Also included in the 222-component kit are positionable elevators, ailerons, rudder, flaps and air brakes. When assembled, the Airfix Gloster Javelin measures 402mm (15.8in) long, with a wingspan of 332mm (13.1in).
The Gloster Javelin was developed in the 1950s as a two-seat, all weather interceptor. The Javelin served with the RAF during the late 1950s and much of the 1960s, and was the last aircraft designed and built by the Gloster aircraft company.
The Javelin had a broad-chord delta wing, and a large T-tail. Cannon and missiles were carried, typically four De Havilland Firestreak infrared heat-seekers, though budget issues meant that two of these could be concrete dummies, which at least served to fool Soviet spy-photo interpreters.
The Cold War never turned hot, so Javelin crews didn't have to fire those dummy missiles. However, Javelins did fly combat patrols over the jungles of Malaysia, and in 1964, an Indonesian Air Force C-130 Hercules crashed, while trying to evade a Javelin homing in on an intercept course.
Javelins were also deployed to Hong Kong and Zambia. The last aircraft (of 435 built) was withdrawn in April, 1968.
1: Gloster Javelin FAW 9R, No 64 Squadron, Royal Air Force Tengah, Singapore, 1960s.
2: Gloster Javelin FAW 9, as flown by Squadron Leader George H. Beaton, Commanding Officer, No 228 Operational Conversion Unit, RAF Leuchars and Binbrook, 1966.
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Airfix Gloster Javelin
Fuselage length: 402mm (15.8in)
Wingspan: 332mm (13.1in)
Number of components: 222
Airfix 1:48 scale Gloster Javelin available here.