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  1. 1/48 Gloster Meteor F.8 Korea Airfix Catalogue # A09184 Available from P&S Hobbies for £36.99 The Gloster Meteor was the first British jet fighter and the Allies' only jet aircraft to achieve combat operations during the Second World War. The Meteor's development was heavily reliant on its ground-breaking turbojet engines, pioneered by Sir Frank Whittle and his company, Power Jets Ltd. Development of the aircraft began in 1940, although work on the engines had been under way since 1936. The Meteor first flew in 1943 and commenced operations on 27 July 1944 with No. 616 Squadron RAF. The Meteor was not a sophisticated aircraft in its aerodynamics, but proved to be a successful combat fighter. Gloster's 1946 civil Meteor F.4 demonstrator G-AIDC was the first civilian-registered jet aircraft in the world. Several major variants of the Meteor incorporated technological advances during the 1940s and 1950s. Thousands of Meteors were built to fly with the RAF and other air forces and remained in use for several decades. The Meteor saw limited action in the Second World War. Meteors of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) fought in the Korean War. Several other operators such as Argentina, Egypt and Israel flew Meteors in later regional conflicts. Specialised variants of the Meteor were developed for use in photographic aerial reconnaissance and as night fighters. The Meteor was also used for research and development purposes and to break several aviation records. On 7 November 1945, the first official air speed record by a jet aircraft was set by a Meteor F.3 of 606 miles per hour. In 1946, this record was broken when a Meteor F.4 reached a speed of 616 mph. Other performance-related records were broken in categories including flight time endurance, rate of climb, and speed. On 20 September 1945, a heavily modified Meteor I, powered by two Rolls-Royce Trent turbine engines driving propellers, became the first turboprop aircraft to fly. On 10 February 1954, a specially adapted Meteor F.8, the "Meteor Prone Pilot", which placed the pilot into a prone position to counteract inertial forces, took its first flight. In the 1950s, the Meteor became increasingly obsolete as more nations introduced jet fighters, many of these newcomers having adopted a swept wing instead of the Meteor's conventional straight wing; in RAF service, the Meteor was replaced by newer types such as the Hawker Hunter and Gloster Javelin. As of 2013, two Meteors, WL419 and WA638, remain in active service with the Martin-Baker company as ejection seat testbeds. The kit Airfix released their newly-tooled Meteor F.8 in 2016, and until I walked into P&S Hobbies in York a few days ago, I had no idea that a new incarnation had just been released. In fact, it was fresh into the shop and in the owner’s hands! I thank them for the review kit seen here. This is a reasonably large and very sturdy box with an artwork depicting a No.77 Sqn. Royal Australian Air Force Meteor F.8 having successfully engaged a North Korean MiG-15. The whole package has a superbly glossy and high-quality finish. The box sides depict the THREE schemes available, as well as some CAD renders of the completed model. It really does take patience to remove the lids of the new Airfix kits, such is the sturdiness and tight fit of things. Once inside, all SIX frames are packed into the same bag which is folded and heat sealed. I sound like a cracked record, but I really so wish they would bag frames in separate sleeves to prevent damage. There are a couple of very minor marks on my sample, and they will need a little buffing out. Nothing lost, but hey! Last year’s original F.8 release contained only 5 frames of plastic. The whole kit is identical to the previous release with the exception of this having a frame that contains the rockets. We now get chance to use the older, faired canopy, and to make use of the flashed over rocket positions on the wings. Note also that this styrene is darker than what we are currently seeing from Airfix, including their brand-new P-51D that I will look at very soon. Certainly strange in the current scheme of things, so perhaps an indication of a new moulding facility being utilised? There is a single clear frame, within its own sleeve. The windscreen has come adrift from the frame, but all is still in good order. In the bottom of the box is the now familiar styled Airfix instruction manual, some glossy sheets for the schemes, and a single decal sheet. Frame A As certainly tends to be the case with Meteor kits I’ve seen, Airfix also adopts the full span lower wing approach. They have moulded the landing flaps in the retracted position, but Eduard do have a very set of PE alternatives if that floats your boat. Airbrakes are moulded separately and can be posed, as can the ailerons. Note that the nacelles are without the front intake portion. We’ll look at the reasons a little later. Surface detail is very fine, as befits the improved trend that Airfix has adopted with their new releases. One thing I will mention is that the parts have the same slight patina as their light grey-moulded counterparts of recent, i.e. they haven’t polished the tools as much as Tamiya, Eduard or Hasegawa etc. I find it reminiscent of the degree that Revell polish their tooling to. Into the interior of the wing fit two spars, with rear one incorporating the rear engine bay firewalls. Yes….engine bay! This model comes complete with two reasonably detailed Rolls-Royce Derwent 8 turbojets. A very nice touch. This spar, as with the shorter front spar, also contain detail that makes up two walls of the main gear bay. The remaining gear bay detail is moulded across four ribs that can be found on this frame. The first two cockpit parts are also moulded here and these form the port and starboard office walls with detail that is certainly commensurate with the larger scale HKM 1/32 kit. As a cockpit aficionado, I’m certainly more than pleased with what Airfix has presented here. Note that these connect at the rear, where the walls form the rear cockpit wall. Also on this frame are optional underwing drop tanks. To accommodate these, or the rockets included in this release, you will need to open up the moulded location points that exist inside the main wing lower plate. Frame B The eyes are immediately drawn to the fuselage halves. These are moulded sans nosecone, weapons panels and rudders. The MG fairing panels have a very slightly rippled texture, representative of stressed skin, and this also appears on the panel to the rear of the weapons bays. I originally thought they were minor sink marks, but can confirm they are not. The effect is very subtle and should look very nice with the high-speed aluminium that will be applied to this particular release. External details are extremely fine, including panel lines and access ports. Whilst the model isn’t riveted, it does have various fastener lines reproduced. Something I have noticed is the raised circumferential line which runs around the fuselage from the point of the trailing edge fairing. I must admit that I’ve not noticed this on a Meteor before. Internally, it also coincides with a stepped ridge. I really don’t know the reasons for this, nor the external raised line. No other internal detail is moulded as everything is added from the modular cockpit and gun bays. Also provided as separate parts are those rear wing roots. These are also moulded here with a raised rivet detail. Other parts on this frame include the exhaust pipes for each nacelle (split into halves and with scribed internal detail), rudder parts with more raised riveting, and also the elevators. These have the same raised rivet detail, and something I can’t discern…..this is whether they have stressed skin finish or maybe small sink marks. If they are the latter, then I’m not overly concerned as the finish looks quite nice. Frame C You can clearly see from the upper wing panels that the nacelles are moulding with separate engine access