FAA models in 1/72 scale kit review and modelling report
The Gannet anti-submarine aircraft prototype first flew on 19 September, 1949. There were several versions developed such as ASW and AEW versions. The AS type entered production in 1953 and initial deliveries were made of the AS.1 variant at RNAS Ford in April 1954. A trainer variant (T.2) first flew in August 1954. The RN's first operational Gannet squadron (826) was embarked on HMS Eagle.
Armstrong Siddeley engine known as the Double or "Twin" Mamba driving two counter-rotating propellers through a common gearbox. The ASMD.1 engines (2,950hp) were used in the AS.1, ASMD.3 engines (3,145hp) inn the AS.4, and ASMD.4 (3,875hp) in the AEW.3 variant.
The total built is reported to be 441. The Gannet was also operated by the Royal Australian Navy and West-German Marine Flieger.
This Novo kit #F228 originated from Frog and was copied. The kit is for a mk1 or mk 4. It comes with no wheel wheels, no cockpit but solid pilot figures and seats and very rough panels. It can be made however with some work into a nice model in 1/72 scale.
NOTE: Revell has released a much better Gannet kit. Better use that one!
Again, the cockpit glasses are very
thick and replaced by the Aeroclub canopies
from their cast metal set with detail parts as the gear, interior (seats
and instrument panels), a good prop and the nose intake.
below the Aeroclub
parts can be seen.
Filler is needed in certain areas during assembly such as the wing-fuselage joint and tail area. Assure that the wing dihedral is set to the correct angle.
I replaced the horizontal stabilizer with a piece from the spare box to get a separate elevator and thinner leading and trailing edges.
After that, some parts in the cockpit area were installed as provided by Aeroclub.
the nose area with the metal part, needing some filler...
The main wheel wells were opened up as the kit has no wheel wells at all.
Some detail was added with card and the metal Aeroclub parts installed.
After major assembly, the main panel
lines were engraved by hand and the model sanded smooth. A light grey coat
was sprayed on to do some final checking and any flaws were repaired with
putty as needed.
... after light grey coats to check any flaws and subsequent correction, the Gannet kit got an overall Extra Dark Sea Grey coat.
Details of the undercarriage and wheel bays can be seen here.
|The basic model is seen here. Note
that the wing anti-collision lights have been added. Cut out, add some
clear plastic; fill with Micro Kristal Klear and paint with transparant
Tamiya paint (red and green).
After getting several coar of gloss Johnson Future , it was ready for decalling.
I used Xtradecal D-type roundels but was it was difficult to get them to set on the surfaces.
The antenna wires were finally added
from thin stretched sprue with superglue and painted with thin black paint.
This gives a nice touch to the model of the Gannet.
A nice FAA Gannet in the collection, with some work even building a very old FROG (NOVO) kit it can be done.
Back to FAA page....
- Air International, Volume 70, no.6, p.34 - 42
- Fairey Gannet, Warpaint #23:
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