Trainer: Ryan PT-20 – Testor's 1/48
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Next up is a little side project that has been on-again off again for some time.. This kit was a still-wrapped 1983 boxing, which itself was a reboxing on the old Hawk kit. The kit itself actually went together quite well. The only regret I have with it was that I didn't fill the mold sinkage on the top of the engine cowling, but I'm not about to get worked up over it. Also, the kit includes nothing but a bench seat and pilots for the interior, and I did nothing to help this by not installing the pilots.
The fuselage was painted with Vallejo aluminum, the wheels with white aluminum (though should be chrome), and the cowling with Pale burnt metal. Wings are MM Chrome Yellow. Paint was sealed with Vallejo's metal varnish. I opted not to weather, for simplicity's sake. Decals are from the kit and went down quite nice, save for the bars on the tail, which I opted to mask and paint. Rigging is Infini super-fine lycra. Also, I forgot to attach the hub to the spindle on the prop before attaching the cowling, so I used my trusty micro-magnets. Drill with a pin-vise and super-glue in place.
I hope everyone enjoys!