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Anti-submarine and Strike Variants AS Mk.1 & AS Mk.4
4+ Publishing Company
Catalog No. 023
A4, 36 pages plus covers; separate fold-out A2 sheet of 1/72 scale planes;
fold out A3 size photo of Gannets overflying Ark Royal
USD$30.00, £14.95, €22.20, AUD$37.40 available from
specialist retailers worldwide
||Clear and interesting selection
of photographs including a nice selection in colour, informative
captions, attractive colour artwork, excellent 1/72 scale technical
drawings in large A3 format; all English text; good format and
content for modellers.
Reviewed by Brett Green
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Until recently, modellers only had the choice of
the ancient Frog Fairey Gannet in 1/72 scale, and the good quality
vacform from Dynavector in 1/48.
Now we have two high quality Gannets in 1/72 scale
from Trumpeter, along with a growing list of detail sets and marking
options, with the Classic Airframes 1/48 scale kits also on the horizon.
Reference on this ungainly but highly effective
submarine hunter has been scarce until 4+ Publications' latest book, "Fairey
Gannet - Anti-submarine and Strike Variants AS Mk.1 & AS Mk.4".
4+ Publications has earned a reputation for
producing compact aircraft reference books packed with useful photos and
technical information. This latest title continues the tradition.
The book commences with several pages of text
describing development and the technical aspects of the Gannet,
including tables containing Gannet AS. Mk.1 and Mk.4 orders and
production and Foreign Operators. The meat of this book is the
photographs. In common with others in the series, the book is brimming
with well captioned contemporary photos. Colour content is higher than
earlier titles, with five pages of colour walkaround and historical
13 Gannets are featured in very attractive colour
profiles, plus various plan and scrap views to illustrate particular
aspects of their markings.
The body text continues out with a page of
information on Gannet colours and markings. Line drawings of various
cockpit configurations, antennae, lighting, the radar scanner and other
details are also supplied. External and internal stores diagrams will
also be very helpful for fitting out your Gannet model.
Inside a flap on the rear cover is a huge, A2 sized
sheet with 1/72 scale technical drawings of the AS variants, including
cross-sectional analysis, external stores, airborne equipment, internal
ordnance and distinguishing features of specific operators.
The package is rounded out with an A4 foldout photo
of three Gannets overflying HMS Ark Royal in October 1955.
The 4+ Publications book on the Gannet AS
Mks.1 & 4 is a concise guide to this effective submarine hunter of the
1950s and 1960s.
The combination of contemporary photos, walkaround images, scrap
drawings, profiles, technical information and plans will be ideal for
modellers building a Gannet in any scale.
Thanks to 4+ Publications for
the review sample.
Review Copyright © 2007 by Brett Green
This Page Created on 28 June, 2007
Last updated 24 December, 2007
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