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#699 Gloster Pioneer E.28-39

Building the Gloster Pioneer E.28-39 from Clear Prop models of Ukraine.



Gloster E.28/39 was the first British jet-engined aircraft.

The first E.28/39 prototype W4041/G flew in 1941. In 1946, the first prototype (W4041) was placed in the Science Museum in Central London

The Kit

The Gloster E28/39 Pioneer CP72007 1:72 kit in 1:72 scale is made by Clear Prop models of Ukraine.


Marking Schemes

Markings are provided for four different schemes:

  • 1: W4041, RAF Cranwell, 1941
  • 2: W4041, RAE Farnborough, 1944
  • 3: W4041, Brockworth, 1941
  • 4: W4046, RAE Farnborough, 1943

Paints used for the selected scheme (1) W4041, RAF Cranwell, 1941:

Feature Color Recommended Paint Used
A intakes Aluminium Humbrol 56 77.701
B upper camo Dark Earth Humbrol 29 H72
C upper camo Dark Green Humbrol 116 H36
D n/a Ocean Grey Humbrol 106  
E underbelly Trainer Yellow Humbrol 188 H4
F n/a Dull Red Humbrol 70  
G jet exhaust Gun Metal Humbrol 27004 H18
H tyres, instruments Black Humbrol 33 70.950 Black
J cockpit Cockpit Green Humbrol 78 H60
K seat Leather Humbrol 62 H37
L struts, landing gear Silver Humbrol 11 H8

Build Log

build01a build01b build01c build01d

the instructions called for 10g in the nose but I’m short of depleted uranium! This squashed 1.8g lead weight was all I could fit and luckily just enough to not be a tail-sitter

build01e build01f build02a build02b build02c build02d

Just a nice simple build, no weathering to speak of or special effects. I really enjoyed this kit.

build03a build03b build03c

Credits and References

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  • electronics - usually involving an Arduino or other microprocessor in one way or another. Some are full-blown projects, while many are trivial breadboard experiments, intended to learn and explore something interesting
  • scale modelling - I caught the bug after deciding to build a Harrier during covid to demonstrate an electronic jet engine simulation. Let the fun begin..
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