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After two years absence here is a classic kit.
Out of the box with some added cable.
Ciao a tutti!
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Jim Sullivan said on February 9, 2016
Absolutely beautiful…very nicely done.
DAVIDE PONTICELLI said on February 11, 2016
Bernard E. Hackett, Jr. said on February 9, 2016
Beautiful work, rigging one of these is not easy. Not that aligning the wings is a walk in the park, either. Several parts coming together all at the same time! Classic Tamiya, I was amazed they also went for the float version. Only other one is the 1/48th English firm Merits kit, way back in the 60s, later probably Artiplast and Smer? Floatplane, as well.
Thank you Bernard!
For rigging’s wings I used tamiya photoetch kit… for other cable fishing rope.
Meant to ask: did you also use their photoetch set for some of the rigging, and what paint did you use for the cerrux gray on the nose?
Yes tamiya photoetch!
The nose is painted with Tamiya XF-54 (Dark sea grey), nose front XF-56 with. a little added X-33. I painted the ring with X-18.
Craig Abrahamson said on February 9, 2016
Outstanding build (and photos)….very nice indeed.
Frank Cronin said on February 9, 2016
Great job on this.
Vincent Perry said on February 9, 2016
Thank you Vincent…
Jack Mugan said on February 9, 2016
Awesome build David and nice photos as well.
Happy for your words!
Christian WERY said on February 10, 2016
I would buit the same and make a success of it as well !
P.k said on February 10, 2016
David Mills said on February 10, 2016
Rob Anderson said on February 10, 2016
Wonderful build, makes me feel old that you are calling it a classic kit! Seems like just yesterday when Tamiya released it!
really! I agree with you
Rob Pollock said on February 10, 2016
Lovely job. I seem to recall the build choice between folded wings and the version here. I think Tamiya engineered it with a preference for the former. I used the aftermarket detail-up set – hard work for what it was….
Yeha Rob. Not at all easy to add cables in photo etching
Greg Kittinger said on February 10, 2016
Dude – you have been depriving us of your skill! Beautiful build and well photographed as well. Bring us more…!
Really thank you for your appreciation!
George Williams said on February 10, 2016
Beautiful build, I wish you could tell us more. I’ve often thought about this kit, but the Mk1 and float versions seem hard to get now, although the Mk2 kit seems fairly freely available, and, I guess the Tamiya rigging kit is the same for the Mk1 and Mk2, with the floatplane version being different.
It is now hard to buy this kit. I found it in 2012 in an internet English store … thanks! (Bernard says right)
Bernard E. Hackett, Jr. said on February 10, 2016
George, the rigging kit does look the same for the I & II, though there is also one for the floatplane. It has bracing wires for the floats, additionally.
The II has radar antennae, and the auxiliary tank that goes in the 2nd cockpit, along with the torpedo, rockets, and bombs and flares. Different style lower wing, it was metal for the rockets on the real ‘plane.
John Healy said on February 10, 2016
Ian Bartlett said on February 11, 2016
Love this! This is the standard to aspire to!
Too good your judgment Ian !
James Robert Feuilherade said on February 11, 2016
Very nice! This has motivated me to carry on my new tool Airfix 1/72 kit! Great job you have dome here! Great kit this Tamiya Swordfish.
Michal Walusz said on February 11, 2016
Fantastic work on your Swordfish. I have the same kit in my stash so your will be inspiration to me.
I do not expect anything but also to see your creation Michal!
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