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REVIEW
1/48th Gloster Meteor F.8
betheyn
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AEROSCALE
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Posted: Tuesday, March 22, 2016 - 07:54 PM UTC
With Airfix''s 1/48th Gloster Meteor F.8 just hitting the shelves, we take a quick look at this long awaited new tool release.

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If you have comments or questions please post them here.

Thanks!
Jessie_C
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Posted: Wednesday, March 23, 2016 - 01:55 AM UTC
Hmmmm. Partially solid canopy and loop antenna fairing on the clear sprue. Do I detect the possibility of doing Halestorm, perchance?

AussieReg
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Posted: Wednesday, March 23, 2016 - 02:04 AM UTC
Vale George Hale

This looks very nice, thanks for the review Andy. The Meteor and the Me262 are really the only two jet aircraft that appeal to my current area of interest, so a new-tool kit is high on my purchase list now.

Cheers, D
JPTRR
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RAILROAD MODELING
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Posted: Wednesday, March 23, 2016 - 07:43 AM UTC
This looks like a great model. I am very impressed with all of the internal structure.

It looks like Airfix is making a climb back towards the top tier of the model companies.
Alystyr
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Posted: Wednesday, March 23, 2016 - 11:28 AM UTC
It's almost to the point that there's no need to read the reviews of new-tool Airfix kits - I don't think that there's been an actual stinker in the past couple of years.
Their work on 1/72 aircraft is particularly amazing. I can remember not getting that level of detailing in 1/48 kits, or even 1/32 in some cases.
About the only thing that I'd say that Airfix needs to work on is instrument panels. With Eduard's color PE around, however, they probably figure that's one place that they can afford to let slide without being lambasted for it.
kahunaminor
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Posted: Wednesday, March 30, 2016 - 11:40 AM UTC
Jessie C, the kit has both large and small bore intakes as well as the ADF fairing (not mentioned on the clear sprue) used by RAAF aircraft. So in short, yes "Halestorm" or any RAAF aircraft is good to go direct from the kit.
Jessie_C
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Posted: Wednesday, March 30, 2016 - 10:57 PM UTC

Quoted Text

Jessie C, the kit has both large and small bore intakes as well as the ADF fairing (not mentioned on the clear sprue) used by RAAF aircraft. So in short, yes "Halestorm" or any RAAF aircraft is good to go direct from the kit.



Airfix would have been incredibly short-sighted not to offer the option.
kahunaminor
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Posted: Sunday, April 03, 2016 - 02:56 AM UTC
True, the only thing you may have to source are wheels as apparently the RAAF Meteors had block tread and only smooth are supplied.
Raptor01
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Posted: Saturday, May 21, 2016 - 04:46 PM UTC
We need a decal sheet of Aussie F.8 in thr Korean War. Lots of neat nose art options. A long time coming, glad it has arrived. Going to compare the Airfix kit to my Classic Airframes F.8, I think there is an Aussie Korean War Meteor option.

John
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Posted: Sunday, May 22, 2016 - 11:19 AM UTC
I picked up my copy of this last week


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We need a decal sheet of Aussie F.8 in thr Korean War.


Why John, when there are paint masks available?