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  1. One of the benefits of volunteering at Classic Air Force is the opportunity to photograph visiting aircraft as well as the museum residents. Here is a selection taken during the last few months. None of these were taken 'airside', they were taken from public areas often using my trusty stepladder.
  2. Quick question, Has anybody ever tried fitting the Eduard flap set intended for a Cyber Hobby / Dragon Meteor on to an MPM/Xtrakit wing? If so how well did it go?
  3. Gloster Meteor F.4 detail Sets Eduard 1:32 The HK Models Gloster Meteor kit is a bit of a mixed bag, lovely mouldings, but not that much detail as mentioned in the review HERE. There are already some nice resin sets produced for the kit, and now Eduard have released three sets of relief etched brass which should go a long way to helping build a great looking and detailed model. Interior Set (32804) Contained on two sheets of relief etched brass, both of similar size, one is unpainted whereas the other one is not only pre-painted but self adhesive as well. The unpainted sheet contains items such as the a complete replacement seat, with additional side plate detail, a new map pouch with strap, a cable run for the starboard side, new and replacement fittings for the cockpit rear bulkhead and additional fittings not included in the kit. There is also an internal windscreen surround complete with cockpit ledge facings. The pre-painted sheet provides the modeller with a variety of coloured knobs and levers, new auxiliary instrument panels, plus replacement dials for the side panels. The main instrument panel are also pre-painted complete with the instrument faces on the backplate. A little dab of aqua clear will give them the appearance of glass fronts. Although not painted, the useful addition of the pilots rudder pedals, complete with separate straps are also included on this sheet. The most obvious are in the kit that is in dire need of detailing is the prominent gun sight. This receives quite a lot of new parts, including front control panel, sight glass holders, projector holes and the all important clear acetate glass. Interior Zoom Set (33139) This zoom set contains only the above pre-painted sheet and allows the modeller to build a well detailed cockpit without the hassle of getting bogged down with detail that might otherwise be deemed superfluous. External Set (32358) This single sheet set concentrates mostly on the flaps, with completely new flap bays and flaps, with all the associated ribbing and supports included. This will require a bit of surgery to remove the kits flaps bays, plus a lot of patience in building the parts up rib by rib, but it will be well worth it. There is also quite a bit of new detail for the main undercarriage bays, including new ribs, spars and internal panels. The rest of the sheet provides new panels for the lower wings and the large central fuel tank, plus replacement canopy rails and gun port muzzles. Seatbelts (32816) This small fret of brass comes pre-painted for the most part, but with unpainted clasps, buckles etc. Whilst fiddly to make, it will give the cockpit a real boost as there aren’t even moulded belts on the kit seat, so if you buy only one set this should be it. Conclusion Having recently reviewed the HK Models Meteor I would say these sets are a must have, unless of course you’re going the full resin path. Excellently produced as usual you can’t really go wrong with them as long as you take your time and a little bit of care in the folding and fitting, particularly on the flaps and their bays. Highly recommended Review sample courtesy of
  4. Gloster Meteor F.4 1:32 HK Models History The Gloster Meteor was the first British jet fighter and the Allies' first operational jet aircraft during the Second World War. The Meteor's development was heavily reliant on its ground-breaking turbojet engines, pioneered by Sir Frank Whittle and his company, Power Jets Ltd. Development of the aircraft itself began in 1940, although work on the engines had been underway since 1936. The Meteor first flew in 1943 and commenced operations on 27 July 1944 with No. 616 Squadron RAF. Nicknamed the "Meatbox", the Meteor was not a sophisticated aircraft in terms of its aerodynamics, but proved to be a successful combat fighter. Several major variants of the Meteor incorporated technological advances during the 1940s and 1950s. Thousands of Meteors were built to fly with the RAF and other air forces and remained in use for several decades. The Meteor saw limited action in the Second World War. Meteors of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) provided a significant contribution in the Korean War. Several other operators such as Argentina, Egypt and Israel flew Meteors in later regional conflicts. Specialised variants of the Meteor were developed for use in photo-reconnaissance and as night fighters. The next major change was the Meteor F.4 that went into production in 1946, by which time there were 16 RAF squadrons equipped with Meteors. The first F.4 prototype flew on 17 May 1945. The F.4 had the Rolls-Royce Derwent 5 engines (a smaller version of the Nene), wings 86.4 cm shorter than the F.3's and with blunter tips (derived from the world speed record prototypes), a stronger airframe, fully pressurized cockpit, lighter ailerons (to improve manoeuvrability), and rudder trim adjustments to reduce snaking. The F.4 could also be fitted with