Fairey Swordfish Mk. I
by Tom Cleaver
This is Tamiya's 1/48 scale Swordfish.
The model was built out of the box apart from the addition of seat belts in the cockpit and sway braces on the unused bomb racks.
This is one of the aircraft aboard the British aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal that made a crucial strike against the "Bismarck" in May 1941. The "Stringbags" damaged the Bismarck's rudder, allowing the Home Fleet to close with the German battleship and sink her the following day.
For those of you who are "biplane challenged," this is one of the best-engineered kits ever created, and if you follow the instructions (and have the hand-eye coordination to operate your computer to be able to read this) you too can create a beautiful model of this quality. This is an easy kit!
I used Tamiya "Dark Sea Grey" for "Dark Sea Grey", Light Sea Grey for "Light Sea Grey" (on the upper surfaces of the lower wing), '"RLM Gray" for "Slate Grey," Gunze-Sanyo RLM02 for "Lifght Slate Grey" (on the upper surface of the lower wing), and Tamiya "Sky Grey" for "Sky Grey" on the lower surfaces. This is the pre-April 1941 factory-production camouflage scheme for the Swordfish.
Model, Text and Images Copyright © 2001 by Tom