Pilatus PC-7 Turbo Trainer
Planet Models, 1/72 scale
S u m m a r y
||Planet Models PLT195 -
Pilatus PC-7 Turbo Trainer
parts in yellow resin, 2 vacform parts; decals for
USD$35.10 from Squadron.com
||Interesting subject; beautifully cast; crisp and fine surface
detail; simple parts breakdown; excellent decals
||Colour and marking
sheet lacks some detail
||Highly Recommend to
modellers who have experience in building resin model kits.
Reviewed by Mick Evans
Models' 1/72 scale PC-7 is available online from
The Pilatus PC-7 Turbo trainer is one of
the most successful and widely used trainer aircraft in the world. The
development of this aircraft was initiated in the mid 1960s. The first
prototype was derived from the piston engined Pilatus P-3. The prototype
was fitted with the PT6A-20 turboprop engine. This was however not
successful. The company redesigned the prototype in 1970 completely
redesigning the P-3 aircraft this time using a PT6A-25. The wings have a
different shape, the fuselage was lengthened, and the tailplanes were
redesigned. A new strengthened undercarriage was also fitted. The
aircraft is in service with the Swiss Air Force, Holland, Burma,
Bolivia, Austria, Guatemala, Mexico, and Iraq. The PC-7 played an
important role in the development of the PC-9.
The kit by Planet Models is all resin and has been superbly moulded. The
kit contains 34 pale yellow resin parts and 2 vacuum formed canopies.
The surface detail matches the detail of the best injection moulded
plastic kits and is free from flaws and air bubbles. Most of the
moulding blocks should be easy to remove, but some care will be need on
some of the more delicate parts, with the cockpit having the largest
moulding block to remove.
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The cockpit and instrument panel has some
nice detail. The undercarriage is a real work of art and it would be
nice to have seen the masters that were crafted for this kit. The detail
is very fine and faithfully reproduced. Underwing drop tanks are also
The decal sheet has been nicely printed by Aviprint. The decals are in
perfect register and have good colour saturation. The clear carrier film
is ultra thin so the decals will have to be handled carefully and the
decals should snuggle down into the surface detail nicely. The decals
have 1/48 scale printed on them but this is obviously a printing error
Finally the canopy is nicely vacuum formed and is crystal clear. A
second canopy is provided in the case of damaging the canopy during
cut-out and trimming.
Markings are provided for two aircraft a
Swiss and a Dutch aircraft.
The Dutch aircraft is a very striking
gold/white/red of the Dutch solo display team aircraft serial number
L-11 piloted by Luitenant Kolonel Ruud Huisman.
The second aircraft is orange/black/silver
of the Swiss PC-7 team.
The instruction sheet is very comprehensive and easy to follow. The
colours and markings instructions could have had a bit more detail on
the colours rather tha leaving the interpretation of shades of colour to
the modeller. You will need to dig into some other reference detail to
find the colours.
Highly Recommend to modellers who have
experience in building resin model kits.
Thanks to MPM/Planet Models for the review sample.
Review Text and
Images Copyright © 2007 by Mick Evans
Page Created 20 June, 2007
Last updated 24 December, 2007
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