covers so you can display those Derwent engines. Note those engine panels moulded on this frame. Again, more airbrake area detail to facilitate the positioning of those parts. The wing leading edge extends across the intake area, as this forms a vane for the intake. All remaining wing flying/control surfaces are moulded here too, with the later having the same raised rivet detail that we saw before. Note that the nosecone is moulded here, as halves, with their forward gun channel trough. You will need to decide from the outset whether you will build your model with the gear up or down. This is because Airfix had designed the closed bat doors to fit from within the wing and inner cone. If this is your preferred mode, then also note that you may not be able to have the engine bay opened without surgery (and why would you with a model in flight!), because the main gear door looks like it would foul the spar areas for the other option. Should you wish to pose gear down, then note the two main gear bay ceilings on this frame. Again, detail really is excellent. Frame D This frame concerns itself almost entirely with parts that are required for either the cockpit, gun bays, and undercarriage. The cockpit tub itself, is constructed from the sidewalls we previously saw, fitted to a lower floor onto which the nose gear bay sits and the well protrudes into the pit, and the two gun bays that flank the outside of the cockpit walls. Onto this fits a nicely detailed rear turtle deck. Those gun bays are also very nice with some excellent constructional/plate/rivet details within. The guns themselves are separate, as are the ammunition drums and ammunition feeds. I quite like the moulded instrument panel in this release, but Airfix also supplies a decal for this. You’d struggle to get it to conform to the raised details, I fear. Eduard also has a colour PE option in one of their aftermarket sets. I also think the seat is a very nice representation, and two are included; one with and one without seatbelts. It appears that the undercarriage itself is simplicity when it comes to construction, with all units have a left and right half that includes the mudguard etc. I also think there will be enough spring in these units to allow them to be prised apart so that the completed wheels can be put in situ later in the build. Those wheels are also supplied weighted, and are moulded with hub detail. Other undercarriage-related parts here are the doors for open bay options as well as closed nose bay parts, nose gear mount frame and bulkhead, main gear door actuators and other well details. Frame E You can clearly see that Airfix has provided this kit with two different intake options. These are for the short-chord intake, and the narrower opening long-chord variety. Which you use will depend on which scheme you decide upon, and the options are clearly stated within the instructions. Both options have a common intake liner that must first be inserted before being fitted to the model. Apart from the gun bay doors and a very small number of other parts (internal and external), everything else here is dedicated to the engines, including a rather nice service cart onto which you may display one of these. Whilst the engines might not be the most detailed, they certainly do pass muster, with the majority of parts being more than adequately represented in styrene, along with ancillary pipework, exhaust vane, starter motor, pump, filter and oil tank. More than an admirable effort for an out-of-box build. The parts themselves are very nice with the combustion chamber depiction and the mesh filter intake area. A dark wash over a metal coat, should make this pop. Frame F Here we have the clear parts. Unlike the original release in 2016, we now get to use the faired canopy. This was included last year, but not slated for use. The windscreen on my sample has come adrift, but nothing is damaged, thankfully. All clear parts are beautifully thin and crustal clear. On the canopy parts, framing is very good, and it shouldn’t be difficult to mask these parts. Interestingly, there are a couple of clear parts here which look like they are scheduled to be used in a future PR version….or at least I’d like to think so. Frame G This frame is the real difference between this and last year’s initial release. In fact, apart from the decals (of course), it’s the only difference in plastic. Eight rockets are provided, along with their pylons. The rockets are provided as two parts each, with one part being a separate cross-fin. One of those fins is missing on mine, unfortunately, so I’ll need to contact Airfix’s spares dept. The only non-rocket part on this frame is an additional framework that sits underneath the windscreen, and is only applicable to the rocket-equipped versions (not surprisingly). Decals A single sheet is provided, printed in Italy (probably Cartograf), and this includes not only national markings for three schemes, but also a comprehensive set of stencils, and I really mean that! I’ve not counted them, but I imagine there are over 200 small decals here. There is quite a lot of orange on the Dutch machine, and forward fuse arrows and nacelle flashes. My own concern here is matching your orange paint to these, especially the flashes where the colours meet. I would perhaps mask and airbrush these instead. Decals have a satin finish, and are thinly-printed. They have solid and authentic colour and minimal carrier film. Decals are included for: Meteor F.8, A77-851, flown by Sergeant George Spaulding Hale, No.77 Sqn, Royal Australian Air Force, Kimpo, Korea, March 1953 Meteor F.8, No.77 Sqn, Royal Australian Air Force, Kimpo, Korea, 1953 Meteor F.8 (Fokker-built), No.327 Sqn, Ruiten Vier (Diamonds Four) display team, Koninklijke Luchtmacht (Royal Netherlands Air Force), Commando Lucht Verdediging (Air Defence Command), Soesterberg Air Base, The Netherlands, 1952 Instructions I quite like Airfix’s new style of instruction manual. They are clear, concise and whilst printed in greyscale, a good use of red ink denotes new parts placement. Humbrol colour references are supplied throughout. Parts options for specific schemes are posing modes, are easy to follow. Colour schemes are supplied on two glossy sheets, along with a stencil placement guide. Conclusion I really do like the Meteor, having recently built the HKM kit with the T.7 Fisher conversion set, for the current issue of Military Illustrated Modeller. When I was handed this new release in York a few days ago, I really couldn’t say no, even though it wasn’t in my usual 1/32 format. I have quite a liking for the new Airfix 1/48 range, having recently reviewed the 1/48 Walrus that I’m now building, so I really couldn’t resist this. These current kits have everything…..lots of superb and finely portrayed detail, good parts options and some attractive schemes. They also play on my heartstrings for subjects that I fondly remember from my childhood, but being created in a state of the art way that I could only have dreamt of back then. Bravo Airfix! I really want to see more kits of this standard. My sincere thanks to P&S Hobbies for the review kit seen here. To purchase, contact them via their website, here, or visit them on Walmgate in York, or Castle Road, Scarborough, UK.
  2. Hi all, This is my HK Models Meteor F.4, converted into a T.7 using the Fisher Models resin set, incorporating the narrow chord intakes that are specific to the majority of T.7 aircraft. I've also added a smattering of Eduard stuff around this build, for landing flaps, seatbelts, wheels and mudguards etc. It's a little worrying when you hack off huge sections of your expensive model kit with a razor saw, but this one built up just beautifully. I've used MRP (Mr Paint) for all colours, such as Sulphur Yellow, Basalt, White Aluminium, Lemon Grey and Syrian AFV Yellow-Brown etc. Also some nice Airscale bezels and decals on the instrument panels. Watch out for this one in the November edition of Military Illustrated Modeller (No.79), due out around mid-October 2017.
