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  1. Hi all, After many months of consideration, I finally bought the Airfix kit and dived straight into tearing it apart. Many people have built this particular aircraft, however the reasons I would like to have my own replica are quite possibly different. My all time favourite aircraft is an F9F-6 Cougar sporting a similarly striking paintjob. The only problem is that there is no kit available for an early Cougar especially in larger scales. I got tired of waiting for a mainstream manufacturer to release a decent kit, so I decided to model it in 3D. Making a start was relatively easy, but with my modest 3D modelling skills soon it has proven to be much harder and time consuming than I expected. Since I discovered it, the idea of an orange Javelin has kept growing on me, and looked like a perfect test bed for faded orange paintjob trials. After reading raving reviews about the Airfix kit, it appeared to be a decent starting point and the conversions required for backdating it are also a good practice for designing 3D printed parts. There are many things to like about the kit, but I already found a few disappointing mistakes that could have been avoided. Sink marks, and ejection pin marks are amongst these, but it was surprising to find an oversight in the shaping of the nose. Pin marks on the inside of the jet intakes and exhausts are a bit painful to eliminate and the intake lip sink marks are also something to forget. However the oval cross section of the nose is a baffling mistake. Why couldn't the designers stick to an obvious circular shape is beyond me. Some head on photos of FAW5 and FAW9 aircraft as a reference: XA778 had a short nose, so it will be replaced anyway, but it makes the transitioning to the rest of the nose much harder. I started modelling the tail and the nose replacements, hopefully I will have some test prints later this week. Otherwise I will be busy with removing sprue attachments, sink marks, flash and mould misalignment marks before I can present a meaningful update. Thanks for viewing, happy modelling everyone!
  2. Hi all, I am new to modelling RAF aircraft, and hoping that I can leverage the collective wisdom of this great forum. Recently I bought the Airfix Javelin and I am planning to design and print a proper FAW7 tail conversion for XA778. All other conversion required for that particular aircraft is not part of this topic. Yet. I have been diggin the internet for the last couple of days, but finding good FAW7 photos has proven to be very difficult, probably because all of them were rebuilt to FAW9. At the moment there are two details that I am struggling with: - the bottom part of the exhaust fairing, in between the two exhausts. Is it straight or not? - how the angled end of the tailpipe is connected to the rest of it. The photo on the left suggests a very gentle indent between the two pipes, however that section appears to be straight in the photo of XA778 on the right: In this other XA778 photo the bottom edge looks straight again, but it is a bit hard to see. Has anyone seen a good photo of a FAW 7 tail that shows the exhausts from a better angle? Any help or direction to references would be appreciated. Happy modelling!
  3. This is a fabulous kit by Airfix, very little filler needed and slots together really well. This particular Javelin was originally built as an FAW.7, and subsequently converted to FAW.9 standard before being one of the first pair of the latest version to be delivered to 25 squadron in December 1959. XH768 went on to serve with 11 Sqn after 25 disbanded and this airframe is now preserved in Italy (marked as XH707), having had a recent restoration: https://www.museoaviazione.com/en/gloster-javelin-faw-mk9-restoration-2021/ All comments and discussion welcome as always …
  4. While the weather continues to be unfavourable for gardening or hiking, and with no play to rehearse for, it seems there’s ample opportunity to start another kit. I’d considered a couple of others including the Kinetic Harrier T-bird and a crud n’ custard Zvezda Herc, but with two of these Javelins in the stash I fancied getting one on the shelves. The now familiar box. The moulding and finely engraved panel lines look excellent. Big colourful decal sheet. But will there be aftermarket alternatives? Of course there will! And reference material. The Jav is one of my favourites so got a few books to use. I’ll be doing it in the Xtradecal markings for 25 squadron, this aircraft, XH909/R based at RAF Waterbeach, Cambridgeshire in 1960-61.
