mark.au Posted November 10, 2022 Share Posted November 10, 2022 Eighty-two years ago the Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm attacked the Italian Fleet at anchor in Taranto. They scored a remarkable success for very little loss. Some months ago I started a Tamiya Swordfish and as usual posted may progress in the WIP section of BM. It seemed to light a spark of enthusiasm for this remarkable aircraft and several others were started what became an unofficial GB. Down here in Australia it's already the anniversary of the raid, so this is one of the first of two or three Taranto Swordfish that may be posted today (I lost count, and not sure who finished, but some of the participants were @Dunny, @bigbadbadge, @AliGauld, @iang). My Stringbag was built as “L4A” belonging to 815NAS and flown by Lieutenant Commander K. Williamson with Observer Lieutenant N. J. ‘Blood’ Scarlett. 4A was one of two lost in the attack, both crew members surviving their crash into the harbour and taken as POW. The other loss was 813NAS "E4H" in the second wave flown by Lt. G. Gayley and Lt. H. Slaughter. Sadly, both were killed. After the raid 4A's airframe was recovered by the Italian Navy and the photos of it are in fact the only known photos taken of the Taranto Swordfish on or close to the date of the raid. The Tamiya kit is rightly lauded as superb, and it gave me no problems at all, save those I created for myself. I built it out of the box using the Tamiya PE set for the rigging. I made the auxiliary fuel tank from the kit's main fuel tank and installed it in the cockpit as it was for all of the Torpedo bombers on the raid. All of the markings were painted, it required no stencil decals because the black distemper covered them. I am especially indebted to @iang for help with the s/n, while it's not known for sure what 4A's s/n was but I'm confident Ian's suggestion cannot be bettered. Here's the WIP; ...and here are the glamour shots... This is, of course, also the 104th anniversary of the end of the First World War. They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them. 67 2 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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