  3. 1:32 Gloster Meteor F.4 Volumes 1 & 2 Pheon Decals Catalogue # 32054 & 32055 Available from Pheon for £12.75 each, plus P&P We usually associate Pheon Decals with WW1 decal releases, so these two new sets came as a big surprise to me, but certainly a very welcome one. Aftermarket decal sets for the new HK Models Gloster Meteor F.4 are few and far between, so Rowan and Sabine redress the balance a little with these new sets, containing two very attractive schemes each. Both sets are packaged in large zip-lock sleeves, but instead of the lower-quality inkjet printed multi-scheme face sheet, these both have the glossy, laser-printed scheme sheet at the front. With only two schemes per set, and not half a dozen or so, it makes sense. There are in fact THREE gloss sheets in these sets. As well as the main sheet that is used for your guide for scheme decal placement, the second and third gloss sheets have the Meteor printed in upper and lower plan form. The main sheet also has the squadron badges printed in large scale, and could be quite nice to carefully cut out and use on a display plinth, along with your completed masterpiece. Volume 1 has schemes for No.1 and No.63 Squadrons, whilst Volume 2 contains schemes for a No.56 Squadron machine, and one from 263 Squadron. We'll look at those specifically, soon. There are two other printed sheets in here, done on an inkjet machine, but these, for me, are one of the most important factors when buying any of these sets: stencils. HK Models released a great kit, but the decals left more than a little to be desired. I found them to be thick, and needing lots of setting solution to bed down properly. When it came to stencils, these were virtually ignored by the manufacturer. The closest we got to them were the wing walkway lines, and that was it. Also, if you use the Dutch Decals set, the stencils in there are either partially or wholly in Dutch. That certainly wouldn't be correct if you wanted to build an RAF machine. The Kitsworld set does include stencils, but they certainly aren't as comprehensive as the Pheon release. A number of key stencils are missing on the Kitsworld set. It does appear that if you want a full set of stencils, and ones that have been properly researched, then Pheon is the only game in town here. A decal set which contains a mass of stencils will obviously need good illustration to show placement, and the two sheets show this with some of the best clarity I have yet seen in any decal set, whether kit or aftermarket. Each set also contains a small booklet that not only explains the best way to apply your decals, but also a little about each machine too, with the marking heritage of the No.1 Squadron bird being shown on a Siskin and Fury. As all the machines depicted on these schemes were finished in silver, notes are also supplied to explain this colour and its application. Notes also exist which pertain to the stencils and their research origin. Noted is the fact that HK Models actually missed a little surface detail, but decals have still been included for this. You will need to do a little research of your own when it comes to that missing detail (you can't expect Rowan to do everything for you!). Each set contains TWO decal sheets. The largest has the main scheme markings, complete with the fuselage flashes etc. The white colours are also double printed for absolute solidity. Decals are printed by Fantasy Printshop, and the proprietor, Ray Horwell, is absolutely anal about attention to decal and the quality of his product. It shows too, and this is why Pheon use them. I consider Fantasy Printshop decals to be possibly the very best you can buy. There are also a reasonable number of stencil decals printed on thelarge sheets too. The second sheet is entirely devoted to stencils, and the sheet itself is broken up into sections which state where the decals therein are to be placed, by airframe area. You really need to look closely at these stencils. Note that they are all readable! Quite a feat of printing. That printing is exceptional, being beautifully thin, with minimal carrier film. Colours are solid and authentic, and registration is perfect. The schemes included are: Volume 1 VT219, "C", 63 Squadron, RAF Thorney Island, Hampshire, 1950 VZ420, 1 Squadron, RAF Tangmere, Sussex, 1950 Volume 2 VT413, "W", 56 Squadron, RAF Waterbeach, Cambridge, 1951 VZ240, 263 Squadron, RAF Acklington, Northumberland, 1950 Conclusion Despite these sets only offering schemes in the traditional high speed silver which was commonly seen at the time, Pheon have chosen 4 very attractive and different machines which will no doubt leaving you in need of buying an extra HK Models Meteor or two. I've never been an ardent fan of silver-doped aircraft, but these are just begging to be built. I really might crack open another Meteor kit next year. Stencils add a lot to a model. It's the small details which add up, and with a set of these applied, you'll have the best-appointed Meteor that can possibly be built. Very highly recommended My sincere thanks to Pheon Decals for the review samples seen here. To purchase directly, click HERE James H
  4. 1/32 Meteor F.4 wheels for HK Kit Eduard Catalogue # 632041 Available from Eduard for 11,25€ Bunny Fighter Club price: 9,56 € We're big Eduard fans here at SP&R, they always seem to know exactly what the particular short comings of a kit are and are usually first across the line in correcting them. The HK kit has been largely well received since its release, we reviewed it earlier this year. We noted several short comings that could be improved (although the undercarriage and wheels weren't one of them!). Fisher and Profimodeller have dealt with most of these and we recently reviewed Eduard's excellent cockpit upgrade. Hot on the heels of this release comes another comprehensive upgrade dealing with the Undercarriage and wheels. Let's get down on the deck and see what's included. This set deals with the nose and main wheels and their related mudguards. The upgrade comes packaged in a plastic blister pack with plenty of foam to protect the parts, this is successful and upon opening it you find the more delicate parts sandwiched between yet more foam. Included are 17 extremely fine flash free Pale grey resin parts and a small set of masks for the wheels, Eduard's clear and concise instruction form the header. I wouldn't describe the wheels and undercarriage of the HK kit as a particular weak point or fault and I struggled to think how they could be improved, upon opening this upgrade set all became clear! One thing I did notice in my original review of the HK kit was that the nose wheel was of the plain hub type seen more on later Meteor variants, period photos clearly show early Meteors had what I would describe as a Spitfire type nose wheel which was spoked and dished. I attempted to correct this on my HK kit using spare parts from the Tamiya Spitfire. You can view the build thread here. Eduard have done a far better job than I possibly could have and I'll be replacing the nose wheel on my kit. The nose wheel is cast in two halves and incorporates some very fine detail on both halves including the wheel nuts and tyre valve, one side is very deeply dished and once removed from the casting block will give a perfect representation of the early type wheel I described earlier; Small locating tabs are incorporated on each halve to perfectly align them when fitting to the tyre. The tyre has perfectly cast tread all the way round with no seam and should need very minimal cleaning up, the side wall has ribbed detail and very clear lettering for the Dunlop branding and even the tyre pressures are readable! To round it off the tyre has a subtle flat spot for extra realism. The main wheels are equally catered for, the HK kit wheels were a good representation to begin with but these take it to another level, the real wheel is a multi-part split rim type and all the nuts that hold it together are crisply cast and they have real depth; again locating tabs are provided to align