The last weeks have been kind of busy, between Moson and private stuff there wasn’t too much time to work on the Meteor. I did, however, manage to mate the wings and fuselage, and the air intakes were given the fill-sand-rinse and repeat-treatment.
When working with the wing/fuselage joint, it is necessary to find out what causes all the gaps. First, the upper wing halves are curved too much, resulting in a step between the wing and the wing root (pic 1). To fix that, the upper wings need to be glued to the top of the wheel well (pic 2), eliminating that step (pic 3). Next, there is some material missing from the upper wings, especially along the first 10-15mm. I added a thin piece (0.3mm) of plastic sheet to this section, sanding it flush after the glue had dried. (pic 4)
After all these fixes, the wings fit reasonably well. The seam at the rear, were the wing meets the separate wing root parts, is quite overstated. Filling this one will not be fun, with all the lovely rivet detail close to the joint. (pic 5)
The air intakes consist of an outer and an inner tube, sporting a prominent seam. This was filled with putty, then sanded and polished with various sanding sponges. (pic 6) After airbrushing a primer coat of Tamiya X-1 Gloss Black, followed by AK Xtreme Metal Alluminium, the intakes are done. (pic 7)
Next up will be working on all the wing joints, installing the air intakes, and cleaning up the seams inside the nozzles.
7 attached images. Click to enlarge.