Lovely, not “ugly”, bird
I have rarely built post-war aircrafts, civil or military. This is the first post-war Royal Navy bird for me.
I never believe the reputation that Fairey Gannet is one of the ugliest planes of the world. Although maybe not beautiful or elegant, she is a very lovely bird. I would be happy if anybody agrees with my view.
The Sword kit was pretty tough at least for me: fittings of parts were not very bad in general, but the scarcity (or virtually absence) of locating pins or tabs and ambiguous instructions kept troubling me during this project. Actually, I came close to abandoning it a few times. On the contrary, details of surfaces and general outlines seemed convincing. Decals and PE parts were also excellent. I added some wires in the wheel wells and brake pipes on the main gears. Anti-collision lights? were made from transparent sprues and painted clear red.
The color scheme is Extra Sea Gray (I used TAMIYA Color XF63 German Gray as replacement) and SKY (Mr. Hobby H-74 Sky), as is usual for Royal Navy birds of this period. One thing for which I am not sure is the color of wheel wells and landing gears: is it painted with the undersurface color (Sky, in this case) or with any other color? I checked several photos and read articles on the internet, but failed to reach a conclusion. In the end, I selected an easier way: they were painted with the undersurface color Sky. It would be grateful if anybody shows me the true color.
Thank you for watching.
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