Meteroites Aerobatic team 75 SQN RAAF, late 1955 The first Official RAAF
||1/48 RRD4841 and 1/72 RRD7243
||$20 AUD from Red Roo
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This sheet covers the F.8 Meteors used by the 75 SQN
RAAF Meteorites Aerobatics team in late 1955.
Red Roo provides an extensive instruction sheet that
shows the depth of research that has gone into the production of the
decal set. There are seven pages that cover the history of each aircraft
in the team, including the reserve, the painting of the aircraft and
the usual notes on the application of the decals. The instructions
have the usual four view marking guid for only one aircraft but has
two view guides for the remainder as they were all the same except
the Tail number.
This set provides sufficient markings to produce one
aircraft but supplies the numbers for all of the aircraft used in the
team. The exact paint colours used to produce the blue on the team
aircraft are a bit of a mystery it seems so Red Roo has provided a
decal of the approximate correct colour which you can apply to a piece
of plastic and then mix and match your paints to. This is an unusal,
but good, way of allowing the modeller to achieve the correct colour
for the aircraft tail and wing tips. The roundels seem a lighter blue
than I thought the RAAF used, it's slightly lighter than the RAAF roundel
blue on the colour legend provided on the instructions by Red Roo as
well. The sheet also provides the names of the pilots that are attributable
to a specific aircraft. As per Red Roo's normal effort, all of the
decals are thin and well printed in both scales.
If I didn't have several other Meteor markings in my
stash to use, I would in fact use these myself as they are an extremely
colourful and good looking set. Once again Red Roo has provided an
attractive set of decals for the RAAF modeller.
To my knowledge, in 1/48, there are essentialy only two
kits available of the F.8 Meteor. They are the Aeroclub Vacform kit
and the Classic Airframes kit.
These decals were provided by, and are available from, Red
The following update was posted by Gary Byk on the
AMI DIscussion Board.
Additional information provided by Air Vice Marsall J.H
A77-871 was flown by Flight Sergeant F Riley and the
aircraft carried his name. FSGT O.R.F. Bartrop was number 3 pilot in
the team. A77-874 and A7-882 were utilised as spare aircraft in case
one of the others became unserviceable, and therefor did not carry
the pilot's name. Number 4 pilot in the team was Flying Officer T Whithington
who would fly either of the reserve aircraft to the base the aircraft
were to operate from, so as to provide an 'on the spot' serviceable
The first training flight of the Meteorites was flown
from Williamtown on 18 August 1956, with the publicouting being at
the Air Force Week air display at Wagga (NSW) in September. Other displays
were flown at Bankstown, Richmond etc.
The team disbanded early in 1957, the three Meteors were
sent to Tocumwal NSW for storage and Flight Lieutenant Flemming was
posted to the Central Flying School at RAAF East Sale.
THE ELUSIVE 'METEORITE' BLUE
Since the Decal sheets release it has been determined
that Tamiya X-14 Blue in either acrylic or enamel is a very good match
for the 'Meteorite Blue'.