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1:48 Fairy Swordfish Mk1 Bismark raid


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I have always wanted to tackle this iconic kit made by Tamiya. This is one of their premier kits supplying not only their usual high quality mouldings along with photo etch parts for the wing rigging, engine and cockpit details.

I have built this out of the box and wanted to do the model justice by depicting the aircrafts most famous role in the Second World War:- The Bismark attack. In 1941 aircraft from HMS Ark Royal spotted the Bismark who was running from British Forces. After a sustained attack on Germanys capital ship, against the odds and facing overwhelming firepower one of the Swordfishes torpedoes damaged the steering of the ship rendering it vulnerable for the perusing fleet.

I used my preferred paints:- Vallejo air and followed the painting guide supplied by Tamiya. There appears to be quite a lot of unknown details about the squadrons and the actual markings with several different ones shown in my research.

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The paint scheme was sealed with Vallejos gloss varnish, followed by the application of the decals and finished off with a dark wash.

This is a superb kit and I am itching to try out the MKI 2 in the future.

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Sweet mate it's really good. I can offer a little advice for your second build. I can tell that you followed the instructions and put the etch metal rigging on before attaching the wings to the fuselage. It's a little more awkward but do the rigging after the wings are on the fuselage. It will stop the etched rigging bowing slightly when you force the wings home.

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