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Airfix New Release 1/48 Fairey Gannet AS.1/AS.4

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Airfix New Release 1/48 Fairey Gannet AS.1/AS.4

Airfix has announced that they will be releasing a 1/48 scale Fairey Gannet AS.1/AS.4 model kit this Autumn. Let’s look at the details of CAD drawings and Paint and Marking examples together.

1/48 Fairey Gannet AS.1/AS.4 A11007

Airfix is excited to unveil the new 1:48 Fairey Gannet AS.1/AS.4 model kit, which is a newly tooled kit.

The Fairey Gannet is a highly sought-after aircraft among aviation enthusiasts due to its capability and uniqueness. It is considered one of the most unconventional aircraft designed by Fairey to have entered full production.

This new kit of the Fairey Gannet is highly detailed, with 327 parts included such as:

The new kit of the Fairey Gannet offers a wide range of details and build options, including:

  • The ability to build the model with folded wings, including jury struts
  • Three different highly detailed cockpits
  • A fully detailed bomb bay
  • The option to build the model with deployed or stowed radome
  • Multiple aerial fits
  • A variety of armaments included such as:
    – 2 x 18” Mark 30 Torpedoes,
    – 8 x Underwing Rockets (RP-3),
    – 5 x T-1946 Sonobuoys,
    – 6 x Mk.11 Depth Charges.

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The Fairey Gannet is a British carrier-borne aircraft that was developed and produced by the Fairey Aviation Company during the 1950s. The AS.1 and AS.4 variant were the first and last production versions respectively and were designed for anti-submarine warfare (ASW).

The AS.1 was powered by a Rolls-Royce Eagle 22 radial engine and was equipped with radar, sonobuoys, and a weapons system that included torpedoes and depth charges. It had a maximum speed of 350 km/h and a range of 1,200 km. The AS.4 was powered by a Rolls-Royce Eagle 22 or Eagle 25, and featured several upgrades such as improved avionics, a stronger airframe, and an increased weapons payload.

The Gannet was operated by the Royal Navy and the Royal Australian Navy and served in a variety of roles including ASW, search and rescue, and reconnaissance. It was in service from 1951 to 1978.

The Fairey Gannet was unique in its design, it featured a T-tail, an “overwing” engine nacelle, and a distinctive “gull-wing” design. This unique design was a result of the requirement to operate from an aircraft carrier, which necessitated a compact design and folding wings.


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