Sierra Scale models has come to the rescue with a neat vacuform of the PT-19. The instructions include a useful set of 3-view plans and details of the internal structure. With the open cockpits, there's plenty of scope for super-detailers to go to town.
The bulk of the parts are nicely moulded on a single sheet of plastic card. Scribing is nicely restrained, and the simple design should make for an easy build. There will be one tricky joint where the rear of the wing meets the fuselage underside, because this falls across a fabric area (as on many Hurricane models). Many modellers will want to replace the instrument panels using the drawings provided.
As with the P-30A (reviewed elsewhere) Sierra has provided injection moulded parts for details such as the propeller, undercarriage legs and tailwheel. These parts are quite heavily moulded, but should clean up well enough. A pair of canopies are cleanly moulded (with spares). No decals are included.
Sierra's Cornell should be a generally simple build and would make an ideal vacuform for first-timers to cut their teeth on. There's scope for conversions into PT-23 (with radial engine) and PT -26 (with an enclosed cockpit).
The Fairchild Cornell primary trainer has been unjustly neglected by mainstream kit manufacturers. About 8,400 PT-19, -23 and -26 were built in the USA and Canada and the type served with at least 14 airforces.
About Rowan Baylis (Merlin) FROM: NO REGIONAL SELECTED, UNITED KINGDOM
I've been modelling for about 40 years, on and off. While I'm happy to build anything, my interests lie primarily in 1/48 scale aircraft. I mostly concentrate on WW2 subjects, although I'm also interested in WW1, Golden Age aviation and the early Jet Age - and have even been known to build the occas...