David Jefferis: Thousands of Stearmans - some 9,800 in all - rolled off assembly lines and introduced flight trainees to the fundamentals of pilot skills.
As for the Revell kit, it has plenty of detail, including a full interior sub-frame (instruction detail below) support struts, and landing gear, plus a multi-component engine.
The usual caveats apply with kits of biplanes - make sure you align the upper and lower wings very carefully indeed, and give the cement plenty of time to dry thoroughly (preferably overnight) before taking construction a further step.
The Stearman was biggish as two-seaters of the time went, but not huge by any other standard, and this is reflected in the kit when built. Fully assembled, the 1:48 scale model has a wingspan of just 158 mm (6.2 in).
For biplane lovers, an excellent kit of an elderly design that's still flying high around the world. Recommended.
Revell Boeing-Stearman PT-17
Assembled length: 158 mm (6.2 in)
Wingspan: 208 mm (8.2 in)
Manufacturer’s ref: 85-5264
The 1:48 scale Stearman is expected soon in stores. Click below to find the Revell Stearman PT-17 and similar aircraft, to 1:72 and other scales.
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Revell has captured the delicate twist of the Stearmen's prop (below) nicely. In real life, it is a workmanlike item, without even a spinner to add elegance!
The metal framework (below) is finished in light green, which should be matched by spray work on the model components.
The Stearman offers plenty of opportunities to make a jewel-like display model. All you need is to open up the access hatches. For dioramas, a pair (or group) of aviator figures would be attractive, especially if you add a fuel bowser or maintenance vehicle.