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Old 04-03-2012, 05:53 AM
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Default Pilatus PC-6 Porter Sport 150 ARF

I just ordered a Pilatus PC-6 and a DA-50. It is funny, I posted a question about 2 years ago to date asking about this set up with no replies. So, I will start a new thread about the Pilatus and hopefully this will help if you are interested.

PC-6: http://www.espritmodel.com/pilatus-p...t-150-arf.aspx

Engine: http://www.chiefaircraft.com/radio-c...aft/da-50.html

I have read many threads and there are several suggestions to make the plane better. I will list these as I start putting it together.
Old 04-03-2012, 07:07 AM
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Default RE: Pilatus PC-6 Porter Sport 150 ARF

I'm pretty sure this was the plane I was aero towing with at the IRKS event a couple of weeks ago.
If so it flys very nicely.
Old 04-03-2012, 08:34 AM
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Default RE: Pilatus PC-6 Porter Sport 150 ARF

A DA-50 on this plane is way to much engine for this size Pilatus Porter. I have a similar size Porter and fly it on a 120 Surpass.
Old 04-03-2012, 01:55 PM
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It will be set up to tow large sailplanes. Many are using DA 50 and DLE 55's on this plane. The wing span is 98" and it should weigh in around 17-18#. It will not be short on power that is for sure!
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Default RE: Pilatus PC-6 Porter Sport 150 ARF

This the one?
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Old 04-04-2012, 04:57 AM
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Default RE: Pilatus PC-6 Porter Sport 150 ARF

That is it! That looks like a DA 50 up front. I think I am going to go with a larger wheel. I have some CUB wheels that may work.

Well.........what did you think? Any suggestions?
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Default RE: Pilatus PC-6 Porter Sport 150 ARF

Well it wasn't mine but it flew pretty good and towed well. I'm about 95 percent sure he had a DA 50 in there which towed pretty much everything out there that day.

I figured that was the one you were talking about since the field where that was taken is where a lot of guys from Esprit fly, the owner was there that day with a couple of gliders.
Old 04-05-2012, 05:04 PM
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Pilatus and DA 50 came in today! Will get started in the AM........................

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Old 04-06-2012, 05:44 PM
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Funny..............the very high end gas motor came in a ziplock bag with copied instructions. No doubt about it, this is a very nice motor. DA runs each motor at the factory and does some tuning. The Pilatus ARF is really nice. I feel much better about the price now that I have started putting it together. Very well made and has several upgrades from all the articles I have read about the plane. The still one major issue is the terribly cheap tail wheel. I am surprised they do not fix that problem. The struts have been redesigned and are top notch. The assembly is very good with all the joints glued extremely well. Several areas have been reinforced from the early design. From what I have read, this is a much different plane than the VQ ARF.

I worked on the tail wheel today and will post some pictures tomorrow. I like how it turned out. I will paint the main landing gear and tail wheel and hopefully get them on. The DA should go on very easy if the Slimline pitts muffler has room. I will cross my fingers on that.

***** the instructions are in French, no help at all. *****
Old 04-15-2012, 04:43 PM
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My upgrades........the cross brace for where the top struts on the landing gear connect to the side of the fuselage, added washers and will epoxy in the cross brace. The larger fuel tank tray and the larger Du-Bro tank, 950cc(32 oz), next to the stock tank 720cc. I also changed the landing gear. I made aluminum blocks and welded straight rods where the landing gear joins the fuselage. Also, the DA 50 is mounted. The slimline SLI 2123 did not fit. Have an JTEC compact on order.
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Old 04-15-2012, 05:20 PM
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more pics................steel tail wheel. The stock one really is bad. Used Du-Bro 5" tires. The landing gear struts have been updated by TopModels. There is only a top cap that screws on and off to get to the spring. I did drill a small hole through the shock body and the top cap, and will insert a small safety wire just to make sure it will not vibrate loose. The main landing gear is very nice except for where the bottom legs attach to the underbody.

did I mention the instructions are in French.....just have to make educated guesses where things go...........................
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Default RE: Pilatus PC-6 Porter Sport 150 ARF

cool plane.... kinda reminds me of a Storch
Old 04-30-2012, 05:06 PM
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Updates.........

