Gloster Meteor F.
Gloster Meteor F. Mk.8
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I built Aeroclub's 1/48
scale vacform Meteor F.8 back in 1999, five years before the Classic
Airframes kit became available. I recently took some new photos of the
model and decided to share them in this new Gallery.
The kit is cleverly
designed with a number of multimedia elements. These include white metal
cockpit and landing gear details, injection moulded tail surfaces and
The key to successfully
building any vacform kit is preparation. The parts were outlined with a
black pen while they were still on their backing sheet, then scored with
a scriber before being snapped out and sanded flat. The total time
required for preparing the vacform parts was less than an hour.
Care was required with
alignment due to the absence of locating guides, and some filling and sanding was required, but there was
nothing especially tricky about construction.
RAAF Meteors had a
different arrangement for antennae, a clear blister for the ARN-6 Radio
Compass Beacon on the mid-upper fuselage and were often equipped with
I thermoformed the
blister for the radio compass from clear acetate using a shaped
piece of styrene strip at the master. My third attempt gave me a
Rocket rails were
borrowed from a Hasegawa Mustang, and the rockets themselves were
adapted from items supplied in the Airfix Mosquito kit.
Fine brass wire was
used to represent the antennae.
A circular and an
oval panel to the extreme nose of the aircraft.
A number of panel lines
were obscured after filling and sanding, especially around the engine
nacelles and jet nozzles. The last task before painting was to rescribe
these panel lines.
The model was prepared for
painting with a flat grey base coat - Tamiya's Surface Primer. This
primer coat was sanded and polished before Tamiya AS-12 Airframe Silver
was applied, again straight from the spray can. Tamiya's AS-12 colour is
an excellent representation of a silver paint finish.
markings and walkway lines were used, while the 77 Squadron RAAF "Halestorm"
markings were sourced from a PD Decals sheet.
Chris Wauchop saw the
model when it was finished and decided it needed some extra cordite
staining around the gun ports. How could I refuse an offer like that?
Chris used his usual thin
mix of Tamiya Red Brown and Black to add these stains to the nose of the
If you would like to read
about the build in more detail, you can
original Construction Feature by following this link.
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