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Stearman PT-17
Stearman PT-17
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by: Rowan Baylis [ MERLIN ]

Iliad Design have released an excellent set of decals offering alternative colour schemes for Revell's very neat new-tool Stearman "Kaydet" (reviewed HERE). Of course, you could equally use them for Lindberg's vintage kit which is still available, but the new Revell kit so outclasses it, that's the one I'd choose.

With a mix of classic Light Blue/Yellow, aluminium-doped and even field-camouflaged machines, the sheet offers marking for five really attractive schemes:

1. PT-17 "BP30", 4 British Flight Training School, Mesa, Arizona.
2. PT-17 s/n 216546, Kunming, China
3. N2S-3 s/n 39123
4. N2S-4 s/n 29950, Gross Ile, Michigan
5. PT-27 s/n FJ888, 36 Elementary Flight Training School, Pearce, Alberta

The decals look superb quality, being thin and glossy with crystal clear carrier film and printed in perfect register. They are accompanied by an excellent instruction sheet, with full-colour profiles and plan views with useful captions offering advice on matching the wartime colours to modern FS equivalents.

Conclusion
What a great sheet! The only problem for me will be choosing which of the schemes to go for. I think, inevitably, I'm going to have to buy a bunch of extra Stearmans, because I want to build all the featured aircraft! Recommended.

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SUMMARY
Highs: Excellent quality decals and well produced, informative instructions.
Lows: None that I've found.
Verdict: Iliad's decals are the perfect accompaniment for Revell's recent new-tool Stearman.
Percentage Rating
95%
  Scale: 1:48
  Mfg. ID: 48030
  Suggested Retail: $12.00
  PUBLISHED: Apr 07, 2016
  NATIONALITY: United States
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 87.81%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 92.50%

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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...

Copyright 2018 text by Rowan Baylis [ MERLIN ]. Images also by copyright holder unless otherwise noted. Opinions expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of AeroScale. All rights reserved.



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