I've been visiting LSP for quite a while, and have learned something from and been inspired by, every build on the site - and finally decided to join. I called Paul Fisher a few weeks ago and we talked about the original Airshow Models Pitts S2B kits. After assuring me that the original decal sheets were just fine, I placed my order and the kit arrived a few days later. This is my first attempt at a resin airplane kit and it is truly a gem. It is a tiny 1/32 model - the wingspan and fuselage length are nearly identical to a 1/48 P-51 - so all the fun of 1/32 while taking up very little space. I have most of the parts cleaned up and am really looking forward to slinging some paint at this one.
The wheel pant casting shows how nicely detailed this kit is - note the brake detail. This also illustrates the size of the casting 'stubs' that need to be removed. The resin is very easy to work with and a new razor saw and sanding sticks make quick work of the stubs.
The kit includes two vac canopies - one of which has noticeably yellowed while sitting in the box for several years. I plan to tint the canopy so the yellowing should not be an issue.
You can see from the photo that the upper wing ailerons are warped - a quick dip in hot water should straighten them. The lower wing is flat and will need a slight dihedral added. The super-thin rudder casting was horribly warped - more like a propeller than a rudder - and a quick dip in hot water solved the issue. The only aftermarket I plan to use are the excellent instrument decals from Airscale. The instructions are absolutely fantastic, and the online build that "Barney" posted on his website is proving quite valuable. There are also vast quantities of Pitts S2B photographs online so reference for this project has been a snap.
I have to say I am having a lot of fun with this one, and will update progress as I go along. Fair warning - I am not a fast builder.
Thanks for watching!