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Re: Tamiya USAAF P-74 Meteor...
« Reply #30 on: March 03, 2019, 05:39:15 am »
Very nice!   :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Are you going to build it's obverse - a P-59 Airacomet  in RAF colours?
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Re: Tamiya USAAF P-74 Meteor...
« Reply #31 on: March 03, 2019, 08:31:12 pm »
So this very enjoyable build is done. 

Better pics tomorrow, but here is one shot and the backstory. 



As 1945 drew to a close the allied advance into German held-Europe had slowed to a crawl.  Germany’s late 1944 counter attack and the crushing allied defeat in the Ardennes combined with the historically bad weather experienced throughout Europe in 1945 had left the war almost in a stalemate. 

Germany continued V1 and V2 missile attacks, with Britain a main target, but allied held areas of France seeing heavy attacks too.  With rumors of new, more advanced German missiles in the works and new jet powered aircraft entering service the Allies were under pressure to match the German technological advances.   

With the allied efforts to produce an atomic weapon also experiencing difficulties after the tragic death of project scientist Robert Oppenheimer in an automobile accident, the allies were pinning their hopes on a fleet of jet aircraft and other advanced weapons to break the stalemate and bring the war to an end in 1946. 

The USAAF had been eager to match the RAF by bringing a jet fighter into service in 1945, but he Bell P-59 did not  live up to expectations so American hopes were pinned on the promising P-80 built by Lockheed.   

Germany had other plans though, and on the night of July 24th, 1945 German commandos landed via U-Boat on a remote section of the northern California coast.  Two weeks later, in the early hours of August 8th they managed to launch a devastating attack on Lockheed’s secretive Burbank factory, leaving he P-80 production line almost totally destroyed.

With no other suitable US jet aircraft ready for deployment, the US turned to Britain and ordered 140 Meteor F.3s.  The first aircraft were diverted from RAF orders and rushed into service with the USAAF in January 1946, designated the P-74 Meteor in US service. 

The first US squadron to operate the Meteor was the 61st Fighter Squadron in early 1946, replacing the P-47 Thunderbolt.  Meteors of the 61st performed well during the last year of the war and were credited with destroying a large number of V1 and V2 missile launch sites.  Equipped with 6 20mm cannon (four in the nose, two in a removable underbelly cannon pack) and 5-inch HVAR rockets, the P-74 was also an effective tank buster in during the Allied push into Germany in Spring 1946.

This particular model depicts P-74 s/n 462111 flown by Captain McCauley, who was credited with the first US jet-on-jet aerial kill in May 1946 when he shot down an Me262 over the German border near Cologne.

So I got that going for me...which is nice....

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Re: Tamiya USAAF P-74 Meteor...
« Reply #32 on: March 04, 2019, 01:24:37 am »
 :wub: :thumbsup:
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Re: Tamiya USAAF P-74 Meteor...
« Reply #33 on: March 04, 2019, 03:26:11 am »
Oooh, pretty!  :thumbsup:
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Re: Tamiya USAAF P-74 Meteor...
« Reply #34 on: March 04, 2019, 06:30:41 am »
I really do like this build. Seems to suit the OD/NG perfectly  :thumbsup:
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Re: Tamiya USAAF P-74 Meteor...
« Reply #35 on: March 04, 2019, 06:46:10 am »
Beautiful build & credible back story. All-round winner! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Re: Tamiya USAAF P-74 Meteor...
« Reply #36 on: March 04, 2019, 10:50:27 am »
As promised, here are a few better quality pics.  This was a very enjoyable build.  Just what I needed after the last one!







So I got that going for me...which is nice....

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Re: Tamiya USAAF P-74 Meteor...COMPLETED
« Reply #37 on: March 05, 2019, 02:28:50 am »
 :thumbsup:

...despite it being the wrong scale... ;D ;D :mellow: ;)
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Re: Tamiya USAAF P-74 Meteor...COMPLETED
« Reply #38 on: March 05, 2019, 02:56:40 am »
That's rather jolly good!  :thumbsup:

Well done.

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Re: Tamiya USAAF P-74 Meteor...COMPLETED
« Reply #39 on: March 05, 2019, 04:14:02 am »
Very nice  :thumbsup:

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Re: Tamiya USAAF P-74 Meteor...COMPLETED
« Reply #40 on: March 05, 2019, 07:11:44 am »
Looks very good in this scheme.

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Re: Tamiya USAAF P-74 Meteor...COMPLETED
« Reply #41 on: March 05, 2019, 09:36:22 am »
Stunning, and it looks so right!  :bow: :cheers:
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Re: Tamiya USAAF P-74 Meteor...COMPLETED
« Reply #42 on: March 07, 2019, 04:49:28 am »
Looks great, like the noseart decals especially. :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Re: Tamiya USAAF P-74 Meteor...COMPLETED
« Reply #43 on: March 07, 2019, 06:37:43 am »
Nice one!  :thumbsup:

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Re: Tamiya USAAF P-74 Meteor...COMPLETED
« Reply #44 on: March 09, 2019, 04:58:35 am »
Impressive!  :thumbsup:
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