the Pilatus PC-7 It is a two-seater plane of Swiss origin which can perform several functions, including aerobatic, tactical and night flight. It’s a really attractive plane. If you want to know more about this plane and where to find models of it, keep reading.
Pilatus PC-7 aircraft
The Pilatus PC-7 is one of the most successful training aircraft and is widely used all over the world. Development of this aircraft began in the mid-sixties. The first prototype was derived from the piston engine of the Pilatus P-3. The prototype was equipped with the PT6A-20 turboprop.
However, this did not succeed. The company remade the prototype in 1970, completely redesigning the P-3 aircraft, this time using a PT6A-25. The wings changed shape, the fuselage was lengthened and the tail was redesigned.
A new reinforced landing gear was also installed. The aircraft is in service at Swiss Air Force, Bolivia, Holland, Austria, Burma, Mexico, Guatemala and Iraq. PC-7 played a very important role in the development of PC-9.
The PC-7 has two variants: the PC-7 MkII and the NCPC-7. The PC-7 MkII variant is also known as Astra and was developed due to South Africa’s need for an advanced version of the PC-7. The MkII is derived from the PC-9 M aircraft. The “M” denotes the modular characteristics of the aircraft. The PC-9 M aircraft is propelled by a propeller Pratt and Whitney PT6A-62, providing 863 kW of power.
It is equipped with advanced avionics and a on-board oxygen generation system. The PC-7 MkII consists of two loading anchors under the wings, while the PC-7 has six. The first PC-7 MkII had its maiden flight in August 1994 and the first delivery was made to the South African Air Force in November 1994. A total of 60 units were delivered to South Africa in 1996.
The NCPC-7 was developed by updating the PC-7. New features include a glass cockpit, GPS, autopilot and a second VHF radio. It was developed for the Swiss Air Force for the training of pilots. A total of 18 PC-7 aircraft were upgraded CNPC-7 and a contract to upgrade ten more was signed in February 2008.
Cabin and avionics
The PC-7 features a double glass cockpit and is equipped with a primary flight display (PFD), secondary flight display (SFD) and secondary instrument panel (ESDP), as well as an aircraft management system. radio audio (ARMS).
In addition, it includes communications from very high frequency (VHF COM) 1, VHF COM 2, ultra high frequency communication UHF COM, VHF NAV 1, VHF NAV 2, distance measuring equipment (DME) and automatic direction finder (ADF).
The cockpit also includes an “S” mode transponder, GPS, radar altimeter, attitude heading reference system (AHRS) and emergency locator beacon (ELT).
Performance and cruising speed
The PC-7 can upgrade to a speed of 864 meters per minute. It has a cruising speed of 416 km / h and can fly at 461 km / h. The service range and ceiling are 1,949 kilometers and 9,149 meters, respectively.
The distances of take off and landing are at 589 meters and 624 meters, respectively. The maximum weight for take-off is 2700 kilograms.
Pilatus PC-7 airplane model
The Planet Models kit is completely made of resin and has been beautifully cast. the the kit contains 34 parts of pale yellow resin and 2 domes formed under vacuum. The surface detail is what the best injection molded plastic kits offer and is free from blemishes and air bubbles. Most model parts are easy to remove from their backing, but you will need to be careful with some of the more delicate parts. The cabin is the largest room.
The cockpit and dashboard are very detailed. The landing gear is a true work of art. The detail is very precise and faithfully reproduced. Auxiliary fuel tanks are also provided to pass under the wings. The decorative sticker sheet was printed very well by Aviprint. The stickers are faithfully reproduced and have good color saturation. The sticker sheet is ultra thin, so it should be handled with care. The decals have a 1/48 scale printed on them, but this is obviously a printing error.
In addition, the cockpit dome was very well done under vacuum and is crystal clear. A second dome is provided in case the first is damaged during handling. Decals are provided for two aircraft variants, one Swiss and one Dutch. The Dutch aircraft is very striking in gold, white and red and mimics the aircraft that uses the L-11 display team piloted by the lieutenant colonel. Ruud Huisman.
The Swiss version is in orange, black and silver imitating the Swiss team of PC-7. The instruction sheet is very comprehensive and easy to follow. The instructions for colors and markings could have been a bit more detailed, leaving the interpretation of the nuances of the color you assemble the model to. You will need to gather information to find the right colors to apply.
Finally, it should be added that this model is recommend people with some experience in mounting resin models. Below you’ll find two links to pages where they sell this fantastic Planet Models mockup.
Pilatus PC-7 paper airplane model
If paper planes are your thing, you’re in luck. The page Thai made a 1/48 scale version of the Pilatus PC-7 on paper. Unfortunately, this mockup is no longer available in your store, so you have to turn to third parties who shared the file. Below is the link to download the paper model of the PC-7 from a Russian modeling forum.
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