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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
15559 forum posts
1432 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
192 forum posts
47 photos

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

john stones 112/07/2018 12:49:37
9816 forum posts
1462 photos

Lovely job, tiles look nice as well. yes

Martian12/07/2018 13:34:22
1913 forum posts
910 photos

Wonderful work now put the furniture back

Don Fry12/07/2018 14:17:13
2583 forum posts
30 photos

Very nice model. Same tiles as my kitchen floor.

Andy Meade12/07/2018 15:45:21
2409 forum posts
630 photos

Fantastic work of an iconic aircraft - well done!

Danny Fenton12/07/2018 16:00:36
8562 forum posts
3459 photos

Looks lovely, well done



Percy Verance12/07/2018 16:56:01
6823 forum posts
135 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
906 forum posts
55 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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