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|Catalogue No. and
||Alley Cat AC72001 Gannet Wing Fold
£14.95 available online via A2Zee
|Contents and Media:
||44 parts in grey and black coloured
||Beautifully cast; excellent detail
including full internal wing fold features; provides entire replacement
wings; comprehensive hinges and other tiny details included; good
instructions with text, illustrations and reference photos.
||Some very delicate parts broken in
||Highly Recommended for experienced
Reviewed by Brett Green
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Alley Cat is a new brand from the A2Zee Models stable, which also
produces FAA Models accessories.
The first 1/72 scale offering in the Alley Cat range is a full wing fold
set for Trumpeter's 1/72 scale Fairey Gannet kit
This is a complete
replacement for Trumpeter's wings comprising 44 parts in grey, pale
cream and black coloured resin.
The main parts are the six
wing sections. These are cast in a single piece each, with deep and
authentic detail cast inside the wing folds.
Hinges, covers and small
details are cast as separate parts. Some of these are very fine and
delicate. On my sample, both of the long wing supports were broken, but
these will be simple to repair using stretched sprue or, preferably,
more robust lengths of fine metal rod or steel wire.
The inboard wing stubs are
engineered to fit directly into the locating slots on Trumpeter's
fuselage, so this should be a nice secure join. The join between the
inboard and centre wing fold sections will be more delicate, as it is
supported by only two thin resin pieces. I recommend using two-part
epoxy for this join. It might be worth considering fabricating stronger
hinges from metal wire too. This would be very simple, as the hinges are
round in profile - just a matter of bending and cutting some appropriate
Casting quality is superb.
This is hardly surprising as the parts were prepared in co-operation
with Czech Master Resin, whose reputation for quality in 1/72 scale
resin kits is second to none.
Instructions are supplied on
three sides of two A4 sheets, and comprise a parts layout, construction
diagrams and reference photos. They are very well done.
Some previous experience with
resin accessories will be essential, but there is nothing too
challenging in construction if you take your time and reinforce joins as
you see fit.
Alley Cat's Gannet Wing Fold
Set is comprehensive, beautifully detailed and will transform the
appearance of your model with its concertinaed flying surfaces.
Thanks to A2Zee Models for
the review sample
Alley Cat and FAA Models'
accessories are available
from A2Zee Models website
or from their Ebay store
Review Text and Images Copyright © 2007 by Brett Green
Page Created 06 June, 2007
Last updated 24 December, 2007
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