The Fairey Swordfish was a bi-plane torpedo bomber designed and manufactured by the Fairey Aviation Company and used by the Fleet Air Arm of the Royal Navy during World War II. The Swordfish, affectionately known as The Stringbag because of its wealth of struts and wires, was introduced in 1936 and although almost outdated by the start of the war, it remained in front-line service until VE Day. The MKI version was also fitted with floats in some cases for use off aircraft catapult-equipped warships. Another attribute which proved most useful as a space saver aboard aircraft carriers comprised its folding wings.
Our 1:72 scale model depicts the Swordfish as it was deployed aboard HMS Furious, a modified Courageous class battlecruiser which was redesigned for essential use as an aircraft carrier. During the early part of World War II, HMS Furious spent her time hunting for German raiders in the North Atlantic until early 1940 when her aircraft provided air support to British troops ashore in addition to attacking German shipping. Our little torpedo bomber was only one of eighteen Swordfish taking part in the Norwegian Campaign in April 1940. Note the camouflaged armament fitted along the length of the lower fuselage. The upper surfaces of Swordfish L2810 are decorated in the sea-going camouflage scheme of dark grey and green with silver grey to the rest of the body and carries the RAF markings on the wings and fuselage. Another detail features the steel catapult hook used for carrier-based take-off and landing, fitted on the underside and painted in silver and black.
The campaign had mixed successes in which the Fairey Swordfish played a valiant part but sadly only nine of the original eighteen survived the German onslaught, of which three proved unserviceable.
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