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The Fairey Swordfish was a torpedo bomber biplane designed by the Fairey Aviation Company and W.S. Hunt used by the Fleet Air Arm of the Royal Navy during the Second World War. Originating in the 1930s, the Swordfish, nicknamed "Stringbag", was an outdated design by the start of the war in 1939, but remained in front-line service until VE Day, outliving several types intended to replace it. It was initially operated primarily as a fleet attack aircraft; during its later years it was used as an anti-submarine and training craft.

The Swordfish achieved some spectacular successes, notably the sinking of one and damaging two battleships of the Regia Marina (the Italian Navy) in the Battle of Taranto and the famous crippling of the Bismarck. (Source:Wikipedia).

       Fully fictional scene, I was just trying some settings on the renderer here. The aircraft existed though and belonged to 820th Naval Air Squadron which operated from the Ark Royal during the 1941. I think I really discovered a new place in my heart with all those Air Fleet Arm and Coastal Command aircraft, they look so beautifully obsolete! Which of course makes the bravery of the men that operated them even greater!

        Created with Cinema4D and post processed with Photoshop. As always, comments and feedback are welcomed!!
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:iconsteve2656:
Steve2656 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
 What an amazing gallery.
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itifonhom Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
  Thank you so much and stay tuned!!!
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cryhavoc101 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014
Very good but you need the navigator leaning over the side ready to tell the pilot when to drop :)
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Anzac-A1 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2015
I don't think that was standard procedure. It was vital for that particular plane to ensure the torpedo ran true, so they had to drop at just the right time.
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cryhavoc101 Featured By Owner May 18, 2015
When they attacked the Bismarck the sea was very rough so to ensure that they dropped the weapon into a 'trough' and not risk having it 'bounce off' the crest of a wave (and potentially head off in another direction) the Navigator lent over the side in order to tell the pilot when to drop........oh and a 'modern' battleship was shooting at them at the time.

It was far from standard procedure
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Anzac-A1 Featured By Owner May 19, 2015
At least they pretty much could ignore Bismarck's guns. The Swordfish flew so low that Bismarck's guns couldn't aim at them.
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:iconitifonhom:
itifonhom Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
 Thank you for your comment!
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gnhtd Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014
Ich mag diese Art von Schwertfischen :)
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:iconitifonhom:
itifonhom Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
  Ich ebenso!!!
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lasaucisse Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014
good work
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:iconitifonhom:
itifonhom Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
  Thank you!!!
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TrapperLD Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fantastisch!!!!!
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:iconitifonhom:
itifonhom Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
  Vielen vielen Dank!!
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N0T3R Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014
Wonderful image, different angle.  It catches your eye immediately.
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:iconitifonhom:
itifonhom Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much my friend!!!
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blackjamie Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014
wow, and here I thought I was the only one, whose favorite WW II airplane was the Stringbag...I've always wondered if the nickname came from the crews having the theory that they were only held together by string and faith?
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itifonhom Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
  I´ve read lately that the name Stringbag has nothing to do with all the cables the aircraft had but because of the amount of different armament it could carry, like string bag, a shopping bag quite popular those days. Many many thanks for commenting!!!
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blackjamie Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014
you're welcome, you know, I think my grandmother used one of those string shopping bags when I was a kid.  You learn something new every day.
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:iconitifonhom:
itifonhom Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
  Mine had one too! Probably we´re just old!
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:iconblackjamie:
blackjamie Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014
well, 56 on my next birthday, I guess so...where did the years go...?
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:iconitifonhom:
itifonhom Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
   43 here! Well, I like to think that years burn down to experiences. At least that was what I intended to do with my years right from the start. And I´m not disappointed with the result so far!!! :-)
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blackjamie Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014
Me too, I chose my profession because I liked it, any writing I did was for my pleasure and relaxation, now I'm playing around with it as a possible supplement to my pension...it beats the hell out of being a security guard....:) (Smile) 
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Moffata Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Student Filmographer
Great work, it looks stunning!
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:iconitifonhom:
itifonhom Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Many many thanks my friend!!
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theblackkey000 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014
Nice render & details... fantastic
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:iconitifonhom:
itifonhom Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much!!
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warrior1944 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014
Stunning creation there of a Swordfish :D Might be obsolete but their results speak for themselves.
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:iconitifonhom:
itifonhom Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much my friend! I agree, this aircraft can show some impressive results indeed!!!   :-)  :-)
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ijnfleetadmiral Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014
Nice!
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:iconitifonhom:
itifonhom Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Many many thanks!!!  :-)
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Tardis218 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014
Very cool
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itifonhom Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Steve797 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014
Really nice work, well done.
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:iconitifonhom:
itifonhom Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
  Many many thanks, appreciated!!
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garryts Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's a lovely atmospheric render - very nice job... Like that a lot.

Built loads of those from Airfix kits when I was a young lad! :-)
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itifonhom Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
  Thank you very much, glad you liked it! I built loads of kits in my youth but not any Stringbag, so I thought, at least an image!
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NoorBlncyah Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderful :)
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:iconitifonhom:
itifonhom Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!!
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jncarter Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nice rendering. I like the way it has a more painted feel to it.
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itifonhom Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
  Many many thanks John, glad you liked it! Maybe the painted effect is a bit too much?
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jncarter Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No it's not too much. I like the way it feels more painted than rendered. For me 3D renders can be too prefect and clinical at times.
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itifonhom Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
  Hope you´re right, was trying to get the feeling a little bit different but wasn´t sure if I overdone it. Next one will be far less post processed, almost out of the renderer, just to see the reactions!
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afs2805 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014
Simply superb.
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:iconitifonhom:
itifonhom Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
  Thank you so much!!
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RDF-73 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014
Very nicely done on the good ole Swordfish
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:iconitifonhom:
itifonhom Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Many many thanks Sir!
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josegoncalo Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
 Nice!
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:iconitifonhom:
itifonhom Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
  Thank you!!
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Forte2006 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014
The first thing I thought of when I saw the bomb was that Duracell was somehow at war with the Enigizer bunny. 
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itifonhom Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
  :-) :-) You got imagination! But what bomb?
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