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Sword New Gannet

Sword New Gannet was just announced and will be in quarter scale. For many, that will be surprising news, but for Airfix fans, more than anyone else. The British company just recently released their own Fairey Gannet and it very nicely done and modestly priced. More importantly, it is in that same scale. It features all the bells and whistles Airfix introduced last decade and there is the option for the folding wings.

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Even though that might sound great, there is a trick to that. Airfix’ Gannet and Sword Gannet will be quite different one from another. The latter is Gannet AEW.3, which is an Airborne Early Warning system, of which only 44 planes were ever made. Actually, as far as we know, people asked Airfix and at this point there is no intention on their behalf of making that specific version. The main reason would be the serious difference in between the standard and the AEW Gannets. On the other hand, Sword already have a Fairey Gannet is 72nd, so there was always that option for scaling up.

With that said, if the first few sentences sounded like Airfix are a huge company and Sword are some sort of mediocre player on the market, well – it isn’t like that at all. Sword are very good Czech company with traditions and a lot of fans, especially in the Western Hemisphere. Therefore, we cannot conclude how both kits will compete with one another, even if they were representing the same version. That will be discovered at later times and more specifically when built kits from both companies start to pop up here and there.

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It is not clear whether or not Sword’s wings will be foldable, but at first glance it looks like they won’t be. If that is the case, that will be a lost point on their end against Airfix, but after all, it is not only that. The more important part of this story is that there is currently no other option in quarter scale touching the Airborne Early Warning plane and if one wants to build it, Sword should be considered very seriously.

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Truly, Sword are a lot smaller and not so famous as Airfix. But we really enjoy seeing new companies, especially from European countries with modeling traditions expanding their lines with serious and decisive steps. It is a good sign of progress and devotion. After all, that drives the hobby forward and despite latest Airfix nice and good looking Gannet, we are more than happy to see Sword join the lines. It is a win-win situation for everybody.

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