HIGH PLANES MODELS


1/72 High Planes Models Pilatus PC-6 Turbo Porter


by David Harvey

Introduction

The Pilatus Porter was used by the Australian Army for a number of years and I distinctly remember seeing them in a number of air displays on Army bases when I was a child. Nothing could beat the 'wow factor' of seeing an aircraft take off almost vertically as this aircraft was able to do.

High Planes Models has once again come to the rescue of the model fraternity by producing this kit in 'braille scale'. The front of the kit and the instructions state that you need experience to make this model, they are not exaggerating!

The kit

In the usual stout HPM white box you receive a bag of the usual several sprues in the blue plastic, a bag of resin, white metal and PE, a set of vacform windscreens etc and the decals sheet.

The fuselage is produced with thick walls due to molding problems but the outside is detailed with fine panel lines. You will be required to cut out the windows as the areas are all molded in plastic.The rest of the sprues have a fair amount of trimming of flash but have very nicely represented panel lines and other details. On the review sample the propeller blades did not look that good and could need replacing with blades sourced from elsewhere. These blades could possibly better off being produced in resin or some other way than currently done.

The white metal parts provided are the undercarriage legs, control column and the tail wheel. They all require cleaning up but look good.

The resin provided covers the spinner, instrument panel and exhausts.

The photo etch covers all of the antennas required for the different aircraft and two items that look like intake screens but even after reading the instructions I can't identify them.


Instructions

The instructions are relatively comprehensive for making this model but I think that having a parts breakdown would help in identifying the more obscure parts.

 

Decals

HPM provides a set of decals that cover a number of different aircraft in both the gloss Olive green and the multi colour camouflage colours. A number of the serial numbers are represented in two different tones due to the complex camouflage scheme of the aircraft. This would take a considerable amount of skill to paint the model in the correct scheme that would then allow the decals to be placed in the correct spots.

Summary

This is a complicated model to make and I would definitely suggest that you need a fair amount of experience to attack this kit. With care it should make a good looking model of a popular aircraft.

 

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