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  1. Hello, Here's my just finished 1/72 Revell Gannet AS.4 in Marineflieger markings. I decided to do it as UA+110, which is preserved these days as UA+106 at the Luftwaffe museum at Gatow near Berlin. Bit of a mixed kit, some nice details, and some crappy fit, especially around the cockpit and clear parts. The tail hook snapped into 3 pieces, and one of the canopies has broken in two on the sprue. Painted with Humbrol enamels. I hope you like it. Thanks for looking, Pete
  2. Some Gannet related colour questions.

    Hi all, I am currently working on the Revell 1/72 Fairey Gannet, in Marineflieger markings, and I have some questions. First, the radome under the fuselage. Revell wants me to paint it black, but were they really this colour, or were they some unpainted dark fibreglass shade? Second, would Humbrol 90 be a good match for the Sky on the lower fuselage? If not, any suggestions? I have access to Humbrol, Revell, Italeri, Vallejo, Heller, Gunze acrylic, Tamiya, MR Paint, AK Interactive and Alclad's stuff. (Gotta love a well stocked hobbyshop) Thanks in advance!
  3. XP226 at Newark Air Museum, pics mine.
  4. This is the Trumpeter kit in 1/72, with Red Roo Decals. I cut out the radome from the lower fuselage and filled it with plastic card as the T2's didn't have this fitted. The instructions also have you put the flaps down, but I glued them in the up position. As usual, fit of the parts was hit and miss, with the major sections fitting nicely, but the smaller parts left a bit to be desired. Unfortunately I screwed up the paint job the first time around and it has sat in my cabinet half finished since January, but with Wings Model Show coming up I pulled it out, sanded down the rough as guts paint and repainted it. I was unable to cram enough weight in the nose to make it sit so I whipped up a base from an MDF board, sanded and painted with a little MiniNatur grass to add some interest and glued the model down.
  5. Fairey Gannet XG797, pics thanks to Mike.
  6. Hi, Been a while since I last built a model but due to inclement weather, shorter days and the start of yet another reality TV show airing, I decided to "get me out of here" and find a wee project to keep me amused. Decided to build a fixed wing aircraft this time but stayed with the Fleet Air Arm theme and purchased the Sword 1:72 Fairey Gannet AEW.3 from flea bay. Apart from a wee 1970's pilot, this will be built OOB. Hopefully, I will be able to do it justice and if possible, change the airframe number to represent the old gate guard that sat at HMS Gannet for many a year. I do believe that she is now safely on display at the Dumfries & Galloway Aviation Museum - http://www.dumfriesaviationmuseum.com/fairey-gannet/ The following is a photo of her, quite a few years ago, resplendent in the Ayrshire sunshine The kit seems okay with plenty of recessed panel lines and raised detail. The instructions are very good and it would appear at first glance to be a straightforward build. I did notice that there is no numbers on each sprue part but this isn't really a problem as the diagrams are clear and there are not really that very many parts. Included in the kit is some photo etch for seat belts and panel instrumentation, although this cannot really be seen when the fuselage halves are joined together. I built up the cockpit, converted a modern "PJ production" SAR pilot into a 1970's pilot and popped him into place. There was not point in doing anything else with the interior as it is not on show. Having build an ASW version of this model some years ago, it is definitely a tail sitter, so I used some self adhesive car wheel balancing weights and stuck 20 grammes into the nose/cockpit section before gluing it together. I also used some pink tac to create the right amount of clearance and extra support for the nose wheel bay and cockpit tub. Most of the two fuselage halves went together fine but there is no real depth to the locating spigots on each half and there was a bit of sanding/fettling required to get the front section to mate together especially around the cockpit. More work required on this when cured. The wee pilot seems happy enough for now though .. The biggest problem is that the AEW dome on the underside has a huge gap which has required a liberal amount of filler to close. This will mean even more sanding and re scribing one it has fully hardened. Not much else to add at the moment, except that should be a fairly fast build, ie weeks instead of months. I purchased a rivet wheel a few weeks back but will wait and see if I will use it on this. Glad to be back building again, all the best B
  7. At long last I have a 'new' desk which although smaller and lacking drawers/cupboards will at least allow a restart after a too-long break. And what dropped through my letterbox this morning but another early suprise...(although mine is rather more crumpled in appearance) The (not so) mighty Mechanical Horse aka Scammell Scarab which using the kit options would build up to this: I see there is a walkaround (yay!) but only one build thread (aww) so it will fit in nicely as being different to the normal 99.9% of kits seen. Now I just need to get bits and pieces sorted in to place before deciding on RAF, RN or civilian scheme (and another excuse to get to Antics searching the paint stands...whilst ignoring the 'wall of plastic' of course:)) One question/request... Google (and Bing) bring up a few pix of models or museum vehicles in military dress but nothing of real vehicles in action. Whilst I'm still umming and erring on my Dinah build I thought it might look good sat next a 50s or 60s Hunter or Gannet or...
