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  1. Well while having a small discussion in one of the ANZAC threads it occurred to me that more than a few of us are Meteor virgins, never built a meteor kit of any type. So its simple the last Meteor single type was at the end of 2015-16. https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/forum/537-gloster-meteor-single-type-group-build/ The long/short is anyone interested ? Every kit and scale eligible and all variants including the prone pilot test bed 1. corsairfoxfouruncle = Host 2. @Andwil 3. @JOCKNEY= Co-Host 4. @mark.au 5. @TEMPESTMK5 6. @theplasticsurgeon 7. @Davek72 8. @franky boy 9. @JosephLalor 10. @zebra 11. @LorenSharp 12. @klr 12a. (13) @Wez 14. @almac 15. @Marklo = Co-Host 16. @wellzy 17. @MarkSH 18. @Natter 19. @English Electric 20. @Graham T 21. @Black Knight 22. @stevehnz 23. @BritJet 24. @ColonelKrypton 25. @Adam Poultney 26. @DaveyGair 27. @mackem01 28. @Ray_W 29. @MattG 30. @rossm 31. @Rob S 32. @Mr T 33. @gingerbob 34. @Bedders 35. @Paul Bradley 36. @Dave Fleming 37. @Moggy 38. @Selwyn 39. @Luke1199 40. @Celestialsphere 41. @JohnT 42. @Back in the Saddle 43. @Julien 44. @Navy Bird 45. @planecrazee 46. 47. 48. 49. 50. Just a heads up we have just three weeks until we start everyone !
  2. I've finished building Tamiya's 1:48 Meteor F.1 i used an Aerocalcas decal set dedicated for the Meteor F.4 and modified the numerals to make this plane as Meteor F.1 C-104.
  3. After smashing my head against a stove an hour ago, I decided to buy the 1:48 Gloster Meteor F.1 from Tamiya and an Aerocalcas set for the Classic Airframes Meteor 4. The idea is to argentinise the Tamiya kit and make up a story of why a Meteor F.1 wound up in the Fuerza Aérea Argentina when we received 100 F-4s in the immediate post war. I was supposed to get the decals today, but the seller (who kindly drove to my house to give them to me) made a mistake and brought the wrong ones, so I'll have to wait a bit more to get them (maybe this Saturday/Sunday). I'll be picking up the kit this Saturday from Hobbies Morón. Here's the boxart (from the internet). Luckily Tamiya, thinking on us modellers, has included a nose weight to help with nose sitting. Hope to see you guys join me on the build!
  4. Hi, I'am currently working on the MPM Meteor FR.9 (1/72). The kit includes two kinds of intakes: a smaller ring resulting in a bigger diameter intake and a longer one resulting in a more narrow intake. I think this is an early vs. late production thing, but frankly I can't spot the difference on most photos. So which would be correct for the FR.9 with the serial WX978? Any ideas? Thanks in advance!
  5. New title, because I'm now interested in converting the Meteor 1/3 (I have the original Tamiya kit, without the wing change), to an F.4. I know I need larger intakes, common to the Derwent 5 engine. My question is, how much larger, in 1:48, are the intakes of the 4 from the 1? Taking into account the use of the 1:48 Meteor from Tamiya. Also, if it's possible, I'd like to know the size of the base of the intake base to the wing (length and and hight) of the Tamiya kit, so I can send the measures to the man who'll print them
  6. Matchbox' NF11/12/14 Meteor is just one of those kits you gotta love for offering so much in such a small package. No less than three marks in one cheap box! Lots of spare parts, especially if you decide to use Aeroclub's conversion set. This kit has quite a bit of history behind it. I first started building kits when I was 7 or 8 or so and it was of course my dad who brought me into the hobby. We set out together to build all aircraft types ever flown with Dutch military or civil registrations, as well as all Dutch-designed types. The Meteor was of course on that list and my dad bought it as it looked like the two-seater T.7. We found out it didn't have the right parts for that however. The kit never reached the top of the build queue and languished in the stash. Fast forward thirty years or so. My dad passed away two years back and I ran across the kit when tidying up the house, many kits had gone into storage. By then I'd also picked up a set of Dutch Decal's Facts & Fiction sheet, which had a very attractive scheme for an NF.14 which the Dutch Air Force was about to buy before the Americans stepped in to supply the F-86K. However, when I opened the kit there was a surprise: It included the Aeroclub conversion to build it as a T.7, fully marked up by my dad to show which parts where applicable. So that clinched it, build it as a T.7 as originally intended! This is one of those Matchbox kits with very fine raised detail. Unfortunately it is also one of those Matchbox kits with slightly worse than average fit; particularly the exhausts and intakes and the upper fuselage insert require a lot of filling and sanding so much of that detail was lost. I decided to use the kit as a bit of an exercise in rescribing, which made the build twice as long. I'm happy with the result though; I used some tape of unknown provenance I had in my stash which was quite thin and flexible but also had some 'height' to it which was perfect for fitting around curves and guiding the scribing tool. Painting was easy and quick, for the 'high speed silver' I used Humbrol Polished Aluminium from a rattle can. Goes on quickly and results in a nice finish I think. Decals were a combination of a very old Dutch Decal sheet which I had stuck behind a window for a few weeks to get rid of the yellowing and the Matchbox decals for the walkways. They both performed very well for their age. An Albion Alloys pitot completed the job. I'm quite pleased with the result. This kit and conversion combo has of course been superseded by the much better Special Hobby tooling but if you have these kits around, they deserve the effort and will reward you for it.
