High Planes Models Pilatus PC-6 Turbo Porter
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!
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.
The instructions are relatively comprehensive for making this model but
I think that having a parts breakdown would help in identifying the more
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.
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.