Ryan PT-22 Recruit
Special Hobby PT-20 Kit with Resin Conversion Set
Commenced July 2017

Following my 2016 flight in G-RLWG, the PT-22 Recruit based at Breighton, I decided I needed a model of the aircraft. 

It took a bit of searching to find one, the nearest being the Special Hobby Ryan PT-20, the inline engined, straight wing version of the aircraft. This came with a resin conversion set for the radial engine, though other alterations would be needed, the main being to sweep the wings. A jig was used to cut the wing upper skin to match the fairing, with the new wing sweep.

Due to the wing sweep, the rear wing fairings were now too narrow, and needed building up with filler to restore the shape. The resin nose also needed quite a bit of filling around the joint.
The fin was moulded onto one side of the fuselage, so needed filling along the bottom edge where it meets the fuselage. The small fin strake also needed to be removed to match the real G-RLWG.
The rear headrest also needed amending by moving rearward slightly. The rear of the fuselage is open, showing the fin post/tail wheel leg, so I've opened up the hole in the model. Having removed some of the wood at the tail end of the jig, I made some new supports for the tailplanes to allow those to be attached. With the fragile resin tailplanes needing to be attached with cyano adhesive, I'd only get one go at the correct place.
With the model weighted down to keep it still, the tailplanes were positioned on the supports. Tiny drops of cyano were added to the joints from the top, and once set, the model removed from the jig and additional cyano added to the bottom. 
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