  5. Hi all I present to you my Airfix 1:48 Javelin FAW.9/9R I finished it back in October but only just got round to posting here It’s in the markings of no 64 Squadron Royal Air Force based at Tengah in Singapore during the 1960’s Aftermarket sets include Eduard cockpit interior and Master replacement pitot tubes Tamiya and Mr Hobby paints used throughout the build A throughly enjoyable build Thanks for looking and happy modelling
  6. Here's a build that I finished last month, but have only just had the time to Photograph. This is the Novo 1/72 rendition of the Gloster Javelin. I built this very kit in the 80's straight from the box and painted it in gloss paint as per the instructions. I remember is being an ill fitting kit and once finished looked very toy like. Fast forward to last year and I came across the kit for an acceptable price on eBay. I was overcome by nostalgia and wondered if the current self could bring the kit up to date. For those who don't know, the box is quite weighty for its size. Once opened is apparent why. Flash is everywhere and the sprues are as thick as pencils. Also the mouldings themselves seem very thick. I treated myself to some metal antenna/pointy things for the wingtips and a replacement corrected nose. The kit has been fully rescribed with some pane lines added that were missing. The kit itself went together surprisingly well with the only real problem areas being where the wings connected to the fuselage. The decals were less than useless. Despite my best efforts they just basically turned to dust when soaked. I put a shout out for help and a huge thank you to @Navy Bird for coming to my rescue with the decals I needed to complete the build. I used Vajello model air on the upper surfaces, Alclad 2 for the natural metal underside and finished it all off with a Flory wash. To be honest I'm hugely pleased with the result and it looks magnificent in my display case. Many thanks to all for looking and enjoy the photos.
  7. Here is my Javelin FAW.9R XH766 of No. 60 Squadron. I hope You enjoy reading the short aircraft history and watching the photos. "Echo" was originally built by Gloster and upgraded to a FAW.9 in November 1959. From August 1960 XH766 served with No. 64 Squadron as "Echo" until a further modification to FAW.9R standard started in September 1962. She returned to RAF Duxford during November the same year and continued serving with No. 64 Squadron still carrying the letter "E". XH766 was then "shipped" (dates and method are not known) to the Far East and transferred to No. 60 Squadron. The exact dates are maybe lost forever; according to the "Movement Card" she was transferred to 60 Squadron in October 1964 as "Tango". However she was photographed at RAF Kuching (Borneo) during May 1964 already in the colours of 60 Squadron. As "Tango" She saw some action near Lundu when on 16 May 1964 crewed by Plt Off B. Todd and Flt Lt G.T. Hall an Indonesian launch was made to obey the Halt command given by a Royal Navy vessel. Records mention "An impressive low level beat-up". When No. 64 Squadron took over the responsibility of the Kuching and Labuan detachments 60 Squadron gave all their FAW.9Rs to the new "owner". "Tango" was transferred to 64 Squadron 28 May 1965 becoming "Echo" once more. No. 64 Squadron finally disbanded at RAF Tengah and on 16 June 1967 "Echo" was transferred to 60 Squadron for the last time. Before this on 10 June 1967 a massive 16 Javelin formation (both 60 and 64 Squadron) flew around Singapore Island for HM Queen Elisabeth's birth day. XH766 was the lead aircraft crewed by the both Commanding Officers (M.H. Miller and B.E de Iongh). The "new" FAW.9Rs of 60 Squadron were put in alert almost immediately; HQ FEAF instructed the squadron to deploy four Javelins to RAF Kai Tak. On 22 June 1967 M.H. Miller led four aircraft to Hong Kong. Did "Echo" participate in these detachments (called "Gas Iron")? I don't know. Finally in the morning of 1 May 1968 XH766 took the short transit to RAF Seletar and was SOC the same day and eventually scrapped. "Mind your head I'm bringing the hood backward..." Here are the drop tanks I have been talking about. They look...striking won't you say Some photos together with the real thing. Finally few photos that were essential to this build There are three(!) more photos in 60 Squadrons archive that show the decorated drop tanks. The photos seem to be extremely rare. And then there is this; pay close attention at 0:42 Best Regards, Antti
  8. I hope this is in the right forum, sorry if not. I'm hoping someone can help me. I'm building the Novo 1/72 Gloster Javelin. All has gone well with the building, rescribing and painting of the kit. But then came the decals. They have perished, break up into tiny pieces and are unfortunately unusable. I've looked on eBay and the only ones on there are around £15 with P&P, the kit only cost me £8! Can anyone point me in the right direction for some replacements? The main items I need are the roundels and the tri coloured tail marking. The rest I can cobble together with leftover decals box.
