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Swordfish MkIII ASW

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This is a combination of the new Airfix kit with the Eduard PE interior set  (SS432), the Pavla Mk III ASW conversion kit (U72-134), the S.B.S. Swordfish rigging wire set (72050)and using the eduard Swordfish mask set (CX316). There are many reviews of the new Swordfish, so I won't go into that. The PE interior set consists mainly of assorted control panels, seatbelts. and machine gun detail parts. The all fit fine and "busy up" the interior nicely. The ASW conversion consist of the radar equipment, a new place for its operator, a radio, larger oil cooler, new side panel to cover where the forward mg was, the flame dampener for the exhaust, th "hump" for the radar scanner and the antennae for the wings. These parts are all nicely done in resin with the exception of the new cover for the radar compartment, which is vacu-formed (you get two in case you screw one up) and the antennae, which are PE. The mask set gives you masks for the windscreen, inside and out, and wheels. Finally, the rigging set gives you a full set of PE bracing wires all made to fit perfectly. You do not get, however, the flying wires for the elevator nor the antennae, which I thought was odd. It makes for a fiddly little model in this scale with all these parts and cutting things out and shaving things off and putting replacement things back on, but the result is as you see it. I wanted to do one with the rocket racks underneath, but the racks in both the old Airix and Matchbox kits are primitive and there are none in the new release. So, I made new ones from scratch. The rockets came from the spares box. The markings are spurious as there are no Mk III markings in the Airfix kits and the ones I had left over from the Matchbox kit had gone south long ago. 

 

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Lovley 

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That is great build of a very interesting aircraft. I remember i had a Swordfish in my (old) stash many years ago and decided to part with it as it was to complex looking for me to even try it. Now that i see your finished model i do get tempted to try one too!   :goodjob:

 

May i ask: how did you secure / attach the wiring at the base of all the wing struts? Did you instal small eyelets or did you drill holes in the wing in which you glued the wire? Or a differnt technique than that?

I'm always curious how fellow modellers do this and now even more so since i've started with WW1 era airplanes!

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