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DesTROYer Dual 1/48 Airfix Gloster Meteor F.8 Build

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DesTROYer Dual 1/48 Airfix Gloster Meteor F.8 Build
Posted by DesTROYer on Monday, May 07, 2018 6:16 AM
After a recent month long break due to a hospital stay, I got back to the work bench this past wekend and started on my latest build, or should I say builds.I had two 1/48 Airfix Meteor F.8 kits in the stash and wanted to do one in flight and one with the engines and guns exposed, I decided to do the two at the same time.
 
The inflight model will be A77-854 with rockets and will be 98% OOB with only the seat "enhanced" by photo etch that is left over from the under service Meteor A77-851 Halestorm which will have resin seat & spent shell chutes, as well internal photo etch updates from Eduard.
It felt so good cutting and reshaping the first piece.
 
Before long I had two tubs well underway. The OOB one fell together in under 10 mins, but even with the little photo etch involved, the other is taking a fair bit longer.
 
I need to paint the seats, add some dry brushing to the cockpit walls and to apply some placard decals to both tubs and seats. The dials on the OOB IP will come from the kit decals but I think I'll need to add some extra colour too.
 
Progress will be slow as I'm still taking it easy after the surgery, as I still have around 120 staples in my thigh, but we're on the way.
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Posted by mississippivol on Monday, May 07, 2018 10:24 AM
Hope you get healed up all the way! You picked a neat project(s) to pass the time, looking forward to seeing them complete.
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Posted by roony on Monday, May 07, 2018 1:14 PM

Hope you heal soon.  Does give you more bench time eh. Have fun with the builds.

fox
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Posted by fox on Monday, May 07, 2018 8:16 PM

Looking forward to seeing how you do those great builds. Will be following your build  closely. Hope you have a 100% recovery.

Jim  Captain

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Posted by DesTROYer on Wednesday, May 09, 2018 3:19 AM

The appointment at the Hospital yesterday taught me that I was pushing myself a little to hard, nothing serious, but I'm taking it easy for the rest of the week as I still heal.  Still I set myself up with the stable table in my Lazyboy recliner today and did some more work on the cockpit tubs. 

 

Firstly, and perhaps strangely as I would usually detail and seal before doing this, I applied the cockpit decals after watching a video on youtube that recommended this and using Micro Sol both before and after applying the decals to non gloss surfaces.  Seems to work quite well.

Here is the IP's of both jets.  one with photo etch and the other with a decal.  You'll notice I didn't get the decal lined up correctly on this first attempt.  Good news is I had a second decal and managed to fix this. 

 

The kit seat on the left, after market resin on the right, Again the decals applied before details painted and dry brushing added. 

 

Now these tub sidewalls may look a little over done with the dry brushing, but IRL it looks right.  I think its due to the macro lens I used to take the photos.  Either way I was getting closer to joining up the second tub. 

 

The two assembled tubs. The seat without belts will have a pilot added which will have the belts added afterwards.  Just have to find the correct era pilot that fits to suit.  I think I'll have to replace the photo etch face shield handle on the resin seat.  it looks too flimsy.

 

Last up I did pop out to the garage to fire up the airbrush and put some paint down on some other parts. This done, I may start to assemble the fuselage tomorrow If I'm up to it. 

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Posted by DesTROYer on Sunday, May 20, 2018 2:20 AM

Back into the office today, and I was able to sit at the bench with no pain, so WINNING!

 

I started by mixing and matching some pieces of some 1/48 pilots to set something that both fits in the top, but looks the part.  The flight suit isn't quite right, and the head is a bit out of scape, but once he gets a coat or two of paint and is sitting in his office, he'll look the part.

 

Then I started on fitting the guns into the gun bays for the under service Meteor. A little touch up is still required but they're getting there.  They will look good once sealed, installed and given a wash I think. 

 

Then it was on to the two sets of wings.  One will have the engines exposed and the other will be inflight.  Fit is great.

 

And besides putting the gunboat door covers on the inflight models fuselage, that was it for the day.

 

Oh and I did a little bit of work getting the display base for the Kiowa done for Expo.  Its been on my todo list for a while.

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Posted by Jay Jay on Sunday, May 20, 2018 10:05 AM

Your detailing of the offices is very nice Mate, but if you don't mind me saying so,the drybrushing is a little heavy handed, it seems you have too much paint left on the brush because you're getting streaks rather than wear marks. Just a little tip from your Uncle Jay.Smile

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by DesTROYer on Sunday, May 20, 2018 9:52 PM

Jay Jay

Your detailing of the offices is very nice Mate, but if you don't mind me saying so,the drybrushing is a little heavy handed, it seems you have too much paint left on the brush because you're getting streaks rather than wear marks. Just a little tip from your Uncle Jay.Smile

 
Hey Jay, you're not wrong. I did that when I was stuck on the couch after surgery, didn't have easy access to the rest of my brushes and over did it a bit.  Not my usual standard I assure you.  Thanks for the feedback.  I appreciate it. 
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Posted by Toshi on Monday, May 21, 2018 8:16 AM

You’re doing a fantastic job on this WIP, especially with that many staples placed to repair your thigh.  I am glad you were able to continue your work at the bench.  I also would like to add in that I most definately would like to offer the best healing process ever.  Mrs. Toshi and I will be praying for a 100% healing procedure to you!