  9. Finally I got out this big box from far shelf. It's stunning model kit and I want build it. While I don't know what it will be marking variant, but I want plane with refuelling probe and grey-green camo. Perhaps I'll take variant from box, but maybe I'll find other. If it will be plane with history this will be very great. I have wheel bays from Eduard, Master Pitot tube and some intakes from Quickboost for add And I saw the great build by Antti_K (HERE). I'll be use it like example for my model I'll be very glad to your comments, critique and notices )))
  10. Heller Gloster Javelin T.3, in the Heller/Humbrol box. Looks like I paid about $10.00USD for this, probably in the late 80s. I think I thought I was going to build a bunch of trainers, since in the same stash box that I hadn't looked in for years I found an Airfix Bulldog, a T-38, L-39, Alpha Jet, CT-114, etc. Guess I better get at it now!
  11. Hi comrades! This is my take on Javelin. The build is here Many thanks to @Antti_K for his help! His subject knowledge and modelling skills are fantastic! Hope You like the weathered look of this machine. Thanks for looking!
  12. I still cannot quite believe that Airfix was sufficiently audacious to release a Gloster Javelin in 1/48 scale. As a teenager in the 1970s it would have seemed an impossible prospect and when I returned to the hobby a couple of years ago, I was amazed to see what Airfix had done. A few weeks ago I psyched myself into building the Javelin and just to add a little fun, I decided to convert it to a Mk.7 using Alleycat's conversion set. I must confess that I was a little nervous converting such a beautiful model - in my opinion, Airfix have made a superlative model, easily of Tamiya quality, and to take a saw to it was a little daunting. One piece of work I nearly 'bottled-out' from was replacing the kit vortex generators with Alleycat's photetch versions. At first I considered it a bit beyond me but in a moment of madness I trimmed-off the kit parts and, using the etched brass template, drilled the holes and then attached them with cyanoacrylate. It worked perfectly and was by no means as tricky as I feared. I was glad I did the job. Alleycat's resin tail section fitted very well and with a modicum of filler it is difficult to spot the join. I did take the easy route and model a Firestreak-fitted aircraft but my next Javelin will be an earlier gun-only model. The model was painted with Tamiya spray silver on the undersurfaces and Mr. Paint DSG and DG. I used Montex masks for the canopies and a Czech Master pitot tube - only one as only the Mks. 8 & 9 carried two. Here are a few shots. The full set can be seen here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/26690797@N02/albums/72157717279401248 The modified back end, courtesy of Alleycat. In addition to replacing the vortex generators, I replaced the stall sensors with a spare vortex generator and a pair of hoops made from brass rod. Next on the bench, a Canberra! Kind regards, Neil
  13. Finished this a little while ago. Airfix 1:48 javelin. Really nice model to build fits nicely just let down by the decals. Fin flash too large, “port outboard gun” for the port and starboard side, and flap control on the aileron? Minor let downs on otherwise I really nice model.
  14. The dream comes true. Gloster Javelin 1/48 - ref. A12007 Source: http://www.airfix.co...lin-148-a12007/ Obviously a FAW.9R. I like the details as the airbrakes and the dedicated ladder. Hope soon injected 1/48th Supermarine Scimitar, Fairey Gannet AEW and Blackburn Firebrand... V.P.
  15. I've always liked the Javelin, possibly my favourite post-war fighter. One of the most interesting versions was the FAW8 with its short nose and offset radome. Only two squadrons flew this version, no.. 41 sqn at Wattisham and 85 sqn at West Raynham, before they were withdrawn in 1964. For this model I used the Mistercraft 'FAW7' with a Freightdog FAW8 resin nose and decals from an old modelling magazine that were for sale on ebay. Here is the WIP: Any comments or advice always welcome!
  16. Hi comrades! My next project will be Javelin in 48th. I'll use aftermarket - Eduard brass (and, yes, probably I'll replace all tiny aerodynamic fences by brass), Armory wheels, Master brass pitot and Quickboost intakes/antennas. I plane to paint the roundels (They are huge, and mast conform to problematic surface...). Specific variant - probably XH893 with bug on the tail. Any advice on the kit problems? How are the Airfix decals? Any application problems? Any tips are welcomed! I'm still on the "plumbing" stage - sand and polish all the "tubing" before painting.
