The Pilot Maker: Boeing PT-17 Stearman
I have always love the Stearman and all of it’s different schemes and variants. For many years I have been frustrated due to the lack of modern quality kits of this fabulous bird in my favorite build scale of 1/48, or even 1/32. Then to the surprise of many, good old Revell releases a new tooled version of the Stearman. What would it be like? Was it really a new tool?
Yes it is really new, and newly tooled. It has all the features and quality of a top rate, modern kit produced by a quality manufacturer. Thank You Revell! It is simple to review this kit because it is engineered so well. Basically all I can say is it is a dream to build, especially for a bi-plane model. I built this baby out of the box and it is museum quality when completed properly. It just fell together. I could assemble many steps at a time without glue when dry-fitting. Even the top wing sits securely and accurately to its braces and struts without glue. No filler was needed anywhere. Because of this I finished it in record time as compared to many of my more recent builds. This model is so complete and accurate that it even has a wood grain decal for both sides of the propeller.
The only thing I needed to to add to this kit was some rigging wire. I used my trusted and true EZ-Line elastic string. This product makes rigging so much easier for me. Since the completion of this kit I have had so many requests from my customers to make one of these for them. So, if it is so popular why the wait from the manufactures to produce a decent kit? Who knows? Anyhow hope you enjoy.
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