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AirFix 1:72 “Stringbag”

i have no particular affinity for the Swordfish, though i now think she’s a pretty little thing in her own humble way. i started this build over a year ago as a rigging challenge. i’ve said it before, i do like what Airfix is producing lately. that said, a lot of research had to be done to detail and rig this pup.

I used the Eduard P.E. set to add detail. rigging is .002″ monofilament by Dia-RiKi threaded through plastic tubing turnbuckles made from heat stretched plastic Q-Tip sticks.
Paints are custom mixes from Gunze and Tamiya paints. (sorry, i don’t remember what exactly those mixes are.)
roundels are painted on using Maketar Kabuki tape masks. other markings are from the kit decals (which, by the way, i find to be of very good quality) for Fairey Swordfish Mk.I K8363/c8c “Mitzi’, Fleet Air Arm, HMS Valiant, July 1940

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17 responses to AirFix 1:72 “Stringbag”

  1. wowzers, thats some nice looking strings

  2. Outstanding work.

  3. Great job on this aircraft, Roger.

    You were right to use filament for rigging. For my 1/48 Tamiya kit, I departed from my usual rigging practice and used the Eduard set of ‘flat’ profile rigging produced especially for the Tamiya kit, which although effective enough in appearance, was not a great modelling experience.

  4. A difficult build in any scale I would imagine (having never built one), but in 1/72nd scale, a true masterpiece. Outstanding job, Roger. I’m quite sure I wouldn’t have made it through the assembly process without something drastic happening to the plastic – by my own hand, of course!

  5. Masterpiece. I thought it was 1/32…

  6. I remember building the old Airfix Swordfish ,wowsers !! it didn’t look like this, you made a superb job of this ,surely a contender for the monthly prize ?

  7. Beautiful work, Roger, in any scale.

  8. Like Wojtek says, I thought it was a larger scale. Another excellent Fabrocini masterpiece – don’t you do any other kind? 🙂

  9. I’m impressed with the rigging and the use of dark to light painting techniques.
    Cool build.

  10. Excellent workmanship & probably a very steady hand. As nice as they come.

  11. Very good work on the rigging – nicely done. The next challenge is double wires though.

  12. beautiful masterful model roger as all ways

  13. Nice clean build.

  14. Fantastic Stringbag Roger. And on 1/72 sale too.
    Well done sir.

  15. Like the others have said, Roger, brilliant, especially in 1/72.

  16. Roger,
    I am truly impressed. This is outstanding. Like the others, when I first saw this post I thought it was Tamiya’s. Stunning.

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