Kit Build: Airfix 1:48 Gloster Meteor F.8

This is the first of what will be a complete set of chapters on the building and painting of this model

Construction Begins…

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Almost two months ago now, I posted a short review of this relatively new kit on here and then promised that I would be building it and posting the results. Well, today, I finally got started! Here’s the link to the original update, so that you can see what I thought of the kit when it first arrived in April:

This is the first of what will be a complete set of chapters on the building and painting of this model, during which I hope to offer visitors to this Blog, an in-depth look at the kit and then offer some ideas on how to get the best from it.

I’ve begun by assembling some of the larger sub-assemblies, wing internals, cockpit and flying surfaces – nothing too strenuous, just enough to get warmed up. So far, the assembly has been easy and the fit, almost perfect. The soft nature of the Airfix plastic has at times meant that a certain amount of fettling has been needed before the parts joined neatly, but nothing that the edge of a scalpel, sanding stick of fine file, couldn’t deal with. In essence, it’s be a lot of fun – so far…

So here’s what I’ve done today – I’ll let the pictures and captions do the talking from now on…

Construction begins with the assembly of the cockpit. Detail is superb…
The kit includes a set of engines. Here, the engine mounts are being glued in place with Gunze Sangyo Mr Cement S
The small wheel bay walls are separate, here being located using a set of fine tweezers
As with the cockpit, detail inside the wheel bays is excellent
Holes need to be drilled out though the lower wing to mount the underwing tanks. Note the other holes in this shot, pointers to other marks yet to come…
The upper surfaces of the main wheel bays, ready to be fixed in place


Gunze Sangyo –

Airfix –


5 thoughts on “Kit Build: Airfix 1:48 Gloster Meteor F.8

  1. Robert Carvallo May 20, 2016 / 4:09 pm


    Is there a particular reason you’re using Gunze’s glue in this instance and, say, not Tamiya Extra Thin cement? Just curious…


    • spencerp6745 May 20, 2016 / 5:12 pm

      Yeah, simply, speed. Mr Cement S acts more like MEK and so dries really quickly – whereas, Tamiya Extra Thin leaves a little more working time. I use them both across a project, making the most of their differing properties…

      • Robert Carvallo May 20, 2016 / 6:51 pm

        Good to know. Thanks!

  2. Michael Douglas Scott May 20, 2016 / 5:05 pm

    Looking forward to watching over your shoulder. Excellent detail moulded in. Can you please give a brief explanation of the cements you use? I saw Tamiya “regular” and Extra Thin, and here it’s Gunze. I am dependent on Tamiya’s Extra Thin, but I would like your opinion on best uses for those others.

  3. Alan Smith March 17, 2017 / 6:05 pm

    I agree, the Aortic Meteor is a superb kit overall, however, I had a heck of a job fitting the nose come, and I still don’t quite understand why. I’ll look forward to seeing how you deal with that. Now on to my second , so I’ll see if I can do better. Enjoying your articles Spencer. Alan Smith

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