Tamiya 1/48 Gloster Meteor F.3
First, I’d like to say a big thank you to my good friend Craig for posting this for me. For some reason, despite Martin’s determined efforts to solve the problem, I’m currently unable to post new articles. Anyway, as you can see, it’s a plane! The first one I’ve built since I was in short trousers! I don’t think I need to give you any more information regarding the Meteor, suffice to say the first F.3s entered combat on the Belgian front in January 1945 to intercept what was then thought of as the allies’ only threat, the ME 262, but, in fact, they never engaged in combat. The first four Meteors were painted white over the standard camouflage scheme to prevent miss-identification with the ME 262.
I bought this kit two years ago shortly after joining iModeler, as I thought I should try to join the majority of the members of this great website. However, for one reason or another the build was halted, but mainly because I couldn’t decide on which scheme to finish it in, eventually going for this white livery. There have two exquisite Meteor models posted recently which encouraged me to try again. I had a couple of goes on achieving a reasonable finish, finally airbrushing it in Tamiya XF2, which was OK if a little plain. So, I thought I’d try to accentuate the panel lines using Tamiya’s panel liner, however, when I came to clean off the excess, it didn’t want to clean up, probably because I’d applied it to a matte finish. So, I hope the result looks like how the white would have appeared after a few months’ service, but it’s probably overdone…
The model was built out of the box except for an attempt at dropping the flaps, a rudimentary masking tape safety harness, and the addition of a whip antenna. The engine cover(s) and canopy are positionable. It was photographed at the top of the concrete steps at the back of our apartment building shortly after a heavy thunderstorm.
Thanks again to Craig, and thanks for looking. George Williams