Alongside the Javelin I built it’s near-contemporary the Swift. Ordered in the 1950s as ‘insurance’ against the Hawker Hunter failing (yes, that is a comical thought, but only with the benefit of hindsight), the Swift turned out to be a rather lacklustre fighter. For much of it’s RAF service it was used in the reconnaissance role. This is quite a new (2014 or thereabouts I think) kit but happily the parts count wasn’t terrifying. Being a newish tooling it went together well.
I've been enjoying your tour through obscure Cold War aircraft TIm. You've sent me down the Wikipedia rabbit hole on these. The end results look great too.
Very nice looking kit Tim, I'm sure that it will make a great addition to your air force!
What an elegant looking plane. As we discussed when chatting the other day, it certainly has a Hunter-esque feel to it.
Looking forward to part 2!
Swifts gather not only food, but nesting materials on the wing, as they never land except to nest. In the later years of WW2 swift nests in Holland and Germany were often found to contain strips of 'window' foil.
See? Not just toy soldier nonsense but proper edukashun.
Hopefully it will take to the ‘air’ in a few weeks time.
Indeed. The shape is very British.
Like I said above - educational!
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