  8. Hi Folks, This arrived in the post yesterday from Hannants... A quick 'phone pic of the box, I'll post up pics of the contents later, but for now there's a brief description of the box contents below. Two Grey sprues of parts A clear sprue for canopy, windows and landing lights Small photo etch for instrument panel, side consoles and seat harness Clear acetate sheet of instruments to go behind the etched panel Decal sheet which looks nicely in register and contains quite a bit of stencilling Instruction booklet. All packed in a zip-lock bag (Which was a pleasant surprise, no loose bits rolling around in the box.) Photo's to follow. Al
  9. Got this kit as I wanted to do the Empire Test Pilots School scheme it comes with. Trumpeter seem to have copied the profile in Warpaint 23 on the Gannet as it shows a very plain font for the ETPS lettering on the nose, so I printed my own decals in the correct font. Also the T2/T5 has a deeper fairing on the left side under the cockpit which Trumpeter have missed, so that was extended with some filler. Steve
  10. This should be my third, and final, entry for the group build. Being a glutton for punishment I have decided to attempt a vacform kit and will attempt to build the Fairey Gannet AEW Mk.3 by Welsh Models. Mike
  11. Good afternoon, there have been some Gannets in the RFI-section, so I have to show mine, I suppose... it's the well-known Revell Gannet T.5. I had as well some fitting problems due to non-existant clearance. Next problem were the clear parts, which were unusable. So I converted to the falcon vacuformed ones. But, they were meant for the Frog-Kit, the angle of the windscreen did not match the revell kit. I had to use the revell windscreen, which was the best clear part (uff...). Colour are from xtracolour, with a endless drying time, decals were the highlight. Went on easily. Just added some oil colour washing in the end. This was the worst kit so far, I contemplated several times if I should finish it or just write it off unfinished. Result is still ok. Best point - the prop is turning if blown! Thanks for watching! Alex
  12. Fairey Gannet T.5 - 1:72 Revell

    Fairey Gannet T.5 1:72 Revell The Fairey Gannet was designed to meet specification GR 17/54, which set out a requirement for a carrier-borne anti-submarine warfare aircraft for the post-war Fleet Air Arm. The Gannet was an innovative, if ungainly aircraft which managed to see off the competition in the shape of the Blackburn B-88 (a similar, if slightly more attractive, design) to enter service in 1953. During testing, the prototype became the first turboprop powered aircraft to land on a carrier deck. The Gannet was, in fact, powered by two Armstrong Siddeley Mamba engines coupled through a common gearbox to a contra-rotating propeller. The result was an aircraft with twin-engined reliability but which was able to shut down one engine for extended cruising a very useful feature in its chosen role. The Gannet was a reasonably successful design, with almost 350 examples completed by the end of the production run. Whilst the anti-submarine role was taken over by the Westland Whirlwind helicopter in the 1960s, Gannets soldiered on in the electronic warfare and carrier onboard delivery roles. The Gannet, in the form of the radically modified AEW.3, was also used in the Airborne Early Warning role. The AEW Gannets were the last to be retired, in 1978. The T.5 was a dual control trainer version of the AS.4, 11 of which were completed. As you might have guessed, this kit is based on Revells Gannet AS. Mk.1/4, which was first released in 2008. That kit was very well received and was considered an improvement on the Trumpeter effort, and a quantum leap over the medieval FROG offering. In fact the only difference between this kit and its predecessor is a small extra sprue containing a half dozen extra parts specific to the T.5 variant. Inside the box are four sprues of pale plastic and a single sprue of clear parts, half of which were loose in the bag by the time I received my example. The kit has a reasonably high part count of 105, which is a reflection of the level of detail that Revell have shoehorned into the box. A brief examination of the kit reveals that it includes a weapons bay and seperate control surfaces and flaps, although not a folding wing. Surface detail is comprised of clear engraved panel. There is plenty of detail in other areas too, including the cockpit and bomb bay. Construction starts with the aforementioned bomb bay. The internal structures are very nicely detailed, but sadly there are no weapons included. The roof of the bomb bay joins to the floor of the cockpit via two wing spars which help align the wings and give the model strength. Cockpit detail includes separate rudder pedals and control columns, seats, side consoles and instrument panels. These parts feature fine, raised details which should look excellent once painted, although decals are provided if you prefer them. Once the cockpit has been painted and installed, the fuselage halves can be closed up. As this is the T.5 variant, a blanking plate is provided on the small additional sprue in place of the retractable radome. The weapons bay is unchanged from the AS version, although youll have to cut the doors in order to display them in the open position. The flying surfaces are where this kit shines, as the ailerons and flaps are