Pavla 1/72 Gloster E.28/39 Pioneer
|REVIEWER:||Carmel J. Attard|
|NOTES:||Injection molded short run kit with resin details.|
This is a small but beautifully moulded kit by Pavla Models and contains resin detail parts which are of fine quality. This injection moulded plastic and resin combination makes up into a simple but very pleasing model of the first British jet aircraft. The pilot office is cast as part of the resin air intake splitter plate integrating also the nose wheel bay. The vertical splitter plate has three small horizontal streaks also in resin that fix to each side. Cockpit details as control column, pilot seat and instrument panel are also in resin.
The instruction indicates colour detail of parts as one goes along with assembly of the fuselage. Since the aircraft has a tendency to be a definite tail sitter adequate weight needs to be added. Ideally the little space provided is the cockpit sides empty spaces so that weight pieces need to fit in. Once the fuselage halves are closed the one piece lower wing is fitted and the two outer upper panels come in place. These leave a small gap at the root that is put right with a small amount of filer. Unlike the early Frog kit release of the same aircraft the two bulges that are on the inner of upper wing comes as separate items. The rest of assembly is easy. There is a pitot tube fairing fitted to underside and optional exhaust nozzle to choose from.
|COLORS & MARKINGS|
I selected to finish my model in the dark green and ocean grey camouflage. This carried the tail finlets. I first airbrushed the underside in white undercoat, followed by identification yellow using Humbrol enamel paints. These areas were masked and the upper camouflage applied. Interior green was applied to cockpit at an earlier stage. The wheel wells and legs were silver.
The detail that comes with the undercarriage legs was of high quality and worthy of praise for this Pavla product. The type certainly appeals to both military jet fans and those with a taste for prototypes. All in all this is a nice little model of the first British jet.
Carmel J. Attard
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