by Ryan Hamilton
Gloster Meteor F.8
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Here is my1/48 scale RAAF Meteor Mk. 8 converted from Tamiya's Meteor
I have been scratch building for a number of years now, and find it hard
to build a kit straight from the box. I find that with scratch building,
80% is inspiration, and the rest is effort and skill, so once the idea
and vision of the finished kit is in my head, there no stopping it.
I came across an article in IPMS – Sydney Magazine, which showed a
conversion of the 1/72 Frog Meteor Mk4 into a Mk8, (the article was
written before a 1/72 scale Meteor Mk. 8 was available). I had just
finished the Aeroclub Meteor T.7. I found that kit to be quite enjoyable
to build, but felt that a single seat Mk. 8 with a little more detail
would be more fitting for the collection. The only 1/48 scale Meteor
with that sort of detail is the Tamiya F1, which I had one in the
cupboard, and just so happened to have the “airbrakes” edition. The
inspiration had just been found! By retaining much of the original
Tamiya kit, the undercarriage, panel lines, etc the end results would
have the detail which I had been seeking.
Before starting I obtained some after-market parts and pieces to help
with improving the kit, they included:
I was originally going to do a detailed Construction Feature on this
model, but with the pending release of the Classic Airframes kit later
this year, I’ll keep it brief.
The conversion included:
Modified cockpit, especially to
accommodate the larger MB Mk1 ejector seat.
New Tail – Scratch built, This was easier
then I thought it would as I try to encompass much of the original kit
A fuselage plug just rear of the cockpit
New engines – This included the Aeroclub
intakes, and exhausts then filling and shaping the area between the
two with lots of resin. This part would had to have been the hardest
part of the conversion
Modified wing tips to the correct shape –
including new ailerons.
Scratch building in and around the
New aerials, gun chutes and other bits
Nearly all the1/48 scale Meteors I’ve seen have been in Korean War
schemes of one type or another. This is a popular scheme to build as
many have nose art, and have plenty of history to go with it.
Post-Korean War Meteors in RAAF service were more colourful.
My subject aircraft is typical of the “Meteorites” aerobatics team,
with their French Blue tails and “Meteorites” nose art. The overall
airframe on the real airframe was painted Aluminium therefore
‘panelling’ would be inappropriate. I sprayed the model with Testor
Metalizer – Non Buffing Aluminium, then masked the tail and sprayed the
blue and red.
There are no decals available for RAAF Meteors in the “Meteorites”
colour scheme, so I had to resort to the spares box and hand paint much
Taking advantage of the quality of the Tamiya Meteor F.1 kit results
in a highly impressive Meteor Mk. 8 – though not for your average
modeller. The finish of this kit looks superb, especially on the shelf
with a RAAF Sabre and Mirage.
Even so, I have to admit if I had known earlier about the Classic
Airframes release I would not have started this project!
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