I present my "quick" build of a little Spittie. It was quick only in the sense it took me months in fits and starts. I like the finished shape of the Sword kit, and generally it went together without need of filler or plastic carnage, but the kit was something of a Jeckll and Hyde. Fit was good in some places and vague in others. The total absense of location tabs for the cockpit was a pita, and the undercarriage location holes were not helpful in setting gear leg angles either. The instructions were also vague and probably even wrong, but armed with some reference material I got enough parts of the puzzle solved to be happy with the finished model. So it gets a pass mark.
I chose this kit specifically to make NZ Pilot Wing Commander Gray's personal Spitfire Mk.XIV using kit decals for general markings and cut up some aftermarket sky codes to make the CG markings. The kit Techmod decals are remarkably thin but in the case of the stencil markings being so small they tend to curl up as soon as released from the decal backing sheet. This was no fun at all tbh. The model is painted in Tamiya acrylics and Mr Color. Base is home made. Figures are from the Airfix RAF personnel set.
Grant wrote: Nice work. The surface detail on these Sword kits seems nice and restrained.
They are indeed. I was not tempted to scribe this (other than clean up around joint to fuselage halves) or even rivet it, preferring to see how it eventually finished once painted. The panel lines are slightly inconsistent in depth but that some gives subtle variation to panel line washes which I quite like.
Some added photos taken today in the bright July sunlight