  7. I do happen to have a bit of an obsession with Meteors, having built a raft of 1/72 versions and recently a brace of 1/48 versions including a PR.10 conversion. The Tamiya 1/48 models of the Mk.I and Mk.III have a great deal of commonality, not least sharing the same Welland engine. That is fine if you want to model one of the 616 Squadron Mk.IIIs that wento Belgium in early 1945 but there were only 15 of those and the vast majority were powered by the later Derwent engine. There are, however, some nice hidden features with both models: not included in the instructions are the shortened jet pipes of the Derwent engine, plus a pair of vents that Derwent 1-powered aircraft had on their nacelles. Airfix's F.8 model contains an excellent pair of Derwants and I contacted their spares department to purchase the relevant moulding frame for the engines. This allowed me to build a Tamiya Mk.III with Derwent engines and below you can see the difference. The engines are not strictly correct. Mk.III Meteors used the Derwent 1 engine, while Mk.8s had the Derwent 8. Strictly speaking, these were different engines as later Derwents were effectively scaled-down Nenes. One comparison is to look at the jetpipes of early and late airframes: the later engines has jetpipes probably 50% larger. Nonetheless, I have photographed my latest Mk.III alongside a Mk.I made last year. Note below the nacelle vents and shorter jetpipe. There is a full set of images here. I hope this is of interest. KInd regards, Neil
  8. Gloster Meteor F.8 Vol.3 (MPD48002) 1:48 Marmaduke Press Decals The Gloster Meteor was Britain's first Jet Fighter, and the F.8 version the best fighter version. The aircraft was the mainstay of RAF Fighter Command in the early 1950's as well as being used by other commonwealth and overseas Air Forces. Marmaduke Press Decals is a new venture by Britmodeller member @Jon Kunac-Tabinor. The decals have been designed by Pheon Decals, and the printing has been done by Fantasy Printshop which guarantees sharpness, correct registration, and colour density. There are two sheets of decals in the package; one colour sheet with the Squadron Markings (and one set of national insignia), and one sheet printed in black with aircraft serial numbers. A good inclusion for this sheet are extra serial numbers which basically allows the modeller to build any RAF Meteor F.8, FR.9 or PR.10. The instructions come on an A5 sheet which folds out to A3. On one side this gives the decal placement instruction for all the options, the other side as well as providing the title page provides information about the company, colour information, airframe information; and tips for applying the decals. For each option on the sheet there is additional colour information, and instructions regarding airframe configurations. For Volume 3 there are 6 aircraft able to be built from the sheet; WF714"K" 500 Sqn RAF, based at RAF Biggin Hill circa 1953. WL164 "X" 74 Sqn RAF, based at RAF Biggin Hill circa 1953. WL135 "E" 245 Sqn RAF, based at RAF Biggin Hill circa 1953. WF649 "C" 610 (County of Chester) Sqn RAuxA, based at RAF Hooton Park, 1953 WE863 "A" 19 Sqn RAF, based at RAF Biggin Hill circa 1953. WH384 "F" 610 (County of Chester) Sqn RAuxA, based At RAF Hooton Park, 1953 Conclusion This decal sheet will provide the modeller with plenty of options for the excellent new Airfix kit, the only issue being you might have to go out and buy more Airfix Kits (Please note neither Marmaduke Press Decals or Britmodeller can be held responsible for any stash expansion which occurs). Highly Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  9. Gloster Meteor F.8 Vol. 2 (MPD48002) 1:48 Marmaduke Press Decals The Gloster Meteor was Britain's first Jet Fighter, and the F.8 version the best fighter version. The aircraft was the mainstay of RAF Fighter Command in the early 1950's as well as being used by other commonwealth and overseas Air Forces. Marmaduke Press Decals is a new venture by Britmodeller member @Jon Kunac-Tabinor. The