Airfix Fairey Swordfish 1/72
- Product Name : Fairey Swordfish
- Product Number : 02071
- Manufacturer : Airfix
The Fairey Swordfish is a biplane torpedo designed by the Fairey Aviation Company. Originating in the early 1930s, the Swordfish, nicknamed “Stringbag”, was operated by the Fleet Air Arm of the Royal Navy, it was also used by the Royal Air Force (RAF), as well as several overseas operators, including the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) and the Royal Netherlands Navy. It was initially operated primarily as a fleet attack aircraft. During its later years, the Swordfish became increasingly used as an anti-submarine and training platform. The type was in frontline service throughout the Second World War.
Despite being obsolete by 1939, the Swordfish achieved some spectacular successes during the war. Notable events included sinking one battleship and damaging two others of the Regia Marina (the Italian Navy) during the Battle of Taranto, and the famous attack on the Bismarck, which contributed to her eventual demise. By the end of the war, the Swordfish held the distinction of having caused the destruction of a greater tonnage of Axis shipping than any other Allied aircraft. The Swordfish remained in front-line service until V-E Day, having outlived multiple aircraft that had been intended to replace it in service. Source Wikipedia
Inside the kit there are 61 parts for a Royal Navy Swordfish. The decals provided are for an 810 NAS aircraft and the Royal Navy Historic Flight LS326. The instructions and painting guide are provided in black and white.
- The kit is an interesting Subject
- Good kit for beginners
- Fuselage has a good fit
- Decals look decent
- Kit is from 1982
- Large seam lines
- Poor fit on the wings
- Large gaps
- Painting guide is in black and white
In conclusion, I would say that his kit is ideal for beginners and people who, like me, enjoy old kits. It is not up to the standard of modern kits.