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About neilfergylee

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    UK jets from 40s to 60s plus Meteors and Spitfires

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  1. neilfergylee

    The Original Airfix Meteor III

    A bumper update for you all! I've been away - Anglesey - absolute bliss but dodgy internet: I was in a living hell. Still, the absence of distractions did give me plenty of time on the Meteor, so here goes. So, we left the Meteor with the wings trussed-up and so I turned to the fuselage and, particularly the cockpit. I used the Pavla resin cockpit which is designed for the MPM model and this is significant as we shall see. However, I did make one mistake: painting it without washing it first meant that the matt black paint just bubbled-up, so (bless acrylics), I washed it-off and sprayed it with Humbrol matt black: overkill but it did the job - it is so matt! it's a complete light pit, akin to this stuff: Vantablack. One small snag: the cover over the ammunition boxes was located rather too low (see above) but this was fixed by accident when I came to glue it all in place and add the inevitable weights. One problem that did emerge was that the bulkhead behind the pilot was, when lining-up the undercarriage bay, a few millimetres too far forward. Nonetheless, once superglued in, I was able to assemble the fuselage and add the inevitable filler. Note also how I had scribed a very limited number of panel lines. This is a pig of a job and I definitely need (a) to improve my techniques and (b) invest in some jigs to hold parts firmly in place. I'd give my efforts a 4/10. Once initial rubbing-down had taken-place, I primed the fuselage and then attached it to the wings. Not the use of a pot of (aerospace grade) ball bearings as a weight. Inevitably, a little more filler was required but to be frank, this is a very tidy model. So, just for the moment, I'll leave it there: next episode will cover final fuselage assembly and painting. TTFN, Neil
  2. neilfergylee

    Meteor NF engine nacelle size

    Thank you!
  3. neilfergylee

    Meteor NF engine nacelle size

    @Selwyn, thanks for that: I think we're pretty-well there while @Dave Fleming, and @stevehnz, this is for you both. You will see that this (which used images from Shaklady's book) is limited slightly as I ended-up using a W2/700 engine for one of the examples but I think this provides a pretty useful guide to early Meteor nacelles: Cheers, Neil
  4. neilfergylee

    The Original Airfix Meteor III

    Thanks - I'll keep you posted!
  5. neilfergylee

    Return to modelling: Matchbox Gloster Meteor

    Thank you very much indeed - it's really appreciated.
  6. neilfergylee

    The Original Airfix Meteor III

    A bit of an initial update. Two things to address first, the rivet detail (courtesy of Harland and Wolf) on the fuselage and the chordwise bands on the outer wings, just after the nacelles: you can see them in the comparison shot below. The bands do exist, presumably to cover a transit joint, as one can see from this NF.14 at East Fortune: However, the Airfix version is nearly as thick as this! Therefore, I started by filing it down, making sure that I had three pieces of masking tape stuck to the nacelle so as to protect it from any errant file action. Below we see one wing in mid-rectification and the other, original version for comparison: While I was at it, I wanted to do something about the airbrakes. As a concession to the toy side of things, Airfix made these as separate items although they had the characteristics of a cast iron grid! In the real thing, they are visible but not madly prominent, so I used that delightful Vallejo putty to de-emphasise the airbrakes whilst not making them invisible. I also had a pair of Czech Master resin mainwheel bays that I decided to add. These took a lot of filing-down to ensure that the wings would fit-together. One thing I did forget to do was to fill the hole left for the landing light. Yes, there is one on the port wing, but it isn't the size of a searchlight! Finally, before putting the wings together, I filled the front of the nacelles with a combination of lead and Blu-Tack. Models of early Meteors are notorious tail-sitters and as I was opening-up the nosewheel bay, space for weights was limited and I wanted to take advantage of any available space. I should have done more with the interior of the intakes but I was limited for options, so a bit of black paint and kidology will have to do. I glued it together and here we get to the end of this episode. Cheers for now, Neil
  7. neilfergylee

    The Original Airfix Meteor III

    Yes, I think you're right about the date and I must confess that I was about to see about the ailerons so you have helped me a great deal there.
  8. neilfergylee

    The Original Airfix Meteor III

    Thanks guys! It's going to be OOB but with a few resin extras and a lot of tidying-up! Neil
  9. My fascination with Meteors continues. Having built an NF11 (see thread here), and a PR.10 straight out of the box, the next target was the good old Meteor III from 1972. I have several Meteors in my stash, most dating back to the 1980s and these include a couple in original boxes with a 'Capital Models' sticker and a price tag of £3.25 from when I was collecting them: little did I know back then that there would be a plethora of Meteors to look forward-to in the future - at the time, I thought I would never see any Meteor kits ever again. The original Meteor kit was a product of its time but, while featuring several common 'features' of early-1970s kits, it was dimensionally accurate and most definitely carried-off the appearance of a Meteor very well indeed. The downside was the habit at that time to provide raised detail, especially in the form of rivets that would not have looked out of place on a steam locomotive! The cockpit carried minimal detail (but some - I've seen much worse) and the decal sheet was rather Spartan but one major plus-point was the continuous wing under surface, thus capturing the subtle contours that are seldom found when having separate wings, A few months ago I made a few comparisons between the original F.III and the later Airfix / MPM Mk.8; In turn, the decal sheet has grown over four decades: And I did buy the updated Meteor III decal sheet off eBay to give me all the appropriate stencils and walkway markings: As mentioned above, the Meteor III is a good model and stands well next to its rather more recent equivalent. As an aside, both fuselages are lined-up by a common datum point: the transport joint just ahead of the fin. So, if you are interested, I shall record my progress with this venerable model over the next few weeks. Kind regards, Neil
  10. neilfergylee

    Meteor NF engine nacelle size

    HOLD THE FRONT PAGE! So, I was thumbing through the Midland Counties book on the Meteor last night and found this photo of a nice late Mk.III: The jetpipe looks a little small, especially when compared to a Mk.IV: So @Dave Fleming, you are absolutely correct and I doff my cap to you! Now my next question is whether the rear of the Mk.III's nacelle was simply a wee bit longer to meet the narrower jetpipe or whether the Mk.IV's had a different profile entirely. I wonder if anybody knows? Cheers, Neil
  11. Ooh I'll be following this one! I love this kind of post where different generations of model are compared. Great thread.
  12. neilfergylee

    Return to modelling: Matchbox Gloster Meteor

    Thank you very much indeed! Meanwhile, here is the finished article PR.10 alongside the original NF.11. I have now started on a Mk.3!
  13. neilfergylee

    Meteor F.8 intakes - internal structure.

    Admiral, very sorry to hear: can you PM me your email address please? I shall then email you the picture direct. Cheers, Neil
  14. neilfergylee

    Meteor F.8 intakes - internal structure.

    @Admiral Puff, I don't have plans but this might help: https://www.flickr.com/photos/26690797@N02/34237947463/in/album-72157682337654581/ you will find a link there to the original (enormous) file. BTW, I don't think the cloth is flight equipment! Neil
  15. neilfergylee

    Gloster Meteor PR.10 Help Needed

    @stevehnz, I'll just leave this here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/9py97yj5o4w8c7k/SAM Vol1 Iss6.pdf?dl=0