  17. Gloster Javelin WT836 5th Prototype This was built from the original 1950s Frog kit. I suppose I could have e-bayed it or kept it in the attic for 20 years but I went for a nostalgic simple build instead. I bought this for £12 at the Farnborough Modelfest last year. When questioned about why it was only £12, the trader said that they were ‘not uncommon’. Well I hadn’t seen one for about 50 years so I was more than happy with the price. As far as I remember I was given one of these for a birthday when I was about 10 or so and I’ve no idea what happened to it. It was great to build it again. No messing about with correcting inaccuracies (that would have taken a long time) but I decided those ridiculous rivets had to go. I just carried out a little scribing of panels on the wing upper surfaces to relieve the big areas of smooth plastic, added some jetpipes, filled the big gaps between parts with Milliput and that was about it. I kept the original Frogmen and the non-existent undercarriage bays to retain some of the character of this thing. The kit decals were completely shot so I replaced them with Xtradecal and Modeldecal generic items. When I was putting on the paint I was about to blast the undersides with High Speed Silver when I discovered that the Javelin prototypes were Medium Sea Grey underneath. Overall it looks a bit like a Javelin but I think this was a later issue kit because there is an attempt at a kinked wing leading edge – I say ‘attempt’ because it was done without increasing the wing chord at the tip which has left a partially done kinked wing. Chris
  18. What we're gonna do right here is go back. Way back. Back into the early 1960s. And judging by the standard of the decals and plastic I don't think the kit is much newer! I've always had a fascination with the Javelin, from my favourite RAF era, mid 50s to mid 60s, when aeroplanes were real, with proper colours and markings and we had more than three squadrons of fighters. I'd love to have seen these beasts howling over Norfolk. So, the basic kit: And it is quite basic, I want to try this one out before I do the much better Airfix kit. The decals are terrible. Not only do they look basic but they appear to be cracking, I think they'll just break up on soaking, so to the aftermarket I will need to go. Either that or use the Airfix 64 sqn ones and then aftermarket decals on the newer kit. Does anybody know of a decent set of 1/72 Javelin decals? What on earth is all this!? ... Hoping to get some inspiration for markings from this superb book. Anyone have any advice, especially on the decals?
  19. A last minute decision to use the kit decals after the Model Alliance set on eBay crept beyond £12! The kit decals were slightly cracked through age, but fortunately didn't break up in the water. After serving with 25 sqn, XH905 flew in 33 sqn markings until November 1962 when the unit was renumbered 5 sqn and moved to Geilenkirchen in Germany. It was based here until 1966 when the Javelin wing disbanded. It's remarkable how short the service lives of some front line fighters were in those days! I built this one OOB apart from adding the tiny aerial on the tailplane, and painting the control panels as the decals didn't include any. Colours are satin DSG spray, Tamiya XF-81 green and silver spray from Halfords (!). The kit was generally good apart from excessive flash on some sprues, but fitted together reasonably well for the most part, I just needed a lot of filler for the wing roots. So here she is, Javelin FAW.9 XH905 of 5 squadron ... I'd love to get better at this (more realistic looking models), so all comments and ideas for improvement welcome!
  20. Hi everyone I wanted to share with you all of my builds I've completed since coming back to the hobby. First up two of my favourites. Airfix 1/72 Avro Shackleton AEW.2 WR966... ....and next up Airfix 1/48 Gloster Javelin FAW Mk9 XH903 ... I'll add a couple builds over the next few days. Cheers all Iain Link to Pt.2
  21. I have been a big Javelin fan for over 30 years. I guess you can easily imagine my enthusiasm when Airfix announced their new 1/48 scale kit a couple of years ago. Actually this will be my second "big" Javelin and fourth to my collection. This kit is one of the best Airfix has ever released. It's very accurate in detail. This project actually started some 20 years ago when my friend visited Hendon and brought me this. It's a post card originally painted by Dugald Cameron. It has been hanging on my wall ever since. The "Tiger Stripes" of 60 Squadron looks very good along with the black wing tanks with lightning flashes painted on them. So good that I built the Airfix 1/72 scale FAW.9 without further references. But did this paint scheme really exist? We have all heard about "artistic freedom"... Thanks for the Internet I have been able to collect a reference library about the Javelin. Couple of years ago I found a small photo on Key Publishing's aviation forum that showed eight Javelins on the ramp at RAF Tengah. Some aircraft carried these specially decorated wing tanks. Unfortunately the photo is so small that no details can be verified. I then contacted the gentleman who shared his photo but no better quality prints existed. I also contacted 60 Squadron and their archives