FCM 48053: Gloster Meteor (Brazil)

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Scott Van Aken

The first modern jet fighter flown by the Brazilian Air Force was the Gloster Meteor. The planes were a welcome addition and served for a considerable number of years before being retired. This sheet provides markings for ten aircraft and includes a pair of T.7 trainers (not shown) in addition to the F.8. In 1/48 scale you have basically two choices for kits. For the F.8 there is the old short run Classic Airframes kit and the other is the fairly recent Airfix version. For the T.7, until Airfix tools one, the Classic Airframes version is your only option.

The majority of these aircraft are in an overall silver. This is silver lacquer paint called high speed silver. One option is when the planes were nearing the end of their operational career and is painted in a South East Asia scheme using the same colors as used on USAF combat planes at the time.

First up is a 1/14 G.Av plane with red and yellow trim from 1966. Note that FCM includes masks for the tail band as shown on this and other planes.

Second is the SEA camouflaged plane from 1973 and was with 1/1 G.AvC.

With the blue trim is a 1/1 G.AvC plane from 1965. Again, the nose and engine flashes are provided in the masking set that is included so you can do any of these rather fancy schemes without having to worry about how to mask them.

In red we have a 2/1 G.AvC plane from 1965.

Fifth option is a bit more sedate with just a yellow/green tail band. This is from 1/1 G.AvC from 1957.

To go along with the above is a 2/1 G.AvC plane also from 1957.

From 1/14 G.Av is a green trimmed plane from 1957.

In yellow and red, option 8 is also from 1/14 G.Av but this time from 1963.

The two T.7 aircraft are from 1/1 G.AvC in 1960 and from 2/1 G.AvC in 1963.

The decals are superbly printed by Microscale and FCM's instruction sheet provides full markings and color information. You are provided enough insignia for two planes and stencils for one. Add to that the set of masks and this is a most complete set.

July 2019

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