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Swordfish Camouflage Masks

Cutting Edge


S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number: See table below for details
Scale: 1/48
Contents and Media: Each set contains one adhesive-backed black vinyl die-cut sheet and instructions
Price: See table below
Review Type: First Look
Advantages: Time saving; appropriate, hard-edged finish; three options for major camouflage variants
Recommendation: Recommended to moderately experienced modellers as an accurate way to paint your Swordfish


Reviewed by Brett Green

HyperScale is proudly sponsored by Meteor Productions



Cutting Edge have recently released a wide range of masks for canopies, wheel hubs, camouflage patterns and other special requirements under the brand name of "Black Magic".

Three of their latest releases cover the three main canouflage patterns for Tamiya's superb 1/48 scale Swordfish. These sets contain one adhesive-backed, black vinyl die-cut sheets; and detailed instructions with text and placement diagrams.

The demarcation line between upper and lower surface colours varied widely on Swordfish. The masks are supplied to the lowest point, permitting the modeller to depict any demarcation - high or low.

The details of the sets are as follows:


Fairey Swordfish Early "A" Scheme Camouflage Masks



Fairey Swordfish Early "B" Scheme Camouflage Masks



Fairey Swordfish "Late" Scheme Camouflage Masks



According to Cutting Edge's instructions these sets are designed for "experts" . In reality, these sets will be appropriate for any moderately experienced modeller who already dabbles in cutting their own masks from tape. A little practice may be required to correctly position the masks, and to avoid stretching the vinyl during application. Try practicing with scrap material if this is your first use of vinyl masks.

With careful handling, the camouflage masks should be re-usable.

These camouflage masks are a sensible accessory to ensure a perfect finish for your expensive Swordfish model!


Thanks to Meteor Productions for the review sample

Cutting Edge Modelworks Resin Conversion Kits are available at Meteor Productions Website

Review and Image Copyright 2000 by Brett Green
Page Created 14 June, 2000
Last updated 22 July, 2003

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