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Bill Gilman (Navy Bird)

Gloster Javelin T.3 & FAW.9 (Airfix)

Somehow, someway, I'm going to build 1:72 models of the Harmonius Dragmaster in both T.3 and FAW.9 flavours. Raw materials include the Heller T.3, the Airfix FAW.9, the Frog/Novo FAW.9, and the ZTS Plastyk FAW.9. Two of these kits will eventually be donated to my three-year old grandson!


23. September 2019, 17:50
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Bill Gilman
Next project. Boy, I'm a glutton for punishment.
23. September 2019, 18:29
Stephan Ryll
I'll take a seat Bill 🙂 ordered already some shares from putty manufacturers😉
23. September 2019, 19:20
Holger Kranich
As usual, i´ll take my seat in front row, right behind uncle Bill. I wont see your face when you suffer...😉😉
24. September 2019, 06:35
Bernd Korte
Very good! I'm a fan of these labour of love builds!
24. September 2019, 06:55
Bill Gilman
Welcome aboard, mates. Labour of love? Well, I love the aircraft and it's for sure going to be labour... 🙂
24. September 2019, 12:32
Benoit Mathier
I'll follow that! You're a courageous man ;)
26. September 2019, 17:37
Stephan Ryll
Up,to a nice start Bill 👍 that will be hard work I guess
26. September 2019, 17:44
Bill Gilman
I've finished the scribing, the fuselage is assembled, and the first coat of Medium Sea Grey is on. This has highlighted a few areas that still need some work, including some of my scribing that is too deep. I guess I got carried away at times. Mr. Surfacer should fix that - I don't want anyone thinking that the Mad Matchbox Trench Digger has been working on my Javelin!

I've separated the tailplanes from the vertical fin, as they were normally down a bit when the aircraft was on the ground. The elevators need to be removed so they can be posed as well. Come to think of it, the flaps on the underside of the wings should be down too, but it's too late for that! All told, the Heller/Airfix kit fits together quite well, and there was very little putty used. It's also a very good match to the T.3 drawings I have.

I put the landing gear on so she can set on her legs. The gear is quite spindly though - I applied a layer of thin superglue over the stress points hoping that will strengthen them a bit. I'm not worried about the gear collapsing due to the weight of the model, just me and my fumble thumbs knocking them off! Cheers, Bill
29. September 2019, 23:12
Bill Gilman
Hi mates! I'm getting closer to painting the T.3. It will have the typical Dark Sea Grey and Dark Green over High Speed Silver camouflage scheme. The markings will most likely be XH336, 226 OCU. Or maybe XH438, 72 Sqn. I decided to have the tailplanes slightly drooped, and the elevators drooped a it more. This seems to be the normal situation when the aircraft is on the ground. This required me to cut off the tailplanes, and then cut out the elevators. The elevator hinges got destroyed in the process, so I made new ones from card stock. I also had to scratchbuild the canopy arch, which is not included in the kit. It's fairly obvious looking through the canopy. I'm off to the UK on Friday and will be at SMW in Telford on November 9. Cheers, Bill
30. October 2019, 19:54
30. October 2019, 20:00
Andy Ball
Watching your labours-of-Hercules on this one! Great job!!
30. October 2019, 21:29
Fantastic job so far.
30. October 2019, 22:05
Erik Leijdens
Great work on this ancient kit 👍
30. October 2019, 22:27
Łukasz Gliński
I have to follow this! Even though it's gonna make me abandon bulding my kit from Chematic😉
31. October 2019, 11:59
Bill Gilman
Thanks mates! Sorry for the late reply, but I was travelling to the UK for SMW. Maybe some of you will attend as well?
8. November 2019, 11:20
Łukasz Gliński
Wish I could and as I see who's ateending I wish even more😉 Looks like much more important event than I thought 🙂
8. November 2019, 11:34
Andy Ball
I'll be at SMW on Sunday, hope to see some of you?, although it's a bit difficult as everyone uses Avatars!
8. November 2019, 19:40
Ooo going to be watching, going silver?
8. November 2019, 23:11
Holger Kranich
Same question here!🙂
9. November 2019, 08:16
Bill Gilman
Well, the underside will be silver!
10. November 2019, 13:22
Bill Gilman
Finally, some paint of the Javelin T.3! She now has the standard scheme of Dark Sea Grey/Dark Green over High Speed Silver. I have some detail painting still to do (like the tip of the nose and the intake lips) and then she can get a coat or two of clear gloss to get ready for the transfers. My wife and I visited Scotland on our trip to the UK (right before SMW), so I've decided to use the markings for XH436, No. 151 Squadron at RAF Leuchars in 1960. The tail will have a nice St Andrews Cross, so that will add a bit of colour. I've uploaded the latest photos so you can see the progress. Enjoy! Cheers, Bill
29. November 2019, 20:40
Stephan Ryll
Looking very good Bill 👍
30. November 2019, 14:44
Matthew A
Fantastic work
30. November 2019, 17:16
Very nice work.
Why Airfix will not release a new mold?
30. November 2019, 20:13
Bill Gilman
Hi mates. The Javelin T.3 is finished, and I've uploaded many more photos. I think the old gal cleaned up pretty good. What do you guys and gals think? Cheers, Bill
8. January 2020, 21:27
Matthew A
Lovely job looks like a new tool Airfix
8. January 2020, 21:32
Stefan Schacht
well done 👍
8. January 2020, 22:35
Benoit Mathier
That's a masters job. Airfix can have a look at it how it should be done now ;)
9. January 2020, 07:35
Oleg Bogolei
Very impressive!
9. January 2020, 08:05
Łukasz Gliński
Awesome finish! Looking forawrd to seeing your FAW.9
9. January 2020, 09:46
Very clean work!
9. January 2020, 19:00
Bill Gilman
Thanks mates! The FAW.9 will follow shortly (I need to take a break from all that scribing!). My next project will be the CMR 1:72 Blackburn Firebrand TF.5. Cheers, Bill
9. January 2020, 19:37


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