separate parts which can be posed in a range of positions. The rudder and elevators are also poseable, adding a depth of realism that simpler models lack. Sadly the complex wing fold of the Gannet seems to have been a bridge too far for Revell, but a resin version is available from Alley Cat. The exhausts for the Double Mamba are moulded as whole pieces, meaning that there are no awkward seams to clean up. Best of all, they can be installed after the fuselage halves have been fixed together, which is helpful for the painting stage. The complex, multi-part undercarriage is very nicely detailed and the nose and main landing gear bays feature adequate structural detail. They should look excellent once painted. Strangely enough though, the doors for the nose landing gear bay is moulded as a single part which will have to be cut into three prior to assembly. The clear parts look good and the canopy framework is crisp and clear, which should make masking nice and easy. They are somewhat delicate though, and some of mine were broken off of the sprue when I received my copy. Alternative parts are provided for you to use depending on whether you want to display the canopies open or closed, which is a nice touch from Revell. The periscope which sets this version apart from the AS variants is one of the parts provided on the extra sprue. Two schemes are provided for on the decal sheet, both depicting quite similar schemes. The first is XT752, the restored Fairey Gannet belonging to Shannan Hendricks and based at New Richmond Airport, Wisconsin, USA. The second is XG886 of 849 Naval Air Squadron, Fleet Air Arm, RNAS Culdrose, September 1964. Both aircraft are finished in overall aluminium with dayglo red areas. The decals are the usual Revell type and should go down ok provided you have a nice, glossy surface and use plenty of setting solution. Conclusion No kit is perfect, and whilst Revells Gannet is no exception, it is just about the best plastic kit of the type in this scale. It is superbly detailed and should be well within the capability of all modellers despite the relatively high part count. If Airfixs recent Vampire T.11 has stoked your interest in British training aircraft of the Cold War period, then this kit can be highly recommended. Revell model kits are available from all good toy and model retailers. For further information visit
  13. "I choose to end this story now"

    well as far as my modelling year goes anyway. Here in no particular order are the fruits of my 2012. Not as many as I would usually do, as spent a considerable part of the year constructing the man cave, getting married, honeymooning etc etc Anyway onto the models. Trumpeter 1/48 Sea Fury ...and another!!!!! still with the FAA, the Classic Airframes Gannet converted to a T2, just a nightmare build from start to finish Hasegawa 1/48 Hornet and finally, Hasegawa 1/48 Hurricane IIC not quite making it by the end of the year were the airfix 737, (actually may make it as it being painted at the moment) and another Has. Hornet and hurricane. To all and your families, A very Merry Xmas. A big thanks to those that helped me out with various things throughout 2012, heres to a productive 2013 for all Roll on, that Airfix 48 Javelin (and a gannet would be nice too!! Bruce
  14. My first vacform kit, and it won't be my last- they're lots of fun to build! As far as fit went it was perfect- much better than the previous kit I made, an Airfix Buccaneer. It just took some black lines and a bit of care to get right. I did struggle a bit with the amount of parts that need to be scratch made though, but definately a good way to learn how to do it. WIP thread is here: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.p...topic=234912805 I still have a Vixen to add to the Hermes line up...
  15. Pics thanks to Dannielle Long (venomvixen) & her Dad Steve Long. XA334 was manufactured by Fairey Aviation Co. Ltd., England, in June 1955 and delivered to the RAN. In March 1956 she was dispatched from England on HMAS Melbourne for service with the RAN Fleet Air Arm, being allotted to 817 Squadron in May 1956. While serving with 817 Squadron on HMAS Melbourne, she sustained damage when crashed on the flight deck in October 1957. After repairs she continued service with 817. In August 1960, XA334 was transferred to 816 Squadron, which has the distinction of being the Squadron with the longest, continuous service in the Fleet Air Arm. After overhaul at De Havilland, Bankstown in November 1964, she was returned to 816 Squadron in May 1966 and served until June 1967 when she was heavily damaged in a barrier landing on HMAS Melbourne. After a catapult launch on a routine exercise, the aircraft lost all of its power in one of its engines. The pilot declared an emergency and as the aircraft was carrying live rockets, the OK was given to fire them. Being still in the take-off configuration, the rocket blast blew off the outboard sections of both flaps. The arrestor hook caught the wire but failed under the load and the aircraft was finally arrested by the barrier net. Due to the considerable damage caused, the Gannet was retired from RAN active service in August 1967 and stored at Hawker De Havilland, Bankstown awaiting disposal. The Museum acquired the aircraft in October 1969. XA334 is currently on display at Harrington park NSW.
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