Seagull PC-9 has been around for some time now and has gained
a reputation as a good flying model.
an ARTF model there is still a fair bit of assembly required but
this is quite straightforward. The quality of build and accessories
is excellent with all the parts supplied used, nothing missing
and nothing replaced.The only minor problem encountered was that
the engine mount bearers were spaced for a low end of the power
range engine and had to be modified to suit the SC52 fitted. All
up weight came out at 5.75 lbs including the 2.5 oz of noseweight
required to bring the C of G to the mid range point. Additional
black vinyl trim wingwalks and anti-glare nose panel were added
to give a more scale look.
not a true scale model the Seagull PC-9 builds up to be a nice
representation of the full size PC-9. Model not flown as yet.
- 9th July 2009
test flights proved the PC-9's reputation as a great flying model.
Perfect weather, warm, blue skies, fluffy clouds and a stiff Westerly
breeze. After running a tank of fuel on the ground to set up and
bed the motor in the model was lined up for it's first flight.
full throttle a good bit of up elevator was needed after about
15 metres to unstick the model from the grass and after that the
flying was smooth and leisurely. Cruises on 1/3rd throttle and
at full throttle the model eats up the sky if that's what turns
you on. Slowing down for landing was no problem and straight-in
3 pointers are easy peasy. No trim changes were needed and low
rates provided plenty of authority.
the 2nd and 3rd flights a few mild aerobatics were tried. Loops,
rolls, reversals and stall turns (that's about the limit of my
aerobatic skills!) were very smooth and precise (no doubt due
to the model rather than my flying abilities). The SC52 2 stroke
motor has bags of power for the PC-9 and ran fine for all 3 flights
with a slightly rich setting.
combination of model and engine, both are highly recommended for
the intermediated/advanced pilot (as it says on the box). In the
hands of a more advanced pilot than myself I'm sure it will do
the full monty!
- 10th July 2009