them with the tyre. The tyres have tread detail to match the nose wheel which again has no seam to clean up, this time they are branded as Goodyear tyres, I'm not sure how accurate this is but it will certainly add plenty of interest and look great with some subtle dry brushing to make it stand out. These again have flat spots although the side wall isn't noticeably bulged. Moving onto the mud guards, admittedly the kit parts could be improved as removing the seam on them does destroy some detail and their thickness isn't quite to scale. The Eduard parts are lovely and thin and naturally seamless, the raised lip along the edges is ridiculously thin as is the raised detail for the rivets. Care will be needed to accurately remove the kit mudguards to allow these to be seamlessly blended with them, while you're at it the front undercarriage leg could use some more compression as the kit part causes the finished kit to sit a little high and gently heating and bending it is one solution to this. The supports for the mudguards are given as separate items and are extremely thin, again a big improvement over the kits. The last piece is a very small block of resin which I believe represents the towing hitch on the main gear. Instructions This is a simple set and construction is therefore straight forward, Eduard's instructions are their usual clearly illustrated type with various colours showing what is to be cut, glued or removed. That said it doesn't explicitly show where the kits mudguards are to be cut for removal but this should be fairly obvious after comparison with the new parts. Conclusion Another winner from Eduard, a simple and Straight forward set that has a big impact on the final sit and appearance of your "Meatbox" As I said at the start, the undercarriage and wheels aren't a particular weakness of this kit but the detail HK are able to offer is restricted by the limitations of injection moulding, Eduard can offer even more detail using 3D printing technology that reaches the parts injection moulding cant. A worthwhile upgrade to an already excellent kit. Highly recommended Our sincere thanks to Eduard for the review sample. To purchase directly, click THIS link. Ben Summerfield
  5. 1:32 Gloster Meteor F.8 conversion Fisher Models Catalogue # A3231 Available from Fisher Models for $85.00 There is only one game in town if you want to build an injection-moulded 1:32 Gloster Meteor, and that is the HK Models kit which was released around the beginning of 2014. The kit itself is superb, even if you build OOB, and offers a number of upgrade paths for those who like to detail their models further. Profimodeller and Eduard have released sets to help you build your ultimate Meteor. HK have only released the Meteor as an F.4, so if your particular ultimate Meteor was a different variant (most were), then until now, there was no viable option for the regular modeller. Enter Fisher Models with their F.8 conversion.... Paul Fisher is a craftsman. There's no doubt about that, and his sheer finesse and attention to detail can be seen in all of his products, so when one of the F.8 conversions dropped through the door, not only could I not wait to see what it contained, but I was already fomenting a plan to build this as soon as the review was completed. This set is packaged into a reasonable size box for a conversion, and it's also got quite a bit of weight to it. But then it needs to! To convert the F.4 to the F8, you'll have very little fuselage plastic left. Opening this box, you see one trademark of all their sets, and that is swathes of soft, crispy tissue paper that not only provides some padding, but is also used to individually wrap certain parts and assemblies. One such wrapped assembly are the two forward fuselage sections. As well as being carefully taped together, they also contain a little zip-lock wallet tucked inside. This holds the clear resin parts, again, carefully wrapped in tissue paper. New Nose The real difference between the kit fuselage nose/cockpit area and the resin parts, are that F.8 had an extended nose, so Fisher has taken the kit nose and also extended this, whilst replicating the kit standard detail on the new areas. This is been done extremely well except for one or two panel lines which just need a quick lick with a scriber. Exterior detail is sharp, again, matching the standard of the host kit. One part of the HK kit that I didn't like was the oblong part that inserts into the upper forward nose. No matter how hard I tried, I couldn't get it to sit flush all the way around. No problem with that here, as that section is cast in situ. Apart from that, there are a few minor differences to the kit parts, with one noticeably being the two fairings that protrude from either side of the cockpit canopy area. You will also note that the rear turtle deck, so devoid of detail on the HK kit, is actually opened up here. We'll look at the reasons why very shortly. It's pretty obvious that the cockpit internals and wheel bay area will install as per the kit, and a very solid ridge has been left along the inner area of the mating surface, to allow the modeller to align the new nose as easily as possible. Seams are very good here, with the upper seam being the better of the two. The lower seam is a little uneven in some places, and there is a little raised resin around that seam. When these are jointed, you'll need to apply a little putty or thick CA as filler, and carefully rub back so as not to damage any surrounding detail. Casting is among some of the best I've seen, with no actual casting block to remove; just a little tidying instead. No flaws can be seen anywhere. Intakes There are TWO sets of corrected intakes available for this kit. These are the long and short chord type, with all parts being wrapped in tissue to protect them. This release will be packaged with the long chord as standard, unless you ask them to be substituted for the short chord parts. Installation of these will be very different, with the long chord type needing the most invasive surgery, as you cut back into the wing root area in order to graft these into place. On the other hand, the short chord, whilst not needing that level of surgery, does involve having to install the part before you glue the upper wing to the lower. This is because this type has a short but flared intake channel within, which correctly tapers to an oblong shape. I do find that the long chord intakes need a little re-scribing in places, and both sets have a few very minor divots in the joining edges, around the circumference. Again, this is no big deal and won't take long to sort out. One point of contention in the inclusion of both parts is that the artworks don't specify which machine was installed with what type of intake. You'll have to use your own reference there, or your imagination. My sample also has two sets of wing leading edge areas that you see through the intake opening. I can't see any difference in them at all, so presume these are all merely packaged because I have two intake sets with this sample. Cockpit Fisher has totally reworked this area, almost beyond recognition. This is an area where you really should take your time and employ considerable patience, due to the many parts that not make up the Meteor pilot's humble office. Out of box, the kit parts make a very tidy and acceptable cockpit, but this takes the whole result up ten whole levels! The basic cockpit tub assembly is as per kit, with the starboard side locking to the pips that are cast into the interior of the nose. This perfectly aligns the whole tub when complete. There is far more detail in this cockpit than is supplied in the basic kit. This comes from both adding the detail that HK missed, right up to corrections and of course that detail which differs from the F.4 variant. If cockpits are your thing, then this could well be one of the most detailed that you'll yet see. Sidewalls are resplendent in extra detail, such as wiring and re-faced/refined instruments/avionics units. My sample set has two