THE Gloster Meteor, strangely neglected by manufacturers after Frog withdrew their F8 six years ago, thankfully re-appears on the modelling scene as an F4 from Frog moulds.
It is a short-span variant with colourful transfers for VT328 of 263 Sqn, RAF. or Y9-8 of 323 Sqn Royal Netherlands Air Force.
Both machines, incidentally, are illustrated in Edward Shacklady's Meteor monograph.
The F4's distinctive fuselage profile is re-created almost to perfection, but the gremlins have got at the wing assemblies.
The Meteor's graceful wings are notoriously difficult to reproduce satisfactorily, and Frog have evidently encountered snags here.
The aileron trim tabs are too thick for scale accuracy, and a lot of smoothing down—with consequent loss of detail—is needed on the engine nacelle joints.
Main undercarriage legs are sturdy and convincing, but why Frog should mould the nosewheel and its leg as one complete unit is beyond us — this is harking back to the ancient F8!
Assembly is straightforward, each of the 35 parts being clearly numbered on the sprue. Under-wing drop tanks are included, though these, of course, are optional.
Despite its annoying faults, this kit will be snapped up by all 'Meatbox' fans and, we suspect, converted just as quickly!
It costs 4s 9d and our review sample came from Jones Bros of Chiswick, who hold stocks.
1970-07 Airfix magazine
"FROG have provided the modeller with another long-awaited kit subject, the famous GLOSTER METEOR Mk. IV to 1/72 scale.
Moulded in light grey polystyrene, the kit has 35 flash free parts and a beautifully clear cockpit transparency.
A choice of undercarriage positions is offered and a decal sheet of the high standard now expected of Frog, provides either Dutch or Royal Air Force markings.
The panelling on the fuselage and wings is of the correct scale size and is not exaggerated as in some other kits. Undercarriage legs are finely detailed and feature revolving wheels.
It is advised that before cementing the fuselage halves together that a considerable amount of weight is packed in the nose, otherwise when assembled the model will not stand properly on its tricycle undercarriage.
Attractively boxed for only 4/9d. the Meteor offers good value for deserving a place in every aircraft collection, representing as it docs a replica of a milestone in Aviation History."
Scale Models magazine 1970-08 Vol.01 No.11