A brand new PT-19 is turning heads, not only on the flight line but inside the model's cockpit! Armin Weber from Aurora IL, just sent me photos of his PT19 with two Best Pilots™ Bob Sweeneys in the cockpits. The one in the back turns his head side to side with the rudder! How accurate to have the instructor always saying "No", Lol!.
Armin said..." The animation was fairly easy. With the pilots being hollow, I was able to mount the servo inside the torso. I glued a dowel into the neck, then glued a small piece of 1/8" plywood to the bottom of the dowel. The 1/8" ply was then screwed directly to the servo horn.
Putting it all together, I inserted the head with the extended dowel through the neck opening in the torso. Inserted the servo into the chest from the bottom. I then attached a servo horn to the 1/8 ply with small screws. The servo was then mounted in the chest screwed into ply pieces in the torso."
Armin's PT-19 is recovered with Solartex, weathered with pastel chalk, and latex paint on the cowl.
I am quoting Armin diretly from his Facebook post here: "The pilots are from Best Pilots , I painted them using the tips from Lyle Vasser's article in Model Airplane News. There is an incredible amount of detail molded into these pilots. And, I will be using these in future projects!"
I particulary think Armin did a grand job of subtly weathering the PT-19. It looks great! Congratulations Armin and thanks for sharing your project!