decals have been designed by Pheon Decals, and the printing has been done by Fantasy Printshop which guarantees sharpness, correct registration, and colour density. There are two sheets of decals in the package; one colour sheet with the Squadron Markings (and one set of national insignia), and one sheet printed in black with aircraft serial numbers. A good inclusion for this sheet are extra serial numbers which basically allows the modeller to build any RAF Meteor F.8, FR.9 or PR.10. The instructions come on an A5 sheet which folds out to A3. On one side this gives the decal placement instruction for all the options, the other side as well as providing the title page provides information about the company, colour information, airframe information; and tips for applying the decals. For each option on the sheet there is additional colour information, and instructions regarding airframe configurations. For Volume 2 there are 7 aircraft able to be built from the sheet; WK888 "B" 41 Sqn RAF, based at RAF Biggin Hill circa 1953. WH456 "L" 616 (South Yorkshire) Sqn RAuxAF, based at RAF Acklington circa 1956. ** WK943 "N" 257 Sqn RAF, based at RAF Acklington circa 1956. WK927 Personal aircraft of Air Vice-Marshal, Sir Richard Llewellyn Roger Atcherley when commander of 12 Group 1951-53 (Early version with codes). WK927 Personal aircraft of Air Vice-Marshal, Sir Richard Llewellyn Roger Atcherley when commander of 12 Group 1951-53 (Late version without codes). A77-728 (ex WA951) 77 Sqn RAAF, based Kimpo Korea. After a heavy landing on 27/10/53 the aircraft was recovered for components. VZ461 "W" 43 Sqn RAF, based at RAF Leuchars circa 1952. **The serial for WH456 as been printed as WH458 so one of the spare numbers will have to be substituted in. Conclusion This decal sheet will provide the modeller with plenty of options for the excellent new Airfix kit, the only issue being you might have to go out and buy more Airfix Kits (Please note neither Marmaduke Press Decals or Britmodeller can be held responsible for any stash expansion which occurs). Highly Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  10. Gloster Meteor F.8 Vol.1 (MPD48001) 1:48 Marmaduke Press Decals The Gloster Meteor was Britain's first Jet Fighter, and the F.8 version the best fighter version. The aircraft was the mainstay of RAF Fighter Command in the early 1950's as well as being used by other commonwealth and overseas Air Forces. Marmaduke Press Decals is a new venture by Britmodeller member @Jon Kunac-Tabinor. The decals have been designed by Pheon Decals, and the printing has been done by Fantasy Printshop which guarantees sharpness, correct registration, and colour density. There are two sheets of decals in the package; one colour sheet with the Squadron Markings (and one set of national insignia), and one sheet printed in black with aircraft serial numbers, and various back stripes for one of the aircraft options. A good inclusion for this sheet are extra sserial numbers which basically allows the modeller to build any RAF Meteor F.8, FR.9 or PR.10. The instructions come on an A5 sheet which folds out to A3. On one side this gives the decal placement instruction for all the options, the other side as well as providing the title page provides information about the company, colour information, airframe information; and tips for applying the decals. For each option on the sheet there is additional colour information, and instructions regarding airframe configurations. For Volume 1 there are 7 aircraft able to be built from the sheet; A77-385 (ex WE9180 77 Sqn RAAF, based Kimpo Korea. On 8 May 1952 P/O Williams shot down a MiG-15 in this aircraft. A77-875 restored as A77-385 on display at Fighter World Museum, RAAF Williamstown early 1990's. WA893 "C" 263 Sqn RAF, based at RAF Acklington 1956. WL108 "P" No.1 Sqn RAF, based a RAF Waterbeach cira 1956. VZ501 "K" 609 (West Riding) Sqn RAux.AF, based at RAF Church Fenton circa 1956. WK722 "A" 601 (County of London) Sqn RAux.AF, based at