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Fairey Swordfish by WKucza Fairey Swordfish by WKucza
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Tym razem nie figurka, tak dla odmiany.

Oczywiście pominę milczeniem to, ile trwało zbudowanie tego modelu, bo tradycyjnie już - ZA DŁUGO.

Ale do rzeczy. Kupiony w ostatni dzień Krakowskiego Festiwalu Modelarskiego, za jakieś śmieszne pieniądze (aczkolwiek ten model generalnie jest tani). Czyli prawie rok minął, nim go zrobiłem. Ale fakt - w międzyczasie pojawiły się Warhammery, które zabrały mi sporo czasu na modele.

Jeśli chodzi o sam zestaw, to jest to zwykły przepak starego Matchboxa, z połowy lat '70, ale mimo wieku - to wciąż naprawdę dobry i solidny model!
Aż zdziwiony byłem, jak dobrze pasują części i jak mało szpachlowania było konieczne. Większość elementów po oszlifowaniu po prostu pasuje jak ulał. O ile mi wiadomo, Revell tylko utrzymuje formy w dobrym stanie - więc naprawdę ukłon w stronę inżynierów, którzy projektowali ten zestaw - jest super.

Problemem, jest tylko fakt, że Swordfisha w tej skali nie można już spotkać innego. Zestaw Plastyka odszedł w niebyt, inni producenci nie podjęli tego tematu (w skali 1/72 oczywiście).
Stąd więc, o ile mamy i tak sporo opcji (torpeda, wyrzutnie rakiet, radar), to jednak są braki.
Po pierwsze - w ogóle nie istnieje kokpit. Jedyne, co jest w zestawie, to coś przypominające fotel i podstawka pod niego, na którą wkleja się pilota. I niestety - choć piloci są nieco potworkowaci, to trzeba ich wkleić - inaczej, będą wielkie szpary straszyć. Poza tym - nie ma opcji sklejenia S-Fisha z pływakami - a taka opcja w zestawie ZTS Plastyk była (Trochę żałuję, że nie ocalał, znalazłem gdzieś w złomie modelarskim tylko JEDEN pływak, niestety. A jakoś dałoby się to pewnie skonwertować).

Właściwie, miło byłoby, gdyby nasz Part, postanowił wykonać zestaw części fototrawionych do tego modelu - na pewno zyskałoby to paru nabywców.
A jakby Academy zabrało się w ogóle za ten model... Ach, życzenia :D

Sam model... Właściwie nic tutaj nie można napisać. Budowa szła w miarę płynnie, bez jakichś problemów. Części pasujące nadzwyczaj dobrze, ale także bardzo dobra konstrukcja płata górnego. Pamiętam jeszcze problemy z Letovem - tutaj nic takiego nie było.
Co ciekawe, jak na prawdziwego Matchboxa przystało, model w zależności od podejścia może byś dziecinnie prosty do złożenia, albo być swego rodzaju wyzwaniem.
Ja zdecydowałem się dodać mu trochę realizmu, poprzez olinowanie skrzydeł i jestem całkiem zadowolony z efektu.
Trochę nieprzemyślane było magnesowanie skrzydeł, żeby mogły pomieścić wyrzutnie rakiet - ale są, można je zdjąć. Głównym motywem tego, był fakt, że nie chciałem marnować w sumie ciekawej broni, a z drugiej strony, postanowiłem zrobić tego S-Fisha w oznakowaniu samolotu biorącego udział w ataku na Bismarcka. Więc to taki mały kompromis między maksymalizacją wykorzystania części a wiernością oryginałowi.

Piloci nie wyszli jakoś cudownie, ale też i same modele nie są pierwszej klasy. Trudno, dobrze wypełniają kokpit.

Generalnie - mnie się podoba i zapełnił brak w kolekcji, który mi od dawna doskwierał.
Hm, to właściwie następny powinien być RAH-66 Comanche :D Bo jego brak doskwiera mi od dawna :D

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Not a figure this time. For the sake of variety.

Of course I'll skip the time spent on doing this one, because as usual, it took me way TOO LONG.

