Gloster Meteor F.Mk.8
Xtrakit, 1/72 scale
S u m m a r y
||Xtrakit 72001 -
Gloster Meteor F.Mk.8
parts in grey plastic; six clear plastic parts; markings for
GBP£10.20 available online from Hannants website
||Long awaited subject,
crisply engraved panel lines,
robust engineering; good level of interior detail; useful options
including early and late style intakes and canopies plus
drop tanks; excellent
quality clear parts; nice selection of markings.
||A few sink marks;
one-piece canopies (cutting required to display canopy
Reviewed by Brett Green
Considering the historic role played by
the Gloster Meteor, it is surprising that the recent flood of new
kit releases has not generated a state-of-the-art Meatbox in 1/72
scale. Indeed, it is more than three decades since we saw the last
mainstream small scale, single-seater Meteor offering.
Xtrakit has filled this gap with their
debut release, a 1/72 scale Gloster Meteor F.Mk.8.
Xtrakit's 1/72 scale Gloster Meteor
F.Mk.8 comprises 79 parts in grey plastic, six parts in clear and
markings for three aircraft. Options include both early and late
style intakes, two styles of canopies, wing tanks and under fuselage
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The plastic parts are
manufactured to a very high standard. The grey styrene is cleanly
moulded and well detailed with fine, crisp recessed panel lines and
selected fastener holes around the nose. The effect is impressive,
even when viewed under high magnification. The only imperfections on
my sample are a few sink marks on some undercarriage parts.
Sprue gates are narrow,
so cleanup should be trouble free. This is especially important if
your Meatbox is destined to wear a High Speed Silver finish.
Parts breakdown is
quite conventional and robust. Wings are supplied as full-span top
and bottom halves. The fuselage will then be mounted securely on the
resulting saddle. Horizontal tailplanes fit into a large slot in the
front of the fin.
One of the troublesome
aspects of the 1/48 scale Classic Airframes Meteor kit is the fit of
the engine nacelle to the wing leading edge. This problem has been
avoided on the Xtrakit offering thanks to the bulk of the nacelles
being moulded as part of the top and bottom wing halves. Only the
front of the nacelles are separate, allowing different rings for the
early small, or later large jet intakes.
Detail is quite good in
the wheel wells, cockpit and the interior of the intakes. However,
the seat looks a bit underdone, so I would suggest a little extra
attention with small strips and scraps of styrene, or replacing the
seat with a white metal Martin-Baker Mk.2 from Aeroclub. This is
better detailed, and will also help keep the nose wheel on the
ground (although a little extra weight above the front wheel bay
would be advisable too).
Clear parts are very
thin and free from distortion. The model supplies both the early
(partly shrouded at the rear) and late (full vision) style
canopies. Unfortunately, my early style canopy cracked in two after
I packed it too tightly in my bulging suitcase. Each canopy is
provided as a single part, so if you want to display the cockpit you
will have to spend some careful time cutting the part open with a
Although marked "not
for use" in the instructions, the transparent ADF housing found on
RAAF Meteors is also attached to the clear sprue (part C7). If you
are feeling that way inclined, decal sheets for several Aussie
Meatboxes - Korean War and aerobatic teams - are available in 1/72
scale from Red Roo Models.
Markings are supplied for three aircraft:
VZ495 ZD-K of
222 Sqn in overall high speed silver
with early canopy
WH470 600 Sqn RAuxAF in overall high speed silver
with early canopy
VZ494 501 Sqn RAuxAF, camouflaged with late
Decals are thin and
nicely in register.
Markings for seventeen other squadrons
can be found
sheet number X72057, also reviewed on HyperScale.
Xtrakit's Meteor F.Mk.8 fills an important gap in
the 1/72 scale model lineup. It is a really nice little kit, well
detailed, appears to be accurate and should be quite easy to build
too, thanks to sensible parts breakdown and the absence of
While at ScaleModelworld 2006 last weekend, I
noticed the eminent Mike McEvoy from Scale Aircaft Modelling working
on one of these kits. During our conversation he revealed that he
had bought ten Xtrakit Meteors! Luckily, there is no shortage
Whether you want to build an entire flight line like
Mike's, or just a single example, Xtrakit's 1/72 scale Gloster
Meteor F.Mk.8 should be a fast and satisfying build.
Hannants for the sample
Xtrakits, Xtraparts and Xtradecals are
available online from Hannants'
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