Airfix's 1/48 scale
Gloster Meteor F.8
by Brett Green
Eduard's 1/48 scale Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-6 is available online from Squadron
Here is my Airfix 1/48 scale Meteor F.8, completed today. The model represents an aircraft in service with 77 Sqn. RAAF in January 1955 based at Williamstown NSW.
I made a bit of a rod for my own back by adding the green squares on the horizontal stabs from small pieces cut from painted decal film. The one reference photo I could find was inconclusive, but I thought I could see checks at the trailing edge of the elevators.
Also, the Novascale decals were designed for the Classic Airframes kit and were a bit small for the new Airfix kit, so I had to do a fair amount of adjustment and addition to the fin chequers too. As a result of all this, the decals took about twenty times as long as the spray job!
The kit benefited from Eduard's photo-etched fret for the instrument panel and harness straps. I also used the kit-supplied ADF fairing and added two whip antennae from stretched sprue.
I have heard several people reporting a trouble free build but I felt that I was wrestling with this one some of the time. I had big gaps at the wing roots too.
Despite all this, I am pleased with the result.
I'll be writing my Meteor up in detail for Military Illustrated Modeller magazine (Aircraft Edition), Issue 63.
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