Lonestar Models 1/48 PT-22 Conversion First Look
|Date of Review||August 2006||Manufacturer||Lonestar Models|
|Kit Number||-||Media||Resin/White Metal|
|Pros||Simple conversion for the Hawk/Testor kit||Cons|
|Skill Level||Intermediate||MSRP (USD)||$TBA|
Lonestar Models has been producing limited-run kits and conversions for quite a few years. It was good to see Mike West, the owner, producer and bottlewasher, at the 2006 IPMS/USA National Convention. He had a number of interesting new releases on display, and the PT-22 conversion looked rather interesting.
This is a simple conversion for the Hawk or Testor PT-20 trainer, replacing the in-line engine nacelle with a five-cylinder radial engine. The set is cast in standard tan resin and consists of a new nose plug, prop and spinner, eight cylinder heads (you use five), new main landing gear, and main wheels. The tailwheel is cast in white metal.
This set can be used with the Lonestar cockpit set (sold separately) or you can scratchbuild your own cockpit.
The conversion looks straightforward and should pose the modeler with some experience with resin conversions no problems.