Gloster G.40 Pioneer
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||Pavla kit no. 72055 Gloster Pioneer
|Contents and Media:
||17 parts in light grey short run
plastic, 18 parts in resin, 2 vac-formed canopies, decals for one
aircraft in three periods and 6 page A5 booklet with history, parts
plan, build instructions and colour and marking drawings.
USD$19.96 from Squadron.com
||Very clean moulding for a short run
kit, good resin and interesting decal options.
||The usual few short run problems.
Reviewed by Glen Porter
Gloster G.40 Pioneer is available online from Squadron.com
I always though this aircraft was called the Gloster Whittle, so I
didnít know what Brett was offering me when he said he had a Gloster
Pioneer for me to review.
Well, this model comes as a pleasant surprise. Apart from being a very
significant aircraft historically, itís another rarity in the modelling
world. And havenít the Eastern European short run kit manufacturers
improved the quality of their product. A few years ago, these kits would
have been very hard for an experienced modeller to build. Now, I could
almost recommend this one to a novice.
Itís a pity some of the manufacturers from other parts of the world
donít take note.
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The Pioneer is a very small aircraft therefore a very
small model in 1/72 scale. It is not much bigger than a W.W.1 biplane
and fewer parts, in fact there is more resin than plastic. The cockpit
and front wheel well come as one piece and this also forms the splitter
in the front intake. Other resin parts include, instrument panel, seat
with belts, fun stick, wheels, legs and two types of jet exhaust. Two
vac-formed canopies are supplied but they are different so you donít get
The decals are for one aircraft only but in three different periods of
its life and three different colour schemes, first flight, early war and
mid war. Of the usual high quality offered by Pavla, printed by Etech,
their colours look right and film is minimal.
The instructions as usual for Pavla, are easy to follow and very
complete, in fact the whole kit is so good that I would recommend it to
anyone with a small amount of experience or as a first try at a short
Thanks to Squadron
for the review sample.
Squadron.com for the review
Review Text Copyright © 2004 by Glen Porter
Images Copyright © 2004 by Brett Green
Page Created 07 October, 2004
Last updated 08 October, 2004
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