1/72 scale kits of the Gloster Meteor
review / modelling report
The Gloster Meteor was the first operational British jet fighter. The Meteor first flew in june 1943 and commenced operations on 27 July 1944 with 616 Squadron of the Royal Air Force (RAF). One of the first tasks was to counter the V-1 missile attacks on Britain. Meteors were used only briefly during the Second World War above the European continent, e.g April 1945 some were deployed at Volkel airfield, The Netherlands. The war was soon over and Meteors were not only used by the RAF but also sold to British Allies as their first jets.
The Royal Netherlands Air Force (KLu) received 61 Meteor mk.4, 45 T.7 trainers and finely 160 F.mk.8 fighters. In the beginning many accidents happened as this was the first jet in use in the West and particularly as no two seat trainer was yet available. When an engine failed, it was difficult for an untrained pilot to remain in control and many aircraft crashed with often loss of life. The T.7 trainer came not earlier than 1948 and was very welcome indeed, arriving at the RNeth AF in 1949.
The F.mk 8 was a longer Meteor and it had a first injection seat. It was intended as clear fighter and had more powerful Derwent 7 or 8 engines. First fitted with the long chord (narrow intake) engine nacelles it also had a redesigned tail without "tail bumper". Aircraft were built in license at Fokker Aircraft Company and also Meteors were supplied to Belgium. Later on it proved that a shorter nacelle with slightly bigger intake resulted in more thrust, so later F.mk 8 aircraft had these nacelles.
Several versions were also later developed. The NF.11 or 12 night fighter with a two seat cockpit with room for a radar operator. It was used by the Royal Air Force and also Belgian AF.
The RNeth AF demonstration teams "Whiskey Four" and briefly also the "Jet Pipes" team used the F.mk 8. After 1958 all Meteors had been replaced in the KLu by F-86K Sabres and Hawker Hunters.
See also references
|Many, many kits in 1/72 have appeared
of the Gloster Meteor, such as from FROG, AIRFIX, REVELL, and many others.
For a two seater, the former MATCHBOX kit
(PK-129) from 1977 is a good kit in 1/72 scale. Here the REVELL re-issue
#40124 of 1998 modelling report
can be seen....
A very old kit of Airfix was for a Meteor mk.3 . It was very basic and been around for decades since 1970.
Later in 2009, Airfix came with a brand new kit for a F.mk 8 (kit no A03076).
It is however a kit using the SAME moulds as the earlier kit from 2006 from MPM of Tsjechia but without etched metal detail fret.
The parts are nice with 2 types of engine nacelles and 2 types of canopies including the "full blown" type. Also, the belly fuel tank and 2 pylon tanks are in the kit. Very nice indeed!
Usually, the finish is "high speed
silver" for the F.mk 8 (so not a straight metal look, but painted). Please
note that many airframe components on a real Meteor were of wood!.
The cockpit is basic but OK for this
scale. The canopy looks fine as well with floor, seat bulkheads etc. Do
not forget to add NOSE WEIGHT!
In STEP 15, it looks that both types
of the nacelles are in the kit which is very nice indeed:
It is often rather difficult to establish for a particular F.mk 8 Meteor desired which nacelle is needed, even on photos it is difficult to see.
In STEP 17, assembling the multi part landing gear is quite difficult to get strong joints. It is also unclear where to fix the legs.
Deciding which canopy you like depends on the particular Meteor desired with markings.
A model was made of a Royal Netherlands
AF F.mk 8 Meteor using aftermarket decals from Dutch
Decal set 72041. This is an old set from 1999 (newer sets
can also be found such as set 72080).
It was not clear what nacelle type was used on this aircraft, the shorter nacelle type with larger diameter intake ring was picked here.
(You may check the reference
below to seek which KLu aircraft uses what intake but I did not have
that book at the time as it was published June 2015).
Next came a very simple "RAF high speed silver" finish using enamel paint X38 of XTRACOLOR applied in a few coats with the airbrush. The windscreen frame was painted with a fine brush. I also added a tiny irror made from a bit of metal.
The cockpit interior was painted mainly
black with some spots of a different colour. The kit seat got a few harness
straps made from brown masking tape.
The undercarriage was also fitted
and tires painted very dark grey (Panzergrau of Revell Acrylic 78). I kept
the gear bays also silver painted.
For this particular aircraft a Meteor
F.mk 8 of the KLu no. 328 squadron was picked. It had orange
markings and operated from Soesterberg air base in the center of
The Netherlands from 1951 till 1955. It has a bigger scaled 7 mm diameter
roundel on the fuselage and 16 mm on the wing. Also, the older style canopy
Note also the subtle walkway lines
on top of the wing. I decided not to weather this aircraft, Meteors were
kept in good condition. The pitot tube was made from a metal needle.
and in a setting..... I used my real
pictures taken at the Soesterberg air base for the back ground!
Meteor F.mk 8 in Royal Netherlands
AF (KLu) service , Dutch Profile (published June 2015)
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