a drop tank under each wing while experiments were performed with carriage of underwing stores and also in lengthened fuselage models. The F.4 was 170 mph (270 km/h) faster than the F.1 at sea level (585 against 415), although the reduced wings impaired its rate of climb. Because of the increased demand, F.4 production was divided between Gloster and the Armstrong Whitworth factory at Baginton. The majority of early F.4s did not go directly to the RAF: 100 were exported to Argentina (and saw action on both sides in the 1955 revolution, one being lost on 19 September 1955) while in 1947, only RAF Nos. 74 and 222 Squadrons were fully equipped with the F.4. Nine further RAF squadrons were upgraded over 1948. From 1948, 38 F.4s were exported to the Dutch, equipping four squadrons (322, 323, 326 and 327) split between bases in Soesterberg and Leeuwarden until the mid-1950s. In 1949, only two RAF squadrons were converted to the F.4, Belgium was sold 48 aircraft in the same year (going to 349 and 350 Squadrons at Beauvechain) and Denmark received 20 over 1949–50. In 1950, three more RAF squadrons were upgraded, including No. 616 and, in 1951, six more. In 1950, a single order of 20 F.4s was delivered to Egypt. The Model Whilst this kit has been out for a little while, this is the first opportunity we’ve had to review one. The Meteor is a historically important aircraft, particularly to the RAF and as such it is great to see one at last in this scale. The moderately sized box with a fine artists impression of the aircraft in flight on the front isn’t exactly bulging with parts when the lid is lifted off. The parts contained on the three large medium grey sprues are well moulded though, with fine engraved panel lines and riveted areas. There is no sign of flash of imperfections on the review sample and not too many moulding pips, making the clean-up of parts pretty simple. There has been much discussion on the forums about the accuracy and from what I can glean is that the engine intakes are not the correct size, sitting somewhere in-between the narrow and wide intakes that were used on the Meteors. Fortunately there are already aftermarket items available from the likes of Fisher Models, but considering the amount of work done in designing the kit, it would be been preferable to have the correct intakes from the start. That said I’m sure there are a lot of modellers who will build the kit without even noticing the error. The rest of the kit appears to be pretty accurate and I haven’t seen anything to state otherwise. The large instruction booklet is nicely printed and the diagrams would be very clear if they weren’t printed so faintly, making them rather difficult to read properly. It might just be my example, but I’m just glad it isn’t a more complex kit. The build begins, naturally with the cockpit. Now, I’m not familiar with the differences between the various marks of Meteor cockpit, but it seems to me that there should be more “clutter”, certainly after looking at photos online. As nice as the mouldings are and the detail contained on them, British cockpits of the era always seemed to be rather cramped and full of equipment. The throttles are indistinct and the whole area is lacking that certain something that, in this scale is not something even the least discerning modeller would want. Back to the build, the cockpit floor, complete with nose wheel well is fitted with the rear bulkhead, seat, (sans belts), joystick, instrument panel and footboards with rudder bar. To this, the port and starboard cockpit sides are attached, creating a sturdy tub. This is then fitted to one half of the fuselage along with the nose weight thoughtfully provided. Before closing the fuselage up there are several holes that need to be opened up and the nose mounted machine gun barrels glued into the rear of the troughs. The two halves of the rudder are joined together and slotted into position so that it is sandwiched between the fuselage halves. With the fuselage closed up the various aerials can be added, along with the rudder trim tab, extreme nose, upper nose panel and canopy rails. The prominent gunsight is another area that will need detailing, especially the removal of the grey styrene sight glass to be replaced with a clear part. This is another area which is rather strange, given the scale of this kit. The three sections to the canopy are now fitted, with the centre section posed in either the open of closed position. The clear parts are very clear and well moulded, with the exception of the windscreen, which, on this example has a slight ridge, like a very flattened V on the main screen panel, which should of course be flat. It’s barely noticeable and can only be seen at certain angles, but it is there. Before the wing halves can be fitted together the three piece ailerons need to be assembled, each consisting of upper and lower halves and a trim tab. The engine fronts that fit behind the large splitter wedges look more like bulkheads, although once assembled you won’t see too much down there they could do with some extra detailing. With the engine parts and ailerons in position the two upper sections of the wing can be attached to the single piece lower section. The separate flaps can then be attached either in the extended or retracted positions. If the large ventral fuel tank is to be used, the attachment holes will need to be drilled out. Since the model does not come with either engine provided the separate