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RossiM1

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Saw this at the IPMS Avon show last Sunday and could not resist it, this the Sword 1/72 kit, and like previous Sword kits I have bought, none of which I have built yet, looks really impressive, complete with photo etch, and two build choices on the decal sheet.
Markings for two aircraft both from the same squadron but about 10 years apart in service, options are for a plane serving on HMS Hermes in 1968 or from Ark Royal in 1978.
I think the 68 option is what I will be building, need to get some references together to do a bit of flight deck from Hermes of the period.
Here are the box and sprue shots.

 

 

 


 

















Hope to start the build in the next week or so, just hope I can keep up with the fantastic standard of builds here already, there are some great kits coming to life already and the standard looks superb as usual, good luck to all.
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Gary,

That is a very interesting airframe. Looks powerful. the kit seems to be very nice and already got all those goodies. you are set! we'll be watching!

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This Kit was one of my options for the GB. I will be watching with interest. The wing folding of the Gannet is quite interesting.
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Very cool looking plane. I'm really impressed about all this exotic planes in this GB. It will be a big fun to watch these builds.
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Looking forward to this one Gary !

Another Great British aircraft and a classic FAA scheme.

I saw the Gannet a few years ago on display wen we took the kids to the Fleet Air Arm museum, it's a unique looking beast for sure

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Thanks for the interest guys should hopefully get a start on it tomorrow, just acquired the Airfix 1/48 Sea Vixen and a Revell 1/32 Lynx as well now i dont know what I want to build 1st,i really must learn to focus on 1 build at a time my nearly complete builds are mounting alarmingly got the attention span of a goldfish
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it's easy to get greedy with kits, kind of appropriate that you have chosen the Gannet coz they can be quite greedy birds hehe [biggrin]

Anyhow, one fugly but very interesting plane ! and it looks like a good kit too, I hope you go for the colourful decals [wink]

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That's one strange looking aircraft, will be interesting how it builds.
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Thanks guys , made a start today cockpit assembly first as per usual format, painted with a mix of Tamiya XF69 NATO Black and XF1 Flat Black, used Humbrol 69 Leather on the arm rests and head pad, painted the reverse side of the acetate with the dials printed on in Tamiya X2 Gloss White, this sandwiches between the instrument panel and the photoetch IP panel. Dry brushed with Citadel silver on the side instrument panels and main dashboard to bring out some of the details, added the etch belts to the seat painted thenm with Tamiya XF50 Field Grey after bending them to shape













When it came to closing the fuselage halves encountered 1st fit issue, the top closed up with only a few minor gaps but the bottom was a country mile out, but could not see where or what was causing the issue, removed the cockpit tub and it closed up nigh on perfect, so must be the tub so major surgery with the side cutters and sanding sticks ensued.







This resolved most of the fuselage problem but the radome still had a big gap so out with the filler.







Finally got a reasonable join on the two halves, rescribed the lost details, and added the front cowling, again not the best of fits sat proud of the fuselage in a few spots so out with the sanding sponges and then some more rescribing,













Next will be assembly on the wings etc hope these fit better than the fuselage halves did.
Will update as it happens
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Yeah, fit issues ... indeed an interesting plane though. I can imagine this will need quite a bit of weight in the front, looking at the short distance between main and front wheels.

Good luck with the build!
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The struggle continues, but then it would get boring if they all just fell together would'nt it?.
The rear stabilizers were interesting,the top skin being about 1/2 mm larger all round than the lower one, and with no location pips alignment was fun, then the small vertical fins on the stabilizers were about 1mm too thick to go in their location points, what should have taken ten minutes ended up as two hours.Then there is no positive location for their position on the fuselage, and the instructions do not help much, so a search of the web and there are some pretty decent photos on the Yeovilton museum web page which helped. To get a firm fix I drilled through the fuselage and inserted some 5mm brass rod then drilled corresponding holes into the stabilizers and fixed with super glue. Wheel bay assembly uses 4 parts on each one none of which go together squarely, another hour of sanding and piddling about until they fitted as well as they are ever going to fit, then closed up the wing halves, these were not too bad, but the location tab on them was about 2mm too thick to go into the location point in the fuselage and for some wierd reason forced the wings downwards by about 5 degrees , leaving a huge gap at the wing to fuselage joint, turns out that location tab on each of the wings was warped upwards forcing the wings down, applied some heat with a hair drier and gently teased the tabs downwards. Still needed some filler on the wing roots but getting there    slowly, very slowly

         
           


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Dealing really well with those fit issues. This is coming along nicely.

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yeah, this is coming along handsomely for such for such an ugly bird [biggrin]
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Looking good
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Looks like you have overcome those issues with the fit Gary.

The Radome on this thing is huge mate !

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