1/48 Scale Revell Stearman PT-17
Fifty to 70 years ago we use to call this kind of bird a “Double-Winger.” Sometime later the name was change to “Bi-Wing” or something like that.
Anyways the kit was a snap to build. “Snap” in American English use to mean “Real Easy” to do whatever! Today the young one’s call it “COOL.”
The kit parts did not have hardly any flashing and went together quit well. Revell did not supply any rigged wire, but I already had some different diameter’s of semi-stiff brass wire that I bought at a local train hobby shop in San Jose, CA/USA. I had to be very careful and measure the wire, and cut it, then push the ends into pre-drilled holes.
The engine was very nice. I just used a “Sharpie” fine pointed permanent marker and added some silver color. Since then I have used several different colored Sharpie’s and they work out ok.
The tire rims were painted blue, red and white, so I cut up some small American star insignia decals and placed them on the tire rims.
I have used “Waldron’s instrument dials and their different sizes of metal seat belt buckles along with either cloth and or paper for the straps.
I had to re-scribe some panel lines and add some rivet’s.
The one piece top wing was painted before it was installed on the model.
Everything else was finished but the fuselage two colored letters/numbers. I had lots of SuperScale decals and found the right looking sizes, then cut the white and black ones to mate up when they were put on the model. I think I did a pretty good job, but I’ll let you modeler’s be the judge.
I knew a guy that owned the original PT-17 that is in the real color photos and he loved my photos or the model, so later in life I sent the model to him as a gift and he jumped for joy. A few months later he sent the model back to me with a brief note saying that it was too much baggage!
You can’t win them all, and we are still good friends.
I got another “Double Winger” model coming…then what about my “T-REX” dinosaur model-?
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