access panels can be glued shut. Alternatively you can now buy an aftermarket set from Profimodeller which includes a very detailed engine, framework, etched brass panels, intake and exhaust, should you wish to give your model the works. The other option is find an old Matchbox 1:32 Sea Venom and nick the engine out of that, it may not be the correct type, but with a little bit of detailing it will look the part. With the wings assembled the intake rings and exhaust nozzles are fitted. The wing can now be joined to the fuselage. The horizontal tailplane is now assembled. Each of the fixed and moving surfaces comes in upper and lower halves with the elevators also having separate trim tabs. With each side assembled they are fitted to their respective positions on the vertical tailplane. These are followed by the four airbrakes fitted above and below the wing between the nacelles and fuselage, which can be posed extended or retracted with a bit of surgery required, and shown in a sketch in the instructions. If the undercarriage is to be displayed in the lowered condition the door retraction arms need to be fitted into the main bays first. Each undercarriage leg comes in two halves, as do the wheels. With the wheels joined together they are sandwiched between the yokes and mudguards of the oleo. Single piece wheels would have been nicer or even single piece tyres with separate hubs, but there you go. There has been some debate about the main wheels, but from pictures seen during the research for this review they appear to be correct. With the undercarriage assembled they are fitted into position, followed by the nose and main undercarriage doors. If the undercarriage is to be posed retracted, then you will need to remove the tabs on each door and glue into place. Decals The decal sheet provides markings for two examples. Meteor F.4 of 600 “City of London” Squadron RAuxAF 1951 Meteor F.4 C_027 ex-EE527. Now housed at the Museo Regional Interfuerzas, Santa Romana, San Luis. It is, apparently, the oldest Meteor airframe surviving anywhere Printed by HK Models themselves the decals look to be well printed, in good register and colour density. Don’t worry about the roundels for the fuselage sides, which are a completely different blue, being a lot lighter than the wings, although the wing roundels do seem a little dark. The Argentine scheme is rather colourful and would certainly stand out from the crowd. The rest of the sheet contains the few stencils and walkways. The only visible carrier film is seen on the code letters for both machines but since it’s not particularly thick it should sttle down well on a good gloss coat of Klear or Alclad Gloss. Conclusion Whilst the kit is a reasonable size, there aren’t that many parts, which would make this a pretty good kit for someone moving up to this scale, although the price might put them off a bit unless they really wanted a big Meteor. That said, there are some good deals around. The trouble is, it’s like HK Models rushed this into production before all the finer details had been completed as it really could have been a stunner with more time and care taken in its design. What it does give you though, is a great blank canvas to detail it to whatever standard you wish. There are also some juicy aftermarket sets being released if you wish to build an F.8, which most forum members would have preferred. Oh! In some of the first released boxes there is a 1:144 mini Meteor desk model, which is a rather odd inclusion, especially as you will need to source some decals for it. Recommended with the provisos mentioned above. The kit can be bought worldwide online, and in the UK from Hannants. Review sample is courtesy of
  5. Gloster F.9/40 Meteor Prototype DG202/G, pics are mine taken at RAF Hendon.
  6. Gloster Meteor F8 "Prone Pilot", WK925 preserved at RAF Cosford. Pics thanks to Steve.
  7. First off, need to make some qualifications to the above. 1. I am not a Meteor expert and cannot really tell whether or not this kit is accurate, fairly accurate, missed the mark or the dreaded "unbuildable". 2. It appears the kit will be quite buildable and after dry fitting parts seems well engineered. 3. My initial opinion is this is a nice kit. So, what is up with my post? Within the span of 2 weeks I have received 3 kits from HK Models. (Yes, I know I have an addiction and a problem, but they were all so pretty and they called out to me.) The first kit I received was the 1/32 B-17. Then about 4 days later I received the 1/32 Meteor. Today I just received the 1/32 B-25H gunship. Being the unabashed kit fancier I am, I had to open each to go over the instructions, gaze at the decals and fondle the actual plastic. It seems as if the Meteor is the red headed step child that no one wants and loves out of these 3. The parts count for the Meteor is substantially lower than the other two kits, the decals are really not up to snuff and the detail is not even in the same ball park. I just feel a bit let down with the Meteor and I do not know if it is because the other two kits are just substantially better and the three shouldn't be compared; HK just didn't put forth the same effort on this kit as the other two; or, if the other two kits did not exist, would i think this is a great kit? What should be the verdict on this kit? Should I not compare it to the other two? Just am wondering if anyone else feels the same way; that it is a nice kit, but shouldn't there be more to it?
