1/48 Dynavector Fairey Gannet AS.Mk.1

by Darius Aibara



This is the second vac-formed kit that I attempted to build having seen it in The Aviation Hobby Shop near Heathrow Airport.  It was also Dynavector's first kit.  The parts provided are vac-formed fuselage, wing, wheel bays and cockpit canopies with white metal undercarriage and cockpit details.  The vac-formed surfaces show delicate engraved panel detail and the plastic is very easy to work with.  I initially assembled and painted the model with wings outstretched but was later inspired to fold the wings by an article by Jim Howard in Scale Aircraft Modelling magazine.

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Out came the large knife and off came the wings.  I added wingfold detail as per the SAM article using plastic card and spares box parts.  Steel wire was used to stiffen the joints and hold the wing sections in place.  Two lengths of wire were primed and painted red to act as the props that are installed to steady the wings once folded.

The model was primed with Halfords white acrylic spray primer paint, which also formed the underside finish, and Humbrol EDSG enamel was brush painted onto the upper surfaces.  The kit decals were used to represent an AS.Mk.1 of 719 Squadron FAA stationed at RNAS Eglinton in Northern Ireland during 1957.

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Photos and text by Darius Aibara