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1/48 Airfix Gloster Javelin FAW.9/9R

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    April 2015
1/48 Airfix Gloster Javelin FAW.9/9R
Posted by Wolfman_63 on Friday, February 28, 2020 2:52 PM

This build is the Airfix 1/48 Gloster Javelin FAW.9/9R. A few years ago I helped a gentleman who was doing 1/16 and 1/8 scale figures of fallen police officer with creating and scaling the patches and badges for all the uniforms so that decals could be made. I was able to get them scaled for both scales for him. A few weeks later a package arrived and it was this kit. The message inside was from him thanking me for all the work I helped him with on the patches and badges.
Fast forward to present day I decided to make this my next build. The aircraft even in 1/48 is huge. The details of this kit are great. The surface details are very crisp. I will also adding the Eduard photo etch detail set as well. Starting with the cockpit, I assembled and painted the seats then added the numerous photo etch details. The cockpit tub was painted and the photo etch was added. Everything fit very well.  The cockpit tub was then assembled to the forward section of the fuselage. Starting on the engines and main fuselage next.
You can follow the build at


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Posted by GMorrison on Friday, February 28, 2020 3:00 PM

That's looking quite fine. I'll be interested to see it go together.

Remember the Hawk 1/72 kit? That's the only kit I knew of of the type.

Pilot sat on a board crosswise.

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Posted by patrick206 on Friday, February 28, 2020 3:13 PM

Wolfman - That's a WOWZZA looking job you made of it, the 'pit details are great. I'll be following, thanks for the post and photos.


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  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Friday, February 28, 2020 4:06 PM

Looking great!  Very nice closeup photography too.


Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by Real G on Friday, February 28, 2020 4:49 PM

Wow, you don’t often see a Dragmaster on these forums!

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Friday, February 28, 2020 8:43 PM

A very rare subject around these parts!  Probably one of my favorite British cold war aircraft.


God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/144 Revell Snowberry

On deck: 1/48 Tamiya Fw 190A4

In the hole: 1/48 Hasegawa Fw 190A4

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    April 2015
Posted by Wolfman_63 on Friday, March 6, 2020 6:27 AM

The build of the Gloster Javelin is moving forward. I assembled the exhaust and then painted/weathered them. The center of the fuselage was then assembled and I started on the landing gear bays. The main bays looked a little too clean so using 32 awg wire and some scratch built plastic and metal pieces to represent the hydraulic cans. I used bare wire for the wiring and black sleeved wire for the hydraulic lines. The bays were then painted with aluminum and weathered with pastel chalk.
See my tips and tricks section on weathering with pastel chalk
Finally the wings were assembled and installed to the fuselage. Stay tuned for the building of the landing gear and the detailing of the fuselage.
See this build from the start in my build log at


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Posted by Wolfman_63 on Friday, March 13, 2020 2:22 PM

The Javelin build this week is moving along. With the wings on I assembled the landing gear. The main gear was a little tricky as one of the struts needed to slide under a brace then mount the main strut and attach the other strut. I was able to get them lined up and glued into place. The nose gear and the gear doors all went on with no issues. The various antenna’s, refueling probe, and scoops along with some photo etch details were installed on to the fuselage. Weights were added to the nose cone to keep it from being a tail-dragger. I then painted the base coat on the aircraft. The bottom was painted aluminum and the upper areas were painted with RAF dark green and RAF gray. Getting ready now to apply the numerous decals then onto the canopy.
See all the details and photos from the start at


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Posted by Wolfman_63 on Friday, March 20, 2020 7:12 AM

The Javelin is now complete. This kit was very nice in fit and details. The only thing that was negative was the decals. The decals are very thick. The small ones were not bad but the larger ones on the wings and tail were a huge pain to get them to conform to the surface. Took 3 days and lots of Microsol solvent to get them to finally conform. It took at least 3 applications for them to start to soften. If I were to do this kit again I would most likely look for an aftermarket set of make the larger ones myself.  It was nice that the upper wing decals had cutouts and aligned perfectly. Just wish they were thinner. Overall this kit was nice to build and it presents well. I hope you all have enjoyed following along.
See the entire build in my build log at


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Posted by jeaton01 on Friday, March 20, 2020 11:19 AM

Beautiful, David.


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  • From: Salem, Oregon
Posted by 1943Mike on Friday, March 20, 2020 6:51 PM

Very impressed! Wonderful job on this kit.

I like your bench set up.... Maker's Mark included [:D although mine, if I still indulged much, would be Johnny Walker Red Label.


"Le temps est un grand maître, mais malheureusement, il tue tous ses élèves."

Hector Berlioz


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