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  1. The Airfix 1/48 Meteor 8 is the first 1/48 model I have completed in over 40 years! The build was a kind of commission for a friend, Bob. The model was bought for him as he had an uncle who served in 85 squadron on Meteors back in the day. Although Bob likes to build the occasional model, he is not by his own admission an experienced modeller and he found the contents of the box and the instructions quite daunting. He wanted it to be built by an experienced modeller, and he couldn’t find one of those so he chose me! The brief was simple, straight out of the box, no additions, no super detailing, just the kit as is. Since returning to the hobby around 7 years ago, an OOB build would be a pleasure, as I just can’t stop myself from deviating and adding detail. My first reaction having built almost entirely 1/72 and 1/144 aircraft, was that this was big! I’d like to say construction was straight forward, but it was not. It’s a nice kit, with excellent detail, but this one had some serious warping on the rear fuselage, which took some heavy clamping and superglue to fix. I also found some of the fit of parts not the best, but at least it comes out looking like a Meteor, and I’m certainly intending to build more 1/48 aircraft now, and probably more Meteors, having a Sword NF14 and a Classic Airframes FR9 in the stash, both 1/48. Those will not be OOB..... Although I did not do a WIP for this build, I did keep a reasonable photographic record on the way, so some of that is shown here. I used Vallejo metallic for the first time ever, probably a risky gamble on someone else’s model. They were ok(ish) but needed sealing as soon as possible for handling. They tended to rub off quite easily Dull Aluminium was used for the whole airframe and Dark Aluminium for the U/C internals. Initially the whole airframe was given several light dustings of Ammo Satin Acrylic. This was not a good result for me, remaining sticky and weirdly white slightly white in appearance. I left the model for some weeks deciding what to do, then on some recommendations gave the model a coat of Mr Hobby GX gloss, which hardened the finish and seemed to resolve the white issue. Phew! The Airfix decals are simply superb, if just a tad (hugely) numerous in the stencil area. This process took over a week, doing areas step by step, using the proven Micro set and Micro sol processes. The one area where I did not use the decals was for the yellow rectangles along the cockpit canopy bottom edges. Too many very small shapes to line up, so I masked them off and sprayed them yellow! A final sealing coat of Humbrol Acrylic gloss, followed a few days later by Humbrol Acrylic Satin. So here are some of the build pics, followed by a good few completion shots. And @Fritag @bigbadbadge @keefr22 and @RidgeRunner and any others who made such gracious comments in my glider build, the wait is over, hope you enjoy! So this is the box of parts that Bob gave me to work with: First up, the dreaded warping, easily discovered during test fits. This part looks ok....... But look at the rear! An out of focus shot, but you get the idea... Lots of other clamping needed: Fuselage fixed and wing to fuselage gaps filled with slaters finest: Some primer in the engine bays: Cockpit and seat painted with instrument detail picked out with paint. The internal detail on this is pretty good as it comes, although I would love to have used an aftermarket seat! Bob wanted the Derwents in, to be displayed. I used the basic kit parts, with paint to bring out details. These would be crying out for superdetailing! Primer coat used was Mig Ammo one shot grey. First coat of Dull Aluminum: And finally, much decalling and sealing later, we have a Meteor F8, OOB! Just noticed I need some black pin wash in those gun ejector chuts! And now with engines exposed Thanks for looking. Terry
  2. Quick question; are there any decals to make the 1 TWU Meteor 'Winston' from the 1/48 Airfix kit? I'm assuming this aircraft may have had a few different aerials, etc to the 50's Meteors too.
  3. Straight onto another 50's classic, the glorious Meteor. I'm tempted to do this one all silver, with the solid rear canopy area and small intakes, though it depends how things go and references I can find. However, having found these decals which I'd forgotten about, I'm also tempted to do the 74 sqn jet. I think it'll be a toss up between that in camo or a silver 56 sqn jet. Let's see how it goes.
  4. MiG Killers Part 2 RAAF Korean War Meteor F.8 1:48 Red Roo Models At the start of the Korean war Number 77 Sqn RAAF were flying the CAC Mustang based in Japan as the last RAAF Fighter unit of the British Commonwealth Occupation Forces. They then deployed to Korea where they continued to fly the Mustang for nine months of hazardous combat operations. The Sqn returned to Japan in 1951 to re-equip with and train on the new Gloster Meteor F.8. They then returned in July 1951. Initially they carried out Fighter Operations, however the straight winged Meteor proved a poor match to the MiG-15 in combat, and the Meteors went on to excel in ground attack with its four 20mm cannon and eight rocket rails firing British 60lb or US 5" HVARs. On 29th August 1951 the aircraft of the RAAF were attacked by a large flight of MiG-15s while escorting American B-29 bombers. Warrant Officer Guthrie engaged and shot down a MiG-15 before then being shot down himself. W/O Guthrie would then spend 2 years as a POW in Korea. As well as W/O Guthrie's aircraft 3 other serial numbers are provided for this action. As usual with Red Rood there are comprehensive instructions, with 3 double sided A4 pages with information on these aircraft. Conclusion This decal sheet will provide you with the serial numbers for 77 Sqn Aircraft from the Korean War. Recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  5. Has anybody tried to fit the Meteor FR.9 nose from the Classic Airframes kit, onto the new Airfix Meteor F.8? I have a trashed Classic Airframes Meteor F.8/FR.9 kit, and would like to build the recce version. Larry
  6. Hi, here's the latest completion. Not a bad kit, but I had issues with the under fuselage wing joint. Painted with Tamiya rattle can silver and Gunze for the camo, and used Xtradecals for the 64 Sqn markings. Not my best, but another one for the 1/72 RAF collection that I seem to have embarked upon! Untitled by bryn robinson, on Flickr Untitled by bryn robinson, on Flickr Untitled by bryn robinson, on Flickr Untitled by bryn robinson, on Flickr Untitled by bryn robinson, on Flickr
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