I've been making up the Maquette version of this a/c and what a nightmare!
The worst part about the kit is the undercarriage. _SO_ badly moulded it had to
Can anyone recommend a suitable white metal set?
If memory serves, the nose undercarriage on the two FD.2 aircraft was the
same as used on the Fairey Gannet turboprop sub hunter, so you could try the
Aeroclub white metal detail set for the Frog / Novo / Revell Gannet kit for
sure about the main gear; the FD.2s (but not the BAC.221, so if you
could get hold of the white metal from the Project X kit, they wouldn't be
appropriate) used a trailing lever main undercarriage leg; you may be able
to convert the legs from a Buccaneer (either the Airfix or Matchbox kits,
the Airwaves detail set
the Aeroclub detail set
they won't be too accurate without a fair bit of work; for main wheels, the
Gannet wheels look to me to be too wide and small, and the tyres too skinny,
not too sure what would be an appropriate donor.
LHA email@example.com (87015) wrote in
The only source I can think of offhand would be the Maintrack Project-X
BAC-221 kit. This is essentially a modified FD2 with the Concorde wing.
Not sure if they modified the undercart for this or not. Should be close
enough in any case. The kit is a vacform with white-metal details.
According to Hannants Maintrack are still around though this kit is not
available any more.
A google brings up:
79 Queens Road
Which was the address when I last dealt with them a few years back now,
though I did hear the shop was closed now.
I tried that kit last year...omg...not just the poor molding,but the flash and
bad fit...I wound up doing it gear up,even found an original Frog stand for it.
Good luck on that POS...if you manage to get it done,maybe you could post some
Referring to Barrie Hygate's "British Experimental Jet Aircraft" I find
Nose and main gear is completely different between FD2 and BAC221, the
latter being longer and heavier.
The FD2 undercarriage was a Fairey design and specific to the aircraft,
BAC221 main gear is from a Lightning.
BAC221 nose gear is based on a Gannet oleo leg with the original FD2
axle and twin wheels.
Frog once did a kit of the FD2, which was later reissued by Novo; if you
could find one of those, perhaps its gear may be better?
Alan Dicey wrote in
I knew there were some differences but didn't have the book to hand
This is the same kit. The tooling has deteriorated over the years so a
Frog issue may be more usable.
Probably the best option is wheels up. Or get hold of some decent plans
and photos and make your own...
I haven't seen this kit in years. Is it possible to retain the wheels
and rebuild the undercarriage legs with rod stock?
Two books that I know have details of the FD2: both out of print.
British Experimental Jet Aircraft
by Barrie Hygate
ISBN 1 85486 010 0
Various ISBN's, depending on edition and publisher
0 71060 441 6
0 67252 166 0
1 85488 026 8
Several websites have pictures that will help:
There's a cutaway here
A Walkaround of WG777 at Cosford, with all the undercarriage detail you
hmm, thanks guys! i was at the gate of despair on this one. rather than go and
see about some white metal u/c legs that maybe out there but no one now makes.
a further root about in the spares box is called for.
one point that i missed out was that you have to make your own clear windows for
the cockpit hood. fact is this kit was so annoying, that it makes the matchbox
'trench digger' look rather good!
when i get the model finished. i'll post the results up though i don't have
access at the mo' for pictures.