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REVIEW
1:72 Gloster Meteor F.3
Merlin
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Posted: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 - 11:26 PM UTC
Here's a look at Dragon's new Meteor, released under the Cyber-Hobby banner.

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If you have comments or questions please post them here.

Thanks!
betheyn
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Posted: Thursday, July 29, 2010 - 12:06 AM UTC
Great review Rowan.
It does look a nice kit, but how much. I think Dragon have just shot themselves in the foot with that price. You would have thought P.E harness's would have been included.
It seems strange really that Dragon are the trend setters in the armour market but their aircraft aren't overly impressive, as much in demand and haven't produced the sheer amount of kits that they do in armour. Strange world we live in .
Andy
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Posted: Thursday, July 29, 2010 - 06:39 AM UTC
Hi Rowan
Nice review.
Gorgeous looking kit, shame about the price.

Brian
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Posted: Thursday, July 29, 2010 - 12:03 PM UTC
I think t's a nice kit especially the great cockpit but I don't like the exterior detail because it's a bit rough (as I can see in the pictures) and the details are also a bit "too much"

I think that the MPM kit has better plastic surface & much finer exterior details

But the Dragon's kit cockpit is WAY better


Cheers Nick
warreni
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Posted: Friday, July 30, 2010 - 08:13 AM UTC
Hmmm... Everything sounded good until you got to the price..
Merlin
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Posted: Friday, July 30, 2010 - 08:58 AM UTC
Hi all

Assuming Hannant's pre-release price is correct, I have to say I think it's going to put off a lot of potential purchasers. I reckon Dragon would more than make up the difference in extra sales if they knocked it down by a tenner...

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Monday, August 16, 2010 - 08:36 PM UTC
Hi Rowan,

New member here, and kudos on your kit reviw!

I've noticed that the elevator is incorrectly shaped, i.e. it should have 'control horns' on each side.

The decal options are for Derwent 1-engined aircraft (Gloster's designation G.41D), but the sprue shows the W2B/23 Welland exhaust pipes (parts G5) as fitted to the earlier Meteor III's, the Gloster G.41Cs.
Are the G6 parts the alternative exhaust pipes for the Derwents?
If so, parts should also be included to represent the oil-cooler vent on the right side of each nacelle: can you confirm they are indeed included?

The decal sheet has a few items that are 'Meteor Mk III atypical'
The Type B roundel on the wing's top surface was no longer used when the G.41Ds came around (I'll have to check my issue of 'Camouflage & Markings' on the Gloster Meteor to be sure) and - off the top of my head - the '/G' was used only on the Mk.III prototype (EE230).
On the other hand, considering the full set of numbers provided for the serial, it is well possible this is the very reason why Dragon provided it, unless...they considering the release of a Mk.I in the future!

Regards,
Pete1957
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Posted: Wednesday, August 18, 2010 - 09:02 AM UTC
I was wrong.

The type B roundel was ordered transformed into the Type C - by painting a white ring between the red and blue rounds - in March 1945, so any aircraft delivered prior to this date (and indeed several G.41Ds had, by then, been delivered) sported it.

Regards,
Merlin
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Posted: Wednesday, August 18, 2010 - 09:32 AM UTC
Hi Peter

Sorry, I missed your earlier post. Welcome to Aeroscale, and many thanks for the extra info! It's great to have you aboard.

All the best

Rowan
Pete1957
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Posted: Wednesday, August 18, 2010 - 06:47 PM UTC
Thanks Rowan,

Glad to be aboard
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Posted: Wednesday, August 18, 2010 - 08:45 PM UTC
Good Morning evrybody
I am new here .. Id like to thank rowan for his comment , he made me buy this superb kit , I received it yesterday and I must say that is worth the price , in fact I ordered it in Japan for many years I buy asian made kits in ASIA and european made kits in Europe it saved me a lot a of monee . .

Patrice
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Posted: Wednesday, August 18, 2010 - 09:32 PM UTC
Hi Patrice

Welcome aboard too!

How much did the Meteor cost you from Asia? As you can tell, the projected UK price (based on Hannants) looks set to put some people off when the kit s released here.

All the best

Rowan