Fairchild PT-19 Cornell
Planet Models, 1/72 scale
S u m m a r y
||Planet Models PLT142 -
Fairchild PT-19 Cornell
parts in yellow resin, 4 vacform parts; decals
USD$53.96 from Squadron.com
important subject; beautifully cast; crisp and fine surface
detail; very simple parts breakdown.
||Some cleanup required
Reviewed by Rodger Kelly
Models' 1/748 scale Fairchild PT-19 is available online from
For those who don't know, Planet Models is
a division of Czech Master's Kits or as they are more commonly know,
CMK. CMK are based in the Czech Republic and have been producing very
high quality resin detail seats and conversions for many years. As such,
they really have risen to the peak of the resin-casting business and
have an excellent reputation for well produced and packaged models.
Amongst their later releases is kit No 142, a 1/48 scale complete resin
kit of the Fairchild PT-19 Cornell, and it lives up to CMK's deserved
In all, nearly 5,000 PT-19s were produced, and whilst the PT-19 was
primarily utilized by the United States Army Air Corps to provide basic
flight training during WWII, it was also used by the armed forces of
Canada, Norway, Brazil, Ecuador and Chile.
The kit comprises 34 resin pieces, four vacformed canopies and a
comprehensive decal sheet. The undercarriage legs are cast in a
different and harder type of resin which is a good thing as the maingear
legs will have to bear a fair bit of weight.
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The resin is light tan in colour and
completely warp free. The casting is very, very well done and without
any miscasts and I was only able to find a single pinhole – not bad for
such a complex kit!
The casting on this kit really is good! Seats exhibit cast in seat belts
with sharp relief and the ends of the exhaust pipes are cast hollow.
Surface detail on the wings and fuselage are a mixture of scribed rivet
and panel lines and scalloped ribbed fabric.
The wing is cast as a solid one-piece affair with built-in dihedral
which should considerably ease the construction no end. Whilst I'm sure
that the detail fanatics amongst us will want to add more detail, the
parts provide sufficient detail straight out of the box to ensure that
the finished product will stand up to closer than the standard "six foot
test" that most modellers subscribe to.
Some flash is evident but a quiet hour with wet and dry sandpaper and a
sharp modelling knife will put paid to it. Casting blocks are also
evident but the vast majority of them seem to have been removed for you,
yes, you will still have to remove all evidence of them but the lion's
share of the work has been done for you. Fit of parts seem to be pretty
good as a quick dry fit, once the remains of the casting plugs were
removed, proved there was no need for filler at all.
The canopies, well windscreens really, are vacformed but don't let that
worry you too much as the only cuts required are straight ones and
Planet have cast sufficient frame line detail to make the cutting easy.
You also get two sets in case you goof. To make the separation easier,
first fill the canopy with plaster of Paris. This will give you
something hard on which you can cut – works for me!
The instructions are of the simple "exploded view" type. As well as
showing you how to put the kit together, they also provide detail and
overall painting instructions.
Decals are provided for three machines. Two blue fuselage and yellow
winged USAAC versions as well as a Norwegian Air Force one. The decals
themselves are beautifully printed and in sharp, clear register. They
look to be every bit as good as those produced by Superscale.
The kit comes packed in a single, large plastic bag that has been
crimped into compartments to separate the parts. The plastic bag the
decals and the instruction sheet are then placed in a rather flimsy
All up, an excellent product from Planet Models.
Thanks to MPM/Planet Models for the review sample.
Review Text and Images Copyright © 2005 by Rodger
Page Created 10 June, 2005
Last updated 09 June, 2005
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