identical casting blocks containing various levers etc. These are added to the sidewalls, and also to the totally reworked rear wall. This is designed to accommodate the new ejection seat, and there is a lever unit either side of the gap, accommodating two levers each. Even the floor gets a little extra refinement with the addition of the two walled channels for the pilot's feet/rudder pedals. Now, onto that seat. This is the only part of the conversion that Fisher didn't master for themselves. It is actually the Martin-Baker ejection seat from Aero Club, and very fine it is too. There are three parts to this; the main chair, cushions and belts, and the top pull-release on the upper headrest. As far as standard and depth of detail go, this doesn't disappoint, and entirely compliments the Fisher conversion set. Casting quality is first rate, with the tiniest bit of feathery flash to remove. You will notice that the instrument panel is very different in this release. The first think that struck me was the lack of bezels. Checking this out online, this is indeed correct. The panel is also very thin as it is designed to fit to a separate plate, sandwiching a decal that shows through main panel. There are numerous other small parts that go to make up this masterpiece, including a reworked control column and gun-sight. Extra Internal Detail I already mentioned the lack of any detail on the kit turtle-deck. This isn't so much of a problem when the canopy is closed (though it still isn't properly represented), but when the canopy is opened, as most of us no doubt model it, there is an entire lack of detail that should be shown. In fact, the kit totally leaves it out. What should sit there are the hydraulic drip pan and reservoir, plus the two large ammunition boxes. Well, fret no longer, as they are indeed included in this kit, and in stunning detail. There is also a curved interior shell that fits within the canopy, and then when closed, obscures this area from view. New Tail Section If sawing the entire nose from your fuselage didn't give you palpitations, then the next modification most certainly will. A major difference between the F.4 and F.8, and certainly the most visible, was the difference in the shape of the tailfin, rudder and horizontal stabiliser/elevator areas. These were major reworkings, and the only thing that can be done is to dispense with the plastic totally. The new resin fin is cast with its rudder in situ, but the effect is very convincing and it looks like separate parts. In fact, hold it to the light, and you will see a sliver through the resin. In some places, the resin is gone, and I'm thinking the best thing to do here is to gently run a razor saw down the leading edge of the rudder, just to give a little extra definition. To add the new tail, the fuselage will need to be sawed as a pre-determined panel line. Stabilisers and elevators are supplied as left/right, and are marked as such with a thin web that is cast to them. Apart from the elevators, there are no casting blocks to remove at all on the stabilisers or the main tail section. A very thin strip of easily removable resin serves as the casting block on the elevators. Just a minimal clean up. Test-fitting the stabilisers to the vertical fin shows the fit to be extremely good, with perhaps just a wipe of putty being needed, if at all. Detail is excellent and commensurate with the finesse of the host kit, with finely scribed panel lines and access ports. Clear Parts One of the criticisms of the HK kit had been the canopy. The actual F.4 canopy is a little shallow and wide, and whilst that doesn't concern us here, the windscreen does. This was also incorrect on the HK kit, so a new resin part is included here to replace that. There are also TWO main canopy parts; both early and late hoods, as well as a clear cover for the radio compass on the Australian machine, and a small piece of acetate for the gun-sight reflector. The windscreen is crystal clear, exhibiting zero distortion, and the main hoods, whilst not distorted, aren't quite as clear as the windscreen. I think a tickle with a buffing and polishing stick should sort that, and a dip in Klear may seal the deal. Frame definition is good, and the frame areas themselves are frosted. Decals There are THREE sheets included here, printed by Fantasy Printshop. It's always good to see decals that I know to be of high quality. FIVE schemes are supplied with this release, with an Israeli machine in the offing still. Contact Fisher Models regarding that. Whilst there are five schemes, there are actually only 4 unique machines, as one of these was repainted in camouflage, from its original high-speed silver. I really can't complain about the decals. They are superbly thin, contain minimal carrier film, authentic colour, and they are in perfect register. Unlike the HK kit, this conversion supplies you with a full set of stencils too. The schemes available here are: Meteor F.Mk.8, WF737.V, No.63 Sqn. RAF Waterbeach, UK, 1956 Meteor F.Mk.8, WH359.K, No.611 Sqn. Royal Aux. Air Force, RAF Hooton Park, UK, 1953 Meteor F.Mk.8, WH445.S, No.615 Sqn, Royal Aux. Air Force, RAF Biggin Hill, UK, 1958 Meteor F.Mk.8, A77-207, No.77 RAAF, Korea, 1951 Instructions There's no doubt that these have been a labour of love for Paul Fisher. Every stage is photographed and passages of text annotate the images. My only real criticism is that the photos are perhaps a little small, and it would have been good to have these in colour and not in black/white. The text certainly helps to make up for things generally, and colour notation is given throughout the conversion construction. Colour profiles are supplied for the various machines, and a stencil diagram is given on the back page. • I already mentioned that none of these machines have any information about whether they use the wide or short chord intakes. In all, you shouldn't have any real issue in converting your Meteor if you closely study the instructions. Conclusion Wow! This really is a superb resin conversion set, with a very decent parts count. There are far more schemes available for the F.8 than there is for the original F.4 kit incarnation, and this set opens up many exciting possibilities. There are already decals slated for this release, from other aftermarket manufacturers. As well as the conversion aspect, this release also opens up a whole new depth of detail to the cockpit, which now becomes a real showpiece of this aircraft. Resin production is amongst some of the very best, and if you want to know about accuracy, then the fact that this is from Fisher should be enough for you. Paul has done his research, and there notable names from our industry, listed on the instructions front page. This is a quality product throughout and screams to be built. In fact, by the time you read this, I already will have! Very highly recommended My sincere thanks to Fisher Models for the review sample seen here. To purchase directly, click THIS link. James H
