Laird-Turner Meteor 30’s Air Racer 1:32 Scale Lindberg Model Kit #70562 Review

2014 July 24
by Doug

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Laird-Turner Meteor 30’s Air Racer 1:32 Scale Lindberg Model Kit #70562 Review

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First commissioned in 1936 by Roscoe Turner the Meteor, or RT-14 went on to become the only three-time winner of the Thompson Trophy race. Once placing third in 1936 and winning in 38’ and 39’. Based on a traditional mid-wing monoplane the Meteor had fixed tricycle landing gear and a simple cockpit layout. Being a racing aircraft it needed as much power as possible and was powered by a 1,000HP Pratt & Whitney Twin Wasp engine that could reach speeds of 350 mph.


For the Modeler: This review is for the Laird-Turner Meteor Air Racer 1:32 Scale Lindbergh Model Kit #70562. It is a skill level 2 kit for the intermediate builder.  The Lindbergh kit has been around for quite some time and consists of approximately 30 parts it is a simple kit that holds up well with time. The parts are molded in soft white styrene with little flash but some rather large ejector pin marks. Among these parts are a well detailed engine face, two piece canopy that shows excellent clarity, and a pilot. A full set of markings is also included.  The finished dimensions are; Length 9.5″ X 10.5” Wingspan.


Covered in this Review: Basic construction; glue, paint and material selections; prop finishing; engine detail colors and applying highlights; detailing the cockpit; wheel/tire paint selection; paint masking techniques for finish; using Future Floor Polish on glass; detailing the pilot figure; mounting techniques for finishing small parts; identifying pin marks, sinks and seems; repairing gaps; clamping methods; altered assembly sequence tips for better finishing; decal preparation and application with setting solutions; are all fully examined in this 9 page, full-color Step-by-Step review in PDF format.



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