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Mike L12/07/2018 11:55:24
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“…..that’s nice dear, you will put the furniture back won’t you…..” Well, what more could you expect? So I thought I would post some photos here to hopefully a more appreciative audience!

This is the Traplet Fairey Swordfish plan MW 2956 72” span. Please don’t ask me how long I have been on this, it would be too embarrassing. Not quite finished, some fuel proofing to be done on wings and other bits and pieces. It will have an ASP120FS upfront which should be fine, currently weighs 8 1/2Ilbs and I reckon 1Ib to go so should be ok – the only unknown is the lump of lead that will have to go in the nose. Covered in solartex – all scraps now in carefully marked brown envelope! Whatever will we do for the next build?

Not the easiest of builds, the plans were a challenge, so anyone thinking one about this needs to be mentally prepared!! Hoping to get this maidened towards the end of this year but need to sharpen my flying up beforehand.

Thanks for having a look!


Biggles' Elder Brother - Moderator12/07/2018 12:33:49
15748 forum posts
1460 photos

Very nice indeed Mike. A beautiful example. Let us know how the maiden goes - now that will be an event, she'll look gorgous in the air!


DaveyP12/07/2018 12:37:57
205 forum posts
47 photos

Yes Very nice, do post a video of it airborne......nerd

john stones 112/07/2018 12:49:37
10141 forum posts
1475 photos

Lovely job, tiles look nice as well. yes

Martian12/07/2018 13:34:22
2059 forum posts
1010 photos

Wonderful work now put the furniture back

Don Fry12/07/2018 14:17:13
3120 forum posts
38 photos

Very nice model. Same tiles as my kitchen floor.

Andy Meade12/07/2018 15:45:21
2488 forum posts
639 photos

Fantastic work of an iconic aircraft - well done!

Danny Fenton12/07/2018 16:00:36
8892 forum posts
3766 photos

Looks lovely, well done



Percy Verance12/07/2018 16:56:01
7381 forum posts
143 photos

Isn't this the CAP design of old? I read a review of the CAP Swordfish back in a 1973 copy of Radio Modeller, which was fairly complementary on the whole.

Looks like a nice finish from the pics. Just a scale Ark Royal to build now........ It's a shame you couldn't have it ready for the Scale Weekend at Old Warden in a couple of weeks time Mike........they used to have a full size one in the museum. Perhaps it's still there, I've not been for a while. 

From a similar era, here's Old Warden's Lysander......





Edited By Percy Verance on 12/07/2018 17:02:56

J D 812/07/2018 17:07:48
996 forum posts
59 photos

Very nice,smiley like the finish. An early memory for me as a tot is being lifted up by an airman to have a look in the rear cockpit of one on an open day at RNAS Brawdy.

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