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Options to do an early version would be good too. 

 

I reckon all the kit would need to cover all FAW marks would be a separate shorter and longer nose, and three types of rear end (pen nib, FAW7 or reheat cans).

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Have read through but am struggling a bit. What is actually wrong with the Novo kit? Can something vaguely FAW9 shaped be coaxed out of it? I have half a notion of making that Duxford red and white one but ideally without spending a fortune on cross kitting and extras 

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1 hour ago, LostCosmonauts said:

Have read through but am struggling a bit. What is actually wrong with the Novo kit? Can something vaguely FAW9 shaped be coaxed out of it? I have half a notion of making that Duxford red and white one but ideally without spending a fortune on cross kitting and extras 

Depends how perfect you want it to be, of course that's a personal choice, but it looks fine to me albeit a bit clunky in detail.  The one thing I would fix is the radome.  It looks too short and blunt and more like that on the FAW8 that had a US radar and different radome.

 

David

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I would agree with David's comments . The only other thing I can think of is that I've read somewhere that the fin is too thin in cross-section . 

As regards the radome , Freightdog do a replacement resin item for the princely sum of 4 quid .

As a final point , you'd be best off looking for an original Frog moulding if you can get one at reasonable money . They had better decals and clearer canopies .

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9 hours ago, rs2man said:

I would agree with David's comments . The only other thing I can think of is that I've read somewhere that the fin is too thin in cross-section . 

As regards the radome , Freightdog do a replacement resin item for the princely sum of 4 quid .

As a final point , you'd be best off looking for an original Frog moulding if you can get one at reasonable money . They had better decals and clearer canopies .

Thanks, I received the Novo boxing as a gift but excellent advice. Much appreciated

 

As I’m going to do the Duxford one that’d need the radome reworking to add a window in the right side and a probe in the very tip I’ll likely print my own and have Freightdog as a back-up in case it doesn’t work out

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So if I understand this thread correctly, which isn't guaranteed, the best, or least worst 1/72 Gloster Javelin is

 

1 Novo Kit (or the Frog)

2 Airfix 

3 Heller

4 Mistercraft, ZTS Plastyk or the Chematic

 

And all these kits need aftermarket PE, Resin and/or Decals to bring it up to a good standard. 

 

Hopefully I'm close enough.

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19 minutes ago, David Hadland said:

So if I understand this thread correctly, which isn't guaranteed, the best, or least worst 1/72 Gloster Javelin is

 

1 Novo Kit (or the Frog)

2 Airfix 

3 Heller

4 Mistercraft, ZTS Plastyk or the Chematic

 

And all these kits need aftermarket PE, Resin and/or Decals to bring it up to a good standard. 

 

Hopefully I'm close enough.

Not really . The best kit is the Heller T3 , but of course it is just a T3 . If you want a fighter version you need a new rear fuselage for the Airfix FAW9 to either correct the narrow rear end or convert it to another of the fighter variants . 

The Frog/Novo FAW9 is more accurate in dimensions than the Airfix , but MUCH cruder and needs a Freightdog radome . 

The Mistercraft etc kit is basically a reworked Frog kit with better-detailed jetpipes and the option of an FAW7 rear fuselage .

If you just want a Javelin , go for the Heller T3 if you can find one . If it must be a fighter version then you'll need the help of the aftermarket and which kit you start with will depend on which variant you want to build  . 

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Most interesting thread this.  I had not realised until now that the Airfix 1/72nd Javelin 9R  had, effectively, a modified T3 rear end.  

 

Was the  early , pen-nib fairing rear slimmer in both plan view and in profile?

 

I ask because I am tempted to modify an Airfix 1/48th Javelin 9R back to the earlier Javelin 5.  At the moment Alleycat is not responding, so rather than use a resin conversion it looks like I will need to revert to old habits and build my own adaptation.  It looks to me as though the main reduction in rear fuselage width is in plan view, with the side profile mostly being slightly straighter on its underside.  With some internal filling before hand, it should be possible to sand the rear done to a reasonable impression of the earlier rear shape. What do you folk think?

 

John B

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Hello John,

 

I think it is possible but I would firstly use some stiff Plasticard to create a firm basis for Milliput and re-shaping. The rear end in the Airfix kit is rather "fragile" without the FAW.9 jet pipes and especially the end plate.

 

Another major thing to sort out is the wing leading edge. See here for further info:

 

Cheers,

Antti

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The fin on the Frog/Novo kit really is way, way too thin in cross-section. To me, that's a much more noticeable problem (once you know about it) than the radome. Unfortunately it can't be fixed with a plastic card shim as it's a one-piece casting, so you're looking at a scratchbuilt replacement fin and rudder. The Mistercraft kit has the same issue.

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Thank you Antti_K. Must get on with that conversion.  The leading edge droop is quite subtle.

I shall probably also haul out a 1/72nd Novo Javelin and maybe an old Airfix T3 to build, now my enthusiasm for Javelins has been revived by reading these threads.  

 

The last one I built was the natural metal one used by the CO of 228 OCU, An aircraft which I recall seeing at Leuchars many years ago.  Somewhere., I still have photos. 

 

Cheers,

John B

 

 

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You are welcome John🙂

 

I still have one Airfix 1/48 scale Javelin in the stash; I simply can't made up my mind whether to build a FAW.4 (I got the AlleyCat conversion set) or that red and white trials aircraft.

 

One of the oldest surviving models in my collection is an Airfix FAW.9. And a Frog one waiting for refurbishing (if I can find all the bits and pieces).

 

Cheers,

Antti

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