I bought this one for some low price at 2010th Cracow's Modellers Festival, so it took me almost a year to make this one. But yeah, Warammer miniatures popped up in the meantime, so it gives me some sort of an excuse.

As for the kit itself, it's just an old god Matchbox in a Revell's boxing - so the design is from somewhere in middle '70's, but still a bloody well made model it is!
I was quite surprised and amazed how well parts fit together and how little putty was needed. Well, as far as I know Revell only maintains the old mould, so all credit for the people in Matchbox back then!
The only problem is that, there's no other Swordfish available at all (at least in 1/72nd scale). No kits from big players and our domestic ZTS Plastyk is not making this kit anymore (though it hardly was a match for this one).
So even though, there are quite a few options (torpedo, rocket launchers, radar), there other things that are totally uncovered.

First - absolutely NO cockpit. It was a fairly common practice back in '70's, but hey... There's still nothing more than a generic chair and a plate to glue this chair on, plus two pilot figures. Which are a little... under tooled. They are generic as well, so nothing much to expect, but they must be painted and glued in, otherwise - a huuuuge hole of bare plastic would be visible like hell. Secondly - there are no floaters. Which is a shame, because the ZTS Plastyk one has them as an option. And damn bad luck - in my model junkyard there's only one floater saved... shame, with both of them I might actually be able to make a conversion).

It would surely do some good if a big company like Academy or maybe Italeri or other - decide to make a S-Fish from scratch. Ah, wishful thinking :D

As for the model itself... Nothing really can be said. Construction was smooth, little to fill, parts well cast and fitting. Even the upper wing was well thought out in terms of construction and unlike the Letov's one - wasn't one big cursing parade.
What's also interesting - as every Matchbox model, this too presents different challenge, depending on the final effect. You can make a straight slap-together kit, which would look decently or - like me - you might put a little extra work to make it look very, very well. Which in my case was making the main wing rigging. And it looks very well.
Rocket Launchers are magnetized, which wasn't my brightest idea ever - but I realized it a little too late. I wanted to use those rockets and on the other hand - be able to have true to scheme version (painting depicts one of the S-Fish which took part in Bismarck attack). So that's my little consensus.

Pilots are not my masterpieces... But they are filling the unused space. And well... they look okay.

In general - I'm fond of this one. Surely as usual, some things might have been done differently or better, but I like how this plane turned out.
And it's finally the plane I like much and found missing from my collection for quite some time.
Speaking of which, does this mean I have to make a RAH-66 Comanche soon? :D

Skala/Scale - 1/72
Farby/Paints - Pactra, Model Master, Gunze Sangyo
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:iconluftwafel9:
luftwafel9 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
Mym zdaniem ciut przesadziłeś zaczerniając te linie na lotkach i statecznikach itd. Jednak reszta mnie zadowala.
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WKucza Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
No jest ostry kontrast, fakt - trochę przez to, że te linie same w sobie wypadałoby pocienić :) Następny Swordfish będzie lepszy :D

A ten jeszcze kiedyś dostanie dobre figurki pilotów i km z blaszek - tak ot ;)
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Nixod321 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
Please tell me how you do your lovely panel lines!
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:iconwkucza:
WKucza Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Well, that's a technique I picked up from :iconnightraven1: :)

You need a 0.1 mm black ink pen (available in most art stores or paper shops), then after the model is painted, decals are applied and varnished, you just run the pen through the panel lines (a few at a time) and wipe with a paper towel every black ink that is too much.
This way, you will have a little "grit" on the whole model and wonderful panel lines. And if the ink seems like a little dry - just moisture a little the towel and it will come of easily :) Then let it dry for some time and it's done :)
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NightRaven1 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
very classic love it !
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:iconwkucza:
WKucza Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks a lot!
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luftwafel9 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
apropos Forga to zapytam cię czy nie znasz kogoś kto posiada skan instrukcji.
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:iconwkucza:
WKucza Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Znać to nie, ale popatrzę jeszcze w moich papierach czy może by się nie znalazł.

Przy okazji możesz sprawdzić pod [link] - po rosyjsku ale są obrazki przeróżne.

