1/48 Gloster Meteor F.8
This is the second issue of the recent Airfix kit. It includes markings for two RAAF 77 Sq. Korean War veterans and a Dutch aerobatic team example. This issue also differs from the initial RAF release in that it includes eight 60lb. rockets. It is also worth noting that this kit is molded in the UK as advertised on the box top. The plastic is harder then the original kit which was molded in a softer bluish gray material in India. Many of the original kits suffered from significant warpagage. There is none of that to be seen in this release. I built it out of box with the exception of an added whip antenna on the spine cut from stainless steel wire. I also added “pigtail” ignition cords to the rockets. These are made from brass wire and a drop of white glue to represent the connector. I painted the interior with Humbrol enamels, and the exterior received an overall coat of Tamiya AS-12 airframe silver straight from the can. I brush coated the model with Future and applied the kit decals, using Future as a decal set. An airbrushed coat of Testors semigloss finished it off. I think this process replicates British High Speed Silver pretty well in 1/48. I added a bit of gunpowder residue around the nose, and reddish brown dirt on the wheels using pastels. I elected to do #854, “the Geelong Flyer”, because most will probably chose the Mig killer ”Hale Storm”. This was a very satisfying project and I intend to do another in Israeli markings.
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