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Ryan PT-22/NR-1 Recruit

Fisher Model and Pattern 1/32 Ryan PT-22/NR-1 Recruit Kit First Look

by Michael Benolkin

Date of Review April 2014 Manufacturer Fisher Model and Pattern
Subject Ryan PT-22/NR-1 Recruit Scale 1/32
Kit Number 3211 Primary Media Resin, Photo-Etch, White Metal
Pros Another magnificent resin release - no casting blocks on the larger parts, no pinholes, near-perfect fit! Cons Nothing noted
Skill Level Intermediate MSRP (USD) $149.95

First Look

Ryan PT-22/NR-1 Recruit
Ryan PT-22/NR-1 Recruit
Ryan PT-22/NR-1 Recruit
Ryan PT-22/NR-1 Recruit
Ryan PT-22/NR-1 Recruit
Ryan PT-22/NR-1 Recruit
Ryan PT-22/NR-1 Recruit
Ryan PT-22/NR-1 Recruit

In the mid-1930s, the Ryan Aeronautical Company developed a low-wing monoplane trainer powered by the in-line four-cylinder Menasco engine. These aircraft entered service in civilian flight schools around the United States though the Netherlands East Indies (NEI) bought a number of the aircraft for military service. The USAAC also evaluated the Menasco-powered Ryan initially as the PT-16 and procured 30 as the PT-20. Many of these airframes were upgraded with the five-cylinder Kinner radial engine that would power the follow-on PT-22.

Fisher Models and Pattern has released two Ryan trainers in 1/32 scale, the PT-20 and this PT-22/NR-1 Recruit. While they look similar in appearance, these are two completely different kits with no shared parts. Cast in light gray resin and including one fret of photo-etched details, this kit has the beautiful detail common to Fisher Model kits.

Among the features and options in this kit:

  • Nicely detailed cockpits
  • Choice of spatted or exposed landing gear
  • Nicely detailed Kinner engine
  • Positionable elevators
  • Positionable ailerons
  • Positionable rudder
  • Positionable flaps

The fuselage is molded in halves and delivered as you see in the image above, the fit is very nice. This won't be a good project for a new resin modeler as you'll be required to assemble the model with cyano and fill with cyano or a good putty to achieve a smooth surface for trainer colors. There is also the need to rig this aircraft which is also not for the faint of heart.

Markings are provided for two subjects:

  • PT-22, 995, USAAC
  • NR-1, 4197, USN

This is another nice kit from Fisher Model and Pattern and fills another void on the scale flightline for both a historic trainer and a popular warbird (when you can find one).

You can get more information on this and other kits from the Fisher Model and Pattern website.