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Ryan PT-22 Recruit


Special Hobby, 1/72 scale

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Catalogue Number: Special Hobby kit no. SH72064 - PT-22 Recruit.
Scale: 1/72
Contents and Media: 46 light grey injection moulded parts on one sprue, 31 resin parts, 4 vac-formed wind screens [two spares] and 3 double sided A5 pages with history, parts plan, build diagrams and paint and decaling instructions plus decals for one aircraft.
Price: USD$15.96  from Squadron.com
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Interesting subject; good detail; extensive use of resin; attractive markings
Disadvantages: Plastic not very detailed, some scratch building required, not for the beginner
Recommendation: Recommended to experienced modellers

Reviewed by Glen Porter

 Special Hobby's 1/72 scale PT-22 Recruit is available online from Squadron.com



Special Hobby has release a 1/72 scale PT-22 Recruit.

It would seem that the plastic components of this kit are based on the 1/72 scale MPM Ryan PT-20 from a couple of years back. What is really amazing, and Iíve never noticed this in a kit before, is that so few of the original plastic parts are used.



The two fuselage halves minus the nose, main plane, wheels, two struts and the cockpit interior are all that is used.

The rest of the model is resin including propeller, cylinders, fuselage nose, under-carriage, tail-planes and rudder.


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There is also rigging to be done on mainplane, undercarriage and tailplane so itís definitely not a kit for the beginner.

Cockpit interior, being all plastic, is a bit devoid of detail with no resin or photo-etched in these areas.

This was a colourful little aircraft, and the supplied markings are very attractive.



Despite the challenges, this could turn out to be a very nice little model with its attractive decals and colour scheme but I believe that it will take an above average modeller to get there.

Recommended for the right modeller.

Thanks to MPM/Special Hobby for the review sample.

Review Text Copyright © 2004 by Glen Porter
Images Copyright © 2004 by Brett Green
Page Created 02 December, 2004
Last updated 02 December, 2004

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