Flown by most American pilots at some stage during WWII, the Vultee BT-13 was an outstanding basic trainer. It was seen as the second phase of a three phase training program for pilots and after primary training in PT-13, PT-17 or PT-19 trainers, the student pilot moved to the more involved Valiant for continued flight training. It required the pilot to operate landing flaps and a two position Hamilton Standard controllable pitch propeller. It did not, however, have retractable landing gear, nor a hydraulic system. The flaps were operated by a crank and cable system.
This superb 1:6.85 scale design of the Valiant comes on two large, well detailed plans, showing working flaps. It includes separate three view scale drawings of the full size aircraft. The BT-13 has a 1,867 mm (73.5”) wingspan and is powered by a .60 cu. in. two stroke or four stroke equivalent. The model is of conventional all wood construction and moulded accessories are available, along with a laser cut wood pack. This aeroplane is designed to be powered by a glow engine, but experienced modellers should be able to convert it to electric power (details not supplied, so please send us information if you make a successful EP version!) It is not suitable for beginners, either to plan building or model flying.