benjaminsummerfield Posted February 3, 2014 Share Posted February 3, 2014 Had to start this badboy, I was going to wait for the Fisher F.8 conversion but this kit was calling me and I fancied some straight forward modelling. First thing I did was ditch the kit seat and replace it with the seat I had spare from the Tamiya Spitfire IX as I used a barracuda seat, I added the height adjustment lever using Albion alloys tubing which I also used to make some control rods for the rudder pedals. HK provide a nice shaped nose weight to stop any tail sitting but the Meatbox nose bay didn't have a roof as the whole nose was removable I believe. So I relocated it to behind the cockpit and added plenty more weight for good measure!! This allowed me to add some triangulation using alloy rod that the kit was missing and I also used evergreen sprue and spares to add some interest to the area. This feels a lot stronger now. On the bulkhead I cut out seatbelt guide so I could thread them through as per the real aircraft. And then drilled it out and used more rod. The sidewall detail is really good and they've managed to mould all the detail in situ, comparing it to walk round pics they've got all the major features. The throttle however is a strange moulded blob so I removed it and scratch built a replacement from Albion tubing and spare etched parts. Albion came to the rescue for the gun barrels as well. Belly tank is a perfect fit They seem to of only moulded the ejector slots on one side. Not sure if this is correct for the F.4 but the F.8 had then on both sides and I believe the meteor had the same armament throughout its career. I need to confirm this but I'll probably have to get busy with a drill and needle file. The other thing i picked up on is that a lot of F.4's had a different style nose wheel very similar to the spitfires, HK provide a smooth one which seems to be correct for some but not for the 600Sqn kit option im doing (see photo below). I'll try and get this spare part from the Tamiya spitfire to fit. Going to primer all these bits tonight and then shoot some black on them tomorrow hopefully. 2 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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