Andrew Patmore Posted November 2, 2022 Share Posted November 2, 2022 Hi, When I noticed that Airfix were releasing a new Meteor in the smaller scale, I sent off an email to Airfix. My Dad had done his national service with 74 squadron and had worked as an electrician on the Mk8 and later Hunters. I told them this and they added a 74 squadron colour scheme to the kit bless their cotton socks. I was speaking with Dad (in his 80s) about details and colours that I wanted to put on the kit and I asked about wheel-wells. He told me that there were batteries positioned in the nose which often leaked acid everywhere. To try and protect the metal they painted a “mucky yellow acid resistant paint” in the front wheel-well. Would this be that greeny yellow chromium paint that the USAF used for the same sort of areas? What Humbrol would match it? The other thing he mentioned was that these Meteors were “5th hand” and near the end of their lives, so corrosion was a feature. I see from some photos that rivets tend to rust, so a bit weathering is on the cards. He cannot remember seeing the tiger stipes and head on the engine nacelles, so the attached picture (the kit subject) may have been a one off. (Soyrce https://www.flying-tigers.co.uk/2017/no-74-squadron-raf-latest-model-arrivals-and-updated-photo-gallery/n74-74-squadron-gloster-meteor-f-8-in-1955-wearing-tiger-stripes/) He also mentioned that the station commander had an old Meteor mk6 as ‘his’ plane, which stayed even after the Hunters arrived. I wonder if that survived? As an after comment, when 74 squadron received their Hunters, they too were hand me downs from another squadron. Had someone at 74 upset the Group Captain at some point? 7 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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