Trumpeter 1/48 JL-9- And It’s Done

I finished up the JL-9, and in a way I’m sorry to see it done. It’s not that I don’t like the look of it- far from it. I’m actually very happy with how it turned out. But this was one of those kits that was so enjoyable, you almost hate for the process to end.

The detail, fit, and engineering of this kit are superb. I had no problems with anything fitting correctly, as it all just fell in place. The one problem I had- a piece of the left main wheel well popping loose and getting stuck inside the aircraft- was entirely my fault. The single thing I’d have liked to see different was a purpose-engineered way to glue the canopies in the open position. As it is, you’d have to sand a flat edge on one side and glue it in place, which might be a bit fragile. I simply decided not to glue them on so I can just pull the canopy off to examine the interior.

Most modelers will likely overlook this one, because it’s not a jet many people know about. But it is a great model building experience, and it will produce a very sleek, unusual model to populate your shelf space. And you’ll have a lot of fun along the way.

You can read my full build report for Trumpeter’s 1/48 JL-9 on

By Jon Bius

Jon Bius is a scale modeler, building models in a variety of genres, including Gunpla, Maschinen Krieger, Star Wars and other scifi. Through his blog and video channel, Jon shares the tools and techniques he uses to produce results than anyone can achieve - and have fun doing so!

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