Popular Post dr_gn Posted January 28 Popular Post Share Posted January 28 I built the Matchbox Swordfish in the '70's with my Dad, and IIRC also the Novo (Frog) floatplane version, and always had a soft spot for the type. I seem to gravitate towards re-making subjects that I built as a child, maybe from different manufacturers, but they still hold some fascination for some reason. This is another model that took me a long time to complete. The fuselage chevron decals were asymmetric, and I only noticed after applying them, so they needed correction afterwards. Also the upper wing has sink marks around the spar elements (where there's an abrupt section change around the spar pockets). Again, this only became apparent after painting and weathering, so it all had to be stripped, filled, and...you get the idea. I'm still not 100% happy with the pre-shading of the fuselage. Anyway, the judges were kind at Scale model World in 2021, and it won a Gold medal and the Jim Howard Trophy. Modifications included: Scratch-built cockpit details such as: Eduard p/e Plastic road and Milliput leather crash pads Brass tube compass mounts Paper maps Eduard p/e airframe set Brass tube tail aerial mount Brass tube torpedo sight rails Brass tube pitot tubes Brass tube fuel tank vents Brass tube grab handles Brass tube tail skid assembly Brass tube cockpit step Brass tube starting handle Lead wire engine de-icing ring (I think that's what it is) Lead wire upper wing details (dinghy lines) Resin engine Elastic thread rigging CAD modelled & 3D printed bombs CAD modelled & 3D printed contra-rotating torpedo screws Brass torpedo fuze/cover Twisted lead wire mooring ropes/lines & torpedo lashings Oil paint woodgrain and p/e screw heads on trestle Cheers! 88 2 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
Create an account or sign in to comment
You need to be a member in order to leave a comment
Create an account
Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!Register a new account
Already have an account? Sign in here.Sign In Now