Airfix 1/48 Meteor Mk 8 multi build - updated 19 Apr 19

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Airfix 1/48 Meteor Mk 8 multi build - updated 19 Apr 19

Postby harvs73 » Sat Feb 23, 2019 5:10 pm

I am starting to do a group build of three 1/48 RAAF Meteors. They will be:
- A77-882 in service with the RAAF 75 SQN Meteorites aerobatics team. Built using Eduard PE cockpit set and Red Roo decals RRD4841 covering the Meteorites aircraft.
- A77-882 as a Mk 21a. This will be done with the Red Roo conversion set RRR48174.
- A Meteor of 77 SQN RAAF during the Korean war using the Red Roo set RRD4855. This will be done using the Eduard Meteor Cockpit update set.
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Re: Airfix 1/48 Meteor Mk 8 multi build (3 of them)

Postby DesTROYer » Sat Feb 23, 2019 5:33 pm

Having done two at once, I like your thinking. Great job and I look forward to following your progress.
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Airfix 1/48 Meteor Mk 8 multi build - undated 27 Feb 19

Postby harvs73 » Wed Feb 27, 2019 1:44 pm

More work is completed with the cockpits on two of them basically completed and I have started on the wings and engines.
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Inside the intake there needs to be a small hole drilled to replicate the Generator Cooling Air intake. The instructions from Red Roo stipulate that the hole needs to be drilled 3.5mm from the left hand edge of the intake wall. If the cowl is not on the hole needs to be drilled 7mm from the edge of the area as shown in the image above or it will be under the edge of the cowl.
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The cockpits with PE installed. Some of the PE doesn't fit 'right' and can impede the various parts when trying to install them. I hate small PE handles
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I really need to clean out the remnants of the modifications from inside prior to closing it all up
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The PE panel on the right hand side of the cockpit is too long for what you are told to remove off the kit part. You need to extend the removal of plastic or trim back the PE to fit. If you don't it will impact the instrument panel fitment. I had to trim down the instrument panel and modify the inside of the cockpit to get it to fit in and not obstruct anything when test fitting in the fuselage halves.

The join lines at the rear of the cockpit are not a problem as these will be covered by the Ejection Seat.
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Here are the long and short intakes. The short intakes are for the Meteorites aircraft and the long ones are for the 77SQN Korea aircraft. Note the difference in plastic between the pale gray initial release and the darker 'Korea' release. It makes no actual difference once undercoated and painted.

One point to note when putting the intakes together, the instructions list the numbers for the short intake correctly but the long intakes are back to front so test fit prior to fitting or the cowls will NOT fit on the wing without trimming the joints. The inside lip also needs filler as there is not joint as such there on the real aircraft. There is actually a joint but it is covered over during construction in the factory and you can't see it
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Re: Airfix 1/48 Meteor Mk 8 multi build - updated 27 Feb 19

Postby surfsup » Fri Mar 01, 2019 1:19 pm

Three at once. Good grief I can only build one at a time but you are off to a very nice start.....Cheers mark
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Re: Airfix 1/48 Meteor Mk 8 multi build - updated 27 Feb 19

Postby harvs73 » Sun Mar 03, 2019 1:46 pm

I have done a fair bit more work so far.
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The gap at the wing roots can be fixed by either a spreader bar inside the fuselage or careful gluing of the wings.
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The inlet is now drilled on the leading edge of both wings for the generator cooling air outlet and the Air Compressor Cowling is glued on to the wing.
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Here are two of the three Meteors with fuselage together and the wings together. I have not glued the wings to the fuselage yet as I want to fit the cowlings first so I can ensure the are fitted correctly.
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Here are two of the three Meteors with fuselage together and the wings together. I have not glued the wings to the fuselage yet as I want to fit the cowlings first so I can ensure the are fitted correctly.
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Re: Airfix 1/48 Meteor Mk 8 multi build - updated 3 Mar 19

Postby harvs73 » Tue Apr 16, 2019 10:43 pm

While it doesn't look like much has been done there has been considerable filling and sanding of areas and trying to fit the nose cones on. The aircraft on the left is to be A77-882 when it was a 'Meteorite' and the aircraft on the right is to be A77-734 in Korea.
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Re: Airfix 1/48 Meteor Mk 8 multi build - updated 16 Apr 19

Postby David E » Thu Apr 18, 2019 8:22 pm

Looks like plenty of good progress! Enjoying this.
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Re: Airfix 1/48 Meteor Mk 8 multi build - updated 16 Apr 19

Postby Peter Roberts » Fri Apr 19, 2019 4:22 am

Great work David! Taking notes on your build, have a couple of these to do too so appreciate your finds.

Other builds have suggested issues with the fit of the panel over the engines so will be interested to see how you get on.

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Re: Airfix 1/48 Meteor Mk 8 multi build - updated 16 Apr 19

Postby TiG » Fri Apr 19, 2019 9:25 am

Great work on the construction. It must have taken quite a few hours to fill and sand the fuselage to that level. Really looking forward to seeing some paint go down inn these two.
How have you found building in tandem? It's there much of a time saving versus building individually do you think?
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Re: Airfix 1/48 Meteor Mk 8 multi build - updated 16 Apr 19

Postby harvs73 » Fri Apr 19, 2019 9:29 am

Peter, the engine covers are hit and miss and I think they all rely on how well you fit the front nacelle. If the nacelle is not right back the fit of the cover will be bad and there will be gaps at the front and rear. I also had to trim the horizontal edges at the rear of the cover to get the smooth fit at the rear of the cover.

The fit of the nose cone is highly dependent on fitting the cockpit tub correctly which affects the correct fitting of part D30, the nose plate. I stuffed it on the first one resulting in poorly fitting nose cone while I left it off until after the cockpit tub was in and the fuselage was glued together on the second one which allowed me to fit it in correctly after trimming various bits.
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