Your friend, Toshi

On The Bench: Revell 1/48 B-25 Mitchell

 

Married to the most caring, loving, understanding, and beautiful wife in the world.  Mrs. Toshi

 

 

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Posted by damouav on Friday, May 25, 2018 4:34 AM

Nice work Troy, look forward to the next instalment.

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Posted by tempestjohnny on Friday, May 25, 2018 5:53 AM
Coming along great

 

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Posted by DesTROYer on Sunday, June 17, 2018 4:36 AM

Hi everyone.  Between Model Expo last weekend and a busy life, I haven't been able to build or post as often as I would like to have.  Still, last weekend saw me come home with two trophies and a commendation, so I can't complain too much.  This weekend, however, did let me spend some real decent time at the bench, and here is where we're at. 

 

I got the two fuselages buttoned up.  One fought me a bit harder than the other, due in part to the placement of the instrument panel with the photo-etch.  This resulted in some of the nice detailing becoming damaged and removed.  I will replace some of it where I can, and the resin seat also presented some problems with space between the front of the seat, and the instrument panel.  So out came the seat, and the kit supplied seat will end up being fitted instead.  This too is very disappointing to me.

 

 

I also got the engines assembled, painted, then added some extra detail. Three are being installed in the planes, two will be hidden beneath closed panels but needed to be installed as they can be seen through the intakes.

 

 

 

They still need a gloss coat and pin wash, but they're really coming together.  I'm going to try and add some hoses too, but I must be careful not to overdo it or make them too big. 

 

 

Wings and control surfaces have been fitted to the in-flight Meteor (Callsign: Meatbox 1) and wings, Landing gear and control surfaces have been added to the second ( Callsign: Meatbox 2)

 

 

 

 

Meatbox 2 will have more complicated tail markings painted on, so I have left the elevators off for now, but Meatbox 1 is all good for them to be attached.

 

 

I'm not sure if it's my assembly of the kits or Airfix, but the noses on both kits are proving to be a pain to get to fit correctly.  Some filler will be required, but as there are seams everywhere that will also need to be filled, there is no reason why the nose shouldn't too.

 

That's it for now.  More next weekend. 

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Posted by damouav on Sunday, June 17, 2018 6:21 AM

Nice work Troy, coming along really well.

I totally forgot the Expo was on during the long weekend, bugger it! I had every intention on going this year due to missing last year!!!!!!!

So I will have to wait another 355 days I suppose, in the meantime I hope to produce something worth entering... maybe.

Congrats on your tropies and commendation, well deserved.

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1/48 Hasegawa P51-D
1/48 Hobby Boss TBF-1C Avenger
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1/48 Tamiya P47-D Bubbletop
1/48 Roden S.E.5a
1/48 Airfix Walrus
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Posted by DesTROYer on Sunday, June 24, 2018 4:13 AM

I struggled to find the motivation to do much in the office this weekend. I hadn't been feeling well Thursday afternoon, took friday off work and spent most of it in bed.  Spent a little time in there yesterday and today, and ended up with both planes in their base coat.  So over all, not that bad I guess.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by tempestjohnny on Sunday, June 24, 2018 5:54 AM
Looking great

 

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Posted by PFJN on Sunday, June 24, 2018 4:02 PM

That looks great so far.  Can't wait to see how it all turns out. Smile

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Sunday, June 24, 2018 6:12 PM

Yes, looking great thus far!

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/48 GWH Fw 189 A-1 Nachtjager

On deck: 1/48 Bronco IF-17

In the hole: Who knows!  

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Posted by DesTROYer on Sunday, July 01, 2018 11:51 PM

I don't know why, maybe it's the 1/32 bug making me wish I was building this in Manscale, or maybe it's post expo blues, but I haven't been feeling much *** lately on this build and have been tempted to put them on the shelf for a while and move onto something else.  But I don't work that way, and when I start something, I finish it.  That said, the motivation to get into the office on saturday eluded me, and sunday I had to force myself in.  For Meatbox 1, I want to try and liven the scheme up a little and decided to try and do this RAAF Meteor. A77-867.  

 

To my knowledge no decent decals exist for this scheme. So it would require me to fire up the old Macbook and cut out some stencils on my portrait cutter.   First I masked off and painted the gloss white. 

 

Then I got to work designing the masks. 5mmx5mm squares did the job.  I also made up the serial numbers (not shown) as they were not right on the three decal sets I did have, according to my reference photos.

 

 

Getting the squares in place was a bit of a task and some weren't sitting as flat as I would like, So after I had sprated the second coat of green, I was a bit worried that I may have had some bleeding. 