RAF North Weald, circa 1953. WK722 "F" 263 Sqn RAF, based at Wattisham, circa 1953. Conclusion This decal sheet will provide the modeller with plenty of options for the excellent new Airfix kit, the only issue being you might have to go out and buy more Airfix Kits (Please note neither Marmaduke Press Decals or Britmodeller can be held responsible for any stash expansion which occurs). Highly Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  11. My eighth Meteor build since I restarted modelling in January is a conversion: the MPM F.8 combined with the Alley Cat resin conversion for a U.16 or U.21. This has been my first resin conversion and was most impressed with the quality of Alley Cat's product. When it came to the decals, they were superb, very detailed, thin but not fragile and adhered well. This is a comparatively simple conversion, requiring replacement of the nose and wingtips, neither a 'biggie'. I went for a model of WK800, now in the Old Sarum collection and famously long-lived as the last U.16 to fly. I could';t resist adding the lumps and bumps applied to the airframe in 1988 for the Radar Vector Miss Distance Indicator Trials. I think the domes are slightly overscale but I wasn't going to argue. The paint job was pretty straightforward except for the demarcation between the two colours ahead of the cockpit. I think the yellow goes too low and the shape of the taper there won't clinch me the IPMS Nationals. One thing I have omitted (yet) are a set of metal tubes to form the jet pipes. Here we go: Kind regards, Neil
  12. Here are two photos I took while I was going back to MDQ´s airport for my return trip to Buenos Aires. Translated from this link: First flown in England on April 4th 1948. Assigned to the 4th Interceptor-Fighter Regiment (Regimiento de Caza Interceptora) as I-073. Flight of acceptance in Argentina on September 19th 1949. Transferred to the 3rd Interceptor-Fighter group and re-registered as C-073. Discharged on December 30th 1970 due to flying hours limit, being the Gloster with most flight hours on the Air Force. It´s now a gate guardian on the entrance to the BAM MDQ with the fictional registration of I-071.
  13. The new Airfix 1/48 Gloster Meteor F.8 is now in stock and available to order. The kit has marking options for two 77 Squadron RAAF Meteors based at Kimpo, Korea in 1953 and a 327 Squadron aircraft of Royal Netherlands Air Force Diamond Four display team
  14. The Dual-Build Diaries - A Meatbox Apocalypse! 1/48 Edition. Before I commence with this new WIP I will explain the strange course of events that lead me to build this my next bench time beauty. A Tamiya Gloster Meteor F.1. Stick with me it’s going somewhere I promise. During the build of my first WIP a few months ago a 1/48 Tamiya Swordfish I came along a BM member, Tony, aka “The Baron” building the same plane albeit at 1/72 and Matchbox. We built along in tandem sharing advice and tips along the way, great fun! This was all very coincidental but the banter kept the momentum of both builds going strong. So to cut a long and convoluted story short we mailed each other and decided to do it again but this time on purpose. Two different blokes, Two different Countries, Two different scales but the same plane, well almost. As I said Mine will be a Tamiya Gloster Meteor F.1 1/48 and Tony’s will be a Meteor NF.14 1/72. You can find “The Dual-Build Diaries - A Meatbox Apocalypse! 1/72 Edition.” here. http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235002360-the-dual-build-diaries-a-meatbox-apocalypse-172-edition/ I/we hope you find this Duel WIP thread interesting and fun, I know I’m going to have a blast. Here goes. Wish us luck. Tony and John. Here is the obligatory box shot with a few little extras I couldn’t help but add to the shopping list. And here are are the sprues. I have some early start posts to add tonight but I need to go bath the kids, not a euphemism. So you will have to excuse me for a little while. but before I go a question..........
