded but as typical with short run kits, there are some injection pins and some flash, and there are some seams. The exhausts are moulded as single pieces and although there's a seam around the 'can' but that's should be straightforward to sand down. The other Harrier challenge is the intake doors on the intake are modelled in closed position and will probably need cut out to represent a plane on the ground. Otherwise shape looks about right and the engraving is restrained. A fair fair amount of etch, all the interior etch is precoloured and the remainder provides enough aerials for a number of modern aircraft. And one piece of resin.
  24. Hi all, and I'm pleased to say that I've finally finished a model - the 1/72 Seafire XV from the Sword kit. I made heavy weather of it unfortunately (well over two years from start to finish), and ran into a last-minute snag by applying Alclad Clear Cote as a near-final varnish, which then took four months to dry. Yesterday I reckoned it was dry enough to put something over the top, in this case Humbrol 135 satin enamel. It could do with being a bit more glossy to be honest, but I'm calling this one done now. I built the kit pretty much out of the box, although these Sword kits need a bit of fettling to get certain things to fit (e.g. canopy). After a false start on the paint-job, I settled on something a bit different, as I've always liked the look of SW847 in its (I think) black over sky with silver spinner. The real aircraft had been modified a bit, with guns, gunsight, catapult hooks and arrestor-wire guard for the tailwheel removed - all of which made this modeller's life easier. The whole sorry process is recorded in the WIP: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234998719-172-seafire-xv/. Any road up, here are some pics taken this afternoon: And here she is in the cabinet with her Mark III sister, also from the Sword kit but was somehow much easier to put together: Here are a couple of photos of the original: Thanks for looking, and comments very welcome as ever. In the meantime I'm not sure I can face another session with the Sword Mark XIV Spit. And conversion of a Sword Seafire XV to a Mark XII can definitely wait a while. Oh the horror...! Justin
  25. Planning to build the Sword Kon Marine TBM3W Avenger. Sword show this in a dark and light grey scheme. Anyone know FS or other references for these colours and when they were used ?. Only photographs found show dark grey top and duck egg green below.
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