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Tamiya's 1/48 scale
Fairey Swordfish Mk.I

by Adam O'Brien


Fairey Swordfish Mk.I Floatplane


Tamiya's 1/48 scale Swordfish Floatplane is available online from Squadron.com




This is my Fairey Swordfish Mk.1 Floatplane in 1/48th scale from Tamiya. I used the Eduard photo-etch set to detail the model, and the separately available bracing wire set from Tamiya.

Construction of the model was reasonably trouble-free with the exception of the wing-to-fuselage joint. This, (to me) was quite difficult as the wings are completely rigged sub-assemblies before they are mated to the fuselage, and so, ended up quite a struggle to fix in place. The remainder of the kit was usual Tamiya quality.


Painting consisted of a silver undercoat for the aircraft's metal areas, followed by the camouflage scheme painted with Tamiya acrylics. The decals came from the kit. Chipping was achieved by loosening the paint with a toothpick, then removing small sections with sticky tape.

I then applied a Humbrol enamel wash over the entire aircraft, followed by spot-staining and oil streaks done with artists oil colours.

A final fine mist coat of light grey acrylic (thinned 90%) was applied to most of the model to tone everything down.



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Model, Text and Images Copyright 2004 by Adam O'Brien
Page Created 20 August, 2004
Last Updated 19 August, 2004

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