  15. With a disaster befalling my Mig-23 in the From Russia With Love GB I would like to join this GB with a 1/72 Revell Gloster Meteor. I have already build this kit in an MPM guise but this time it will be in NMF and hopefully I will avoid some of my mistakes from last time. The kit is quite nicely laid out but lots of flash. As always all comments very welcome. Dave
  16. Hello, one more from my production line, this is the 1/72 Dragon/Cyber Hobby kit of the Gloster Meteor F3. I used Eduard photo etch set for detailling. The model was painted with Gunze/Mr.Hobby acrylics. Decals from the box, representing a machine of 616. Squadron in early 1945. I replaced the kit's roundels with aftermarket items for more accurate colors. Photographs by Mr. Wolfgang Rabel, my "camera wizard"! Thanks for your interest, have a joyful christmas time!
  17. Finished at last! I present the Cyberhobby (Dragon) 1/72 Gloster Meteor F3 completed as Australia's first Meteor A77-1. This aircraft was delivered in June 1946, but it didn't have a long career being written off after a heavy landing in February 1947. Some nice photos can be found here: http://www.adf-gallery.com.au/gallery/Meteor-A77-1. The boxing I had came with the extra RAAF decals, and I made some minor modifications to the basic kit to better represent the Australian airframe (spade grip joystick and some etched seatbelts scavenged off some long gone Spitfire, and modifications to the exhaust pipes to represent the shorter exhaust Derwent engines). The build thread can be found here. Finished with brush painted Tamiya acrylics as always. Thanks for looking. And here it is paired with the CMR resin DH Vampire F1 A78-1, Australia's first Vampire which I finished earlier in the year.
  18. Hi all, as the title says I like to contribute with the Meteor EE455 "Yellow Peril" (also called "Forever Amber") in 1:48 scale. EE455 was one of two F.3 Meteors which were modified on production line for a speed record attempt (the other was EE454 called "Britania"). Both got the F.4 Rolls-Royce Derwent engines but otherwise kept the F.3 wings. with rounded and longer wing tips. Guns and other equipment were removed, both jets got modifications on the canopy and so on. On November 7 1945 EE455 broke the world speed record (966 km/h) but within the same day EE454 set the mark to 976 km/h. EE455 was the Gloster aircraft in a bright Trainer Yellow livery with Union Jack on the nose sides, while EE454 was the RAF machine in standard camouflage ( ). The only thing which was a bit more interesting on EE454 was the canopy. Here is a pic of EE455 and what areas need attention (well - what I spotted so far): And here is what I like to throw in: So the kit is started but I think it should be within the rules. Please let me know if it does not. Other than the Classic Airframes kit there are Baracuda cast small bore intakes, Dutch Decals (IIRC including the Yellow Peril) and a yellowed Aeroclub canopy. I am not sure if the latter one will be used. I will try to get rid of the yellow tint but have no clue yet how. Rene
  19. Hi, first post and first completed model in around 25 years. I have a blog here documenting my return to the hobby rather than filling up this forum with my inane ramblings. I have a few models on the go that I pick at as and when the mood takes me. I intended to complete a classic aircraft – a Spitfire – as a gentle re-introduction to all things plastic and to practice all these new-fangled ideas that had passed me by. Also, to be honest, something to take me away from my first kit bought during a particularly boring day at work ‘checking emails’ – a 1/72 Airfix Concorde. No sniggering at the back. Thank you. Unfortunately the only Spit in the shop was the Airfix 1/48 MkIXc, which is fine but involved a lot more work than I was expecting. I certainly had many opportunities to practice sanding and filling but it wasn’t the steady build to completion that I needed for encouragement. Hence, I present my 1/48 Tamiya Gloster Meteor F.1. Nothing too demanding yet enough to keep me interested and, most importantly, I finished it! I’d like to thank my airbrush for making it what it is. I could have spent much longer fettling this and that but it’s served its purpose and I’m encouraged to tackle something else from the ever growing stash. Xtracrylix throughout except for wheel wells for which I used Rub'n'Buff. Citadel matte varnish to finish. Micro tubing for gun barrels and other details Generally pleased with it (mainly because it’s my first for a while), had a few issues with decals and setting solution, but we’re friends now; canopy looks really thick, but didn’t want to go down the route of thinning that on this occasion; a bit of over-spray here and there and I’m not sure about the weathering – I switch from thinking too much to too little. I also want to say what an inspiration and source of knowledge this forum is. I’ve spent far too many hours looking through posts and galleries here, but what a resource. Thanks to all who contribute! So there we are, be as nice or scathing as you like. Maybe I’ll finish another… Cheers, Carl
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