1/72 Airfix Gloster Javelin

Gallery Article by John Moran on Oct 14 2003


The inspiration for this build was a visit to Duxford about 10 years ago. The bright red and white colour scheme carried by XH897 was in stark contrast to the mainly camouflaged types surrounding it. XH897 carried this scheme whilst it was based at Boscombe down and used for 'Position Error Correction', photo chase duties, and calibration of Concorde and MRCA (later to be the Tornado) test aircraft. This model is about my third after a modelling gap of some 25 years.  


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The kit is the Airfix FAW 9 and is pretty much straight from the box, the most obvious addition being the nose probe which was made from stretched sprue. The airwaves detail set was used in the cockpit and on the undercarriage. Fortunately the kit decals include the underwing serials albeit in a different order, the smaller serials came from a modeldecal set. Photos of the upper surfaces proved very elusive but fortunately I was able to make a very rough sketch of the upper triangle demarcation during my visit to Duxford which showed that the roundels on the upper surface were contained within the red area. 

Enjoy the photos.

John Moran


Photos and text by John Moran