Ewentualnie możesz poszukać w sieci pod hasłem ZTS Plastyk, bo oni z tych samych form robili.
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luftwafel9 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
ok już posiadam
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AnAspieInPoland Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Imponujące.
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Deorse Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool the plane that destroyed the Bismarck.
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AnAspieInPoland Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
And only because the crewman had made a fatal error- he tried to make a turn instead of going straight forward.
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Deorse Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yep.
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Yenna-Savil Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I wszystko jak należy. Tylko tego olinowania to trzeba baaaaaardzo szukać na zdjęciach ;)

Ale czyściutki i ładny. I moje "wierne i popularne" tło... Hmm... Muszę o jakimś lepszym chyba pomyśleć, bo to już się "opatrzyło" ludziom :)
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WKucza Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
No to będziesz mieć czas na to :D Tylko ja bym prosił może jakoś na sklejce, żeby trwalsze i łatwiejsze w utrzymaniu było? :D
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Yenna-Savil Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Załatw sklejkę ;) Albo w ogóle coś w rodzaju składanego pudełeczka/kurtyny z zawiasikami i wspornikami, żeby nie trzeba było podstawek i podpórek? :)
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WKucza Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hm, jak pudełeczka, to może popatrzyłabyś będąc w centrum do Empiku? Lubią tam mieć różne takie wynalazki :D
Ja przepatrzę Szał internetowy, a jak nic się nie znajdzie, to będzie sklejka na zawiasikach :D
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Yenna-Savil Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Obstawiam sklejkę ;D
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WKucza Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Sklejka be it XD
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kanyiko Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Actually, two other 1/72 kits (at least) are available: one being the old Airfix kit, one the old FROG kit (reproduced by a number of different companies, most notably Novo and Eastern Express). I have build all three kits. The old Airfix one was from the '60s, and must count as the worst (least detailled) kit of the lot; the latter is, at least in my eyes, better than the Matchbox kit, having the typical 3-crew cockpit (rather than the covered one only seen on the radar-Swordfish), and with optional parts for a Mk.I seaplane Swordfish. However, in its later incarnations, the moulds have suffered quite a lot through decades of misuse by various manufacturers, so the parts are not at all as good as on the original FROG kit.

However, Airfix has already announced they will be issuing a new mould at the end of this year: [link] This kit is newly designed, and even allows it to be built with the wings folded. So I'm quite looking forward to that one.
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WKucza Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Well, you get my mind into a "researcher mode" (big thanks!) and provided some valuable info on the other kits...
I dug up here and there and well... I can assume that there were only Airfix release apart from the Matchbox one, as our ZTS Plastyk kit, was a repacked FROG/NOVO/DFI kit :D

I couldn't get it at first, because instructions were long gone and I was left with only a gun, one floater and half of upper wing - but the design is the same, details and assembly points.
So I guess I USED TO HAVE a decent Swordfish in my early modeller's years :D (too bad it was more than 15 years ago :D).
From what I can remember, our manufacturer didn't mention folding wings option - but I'm not 100% sure.

Well, this Airfix new release looks at least promising!
New tooling, decent options... If only it gets option for floaters I'm definitely going for this one!

Thanks for all the info!
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kanyiko Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome!

Just in case you're interested, I posted a picture with my two surviving kits (my Airfix Swordfish was destroyed in a mishap), and the plans of the three kits, so you can compare them. :)

I'm quite sure the ZTS Plastyk kit was the FROG one - FROG's moulds seem to have been rather popular with Eastern kit manufacturers. ;)

[link]
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DingoPatagonico Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
looks cool!!! i have one too x3
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WKucza Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks!
As soon, as I find a decent version with floaters, I'll make another one :D
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DingoPatagonico Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
so rare O_o never saw one :3
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WKucza Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You might try to find some FROG/NOVO/DFI/ZTS Plastyk one :D Those had them :D
Though... they are rare too...
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NightRaven1 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
nice clean build my friend !
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WKucza Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks a lot!
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BlueFox284 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011
My thoughts exactly!!!

Super clean!!!
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NightRaven1 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
;)
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