SH72468 Meteor T.7 ‘British Jet Trainer’ in 1/72 - schemes options and decal sheet

One of the new kits for this autumn is also the 1/72 SH72468 Meteor T Mk.7 ‘British Jet Trainer’ kit. The marking options cover three airframes, the first one of them being the very smart looking Gloster company demonstrator. The other two both wear the aluminium overall, one as operated by No.43 Sqn RAF, the other one as flown in the Netherlands where it took part in the Meteor F.8 rocket missiles tests. Those of domestic modellers who might find this release not being their 'cuppa' beware the history note behind the B scheme which says:

Gloster Meteor T Mk.7, VW488/SW-V, No.43 Sqn, RAF Tangmere, 1949. Some time later, VW488 was transferred to No.13 Communications Flight at RAF Ouston. On 8 August 1957, F.Sgt. Ross Beaumont and passenger Sgt. J.J.Cox were killed flying this machine. Ross Beaumont had been born in Czechoslovakia and his name had been Rostislav Brhel. After the German occupation of Czechoslovakia, he left to fight for the liberation of his homeland - at first as a member of the CS Infantry Battalion - East, where he took part in defending Tobruk. Later he joined flying training course and in 1945 he flew combat missions with No.313 (Czechoslovak) Sqn RAF. When he returned home in 1945, he was demobilised, but after the 1948 communist coup, Brhel was forced to flee once again to avoid persecution from the communist regime. He re-joined the RAF and went on flying until that fateful 8 August 1957.


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