Building The 48th Scale Stearman PT-17…Big Bang For Your Buck
November 2, 2014 in Aviation
Built in the 1930s, this aircraft became the primary trainer for the military to train pilots for WWII.
This new kit from Revell is a fun build, and is easy on your wallet compared to most new kits today. The Lindberg kit was the only kit of this aircraft until now, and this new Revell offering sells in the same price range. Decals are for both the Army and Navy schemes.
This is a good project to try your hand at rigging a bi-plane.
I used a no. 9 guage guitar E string for my rigging as it is easier to work with than sprue or fishing line. These guitar strings are available in several gauges at any music store. The only issue I had with the kit was the decal for the wood grain prop was not a good fit. Fortunately, I had two kits and was able to do some patch work. The kit comes with two props, the alternate representing the aluminum version, which I will use on the other build. The rest of the decals worked fine.
I chose the Army scheme and found that I liked Tamiya’s French Blue and Camel Yellow to get the colors I wanted. I researched the color for this aircraft on Google.
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