Classic Airframes 1/48 Fairey Gannet T2

  • Built 2012
  • Aftermarket Used: Nil
  • Decals: Combination of kit and spare to make specific airframe



Build Notes:
This was the second Classic Airframes Gannet that I built.  I wanted to do a Training Machine as the colour scheme appealed to me with those bright yellow training bands.  As I have noted in my previous build, I didn’t find this one of C.A’s better kits, although I love them for doing it.
OOB the model can only be built into the ASW version, luckily I still had a dynavector vac form kit lying around, which you really need anyway to build the CA kit if you want to open the canopies.  The beauty of the Dynavector kit is it includes the parts to make the training version.  These comprise the white metal periscope for the student and the extended cable bulge.  These parts can be easily incorporated into the injection moulded kit. As I lacked good reference photos for the students cockpit, I just mirrored the front cockpit with a spare control stick from the spares box.  The instrument panel was the white metal item from the Dynavector kit.  The assembled model was painted with xtracolour silver, the bands were xtracolour training yellow from memory

Fairey Gannet T2 725 SQN Royal Australian Navy Nowra 1960

Classic Airframes 1/48 Fairey gannet AS1

  • Built: 2008
  • Enhancements: F.A.A. Models resin Weapons bay
  • Decals: Combination of kit and spare  numbers



Not one of Classic Airframes best models, the resin suffers from some shrinkage meaning the resin wheelbays are a teeny bit smaller than the bay openings, and the nose cowl is markedly smaller than the nose. The canopies also will not sit in the open position over the spine. On the plus side, its a 48 scale Gannet! Revell, Frog and Trumpeter have done kits in 72 scale, but 48 injection moulded kits are decidedly lacking. Also, it includes Royal Australian Navy decals, as did a lot of C.A releases. Overall, they were pretty kind to us modellers of Aussie subjects. The rear cockpit details are a bit of a fantasy, but I can live with that. The resin Bomb bay fit like a glove and was a very well cast piece of resin. It certainly adds some weight to the kit. The model was finished with Xtracolour paints as this is was my paint of choice at the time. Im really hoping for a new tool kit of this interesting aeroplane, hopefully Airfix will oblige us, as they are about the only manufacturer I can see doing it. Folded wings would be nice too please

Fairey Gannet AS1 816 SQN Royal Australian Navy

F.A.A. H.M.A.S. Melbourne 1962