Fly the rubber-powered STOL
A name familiar with balsa model overs for generations, the Guillow’s company has been
making kits in Wakefield, Massachusetts,
for more than 80 years, dating back to
Little has changed at Guillow’s in
those years. The company’s kits have
always been (and continue to be) balsa
and tissue, as were the Guillow’s kits
that Depression-era kids experienced.
Plastic propellers and vacuumed-formed
spinners and canopies were upgrades
in the 1960s and 1970s, but since then
little has changed—until now.
Enter the new 300-series Guillow’s
Scale FF kits featuring laser-cut parts.
One of three new designs in the series
(the others are the 203/4-inch Edge
540 and the 24-inch DH- 2 Beaver) is
the Pilatus PC- 6 Porter—a simple-to-build, Swiss high-wing utility airplane
designed in 1959. The PC- 6 spans 261/16
inches and looked ideal for the Flying
Aces Club (FAC) Modern Civilian
competition event, so I dove into a
The kit is complete, containing
balsa strip, wire, covering, water-slide
decals, lightweight plastic wheels, two
propellers, the rubber motor, and the all-important new benefit: precision laser-cut balsa parts.
As a longtime FF modeler, I know that
lightweight construction is an important
predictor of flight success. To my delight,
the parts in the PC- 6 kit were cut from
some of the lightest, most warp-free
balsa sheets I’ve ever seen in a kit in this
Before punching out the parts, I
weighed the sheets and calculated
average density: 5. 9 pounds per cubic
foot. Sheer delight! Two of the larger
balsa strips were too heavy and needed
to be replaced.
Beginning with the fuselage, I quickly
discovered that the laser-cut parts were
not only low in density, they were
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The completed PC- 6 Porter looks fantastic and
its initial flight tests were promising.
See additional photos
of the PC- 6 here or online
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