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1/48th Airfix Javelin - 3rd June, finally some paint on the airframe


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Having bought the new Airfix Javelin I know it had to move onto the build pile. Great kit and as the review shows Airfix are making progress all of the time. I want to limit the amount of scratch work on this model but the Ejector seats do need harnesses!

The first work was assembly of the ejector seats:

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Then onto the re-creation of the harness from photographs of the ejector seat on the web:

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Instrument panels next and then painting will begin. Buy this kit you will not regret it.

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Great to see one In Progress, I know this is going to prove a very popular thread, cracking start on the bang-seats.

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I'll be following this one! Hope you don't mind another gawker. :)

One suggestion on the belts - a couple of them seem to be defying gravity. This is a common issue with PE belts and something that happens to me all the time. Once the belts are glued down solid, you can use the "other" end of a paintbrush to gently push the belts down so they're in contact with the seat cushions and side rails. I know, it's a nitpick but it's an easy fix.

Looking forward to seeing the progress! Have the three Scimitars gone on holiday while you build the triangle?

Cheers,

Bill

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Great start Colin and a big improvement on the seats. Think I'll wait for Telford to see how much I can blag one for, (can see a bit of frenetic bartering coming up)...always liked the stumpy look of the FAW 8 to be honest....and what with so many mods done to so many airframes it's a modifiers dream !......

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Looking great.

Excuse my ignorance on the matter of the ejector seat, but I am thinking of putting figures in (with all that fine detail in the cockpit you probably think me mad :shocked:). What I am not sure about is where the various belts go when there is someone strapped in :confused:

I have looked on the interweb and found no helpful photos. I can make some assumptions, but it would be good to ahve a clear guide.

Lap straps and shoulder straps seem obvious, but there are quite a few other straps to these things and I have no idea where to wrap them hmmm.gif

Thanks in advance for any help

Stephen

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I was doing some research about the Javelin bang seats and it appears that they used Martin-Baker Mk3 seats, the same as Canberra, Vampire, Hunters and others

http://www.martin-baker.com/products/ejection-seats/mk1-9/mk3

(click Installations for the list)

So I had a hunt to see if there were any suitable after market alternatives and found this PE set for Canberra:

http://www.hannants.co.uk/product/ED49469

If you download the instruction PDF (http://www.eduard.com/store/out/media/49469.pdf), it looks like a decent match to the complexity of the seat belts you see on the second photo on the MB site.

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I was doing some research about the Javelin bang seats and it appears that they used Martin-Baker Mk3 seats, the same as Canberra, Vampire, Hunters and others

http://www.martin-baker.com/products/ejection-seats/mk1-9/mk3

(click Installations for the list)

So I had a hunt to see if there were any suitable after market alternatives and found this PE set for Canberra:

http://www.hannants.co.uk/product/ED49469

If you download the instruction PDF (http://www.eduard.com/store/out/media/49469.pdf), it looks like a decent match to the complexity of the seat belts you see on the second photo on the MB site.

Good find :thumbsup:

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I was doing some research about the Javelin bang seats and it appears that they used Martin-Baker Mk3 seats, the same as Canberra, Vampire, Hunters and others

http://www.martin-baker.com/products/ejection-seats/mk1-9/mk3

(click Installations for the list)

So I had a hunt to see if there were any suitable after market alternatives and found this PE set for Canberra:

http://www.hannants.co.uk/product/ED49469

If you download the instruction PDF (http://www.eduard.com/store/out/media/49469.pdf), it looks like a decent match to the complexity of the seat belts you see on the second photo on the MB site.

You say that but I have seen pictures on the web of FAW 9s with the style of seat Airfix have used.(Mk5s by chance?) Prehaps the Mk3 was only fitted to the earlier marks?

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