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Gloster Meteor FR.Mk.9
Gloster Meteor FR.Mk.9
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by: Rowan Baylis [ MERLIN ]

New from Euro Decals comes a sheet of excellent decals for the Gloster Meteor FR.9 in 1:72 and 1:48 that will leave modellers spoilt for choice with markings for no less than eight Meatboxes.

The decals are beautifully printed by Fantasy Printshop, with pin-sharp registration on the thin gloss-finished items. The carrier film is crystal clear, trimmed tightly around markings such as the roundels. The fuselage flashes in squadron colours are printed separate from the roundels with clear areas to keep everything lined up.

The aircraft featured are:
1. Gloster Meteor FR.9, s/n WB116, G, II(AC) Sqn. 2nd Tactical Air Force, Germany, 1955
2. Gloster Meteor FR.9, s/n WX978, Z, 8 Sqn., Trucial States, 1959
3. Gloster Meteor FR.9, s/n WX962, Q, 208 Sqn., Middle East, 1950s
4. Gloster Meteor FR.9, s/n WL265, L, 79 Sqn., Germany, 1955
5. Gloster Meteor FR.9, s/n WB125, UU-B, 226 OCU, UK, 1954
6. Gloster Meteor FR.9, s/n VZ611, B-Z, UK, 1950s
7. Gloster Meteor FR.9, s/n WX973, T-G, 79 Sqn., Germany, 1953
8. Gloster Meteor FR.9, s/n VZ601, 79 Sqn., Germany, 1959

The selection offers modellers plenty of variety, with machines finished in natural metal and camouflage, along with the colourful return to flamboyant squadron markings following their disappearance during WWII.

The sheet is packed with individual markings for each scheme, leaving room for just a single set of national insignia. If you need more, Fantasy Printshop offer sets of RAF roundels as parts of their extensive range.

Backing everything up is a nicely produced A5 booklet. Each scheme is illustrated with colour 4-view drawings with paint matches for F.S., Humbrol, Xtracrylix, Xtracolor, ModelMaster and Lifecolor where possible.

The decals are available now from Fantasy Printshop:
ED 72116 Gloster Meteor FR. Mk. 9 - 8.95
ED 74116 Gloster Meteor FR. Mk. 9 - 13.95


Conclusion
Euro Decals have timed the release of this excellent set perfectly to coincide with Airfix's new 1:48 Meteor FR.9, while the 1:72 sheet offers fresh inspiration for anyone tackling the MPM kit.

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SUMMARY
Highs: Excellent quality decals for eight interesting colour schemes.
Lows: None noted.
Verdict: Timed perfectly for the release of Airfix's new 1:48 kit, this set will also be ideal for anyone building the 1:72 PR.9 from MPM.
Percentage Rating
90%
  Scale: Multiple S
  Mfg. ID: See Text
  Suggested Retail: See Text
  PUBLISHED: Sep 10, 2018
  NATIONALITY: United Kingdom
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 87.85%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 90.00%

Our Thanks to Fantasy Printshop!
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About Rowan Baylis (Merlin)
FROM: NO REGIONAL SELECTED, UNITED KINGDOM

I've been modelling for about 40 years, on and off. While I'm happy to build anything, my interests lie primarily in 1/48 scale aircraft. I mostly concentrate on WW2 subjects, although I'm also interested in WW1, Golden Age aviation and the early Jet Age - and have even been known to build the occas...

Copyright 2018 text by Rowan Baylis [ MERLIN ]. Images also by copyright holder unless otherwise noted. Opinions expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of AeroScale. All rights reserved.



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