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Martin Fraser24/10/2019 16:42:43
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Hi folks,

I'm looking way ahead to my next scale build and being ex Navy I do fancy a Fairey Gannet, the 82" version. Has anyone built one and do they know where I can get the plans from?

Cheers, Marty

Alan Gorham_24/10/2019 16:45:52
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This one is 81" span, but I assume that's close enough for you:

Doolittle plans Gannet

J D 824/10/2019 17:13:12
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I grew up near a FAA base and Gannet's were always around, loved the sound.

Now the only Gannet's I see are the original type with a big pointy beak on the front.

Plummet24/10/2019 18:06:38
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Is it useful to know that they have one on display at the Air Museum at Elvington near York?

Plummet

Martin Fraser24/10/2019 19:35:56
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Posted by Alan Gorham_ on 24/10/2019 16:45:52:

This one is 81" span, but I assume that's close enough for you:

Doolittle plans Gannet

Ooh, nice one Alan. I've been googling and come up against a lot of dead links and a YouTube of one that didn't end well.

Many thanks for that link, Marty

P.S. Not going to quibble over an inch.

Martin Fraser24/10/2019 19:40:02
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Posted by Plummet on 24/10/2019 18:06:38:

Is it useful to know that they have one on display at the Air Museum at Elvington near York?

Plummet

Yes, thanks. If I'm up that way next year I'll pop by with the camera.

Cheers, Marty

Geoff Sleath24/10/2019 20:53:13
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In 1955/6 I was in the Naval section of the school's CCF and we used to go to RNAS Stretton for weekends where I fell in love with the Gannets. They're ugly but somehow ugly in a way I like. There were Sea Hawk and Wyverns, too. We also got to fly in a DH Domini (Dragon Rapide, I suppose. Not sure what the difference is) which was probably the highlight of the weekends.

Geoff

John Bisset24/10/2019 21:07:20
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I believe the Dominie was the service name for the Rapide Geoff.

I had my first ever flight in an FAA Dominie too, at RNAS Lossiemouth (HMS Fulmar). Ah, the days when we had a serious Fleet Air Arm. (Sigh)

fly-navy24/10/2019 22:58:13
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You and me both John, you and me both mate.

On the Aeromodellers forum martin there is a guy RalphR who is building a big AEW3 and would you believe he has stalled a Firefly build to do the Gannet.sadsad

John

Andrew Calcutt25/10/2019 09:00:24
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I think the gannet had two engines and counter rotating props,would make a good model,don't forget the folding wings!

Nigel Dell25/10/2019 09:15:37
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Martin

I got this plan sometime ago and it is a good basis for a really nice model, I was going down the electric route and was in the process of developing the power unit which consists of two motors and was building the gearbox to make it contra-rotating, then life got in the way but once I have my elderly parents moved I will get back to it, it is a cracking aircraft.

Martin Fraser25/10/2019 14:39:57
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Posted by fly-navy on 24/10/2019 22:58:13:

On the Aeromodellers forum martin there is a guy RalphR who is building a big AEW3 and would you believe he has stalled a Firefly build to do the Gannet.sadsad

John

 

Hi John,

I've just been reading Ralph's build blog from start to where he's up to now and feeling a bit daunted! However, I've sent off for the 81" plan and will mull it over during these dark nights.

Many thanks, Marty

Edited By Martin Fraser on 25/10/2019 14:42:17

Martin Fraser25/10/2019 14:48:02
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Nigel - I like the sound of your contra-rotating power plant, any details published? thumbs up

Cheers, Marty

John Bisset25/10/2019 15:06:51
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Posted by Andrew Calcutt on 25/10/2019 09:00:24:

I think the gannet had two engines and counter rotating props,would make a good model,don't forget the folding wings!

Now THAT would be a model to behold, if someone could replicate the wing power fold ! And of course the contra-prop assembly.

As a small boy I recall seeing the Gannet AEW3 demonstrate its single engine capability at a Lossie Air Day, immediately followed by its demonstration of an (excellently controlled) belly landing on the short runway when the second engine didn't wind up quickly enough as the pilot did a 180 turn in front of us. I watched through my camera viewfinder thinking 'surely that's not right' as the starboard wingtip cut a furrow in the grass before the belly landing. No-one hurt, some impressively fast exits by the crew as the wreckage slid off the runway, debris and radar bits all down the runway and I never even pressed the shutter!

Andrew Calcutt25/10/2019 16:14:45
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My Father used to work on Gannets,as he was in the fleet air arm,as child I was amazed by the size of the thing,remember seeing one at an air show at Lossiemouth,I must have been 6-7 at the time.I don't think I have the commitment to scratch build one of these though.

Colin Leighfield25/10/2019 16:30:27
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Great plane. We certainly missed them after we finished up in the Falklands war without a “proper” aircraft carrier able to operate them! The AEW3 would have made all of the difference and probably saved a number of lives. Good luck with the project Martin, great choice.

Eagle 89925/10/2019 16:36:53
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I worked on them (both types) as a very young Air Mech (A&E) at Brawdy in 1965 during my first posting after tech training. Fascinating aircraft with the double Mamba engine(s). Quite a climb to the pilot's cockpit I remember!

Edited By Eagle 899 on 25/10/2019 16:49:10

Nigel Dell25/10/2019 19:20:34
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Posted by Martin Fraser on 25/10/2019 14:48:02:

Nigel - I like the sound of your contra-rotating power plant, any details published? thumbs up

Cheers, Marty

Hi Marty

I am back home either Sunday or Monday and I will dig out the motors to give you some details, I think I was working on around 3000 - 3600w of power over the two motors if I remember correctly, I know I was working on turning 18” props but the gearing escapes me at the moment, I know originally I was going to have the motors back to back with the front motor having a hollow shaft but bearings and shafts were not really as reliable I as I liked so was in the process of mounting motors and converting to tooth belt drive but the challenge is getting it to fit but I will publish details on the project if there is interest once I get back on with it.

by the way there are wing fold details on the plan.

I am also developing a smaller motor contra- rotating motors for a large Tu 95 bear which is easier to develop with the hollow shaft one behind the other but the Gannet is the first one on the board.

Cheers

Nige.

Tom Sharp 225/10/2019 20:20:29
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The aerobatic boys are using a commercial available contra rotating prop set up using one motor. So developing your own system would seem pointless.

Colin Leighfield25/10/2019 20:30:51
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img_0295.jpgimage.jpegI’m very keen on contra-props, these are my efforts so far. I’ve also got a contra rotating motor set up bought from the USA waiting for the right opportunity. Really fancy doing a Gannet or a Wyvern.dsc_0351.jpg

Edited By Colin Leighfield on 25/10/2019 20:31:34

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