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

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  • Member since
    May, 2018
  • From: 37.8136 S, 144.9631 E
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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    November, 2003
  • From: State of Mississippi. State motto: Virtute et armis (By valor and arms)
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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    July, 2010
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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    January, 2007
  • From: Narvon, Pa.
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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  • Member since
    May, 2018
  • From: 37.8136 S, 144.9631 E
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. 

  • Member since
    May, 2018
  • From: 37.8136 S, 144.9631 E
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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    August, 2013
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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  • Member since
    May, 2018
  • From: 37.8136 S, 144.9631 E
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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    March, 2015
  • From: Streetsboro, Ohio
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

 

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

 

On the Bench: Revell 1/48 F-102A Delta Dagger (A kit Mrs. Toshi purchased for me at Hobby Lobby)

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