Gloster Meteor Mk.1
The full size Meteor
Out of Box or Modified
Gloster Meteor Mk1
Prototype or two operational fighter mkgs
This is an overall excellent kit. Tamiya seems to have thought
of everything at first glance - including a hefty weight to keep the 'plane
from sitting on its tail! There is quite a bit of detail, including
the two Rolls Royce jet engines (which they also included clear covers
Tamiya did, however, make a few mistakes which, with a little work,
can be easily corrected.
They don't take too long to fix, honestly, and this is a very fine looking
model. From the parts enclosed, it looks like they are planning to
release a later mark Meteor at a future date. Keep your eyes open,
and build this kit in the meantime. =]
Check your sources before building the prototype version!! Not all of
them had the tail "bullet" and some had other modifications made.
None of the prototypes or Mk.1 aircraft had airbrakes!
Glue them shut and putty them in.
The prototypes and Mk1's had fabric covered ailerons, and the trim tabs
were located differently (again, check your sources.) These are easily
fixed with a little putty and scribing.
Do not use the canopy with the "blister" up top for the rear view mirror.
No prototypes or Mk1's used this.
If you build the prototype, make sure the gun fairings are faired shut
(if need be. Sources, again.)
Wing walk decals - They have one piece rectangular decals. This
is fine except for one small detail- the hump in the wing they go over.
Your best bet is to cut the wing walk stripes and stencils and position
The undercarriage "blisters" are too short - they should extend about
halfway to the lower airbrakes (which again shouldn't be there in the first
Tamiya has finally released the updated Meteor
with the correct wing. To tell if your kit has the correct wing,
look at the side box art. If there's no airbrakes shown anywhere
on the box, it's the corrected kit. Some modellers have managed to
get corrected wings from Tamiya for a fee, others have not. Your mileage