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Gloster Meteor
U Mk.16 / U Mk.21 conversion


Red Roo Models, 1/48 scale


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Catalogue Number and Description: RRR48137 - Gloster Meteor U Mk.16 / U Mk.21 conversion
Scale: 1/48 scale (decals also available in 1/72 scale)
Price: AUD$27.30 available online from Red Roo Models website
Contents and Media: Six parts in cream coloured resin; small bag of metal rods and wire; colour instructions on one folded A3 sheet and one A4 sheet with eight suggested colour schemes.
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Nicely cast resin parts; interesting and unusual subject; includes details of eight different sets of markings; detailed illustrated instructions; fairly straightforward conversion
Recommendation: Recommended

Reviewed by Brett Green

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Red Roo Models has released a 1/48 scale resin conversion for a Meteor U Mk.16/ U Mk.21 drone. This conversion is designed to fit the Classic Airframes Meteor Mk.8 or PR Mk.9 kits.

These unique drones were operated by the RAF and the RAAF in the 1960s and early 1970s during the British atomic tests at Woomera in South Australia. Even today, much of the information surrounding the operations of these aircraft remains classified, but this has not prevented Red Roo from offering a fascinating selection of Meteor drones for the modeller.

The conversion comprises a bag of six resin parts for the distinctive pointy nose cone plus new cylindrical pods and wing tips. The nose is hollow, and all parts in my sample were cast flawlessly. There is almost no cleanup required before use for any of the resin parts, but there is a bit of work required on the kit fuselage and wings.



The kit nose and wing tips must be cut off. The excellent instructions provide diagrams and colour photos to supplement the detailed text, so there is not much chance of misunderstanding. Also helpful is the illustration pointing out drilling positions for the swag of aerials and sensors that are fitted to these aircraft. Red Roo Models includes fine metal rods and wire for these aerials and sensors.

The instructions include full colour profiles of eight suggested subjects. All of them wear variations of the high visibility red and white (and a little black) markings on these remote controlled atomic guinea pigs. If you are a modeller who does not enjoy building cockpits, one of the aircraft even has its canopy painted over with alumimium lacquer!

Decals are not supplied, but the Classic Airframes national markings can be combined with easily sourced RAAF or RAF black serial numbers for any of the subjects depicted in the instructions.




The squared-off wingtips fitted with the narrow pods combined with the new pointy nose give the Meteor a unique new profile. Add the brilliant Post Office Red and White paint to the mix and you have a truly striking subject.

Red Roo's 1/48 scale Meteor U Mk.16/U Mk.21 is a fairly straightforward conversion that will result in a very interesting Meteor.


Thanks to Gary Byk at Red Roo Models for the review sample

Red Roo Models books, decals and accessories are available at Red Roo Models Website

Text and Images Copyright 2005 by Brett Green
Page Created 05 April, 2005
Last updated 05 April, 2005

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