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Fairey Gannet
Photo-Etch, ZOOM, SPACE and Masks

for the 1/48 scale Airfix kit

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Catalogue Number, Description, Scale & Price

Eduard Item Nos.:

491424 - Eduard Photo-Etch - Gannet AS.1 for the Airfix kit. USD$29.95

FE1426 - Eduard Zoom Gannet AS.1/AS.4 Seat Belts for Airfix kit. USD$10.95

3DL48162 - Eduard SPACE Gannet AS.1 for Airfix kit. USD$29.95

3DL48163 - Eduard SPACE Gannet AS.4 for Airfix kit. USD$29.95

EX1016 Masks Gannet AS.1 / AS.4 for the Airfix kit. USD$12.9

available online from Eduard's website

Contents and Media:

Photo-Etched and ZOOM Sets - pre-painted and unpainted photo-etched detail parts.

SPACE Set - 3D printed and colour photo-etched parts.

Mask Set - self-adhesive, die-cut masks for clear parts and wheels.

Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: High level of detail that will result in an impressive 1: 48 scale Airfix Gannet.
Disadvantages:  
Recommendation:

The use of the Zoom photo-etched fret will result in a noticeably better detailed cockpit, especially around the instrument panel and side consoles. The addition of the photo-etched harness straps will also be a highly visible upgrade.

The 3D printed and photo-etched SPACE cockpit upgrade is a legitimate alternative to the ZOOM PE.

The masks will save time and add sharp precision to the clear parts too!

These are very useful investments for your Airfix 1/48 scale Gannet.

Reviewed by Brett Green

FirstLook


Eduard has produced a range of accessories for the recent Airfix Fairey Gannet AS.1 / AS.4 kit.

Tonight I review five of Eduard's useful upgrades for this impressive kit.

FE1426 - Eduard Zoom Gannet AS.1/AS.4 Phtoto Etch for Airfix kit. USD$29.95

 

 

Useful and highly detailed photo-etched parts mainly to upgrade the cockpit but also including exterior details.

 

 

Two photo-etched frets are supplied - one brass etched and one pre-coloured.

 


 

FE1426 - Eduard Zoom Gannet AS.1/AS.4 Seat Belts for Airfix kit. USD$10.95

This new photo-etched fret supplies a full photo-etched harness for the seats in the new Airfix 1/48 scale Fairey Gannet kit.

 

 

Details are picked out, with stitching and hardware printed directly onto the photo-etched straps and mounts.

The half-tone rendering of shadows is also very well done.

 

 

This harness set will be the ideal accompaniment to the Zoom cockpit detail set reviewed above.


 

3DL48162 - Eduard SPACE Gannet AS.1 for Airfix kit. USD$29.95

3DL48163 - Eduard SPACE Gannet AS.4 for Airfix kit. USD$29.95

Eduard has expanded their range of accessories to include a SPACE multi-media update set for the Airfix 1/48 Gannet.

Two sets are on offer - one for the AS.1 variant and the second for the AS.4

This SPACE set comprises a 3D printed instrument panel and a separate resin handle, plus photo-etched parts for the half-tone harness straps for the pilot and crew.

 

 

The face of the instrument panel is pre-painted with impresive detail.

 

 

The printed faces look good in real life - actually significantly better than my much larger-than-life studio photos!

 

 

Preparation won't take long. A razor saw will do the trick for the radios and the instrument panel can be snipped free with sprue cutters before a quick cleanup with a sanding stick.

 

 

The STEEL photo-etched fret supplies nice flexible pre-coloured harness straps for the pilot and crew. The pilot gets a full arness and the crew have three lap belts.

 

 

Detailed instructions are included.

 


 

EX1016 Masks Gannet AS.1 / AS.4 for the Airfix kit. USD$12.95

 

 

Die-cut, self-adhesive masks for the three canopies and nose wheels.

 

 

These represent a fast and accurate solution for a time consuming and often disliked modelling task.

 

 

Conclusion

 

The use of the Zoom photo-etched fret will result in a noticeably better detailed cockpit, especially around the instrument panel and side consoles.

The addition of the photo-etched harness straps will also be a highly visible upgrade. The 3D printed and photo-etched SPACE cockpit upgrade is a legitimate alternative to the ZOOM PE.

The masks will save time and add sharp precision to the clear parts too!

These are very useful investments for your Airfix 1/48 scale Gannet.

Thanks to Eduard for the review samples


Text and Images Copyright 2024 by Brett Green
Page Created 30 May, 2024
Last updated 31 May, 2024

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