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Gloster Javelin GA.5

Postby 9JL » Fri Jun 04, 2010 1:37 am

This rare surviving model was built from the Hawk kit some 50 years ago,it had no undercarriage and was very basic but represents the early Javelin form very well,no restoration has been undertaken she is exactly as first built.

Gloster G.A.5 (Javelin)
The Javelin began with a 1947 Air Ministry requirement for a high-performance night fighter that led to orders for prototypes under specification F.44/46 of two of the competing designs, the Gloster GA.5 and the De Havilland DH.110 which was also under consideration for the Royal Navy When it appeared that the Gloster design would be ready sooner and would be simpler and cheaper to build, the de Havilland submission was rejected; though the company was to continue development as a private venture that eventually resulted in the De Havilland Sea Vixen. The aircraft had a distinctive appearance, its broad delta wings surmounted by a huge finned T-Tail. The F.44/46 specification subsequently became F.4/48 related to an "operational requirement" OR.227.
The GA.5 first flew on the 26th November 1951 flown by test pilot Bill Waterman (two months after the prototype DH.110 took to the air), and protracted fight testing took place until 1956, when the first 14 production machines were delivered, designated F(AW) Mk.1, development and improvements continued, leading to small production runs of different models of the aircraft throughout the year.
By the end of 1956, the Javelin was up to a FAW.7 variant, which was the first to actually meet the specifications of the original Air Ministry requirement, and which was to become the definitive version of the aircraft (most of which were later altered to the FAW.9 standard). Indeed, the Javelin was evolving so quickly that deliveries of the FAW.8 began before FAW.7 production had ended. As a result, the final 80 FAW.7 aircraft went straight from the factory into storage, eventually flying after being remanufactured as FAW.9s. A total of 427 were produced in all variants, plus seven prototypes.

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Re: Gloster Javelin GA.5

Postby GrantJ » Sat Jun 12, 2010 2:22 pm

Nice one Barry :)

I wonder if perhaps it not the same as this antique Veron kit I have?

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Re: Gloster Javelin GA.5

Postby Mark » Sat Jun 12, 2010 4:23 pm

That's 2 amazing posts. The model is superb. Hard to tell it's 50 years old !

The kit is a priceless item. I've yet to see on solid build kit in the flesh ! I guess you're not in a rush to build that one Grant !
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Re: Gloster Javelin GA.5

Postby 9JL » Sun Jun 13, 2010 1:19 am

Grant I still have a few of those old Veron solid model kits myself including a Comet 1 airliner,before the days of plastic kits this is what we used to build from,the designer was Phil Smith who also did a whole range of flying model kits around that time,in fact he still sells the plans for them after all of those years.
My Javelin was made from a manufacturer called 'Hawk' these were very basic plastic models with no undercarriage or other details,there was yet another company called 'Wimco Hollows' who did the Gloster Javelin,that consisted of the top surface which had the fuselage/wings moulded all in one,plus the bottom half which you glued onto that,talk about basic ! but in those days moulding kits in polystrene plastic was revolutionery.
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Re: Gloster Javelin GA.5

Postby GrantJ » Sun Jun 13, 2010 8:16 am

its amazing just how technology has changed the hobby since those early kits :D

The problem with those old kits is they are worth more unbuilt than built - I have a few very old Airfix kits and am amazed when I see the prices they are fetching nowadays!
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Re: Gloster Javelin GA.5

Postby mike » Sun Jun 13, 2010 11:47 am

Hi Barry
Your model of the Gloster Javelin brought back some happy memories, that aircraft was one of my favourites.
I remember going down to RAF Odiham Hampshire to see these aircraft.
The B3349 Odiham to Alton road ran about 2 to 3 hundred yards off the end of the runway, there was traffic lights there
which stopped the traffic every time the aircraft were takeing off or landing. Great days, but today it's a helicoptor base
I want to give you a K but kama won't work no matter how many time's I've tried
I built vernon kits many years ago, Vampire and Metor god knows what happened to them but I have a 1/72nd scale Frog kit
of the Javelin packed away in my loft somewhere.
Grant's a lucky man having such a vaulable unmade kit of that great aircraft.



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Re: Gloster Javelin GA.5

Postby Mark » Sun Jun 13, 2010 3:34 pm

Mike, I've checked the Karma and it seems to be OK. Can you let me know what the problem is ? You can only give one Karma per hour, and can't repeatedly give karma to the same person. You have to share it about a bit. Does that sort out your problem ?
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Re: Gloster Javelin GA.5

Postby 9JL » Mon Jun 14, 2010 1:25 am

Mike the Javelin was never liked by the RAF fitters,apparently to remove the engine you had to dismantle half of the top surface of the airccraft ! it was never the less a remarkable all weather fighter something that the RAF badly needed back then in the days of the cold war period,when you look a the ones in museums today it makes you realise just how large a machine that they were,the age of the delta wing culminated in the fine Avro Vulcan and before that we had the small Avro 707 test aircraft plus the Fairey Delta 2.

Ah these kit collectors ! I build my kits as that is what they are intended for,who wants to keep a box to rattle after all ? with the wooden kits I make replicas by drawing around the parts,great fun.
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Re: Gloster Javelin GA.5

Postby mike » Mon Jun 14, 2010 8:26 am

Hi Barry
Thanks for the info, Have a well deserved K as promised.

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Re: Gloster Javelin GA.5

Postby nam » Thu Dec 29, 2011 2:10 am

Phil Smith:

Looked him up and found this -

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituar ... Smith.html

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