 

There was a little bit, but not even close to what I was dreading.  It should not take too much work to remask and touch up.  I think maybe that the green may be a little too light.  So I may even go the full effort and remask and spray a slighter darker coat, but I don't want to push my luck, and might just touch up the areas that really need it. 

 

 

 

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Posted by DesTROYer on Sunday, July 08, 2018 5:27 AM

It was a wet an windy weekend here in Melbourne.  Perfect for modelling. After I got all my other tasks underway, back into the office I went and got to work masking and painting up Meatbox 1.  After touching up the tail checkers I moved onto the roundels.

 

The red and blue were next and went down pretty well.  The only real drama I find when using masks is they don't settle into the panel lines to well and when the paint is applied too wet, they do tend to run. Nothing too bad with this lot though.  This was followed by the serial numbers which again went on ok, with only some minor bleeding.  A little touch up here and there was required and some more will be required over the next few days, but I'm pretty happy with how it's looking.

 

 

 

 

The airbrushes are now cleaned, the lights in the office are switched off, and dinner has been eaten. Here is we sit. One of the best investments I've made in this hobby is my Silhouette Curio Portrait Cutter. It allows me to do schemes that are not as readily available otherwise and lets you whip up solutions to problems you may come across pretty quickly.

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Posted by DesTROYer on Sunday, July 15, 2018 3:58 AM

Alright, another weekend down and here is where we stand. Meatbox 2 now has its wheels, landing gear and most antennas on and as of today has been gloss coated so I can begin the decals over the next week.

 

 

 

Meatbox 1 now has had the hole for the stand cut out and the stand test fitted. It has also been clear coated ready for decals.  

 

 

 

 

The engines have been clear coated too and I have painted up the stand.  The stand needs some more details painted and a clear coat, and both will get a wash applied. 

 

 

 

Finally, I wanted to build a rack to hold the covers from the engines and gun bays of Meatbox 2. I have no references to base this on and basically just pulled it out of my... head.  Still, it does the job and needs only a little more work and a coat of paint and it will do the job nicely.

 

 

 

 

That's it for now, more soon, thanks for following.

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Posted by Buckeye on Saturday, July 21, 2018 9:56 AM

Very nice work and fantastic job on the checkering.

Mike

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Posted by DesTROYer on Sunday, July 22, 2018 4:55 AM
I've started on the decals. I wasn't 100% happy with the painted roundels, so they have been covered with the kit decals.
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Posted by Don Stauffer on Sunday, July 22, 2018 6:12 AM

Looking great!

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by fotofrank on Sunday, July 22, 2018 10:32 AM

DesTROYer

 

 

 

 

 

 

Troy, the stand you are using for your Meteor, where did it come from? The stand looks like the stands that came in old Revell kits back in the 1950s. I have been trying to devise a stand for the 1/48 MENG F-35A I am building and I'd like something similar to the stand you are using but maybe a little larger. I also have a 1/48 Monogram F9F and a Revell 1/48 F-84 Thunderstreak I'd like to pose in flight so they will need similar stands. Just curious as to where you were able to find the stand. Thanks.

OK. On the bench:

Way too much to build in one lifetime...

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Posted by DesTROYer on Sunday, July 22, 2018 2:56 PM

Thanks. I got the stands from Mobius Models a few years back. I’m currently after some more. They’re the same that come with their Battlestar Galactica vipers.

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Posted by jeaton01 on Sunday, July 22, 2018 11:27 PM

fotofrank

 DesTROYer

Troy, the stand you are using for your Meteor, where did it come from? The stand looks like the stands that came in old Revell kits back in the 1950s. I have been trying to devise a stand for the 1/48 MENG F-35A I am building and I'd like something similar to the stand you are using but maybe a little larger. I also have a 1/48 Monogram F9F and a Revell 1/48 F-84 Thunderstreak I'd like to pose in flight so they will need similar stands. Just curious as to where you were able to find the stand. Thanks.

 

 
Looks like a very good copy of the Aurora stand, the Revell stand base was round.

John

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Posted by DesTROYer on Sunday, July 22, 2018 11:37 PM

I got the stands from Club Moebius.  http://www.clubmoebius.com/SearchResults.asp?Cat=44

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Posted by DesTROYer on Sunday, July 29, 2018 4:35 AM

Another weekend and a lot more progress.  I can see the finish line.  Decals on both Meteors are done.  They took most of the weekend, and it felt great to spend some quality time at the bench. With the decals done. I then got back into painting and assembling the rockets for Meatbox 2, adding the remaining antennas and probes on both and painting up the panel rack and second engine stand. Both planes are now ready for a clear coat to seal the decals and apply the finishing touches such as washing, weathering and removing the masks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by 1943Mike on Sunday, July 29, 2018 9:51 AM

One heck of an impressive project!

 

Mike

"Le temps est un grand maître, mais malheureusement, il tue tous ses élèves."

Hector Berlioz

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Posted by DesTROYer on Friday, August 03, 2018 11:17 PM

All done. I'll take some photos when I have some space cleared and the time.  Thanks for following.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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