have three more photos on the subject. It became clear that Dugald Cameron was right all the way when he stated that 60 Squadron Javelins carried these black tanks at 1967 and after. Finally this year a new book about Javelin was published by Michael Napier. There is one photo in the book where the Javelins are taxying at Tengah after a fly past. Now I had all the "evidence" I needed and it was time to choose a particular aircraft. So this build will be XH766 "E" of No. 60 Squadron some time between June 1967 and May 1968. I chose XH766 simply because I have enough good quality photos of her from every angle. This will be very much "straight forward" build as the kit is excellent. I will show you also some extra detailing that is missing from the kit. So wellcome aboard everyone I started the work with the front fuselage. There are two round holes on the nose gear well walls. Photos show that they were covered with round panels which I cut from thin styrene sheet and drilled holes around the edges (0,3 mm) to replicate the screws. Note also the two small "bumps" on the panel just forward of nose gear bay. These are the base plates for "Violet Picture" azimuth aerials and missing from the kit. I also used my Tamiya Pin Wise to drill holes around the AI bay hatch edges. The radome was filled with 9 mm pistol bullets. They are good for modelling purposes because you know their weight exactly. Mine are 10,4 grams each. Instruction booklet suggests that 25 grams is enough but I loaded the nose with some 40 grams; surely 25 wasn't enough. Eduard provides a PE set for Airfix Javelin. I used only the pilot's instrument panel. As you can see this is the last cockpit version (the extra ILS on the left corner). This goes well with kit's cockpit which has five large knobs for cockpit lightning under the starboard side wind screen panel. I decided to sand the instrument panel to bare metal and paint it with RLM 66 (a mixture of Humbrol 33 and 34) but leave the actual instruments as they are. An interesting detail is the yellow pipes running between the pedals. Something that is visible on preserved aircraft. Javelin's cockpit is a pretty black affair. Most of the knobs are either dark brown or satin black. So be careful with red and yellow... The cockpit was illuminated by UV lamps and all markings were painted with fluorescent paint. Because this is a FEAF Javelin I also removed the "Gee" indicator from the rear cockpit and replaced it with scratch build ADF set. Here are the starter "bullets". The compressor blades are pretty crude but they are only visible with a torch so I didn't replace them. However I added the starter's exhaust pipes from plastic rod. When viewed from front the starboard side pipe should point at "four o'clock" and port side at "eight o'clock". Or other words: they should point slightly down and towards the service bay below the rear cockpit. Thank You for reading so far and see You next time Antti
  22. Hi guys, I will be building the 1/48 Airfix Javelin. It is already started, but just. So it will be under the 25%. I have just started the cockpit and some parts are of the sprues, but noting more. It will be build out of the box. I might get me some seatbelts or some resin seats. I have also got a sheet from Xtradecals Javelin part 1 (X48-125). I think I will make the 5 Squadron Javelin. Pictures will follow later. Cheers
  23. I realise I've already got a diorama and a plane as works in progress but they've both gotten to a point where I need to go top up my paint supplies. So... I've dragged another kit out The intention was to just make it as it comes but first steps have been to: - Steal some suitable pilots from the spares box and fashion sprue ejection handles - Section off a bit of nose to hold some ballast - Download pictures of the underbelly tanks to try and scratch them - Order a fresh batch of other potential distractions
  24. Hello all One of my recent completions, the marvellous Gloster Javelin from Airfix. I did this one in the scheme of XH903, which is on display at the Jet Age Museum not far from me, here in Gloucestershire. I did offer to donate this to the museum to sit alongside some of the other models they have on display there, but no response at all from them, which was disappointing. Anyhow, this beast just manages to squeeze onto my display shelf, so at least it's on display somewhere. This is quite a heavy kit when done, with a fair bit of nose weight required, so I thought it was worth getting a metal undercarriage set from SAC. Also tried scratchbuilding seat harnesses from Tamiya tape for the first time as there aren't any supplied with the kit's seats. Airbrushed in a mix of Tamiya and Mr Hobby acrylics, weathered with some oils and Flory Dark Dirt wash. Posed it with everything open just to show all that lovely detail. My only complaint would be the quality of the decals, the roundels in particular wouldn't settle nicely into the panel lines despite repeated attacks of Microsol - any other issues were of my own making. Overall though a great kit and a pleasure to build. Thanks for looking Adam
  25. Good evening gentlemen, yes I do have a serious weakness for the early british jets Cheers from Czech rep. Andrew
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