  8. Hello again! I haven't posted for a few weeks due to exams (only two more to go!) but I did buy this a couple weeks ago and I have done a little work on it between revising. I did manage to get the wings on today, however, I didn't manage to get a picture. Here's the work so far. Fuselage Nose weight I wasn't happy with the kits placing of the seat, so I moved it back a little. As usual I added seatbelts from Tamiya tape. More to follow... Ben
  9. Hi all, Just a thought... In my mind the Meteor has it by a long shot. Note: I'm not suggesting comparing the aircraft in a dogfight, I'm comparing there operational usefulness (not necessarily WWII) The Me262, despite being faster and far superior with it's swept wings, automatic slats and axial flow turbojet, had serious problems, the biggest being the engines. The Junkers Jumo 004 had an engine life of 50 hours (supposedly), but a skilled pilot would be lucky to get 25. They also had a very inconvenient habit of erupting into flames if mishandled or shot. Overall it seems very poor when compared with the Meteor. The Meteor was slower but was far more maneuverable and had a higher useful ceiling (just). Admittedly, being more maneuverable but slower is of no real advantage because the 262's could employ 'boom and zoom' tactics. Furthermore the Meteor was further refined into an absolutely superb aircraft topping out at 600mph as the F.8. The Me262 was built as the Avia S.92 but production ended due to difficulty in manufacturing. The F.III was powered by the RR Derwent (Whittle's simpler, bulkier, radial flow design), the problem with the big radial flow turbojet is it couldn't be under slung beneath the wings and instead had to be mounted in the wing thus reducing the wings useful area. Operational use of the 262 was greater than the F.III's due to military politics it seems. The Meteor was refused operation on the continent for fear of it falling into German hands, furthermore, the Meteor spent a lot of time in developing new jet tactics and training US bomber crews in defensive jet tactics. Now to the problem of armament. Both aircraft has 4 cannons. The Me262 30mm and the F.III 20mm Hispanos. Initially, one would think that the larger 30mm would be better. However the 30mm travelled at only 540 ms^-1 whereas the 20mm travelled at 880 ms^-1. Travelling slow is problem when you are flying a fast aircraft at a maneuvering fighter because you need a HUGE amount of deflection in order to get the bullet in the right place (more lead=less accurate). The energy delivered by both weapons is almost equivalent (E=1/2 mv^2) because the mass of the 30mm isn't MUCH greater the energy is almost the same due to velocity^2. Overall, the Me262 seems a better bomber interceptor and the Meteor a better fighter. Despite this, the Me262 was just too complicated so production was slow and the engines extremely unreliable.. It's really got my thinking (I'm probably biased) thoughts are more than welcome!, Ben
  10. rich2010

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    With all this Airfix 2013 kerfuffle going on and the forthcoming Vampire kit, I'm reminded of airshows when the Vintage Pair were around. I distinctly remember them screaming around the sky really close to each other and so different to most of the other 'modern' stuff. Inspired by these memories, I'm mentally prepping a Vintage Pair dio (perhaps) of the new Vampire & a Meteor. Here's where I could do with your help, fellow BMers. I've got an old Matchbox NF xx kit that I could use, but was keeping to do a Fradu TT20 tug. Is there a bespoke T7 kit available or is the Matchbox kit 'convertible'. Something to whet the appetite...
  11. Can anyone point me in the direction of photos of a particular Meteor at a particular time...? I need markings references for Meteor WH291 at the time it was painted in overall LAG with dayglo strips on the airframe AND 79 squadron flashes on either side of the fuselage roundel. I especially need to see how the dayglo was appled above and below the wings and horizontal stabilizers. If you can help me out, please contact me either on this forum or at tacoma25@verizon.net
  12. Hi , Just a note to let you know we've got our corrected long-chord intakes for the 1/32 HK Meteor kit ready to go,and the Meteor F.8 conversion will be ready shortly.More to come, please visit us at fishermodels.com for more. Thanks and Happy New Year to all at Britmodeller ! Paul Fisher
  13. Just visited the excellent museum at Cosford and fancy doing the ACT Jaguar. I found a thread here based on the 1/72 Revell Jaguar GR.1 but the kit does not seem to be available now from Hannants. Should I go for the Hasegawa or Italeri offering instead? Got a nagging suspicion the Revell boxing was one of these anyway? Not seen on this visit (making space for the EAP??) was the Martin Baker Meteor that I also fancy modelling - but I am stumped as to finding a 1/72 Meteor T.7 fuselage to attach the F.8 tail to... Advice gratefully received. PH
  14. We've got a bonus batch of various 1/72 kits now listed at extra special prices! Minicraft - PB4Y-1 Liberator 'Easy Maid' and US Navy Anti Sub Patrol - one of each for £15.00 per kit Eduard - Grumman Hellcat Mk I/II Royal Navy Dual combo £13.35 per kit (2 in stock) MPM - Meteor MK I Ltd Ed £9.75! 2 (in stock) Hobby Boss - Hawker Seahawk FGA.6 £6.00!!! (6 in stock) So if you fancy a half price Sea Hawk or 2, or any of the others, go on our website and get ordering but hurry as these are listed on Ebay as well! http://www.mjwmodels.co.uk/index.asp thanks Mike
  15. 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
  16. NF.11 WM167 Pics thanks to Graham James.
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