Aeroworks fuel dot and tray for ignition. Fire wall with cut outs for fuel lines, throttle linkage, and ignition wire.

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more updates.......fuel dot. Electronics JR 2500 batteries(2), JR charge/switches(2), Smart fly Batshare, AR7010.
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Prop Biela 20x10 3blade. Dave Brown 3 1/2" vortech ultimate spinner.
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Default RE: Pilatus PC-6 Porter Sport 150 ARF

I have the VQ Pilatus Porter PC-6 150 size which has a 2.7m wingspan and waighs in at about 17lbs. It sells for about $400 US. It has 2 sliding doors for the main cabin, open single doors on either side at the front of the cabin and a door at the rear. The suspension is a bit primitive, but very robust handling just about any terrain.

I'm flying mine with a Saito 20cc 4-stroke petrol engine and there is not an excess of power. You don't need much for this style of plane with so much wing. However, I see you will be using yours for towing and hence you want the power on tap. Good luck. I'm sure your maiden will go well. The plane has a tendency to drift off line on take-offs and landings and needs a firm hand on the elevator and rudder to keep the tail planted. On the other hand, the plane can take as much flap as you want and slows to a walking pace if need be. It is indeed an easy plane to fly, but it has a lot of momentum and about 30 degrees flap on landing is possibly best (to encourage one to keep the speed up a bit and not risk a 'flop' by going too slow).
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Rudder with the 1/4" balsa joiner(stock) and the new 1/4 plywood joiner that goes to the bottom of the fuselage.
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View of the inside of the tail section. Used the stock steering shaft and control arm. Cut off steering shaft so it does not stick out of the bottom and mounted control arm inside the fuselage. Made a steering rod that connects to the tail wheel.
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This is very important.........I have seen several pictures of struts smashed through the fuselage. The full scale plane has a metal cross brace running from strut to strut through the fuselage. I made this out of 1/4 plywood and epoxied in place. I also put fender washers on the outside where the struts connect to the side of the fuselage. This really makes the inside of the fuselage much much stronger.
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cool plane, nice build!~
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Here are a few pictures of the tail feathers. I did reinforce the horizontal stabilizer/elevator with thin CA and ran 2 pieces of plywood on the underside of the elevator that fit snugly into the "V" of the back of the fuselage. I just used the factory screw to attach the elevator.
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The DA is hooked up and ready to go except.......................for the JTEC muffler which is going on 3 weeks since it was ordered! Not real happy with them. I was told it would ship last Monday. Then this Monday........we will see. If I remember correctly, I was told they stocked DA 50 mufflers. Well anyway the engine is ready and just needs the muffler.

**********Fuel and pulse lines are switched! Make sure yours are NOT this way or the engine will not start! Sorry about that!************
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Here is the wiring. I was advised and decided not to use the BatShare. I just made a "Y" and tied in the second battery to the bus through the rudder port on the AR7010. Notice the two JR switches at the top of the picture. I had to get some help programming the DX7 and AR7010. It works great with dual ailerons and dual flaps.....now! Very happy with the set up, tried to keep as simple as possible. I like to color code the connections with shrink tubing. That is a blue towel the airplane is sitting on and you can see it through the windows. Next step is to glue in the windows with canopy glue and finish the wing struts.
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Old 05-12-2012, 06:22 PM
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OK! I have to laugh at myself. I put the pulse line into the fuel line nipple and the fuel line into the pulse line nipple. My arm about fell off trying to start it. Thank you w8ye for setting me straight! Will be up and running in the AM!
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Here are a few more pictures............I changed the color scheme some. I took off all the black and the red on the wings and top/bottom of the fuselage. I am going to get navy blue numbers and Pilatus logos.
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