1/144 BPK Model Pilatus PC-6/B2-H4 Turbo Porter

Gallery Article by Gerd Wilcken on Nov 14 2018

 

      

The Pilatus PC-6 Porter is a single-engined STOL utility aircraft designed by Pilatus Aircraft of Switzerland. First flown in 1959, the PC-6 continues in production at Pilatus Flugzeugwerke in Stans, Switzerland. It has been built in both piston engine- and turboprop-powered versions and was produced under licence for a time by Fairchild Hiller in the United States 

After around 600 deliveries in six decades, Pilatus will produce the last one in early 2019(Wikipedia). 

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I wanted to buy this kit on a model exhibition, but unfortunately I had forgotten my money at my place. When I came back the model had just been sold. Luckily, I agreed with the buyer that he would sell me one of the two kits included in the box. So we both had fun.

A very small and fragile kit from Big Plane Kits (BPK). The entire model is on one sprue. Very many fine details and excellent engraved panel lines. In order to make the transparent parts to be produced in this scale redundant, the two fuselage halves are molded from transparent material. 

It comes with some very fine etched parts, so that among other things the doors can be opened. I opted for a machine of a Spanish parachute school and therefore, I built the interior a bit more. For the windows of the sliding doors I used Tesa tape on the rear side.

Some troubled caused the typical protective frame for the rear wheel, which is not included in the model. I made this from very thin wire and very calm hands.

It is also worth taking a look at original photos from the internet for the antennas used in the respective versions.

Therefore we also share the decals, I choose the Spanish Pilatus PC-6/B2-H4 from a skydiving club in Empuriabrava, Costa Brava Spain 2010. My blue was a bit too bright, but its ok.

Another Pilatus Turbo Porter is still on my work bench. It`s the very colorful IPMS-Austria special edition “Der Bunte Fredi” in 1:72. You will see it later.

Enjoy the fotos
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Gerd Wilcken

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Photos and text © by Gerd Wilcken