I’d like to present the Airfix Gloster Javelin FAW.9 1/72. I found this kit in my stash and with some free time on my hand decided to build it. A flawless build by the way – no problems at all.
Then came the painting and I got a little creative. I read a little about the Javelin’s history and decided to paint it in in the colors as you can see in the pictures. Then I had to come up with a story to justify my model so here it is…
Boscombe Down, England – november 1973.. A cold and rainy month. Only one Javelin remaining in de RAF – for weapons testing. Flown by two very caring pilot and maintained by a terrific ground crew with a lot of paint in stock. To have a good visual on the Javelin while weapons testing RAF command asked to paint the Javelin in flashy colors – free to choose.
18/11/1973 – football on the TV: Belgium vs. Holland in Amsterdam. The game decided who went to the 1974 Wold Cup. Belgium scores but… offside! No offside-cameras then so the referee disallowed the goal. Holland on their way to the World Cup!
The watching pilots and ground crew were loyal Belgian supporters and were angry! They decided to paint their Javelin in the Belgian colors for support – and the poor Belgians needed their support heavily!
23/11/1973 – General alert! The Russkies are coming! All planes airborne! Load that old Javelin up with two Firestreaks and give it a go! Never heard of again…
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