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About dbay133

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    Aircraft, cold war jets, aircraft I have flown in.

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  1. Very nice. Saw the real one a few years ago at Edinburgh.
  2. Very nice. I remember seeing Air Anglia's Dakotas at Aberdeen in the late 60's / early 70's, when I was a mad, spotty spotter.
  3. That is really nice. Lovely build and finish. I saw it at the '72 Farnborough show, in BEA colours. The image is scanned from a slide so please excuse the quality. Cheers Graeme
  4. Thanks Markus. I have to agree; the challenge of the basic kit gives me a lot of satisfaction when I complete something that looks the part. Cheers Graeme
  5. Thanks. I think this is part of the reason that I build these old kits; it takes me back to being a kid making models in my bedroom. Your recollection on the split shot is right; I have so many nuts, bolts, shot and liquid gravity in the nose and it still only just sits on its nose. Cheers Graeme
  6. Thanks. I think that the images make it look better than it really is. I like doing the older kits, it's a little bit more of a challenge and I think that they are a bit more forgiving with the finish than the fine detail in newer kits. At the end of the day if you are happy with your end result, that is all that matters. Cheers Graeme
  7. Thanks Mark. Thanks Grizzly. The detail I have found have XA466 as a COD 4. I don't know when it went in to the Sky/EDSG scheme, but the pic referenced above shows it in this scheme in June '76. It was resprayed at RNAY Fleetlands in June 1978. As it was struck off in December '78, I would presume that this was when it returned to RAFBG.. It must have been in the Sky/EDSG scheme for at least a couple of years. It is still in the RAFBG scheme at the FAAM Yeovilton. Cheers Graeme
  8. Thanks Alistair. Just like a parent and their ugly child, they still love them. Cheers Graeme
  9. Thanks Steve. Yes there is not much to the kit ,but it comes out really nice. A lot of the fun in this one is getting a colour scheme that you like. I thought of making this as a T5, but liked the connection to Lossiemouth in the COD version. One word of warning, this is a definite tail-sitter and needs a lot of ballast, the completed kit weighs in at 85g, so there must be about 50g of ballast and you just need to touch the tail for it to sit down. Cheers Graeme
  10. Thanks Tony. As SAT69 states Carrier Onboard Delivery. Thanks. The COD version of the Gannet was a conversion of the AS4 (Anti Submarine) version, with the retractable radome and all the related gubbins (equipment) removed. The radar was located behind and below the rear cockpit. I presume that the weapons bay was also repurposed to carry cargo. The weapons load on the AS Gannet was about 2000 lbs, plus the weight of the displaced radar would have given a cargo payload of maybe 3000 lbs. Nothing like the payload of the Greyhound. According to Wikipedia there were only 6 examples of the COD version. Cheers Graeme
  11. Thanks John Thanks Brigbeale. Yes very odd shape and the pilot seems to be in a sit up and beg position. Odd, but somehow appealing. Thanks Wulfman
  12. Hi All I found this model for sale at a model show last year. All the parts had been removed from the sprue and the tailplanes glued up but everything appeared to be in the box so I bought it. I wanted a Gannet to build because I remember seeing them at Lossiemouth in the early 1970s. I can't actually recall if it was the AS/COD version I saw, or the AEW3. Although not the most attractive aircraft ever built I personally prefer the AS styling to the AEW. I seem to recall the approach to landing where the Double Mamba engines seemed to be working very hard and fast but the fuselage was just plodding along. This was probably an illusion created from a combination of the sound of the contra-rotating propellers and the sheer bulk of the body. The model is built OOB with a slight modification to remove the AS radome to make the model as an AS4(COD). The only problem encountered was the pre-glued tailplane. Whoever had the model previously managed to glue one of the finlets onto the horizontal stabiliser the wrong way up. Maybe that's why the model was for sale. The kit is very basic and pretty devoid of detail and moulded crew heads in flat cockpits, but it brings back memories of building similar kits in the 60's and 70's. I have used Revell and Vallejo paints and Xtradecal sheet X72070 to represent XA466 as she appeared in the 1976/77 period. While the standard COD scheme was Dark Blue Grey overall, XA466 wore the standard naval scheme of Extra Dark Sea Grey and Sky, an unusual scheme for a COD aircraft ,for about a year. The following link to the ABPic site shows an image of the Gannet I am trying to represent. https://abpic.co.uk/pictures/view/1384837 The images, hope you enjoy:- Thanks for looking. Graeme
  13. Superb rendition of a very sleek aeroplane. Love it. Cheers Graeme
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