RED ROO MODELS


1/72 Meteor Mk 7


Review by David Edwards


Review Type
Build review
Scale:
1/72
Price:
$24.15 AUD from Red Roo
Contents and Media:
Advantages:
Disadvantages:
Recommendation:
Recommended

 

Introduction

The Meteor Mk 7 a two seat trainer aircraft used by the RAAF for the training of pilots for the Mk 8 Meteor. This update set is design for the MPM/Extrakit/Airfix 1/72 Meteor Mk 7 kit.

For a preview of this set, including a list of contents go HERE.

 

The kit

On opening the Red Roo box, I was greeted by a reasonable number of parts and a very comprehensive set of instructions.  It’s worth devoting some quality time in studying both the enhancement set and the base MPM/Xtrakit/Airfix kit instructions before getting to work.  I also found a few build stories from other modelers in several forums.

The cockpit seemed like a good place to start.  What the kit provides isn’t too bad in 1/72, and I was happy to add just some seat belts and carefully paint the details.  Getting it to fit into the fuselage halves was another story, with much fettling of the side consoles required.  There’s not a lot of room for weights in the nose, but a bit more lead immediately behind the aft cockpit bulkhead should do the trick.  With the fuselage buttoned up, it was on with the wings.

Red Roo provides nice resin intake trunks for the front of the engine nacelles, plus an intake fairing for one side.  These went in very nicely.  The exhausts have spacers and washers to accurately locate them in the rear of the nacelles, but being fundamentally lazy and after a dry run I took some brave pills and chose not to use these.  Also provided for the nacelles are three vents per side.  These are small and delicate, and the instructions suggest that the modeler may wish to use some plastic strip instead, and I took this wise advice.

The rest of the assembly followed the base kit’s instructions.  Almost every seam needed a tidy up with Mr Surfacer or Tamiya filler, but there were no terrible fit issues.

The undercarriage seemed rather complex, and I wasn’t happy with my efforts at putting it together.  A fellow AMIer wisely suggested that the Aeroclub set was worth getting, and it did make some improvement.  Unfortunately I couldn’t track down any treaded tyres, which almost all RAAF Meteors seemed to be fitted with.  Red Roo also supplies some brass wire to represent retraction jacks missing from the kit.

The kit undersides have three recessed circles to show the location of a set of formation lights.  Red Roo suggests drilling these out and (after painting), filling them with appropriate coloured paint to represent these.  I went for Tamiya clear acrylics to try and get a better effect.

More helpful instructions from Red Roo on adding hinges to the undercarriage doors got things ready for paint.

I used my usual Gunze Rattle can for the RAF Silver finish, and decals came from a variety of sources.  We could really do with a full set of Meteor stencils; I haven’t been able to find any.

Red Roo provides a hypodermic needle, and some brass wire to make up the wing pitot tube.  I couldn’t get the wire to fit inside the needle as directed in the instructions, and had to settle for a butt join of sorts.

I managed to crack the kit windscreen while removing it from the sprue, and had to scramble for a spare.  Red Roo point out some errors with the kit windscreen and canopy framing that need to be taken care of.

The last job was to add the Radio Compass fairing and fuselage antennas. 

 

 

 

Recommendation

Overall I was happy with the end result, and if you want a decent 1/72 Meteor T7 I would certainly recommend the Red Roo set.

Many thanks to Red Roo for the review set!

 


 

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