  6. 1/32 Gloster Meteor Upgrades Interior – Air Brake – Gun Bay Profimodeller 32195 (Interior) – 32200 (Air Brake) – 32193 (Gun Bay) Available from Profimodeller for: 32195 - Interior: € 7,20 32200 - Air Brake: € 4,30 32193 - Gun Bay: € 17,90 HK Model’s 1/32 Gloster Meteor F.4. A relatively simple kit with limited parts that builds into a nice rendition of the Meteor straight from the box and can also form the base for a super detialed Meteor. For the latter these three sets are a great start. The pro’s of the HK Models Meteor are subtle service detail, great fit and proper dimensions. The Air intakes and canopy could have been better though, but I won’t go into those here. The Czech company ProfiModeller has proven to be a great partner for the new chinese model brand by making upgrade sets for their B25, Do335 and B-17. I really like the way the chop up the detail areas into small bags. One for the interior. One for the Gun bay. Not one huge interior upgrade, but the choice of how far to go. Both in detail, as in budget. The interior This is a need to have in my opinion. The area behind the pilot seat is hard to find reference on. Beleive me, I tried… The HK Models model features a flat undetailed area. This set let’s you build the frame and canopy sliding unit that belongs there. The instrument panel on the HK Models kit is detailed, but could definately benefit from some colored dials and refined detail. I myself am not a huge fan of transparant film with dials that you need to sandwich between PE panels. They lack color and need white paint on the back to make the dials pop. The latest Eduard dials are nice, but still not as sharp in detail as I’d like to see. Profimodeller provides a piece of fine printed card in color that needs to be glued between the plastic kit panel and the PE panel. Last there is a PE gunsight. A prominent feature in the Meteor’s pit. 6 parts make up this instrument. Especially nice detail on the switch that lets the pilot select it’s opponents wingspan in order for the aiming computer to make the correct calculations. The Air Brake If you decide to model your Meteor with the Air brakes open, this is a set that will make a difference. The Air brakes on the Meteor are positioned on top of the wings and below. The fine photo etch does not appear to pose a challenge and personally I love the fine rivets rendered on these parts. Also included in this set is the trim tab on the rudder. Which is a nice detail. The Gun Bay Now this is THE set I was anticipating the most. Truth be told: I started researching this area in order to 3D model and print this section myself. That urge quickly dissapeared when told Profimodeller was ahead of me. The instructions are very clear, which they need to be, since this set means surgery on your model. Cutting out the hatches that cover both the barrels and the rear access area to the gun breeches. A resin tub fits inside, accomodating the two resin guns. Overall nice and delicate detail. Checking the parts with my (scarce) references, all the elements are there. What I love is the panel framing made from photo etch. These will need careful handling and glueing. The same goes for the inner detail / framing of the hatches. Very nicely done. Before taking the saw and scalpel to engage your Meteor, check your references and study the manual. As you can see in the photo’s ProfiModeler provides you with clear and extensive instructions that explain which parts to cut out and what to sand off in order to make this set fit. I myself found it hard to find good photo reference material of the Meteor’s gunbay. Which is the reason I hadn’t started this project myself just yet. That’s why I’m also grateful ProfiModeler provides us with coloring instructions (mostly black J). The resin for the tub that accomodates the gun breeches is nicely cast in cream resin and needs minimal cleanup. The same goes for the two gun bodies. The two grey pieces of resin make up for the gunports that house the blast tubes. The barrels and these blast tubes are turned brass. All the other parts you’ll find in the photo etch fret. Actually the only thing not included is some wiring. In case you’re wondering: i prefer thin lead wire. Easy to bend, easy to glue and more natural to drape. Overal a very complete, well researched and detailed kit. Conclusion Upon getting my Meteor I knew I wouldn’t start mine until some after market sets became available. Actually I was betting on Eduard to treat us first, but ProfiModeller was quick on the ball. As I write this HGW released a set for the seatbelts. Nicely complimentary to this set! The HK Models Meteor is (as said) a nice basic kit straight from the box. I’ve seen a couple of them built and it really doesn’t need that much. Again: not talking about the canopy and intakes here! But if you want to open the canopy and add some detail under her skirt, this is a great way to go. I think it won’t be long till more sets appear on the market (gearbay?) and I hope they will be done by ProfiModeler. Mixed media, clear instructions and great detail. Stay tuned for a review of the ProfiModeller Meteor Engine set. Very highly recommended Our sincere thanks to ProfiModeller for the review samples. To purchase directly, click HERE. Jeroen Peters
  7. 1:32 Dutch Gloster Meteor F.Mk.4/T.Mk.7 LSK ®NethAF. Decals Dutch Decal Catalogue # 32023 Available from Dutch Decal for €14 For years Dutch Decals has made a niche for themselves in providing decals (among other things) for aircraft used by the Koninklijke Luchtmacht or KLu (Royal Netherlands Air Force). Apart from the national Dutch aviation industry such as Fokker, Koolhoven, many types from different international manufacturers were used. As a result there is a large pool of colour schemes worn by many different aircraft types to choose from. Mainly aimed at the Dutch market, however if you are interested in a Dutch livery this brand is usually where you end up. With the recent release of the HK Models Meteor F4 they have thoughtfully provided a comprehensive decal sheet. Not surprisingly these cover a large number of Dutch operated Gloster Meteors. What do you get? Two decal sheets in A5 format in a re-sealable clear plastic bag. One sheet carries the individual identities of the various Meteors. The second sheet is completely devoted to the airframes stencils. The HK Models kit does have a number of these stencils but the Dutch Decal sheet is in a whole different league. A fold-out A3 format instruction sheet complements the set. These show colour artwork of the available liveries as well as detailed information where to place the decals. This is indeed one of the most comprehensive sheets by this manufacturer. The artwork is first class and clearly show the different liveries used in Dutch service. Most options are for the inevitable high speed silver scheme. Some would call that boring, but for the Meteor this really accentuates the type’s classic lines. The high speed silver is not a natural metal exterior but the whole airframe was sprayed a silver colour. Later in service the meteors were sprayed in grey/green camouflage. Some liveries are for a target towing or photoreconnaissance version. The target towing version had the yellow and diagonal black striped undersides similar to the RAF-version. These are strikingly colourful so there is much to choose from. The instruction sheet also has some very useful photographs showing that parts of the cockpit were interior green as opposed to all black. The photographs were taken from a preserved F4 at Soesterberg. Of course preserved aircraft can be misleading so check your refererences. Stencils The separate stencil sheet is fantastic and worth buying this set for, even if you are not into Dutch Meteors. Due to the large number of small decals you really have to work in an orderly fashion otherwise you cannot see the forest through the trees (Dutch saying). It took Cees five evenings of work to get them all on. They are all in English (apart from the stencil for the T7, which is in Dutch). They are also perfectly legible which is nice. Beware of the instructions Be careful though as there are some mistakes such as misnumbered stencils. The datum stencils are especially tricky as there a more of them indicated on the instruction sheet as there are decals. Luuk Boerman told LSM that the instructions are at fault. Looking at the horizontal tail it indeed looks like a datum stencil frenzy. Luuk also mentioned that information about the stencils was not complete. Thus only the stencils for fuselage and upper surfaces of the wing and tail surfaces are provided. You won’t find any decals for the undersurfaces. Some of the decals are for the fuselage tanks. On the HK Models kit there are no filler details here. Again, check your references. Exercise Cupola Some options are for operational meteors used during Western Union Air Defence Excersise “Cupola”. This was held between august 25th and august 27th 1950. This was the first largescale cooperation between the airforces of Britain, America, France, Belgium and the Netherlands. Its aim was to test