ESM Pilatus PC-21 Color F 71" Wingspan Model ARF Airplane
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This Pilatus PC-21 71" wingspan airplane is produced by ESM in China. ESM has been importing planes into the US for many years, so the company and its products are well proven and are some of the best in the industry. ESM planes are factory painted to scale, have pre-applied decals which are covered with a clear coat, have functional flaps if standard on the full scale version, and most hardware included (screws, rods, fuel tanks etc...).
All ESM planes are painted with a very high quality enamel paint which is resistant to oil, grease, and fuels. The high gloss paints are of course easier to clean than the low gloss. These paints can be painted over for weathering and the like.
Most fuselages are epoxy resin fiberglass. The wings are typically built up, then covered with an etched polyester film and painted.
"The ZDZ 40RE engine and JMB rear pitts muffler turning a 20x10 prop is a great combination in the ESM PC 21! I simply love the power and smoothness of the ZDZ 40!"
ESM planes are very high quality at a very reasonable price. They come with conventional gear and wheels in the kit. If the full scale model had retracts, the retracts are available separately. Retracts add a level of complexity to the model which is for more experienced pilots. Some planes offer scale accessories like bombs, gear doors, pilots, external fuel tanks and more separately for those builders who want more scale realism.
TBM carries some spare parts for ESM planes. Check out the ESM warranty for further information on spare parts. These planes look and fly very realistically. You will not find a better model anywhere even close to these prices. ESM is continually producing new products. Most of these new products will be 80" wingspan or larger to meet the needs for IMAA. We are confident that you will be happy with your model.
||6.0 sq. ft.
||15.2lbs. *Weight Information
||6ch & 9 servos
||26cc to 36cc engine. We highly recommend the PTE-36.
||1.60 2 cycle or 1.80 4 cycle
|Prop Recommendations: :
||5-blade is scale. Biela red and white 17x10 3 blade is a good choice.
|Servo Recommendations: :
||100 oz-sq-in minimum - HD-1501, Hitec 645MG, Hitec 5645MG, DS-8309TG
Construction: Fiberglass fuse and balsa built-up wing. Functional Flaps.
Wing Covering Material: Covering, painted. The aircraft has a beautiful glossy finish. All ESM planes are painted with a very high quality enamel paint which is resistant to oil, grease, and fuels. The high gloss paints are of course easier to clean than the low gloss. These paints can be painted over for weathering and the like.
Comes with conventional gear and wheels in the kit. However you can buy the optional custom retracts made for the PC-21. Retractable landing gear set with oleo struts, alloy wheels. The retracts are generation 5 Air up/air down retracts, and incorporate all of the latest design improvements.
In 1999 Pilatus Aircraft, famous for their PC-12 small passenger aircraft and the PC-7 and PC-9 jet trainers, began the development of a new generation of turboprop jet trainers. The result of that program was the Pilatus PC-21, a sleek modern trainer designed to operate for 30 years per airframe, at costs below that of existing advanced trainers, but with better performance and flexibility.
Featuring a very advanced avionics suite, and integrating flexible computer systems, the PC-21 is truly cutting edge. The pilot's display is incredibly user friendly, featuring many items found only on the most advanced combat aircraft such as LCD MFDs, dual HUDs, HOTAS Throttle, a bird strike resistent canopy with excellent visibility and zero/zero ejection seats. The aircraft is designed to perform as a training platform for basic flight, advanced jet training and fighter tactics. It is also expected to be used in a COIN (Counter Insurgency) role by many of the world's smaller airforces, as the low cost makes it attractive to many such nations. The aircraft is capable of carrying a variety of weaponry on 5 hardpoints mounted under the wings and centerline of the aircraft.
The first prototype was flown in July of 2002, and the first aircraft were delivered to the swiss airforce in April of 2008. Singapore's Air Force has also recieved several of their production aircraft with 7 more to be delivered in August of 2008, replacing the SIAI Marchetti S.211's that were currently in service. It is expected that many other nations will adopt the aircraft as well.
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