Gloster Meteor F.Mk.8
Gloster Meteor F.Mk.8
images by Brett Green
Classic Airframes' 1/48 scale Meteor
F.Mk.8 (early) is available online from Squadron
77 Squadron RAAF entered the Korean War equipped with Mustangs. These
aircraft were adequate for the Squadron's prior occupation duties in
Japan, but were totally outclassed by the new generation of jet fighters
93 Meteor F.8 replacements were delivered direct to Korea from April
1951. The unit happily converted to the new jet on the front lines.
However, the "Meatbox" was hardly a match for the scourge of the Korean
skies, the MiG 15.
The MiG 15 was designed as a modern jet fighter from inception. Its
swept wings and stubby fuselage built around its powerful single Klimov
engine (ironically, a copy of the Rolls-Royce Nene) was the most advanced
design of its time.
The "Meatbox" was old-fashioned by comparison. Its straight wings,
conventional fuselage, and twin nacelle-mounted engines betrayed its World
War Two design origins. The nimble MiG could out-climb, out-turn, out-run
and, with its 37mm cannon, out-gun the Meteor. Nevertheless, pilots from
77 Squadron managed three victories over MiG 15s.
The real forte of the "Meatbox" lay in its ground attack capabilities.
Solid design provided a stable platform for bombs and up to 16 rockets.
The nose mounted 20mm cannon were also well suited to strafing attacks.
The cost of this deadly dangerous task was the loss of thirty-eight
Meteor aircrew and a further seven imprisoned during the Korean War.
Classic Airframes 1/48
Scale Meteor F.8
This is Classic Airframes'
1/48 scale Meteor F.Mk.8. Classic Airframes has released the Meteor F.8 in
two separate boxings with alternate combinations of intake and canopy
types, and different markings options. My project is based on kit no. 466,
the early version of the Meteor F.Mk.8.
The model is a limited
run, multi-media offering. The main components are presented in high
quality injection moulded styrene with crisply engraved panel lines.
The cockpit, wheel wells
and some other details are supplied in resin. Overall detail of the kit is
This was another
commission build and my Australian client wanted, probably not
surprisingly, George Hale's Korean War MiG killer from 77 Squadron RAAF.
This pilot and aircraft were responsible for two of the RAAF's three MiG
Classic Airframes' Meteor
Mk.8 does not fall together by itself, but the results are very pleasing.
with the cockpit. Detail in this area is good but much of it will be
hidden, despite the large bubbletop canopy, owing to the black interior.
Click the thumbnails below
to view larger images:
The ejection seat has the
harness and cushions moulded on. This part responds very well to careful
The main components were
built as sub-assemblies. A length of sprue was added inside the outer wing
panel sections to help with alignment and to strengthen the join.
As has been noted in previous reviews, aligning the
cockpit/forward wheel mount assembly inside the fuselage was a bit tricky.
However, the result was acceptable. Once the fuselage halves were joined I
added a fillet of styrene to the front of the wheel well opening to
shorten the gap between the front of the wheel bay and the open front
The cannon ports are moulded solid on the kit so I drilled
them out. I managed to obtain the impression of a separate muzzle inside
each port, but this was purely by chance!
Holes for the air intake and gun camera were drilled in
the nose at the same time.
The undercarriage parts were reinforced with brass wire.
Hydraulic lines were also added using fine solder.
I encountered some minor alignment issues between the
intakes and the main wing parts; and a couple of easily-filled gaps at the
Other additions and modifications included:
Boarding step scratchbuilt using plastic card
and fine wire for handle
Canopy rail handle fabricated from fine wire
Canopy guide rail and windscreen seal created
from plastic card and Milliput
All tyres slightly flattened
Rocket rail stubs sourced from various kits,
with rails added from strip styrene
Pitot tube made from brass tube and wire
Solid ARN-6 Radio Compass Beacon
housing kit part used as plug for plunge moulding new clear cover
Aerial/beacon inside the clear
cover formed from scrap styrene sprue
Radio whip antenna from nylon
Selected rivet lines added after
Meteor received an overall coat of Tamiya AS-12 Bare Metal Silver decanted
and sprayed through my Testor Aztek A470 airbrush. With its subdued sheen,
this colour is a good representation for the overall Silver Dope finish on
the real aircraft.
A mix of 50% Tamiya XF-1 Black and XF-64 Red Brown was
then thinned approximately 90%. This thin mixture was then sprayed lightly
and unevenly over the belly drop tank. The brighter silver straps around
the belly tank were masked prior to this dirty overspray.
The same mix was used to subtly overspray panel lines.
Light vertical streaks were also applied inside panels to represent stress
and rippling often seen on these front line jets.
A 2B graphite pencil was used to add some final
enhancement to the panel lines.
The kit decals were used, and they performed flawlessly.
The photographs were taken indoors, under incandescent lights by Brett
Green on his Nikon Coolpix 5700.
The photos with the scenery were taken on a base with Eduard's 1/48
scale PSP plate (presented in black styrene) embedded into architectural
The scene is meant to represent a 77 Squadron flightline in the primitive and
sparse airfield facilities of Kimpo in South Korea.
The other model seen behind my Classic Airframes kit in a few shots is
Brett's Aeroclub 1/48 scale vacform Meteor F.8 built during 1999.
I was very happy with the way my Classic Airframes Meteor F.8 turned
Now if only I could find the time to build an Aussie
Meteor for myself!
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|Korean War Aces
Aircraft of the Aces 4
Author: Robert F Dorr
Illustrator: Chris Davey
US Price: $19.95
UK Price: £12.99
April 10, 1995
Details: 96 pages; ISBN: 1855325012
Model by Chris Wauchop
Text Copyright © 2004 by Chris Wauchop and
Images Copyright © 2004 by
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