the detecting, identifying and tracking of enemy aircraft and directing fighters to their interception. During this exercise the noses of participating Meteors were painted red. Some already carried red nosecaps and tail acorns as squadron colours. For this exercise the area on the nose was extended to roughly in line with the front edge of the nosewheelbay. Shape of things to come Surprisingly one of the options is for a Meteor T7 trainer. It is hoped that Fisher Model and Pattern will provide a resin conversion set. Quality One of the options was used by Cees Broere on his HK Models Meteor. The decals are very well printed in good register. Colour density is also very good. There is a limited amount of decal film overlap. This completely disappears using the Micorscale Set and Sol system and a coat of varnish. It is advised to cut as much excess film away with scissors to reduce the risk of silvering. The decals only need a few seconds of immersion in luke warm water and they slide off easily. They are very strong and can stand some handling. Especially in the case where after five minutes Cees noticed that the large roundels were upside down. Using a brush with a lot of water they were lifted off without any damage. Be careful in using the set/sol solutions as the white was affected. But it could be too much of the solution applied. So be careful here. Conclusion? A very welcome sheet. Even if a Dutch Meteor is not to your liking, the separate sheet with airframe stencils is worth buying for that alone. Highly recommended. Available directly from Dutch Decal, the Aviaton Hobby Shop or Hannants Cees Broere en Jeroen Peters
  8. 1:32 Gloster Meteor F.4 HK Models Catalogue # 01E05 Available from Hannants for £71.96 Hong Kong Models (HK) don't do things by half! Despite being the new boys on the modelling scene they jumped right in with both feet releasing the huge B-25J, the forthcoming B-25H, and following up with the even bigger B17F/G! They're not resting on their laurels with the next release, as despite being a single seat fighter it still measures in at a 394mm! Take cover the HK Meteor F.4 is about to strike! The Gloster Meteor F.4 was a natural progression from the wartime F.3 taking advantage of experience gained from the record setting Meteors, bringing improved Rolls Royce Derwent 5 engines, a fully pressurised cockpit and shorter wings to improve manoeuvrability (at the cost of rate of climb). The F.4 served the RAF well from 1947 until it was quickly replaced by the more advanced F.8 in 1950, however it also gave great service to many other air forces including Belgium, the Netherlands, Egypt, Denmark and even saw combat with the Argentine air force. The Meteor F.4 might not seem the most obvious mark of the ubiquitous Meatbox to release first, the wartime F.3 saw plenty of action against the Doodlebugs scoring 13 victories against the V1 menace and would perhaps be a more natural starting point, or even the elegant F.8 with its sleeker lines and multitude of gaudy colour schemes. I believe the reason we have an F.4 is because of the kits Wingscale origins, the Netherlands was one of the largest customers for the Meteor F.4 outside of Great Britain and as Wingscale's owner is Dutch the F.4 was a natural choice. Despite being HK'S smallest offering to date this kit still comes in an impressively large glossy top opening box, the computer generated art work certainly shows the Meteor off from its best angle and features probably one of the most colourful schemes worn by the F.4 in RAF service. Contained within are three large sprues of medium grey coloured plastic containing the main airframe parts, a smaller sprue holding the wing spars and aerials, one clear sprue, and a shaped white metal nose weight. All packed separately in re-sealable bags, Nice touch HK! The nose weight however was free to roam the box and damage whatever it might come in contact with, our example survived undamaged but perhaps some more thoughtful packaging in future releases HK?! A cardboard strengthener is used to stop any weight placed on the box lid crushing the contents, which is again a nice touch. A little bonus is the inclusion of a 1/144th Meteor F.4 which I believe is HK's first release from 2012 and despite being very simple features some beautiful slide moulding. .....Now onto the BIG Meatbox! Sprue A Straight down to business, HK have took a fairly simplistic approach to this kit, other manufacturers (Revell!) would have taken a modular approach to extract the maximum number of variants from commons sprues, HK have gone completely the other direction bucking the trend. The dominant parts on this sprue are the fuselage halves, split vertically they measure nearly the whole 394mm (minus the rudder) and capture the slim lines of the Meteor's fuselage nicely. If you're not a fan of fully riveted models then I'm afraid HK might be another manufacturer to strike off your list as the meatbox is covered! Fear not though as they're are all nicely restrained and of different gauges, I did find some rivets to have some very fine flash almost like a short hair coming from them; most of it could be brushed off by hand so I don't see this being an issue. The cannon ports are moulded open and on the inside have structural ribbing where the cannon barrels would rest (some aluminium tubing from Albion alloys would add some realism here). The tail features some very well done layered panels on the lower tail fairing and they appear overlapped as per the real aircraft, also on this sprue are the ailerons which feature separate trim tabs which can be left pose able if desired as can the ailerons themselves. The intake rings are very nicely moulded separately (despite any grumblings about accuracy) and research shows these were actually made from layered mahogany on the real aircraft, a very jet age solution! Right at the other end of the engine the exhaust are superbly done with some subtle vent detail which will really benefit from your metalcote of choice, they are however open ended and will allow you to look inside the nacelle. The large undercarriage doors are also on this sprue and are nicely curved and bulged in all the right places, on their inside they feature rivet detail but some ejection marks are also present which will require some careful filling and sanding to remove. Were given separate flaps which can be dropped and have full internal detail. Sprue B Again HK have boldly moulded some very large whole pieces, the entire lower wing and engine nacelles are all one piece, even incorporating the main wheel wells and lower airbrake recesses! Have no fear detail hasn't suffered from this approach and the wheel wells are a good scale depth and the ribbing and structure looks spot on, the recesses for the airbrakes will look excellent if you decide to display them open. One thing I did pick up on is that HK have only moulded the cannon linkage ejector ports on one side, I couldn't find a photo or drawing to confirm that the F.4 had them both sides but earlier and later marks did and I believe the armament remained basically unchanged throughout the different marks, the panel they would be on is moulded in the same place as the opposite side so I'm puzzled by their omission. I almost mistook the recess for the foot step for an ejection slot as it is recessed in a similar way, but HK don't provide the step itself which would be simple enough to scratch build. The wings are riveted to the same standard as the fuselage and again some nice layered detail is present where the wings would mate to the engine nacelles. Next up is the large belly tank that characterised the Meteor and was necessary to give it a useable range, on my kit I found that the rivet detail seemed to become slightly shallower and less defined on the sides of the tank, probably due to it being moulded as one whole piece rather than two halves. The rest of the sprue is taken up by the tailplane and elevators which are again all separate with smaller separate trim tabs, this time however they