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
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
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
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