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Alistair Gauld
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Airfix 1/48 Fairey Gannet AS.4815 NAS Ark Royal 1958.

February 26, 2024 · in Aviation · · 33 · 312

What a kit.
It all just fits together.
The wings are still just a dry fit.
I need to give a massive shout out to and their customer service as they replaced my clear sprue after i'd cracked two of the canopies whilst polishing.
I can't say enough about this kit it was a joy to build with absolutely no issues other than ones I created for myself.

Primed with Mr. Finishing Surfacer Black 1500.
Painted with.
Colourcoats Sky S Type, Extra Dark Sea Grey and FAA/RAF Yellow.
Nato Black, Rubber Black, Flat Aluminium, Flat Blue, Flat White, Medium Sea Grey, Flat Orange, Olive Drab, Clear Red and Clear Green,
Molotov Chrome.
Washed with Flory Dark Dirt.
Oil Work with Windsor & Newton Graduate Oils.
Finished with Windsor & Newton Satin Varnish.

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33 responses

  1. These beauties are coming thick and fast and yours is a really outstanding , mine is in the stash at the top of the pile.

  2. Je suis en admiration. Merveilleux. Superb rendition of a very busy airplane. Thank you for the pictures too.

  3. Yes - with the release of this kit, another of the British "ugly ducklings" is going to be seen often! I've always been drawn to these interesting birds, and this one is a beauty!

  4. Excellent work, Alistair! I put a tiny crack in one of my canopies too.

    • Thanks so much.
      I asked Airfix if they could replace it for me and how much it would be.
      The next thing I knew they had sent me the replacements.
      Great Customer Service

      • They’ve always been really good like that. They’ve taken care of me replacing defective parts twice over the years. And they did it fast. Another reason they’re my favorite manufacturer.

  5. Wow, Alistair - great work! A super result.

  6. This is a true winner, Alistair @alistairfgauld
    A beautiful build of a not so beautiful aircraft.
    A great service by Airfix to get the canopy replaced.

  7. Excellent job and fantastic result, Alistair!

  8. The Gannet has always been one of my favourites and you and Airfix have made a beautiful model.

  9. Fantastic job on a truly bizarre airplane. Well done!

  10. An excellent build and finish of an aircraft that should be ugly, but somehow comes across as beautiful. I might have to expand my stash by one more!

  11. Jeez, thanks to this and other excellent builds "makes" me want to buy this kit.

  12. Alistair @alistairfgauld, this build is so good! I find the Gannet‘s shape super clumsy to say the least, but your build turned it into a swan.

  13. That is a great looking model, Alistair @alistairfgauld! 🤩 That's a winner, for sure! 👍

  14. Excellent - build and paintwork look great.

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