are not designed to be moveable once in place like the ailerons, the rudder you'll be glad to hear is! It is cleverly moulded so that the top and bottom sections are connected and will move together as on the real aircraft, the trailing edge has a lip which you would be forgiven for mistaking for flash but this was a feature of early F.4's. The airbrakes are superbly thin and have full internal and external riveting and I doubt etch parts would be much of an improvement, they will require the attachment parts cutting off if you want to depict them retracted. Sprue C Here we have the top sections of the wings and engine nacelles, interestingly they have the engine covers moulded separately despite no engine being provided, and perhaps they considered providing an engine but decided to leave something for the aftermarket brigade. The aftermarket jumped on the inaccuracy of the front nacelles and air intakes very quickly, to my eye they don't seem to taper enough towards the intake and are almost like the wide breather intakes featured on later F.8's; in all honesty they don't detract from the finished model and you'd have to point out the difference to the uninitiated. Interestingly I am in the process of fitting the corrected fisher air intakes and the line you cut to fit them happens to correspond with a raised rib on the inside of the nacelles, it makes me wonder what HK (Airscale?) originally had planned. Also on this sprue are the parts for the cockpit, at a glance this seems a simple affair but comparing it to walk around photos shows that HK have captured all the salient features of the Meteors coalhole, the seat isn't the best depiction it could have been and I believe the Meteor seat was essentially the same as used in Hurricanes. The instrument panel has some nice raised detail but doesn't have any actual dials and no decals are provided either, the layout is accurate when compared to restored examples so would benefit from some of Airscale's excellent dial decals to bring it up to scratch. Strangely the gun sight has the lens moulded in place in solid grey plastic rather than clear, I expected this to be something that would be corrected in production kits but appears to of slipped through the net. The undercarriage is moulded in halves and looks spot on to me, they locate positively into the wheel well with some large square pegs and should be plenty sturdy enough even with the white metal nose weight, the main wheels are weighted and have the correct hubs which are different on each side, the nose wheel is moulded with smooth hubs which is correct for later F.4'S/F.8'S but research seems to show early examples had a four spoke nose wheel very similar to that seen on spitfires (as can be seen on the Prototype which now resides at the Royal Air force museum Hendon). Lastly we have the blanks which represent the fronts of the Derwent engines, the Derwent being a centrifugal flow type turbojet didn't have an intake as per modern axial flow types and looking down the intake you would only see a jumble of piping and boxes, HK provide a very rudimentary representation of this which would benefit from some more "plumbing"; unfortunately these blanks don't fit flush to the inside of the intake and will allow daylight to show through. To me the main issue with the intakes and nacelles isn't the shape it's the fact that after the intake ring they are wide open, the real aircraft has a duct leading to the face of the engine, Large scale modeller forum member Cees B has come up with a cheap simple solution to this and has used an old beer can to form the inside of the nacelle/intake, this in turn makes the blanks provided perfectly adequate and solves the daylight issue; a very inventive bunch us modellers! http://forum.largescalemodeller.com/topic/2168-dutch-meteor-mk-4/ Sprue D This sprue holds the clear parts, the three piece Malcom hood canopy of the F.4 looks spot on and is superbly clear, the bulged Malcom hood doesn't have any seam and the framing features rivet detail to match the grey plastic parts, as does the framing on the windscreen and rear section. The remaining parts are for the wingtip navigation lights and the pointed navigation light used on the extreme tail, no part is provided for the gun sight lens as mentioned earlier. A nice touch is the inclusion of a slightly tacky film to protect the top of the main hood part from any scratching. We saw this on the B-25H review recently. Sprue E This small sprue holds the parts for the front wing spar which is visible through the intakes and the spine mounted aerials, the main Aerial seems to of had the tip squared off which isn't quite correct but otherwise they are thin and well moulded. Sprue F Lastly we have the moulded nose weight, this is designed to fit in the front undercarriage bay and is located by two small pegs on the inside of the fuselage, it should provide plenty of weight to prevent tail sitting and is a very welcome feature. Instructions HK's style of instructions are basic but clear, printed in black and white on medium quality paper they are efficient with their information. Colour call outs are usefully given by name, FS number, Hobby colour and Tamiya acrylics. Two very colourful decal options are provided, firstly 600 Squadron (city of London) RAuxAF with its famous red/white triangles, this is unusual as it has mismatched roundels as it is transitioning from wartime style to the brighter post war type. The second option is an extremely bright Argentine Air Force example with yellow stripes galore. Decals A relatively small decal sheet is provided for the two options, this is reminiscent of the type Trumpeter/Hobby Boss provide and is in very good register with minimal carrier film, the colours look strong and the more intricate decals like the 600 squadron badge are well printed. Some stencil data is provided for the RAF option but more is given for the Argentine option, you do also get the distinctive walkway lines. Overall they have a satin finish like Tamiya sometimes uses in its aircraft kits. So what do we think? Despite being the RAF's Premier Jet aircraft and the only allied Jet to see service in World War Two the Meatbox hasn't been a popular subject with mainstream manufacturers, Tamiya's simple but accurate 1/48th kit has been the benchmark up to now. HK's approach of a simple easy to build kit rather bucks the trend in today's hyper detail multi option market place, what we have is an extremely buildable largely accurate kit of a neglected subject; straight from the box you will have an imposing model which will certainly stand out on any table. I feel a huge wave of aftermarket parts is sure to follow this kits release as HK have made it very easy for the cottage industry to develop upgrades such as a full engine, Fisher were quick off the mark to release corrected intakes and they are promising an F.8 conversion and more! All that remains to be seen is whether the price will reflect the simple nature of this kit. Head on over to the Large scale Modeller Forum where several builds of this kit are well under way. http://forum.largescalemodeller.com/ Highly recommended. Ben Summerfield Our sincere thanks to HK Models for this retail review sample. To get this great kit directly, click THIS link.
  9. Hi guys and gals, I've had to keep this under wraps for a few days in case it didn't happen, but I can tell you that at Scale Model World today, the LSM team took possession of the final release sprues of the forthcoming HK Models Gloster Meteor F.4! This is an un-boxed kit, with no manual, and will give us a first look at this pretty damn smart looking kit. We'll give you plenty of photos and a dry fit of the main components for you. In future, we'll also receive the boxed version for you to see. We have a few images of a completed test shot on our Facebook page. The LSM team had a very fruitful meeting with HK Models also, and we'll be bringing you more news and reviews in the future. Exciting times here!
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