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cph64

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Supermarine Swift FR.5
« on: May 31, 2020, 03:49:41 PM »
In typical Blue Peter form here's one I started earlier but which went on hold due to me not being happy with the greys and greens I had. Initially released in 2015 (had it been in my stash that long?) the kit contains 62 parts in the soft blue plastic used by Airfix which caused problems more of which later. There are optional clear or solid closed parts for the camera ports, the canopy is in two parts and there is an optional belly tank. Markings are for a 79 Sqdn a/c flown by Lt Nigel Walpole at Gutersloh in April 1956 or a 11(AC) Sqdn a/c at Jever in 1956. I went for the 79 Sqdn a/c as it has PR Blue undersurfaces.
As mentioned earlier with the plastic being soft when the two fuselage halves are joined there is a recess along the spine instead of the usual ridge so filling is the order of the day. The nose wheel bay is also in two halves and this creates a visible line when the model is turned over unless you spend a lot of time filling and sanding, see photo 2. It's inside and underneath so I didn't! Some online reviewers also said they had fit problems when trying to fit the cockpit tub/nose wheel bay assembly as the instructions say join them together before fitting. I fitted them separately, no problems.
The green is Tamiya Dark Green 2 (RAF) XF-81 and the grey Tamiya Dark Sea Grey XF-54, both acrylics. The underside is Humbrol PR Blue enamel as I didn't have it as an acrylic. The cockpit is Humbrol acrylic Coal Black. Masking was done with Tamiya tape with the curves formed with Micro Mask.

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Re: Supermarine Swift FR.5
« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2020, 04:15:44 PM »
Trawling through my photos I found these two showing the filler used during the initial build. They are dated February this year so that's how long it's been on hold!!! Also of note is the gap in the exhaust tube, I don't think it should have petals but will research further.

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Re: Supermarine Swift FR.5
« Reply #2 on: June 01, 2020, 02:41:37 PM »
Not been on hold that long Chris and stash only back to 2015. That can't possibly be the total.
Chris