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May 30, 2012, 07:18 PM
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Hello all
Iv'e flown my pilatus pc-21 and i must say she flies very well indeed ia'm useing a power 60 motor 80amp esc 6s lipo jeti regulator 2s 1200 mah 15x8 apc prop, 800mah nmih batt for retracts.
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May 31, 2012, 12:49 PM
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Thanks for stopping by and adding your comment. For the short time I had mine up it behaved beautifully and was a easy plane to land. Next time - there will be a next time - i'll keep it in closer. Seriously.

Jun 01, 2012, 01:45 AM
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Hello robert
I've had 18 flights now and this model flies as if its on rails,also i have had club members say how smooth she looks in the air.We have a scale meet week Sunday so over the next few days i will be disciplining my flying skills. I've looked at videos of the full size in action at air shows to which i'm trying to copy,weather pending.Ill let you know how i got on in due course.
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Oct 12, 2012, 03:57 AM
Turbines suck ;-)

Spare deck and pilot installation


How did you manage to fit the pilot (if you did)? Will the grey cockpit still slide in with pilots glued in place!

Does any one have spare silver Pilatus stickers for the tail fin? I put mine on at the wrong angle and would like to replace them. Happy to pay postage!
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Jul 09, 2014, 10:03 AM
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Looks like this thread hasn't been active for a while. Just wanted to say thanks for the eFlite retracts installation guide, esp for the front unit which mounts differently to stock. First I thought about putting in a larger black plastic conventional retract but now having seen how much slop is in it, I've embarked on your method. Cheers.
Oct 11, 2014, 07:53 AM
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Hi Guys - Very grateful also for all the information posted, but a quick question from me, please. According to a SebArt retailer, the early u/c problems (of the wheels not retracting) have been solved, but do I understand the standard retracts remain weak? E-flite retracts are £150, which will add 50 per cent to the cost of the kit, which is not impressive. Clearly in a kit they are not going to include £150 worth of retracts in a £300 box, so there has to be some difference. All views welcome, and thanks in anticipation!
Oct 11, 2014, 08:25 PM
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As mentioned earlier in the thread the parts they are using are Hobby King grade parts:
Main struts,
Nose strut and
Depending on your field will depend on the need to change them. Our field is a petro mat over compacted earth making it smother than plain dirt but still has it's bumps. And the loose fit of the mat causes a slight resistance to the point where you can almost see the mat bunch up like a rug in front of each tire. If I land perfectly I've had no major problems and need to tweak them forward intp position occasionally. The times I've hit a little hard or gone into the grass completely I have broken the struts off at the end of the retract trunnion pin and/or bent the trunnion.
I bought several extra sets of everything and figure when I use them up I'll do the e-flite upgrade.
Have never had her on asphalt so I can't say but it seems like it would be easier on them, unless you hit hard.
Oct 12, 2014, 01:14 PM
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Many thanks, gravityking. I think I'll give the Pilatus a miss - we have a grass field (often well cut, but knobbly in the winter). Too many fiddly things to go wrong, and I can't justify £450 on an airframe alone. I have two SebArts - the 30 and 50 sized Katanas - and they are superb. They are the only ARTFs in which I have never had to reinforce the undercarriage - two years of intense flying and they are sound (not a credit to my flying - just their sheet lightness). I might look at the Mythos. Cheers!
Jul 20, 2016, 07:43 AM
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Sebart PC-21

I have a friend that is flying a red 21 bought and flown in 2015. He flies from paved and improved surfaces. Not all landings have been pretty, but even the landing/takeoff rolls have weakened the retracts. They are plastic and can endure the life of the plane if every takeoff is in trim and every landing is greased.... But since that's not realistic, I suggest changing the retracts. An additional mod I'm going to do to my aircraft is the painting of the retract bays with a thinned epoxy to strengthen the wood. I have done this for all of my retract aircraft and it is a must-do in my book. I am also using a Vario Prop 5-blade with spinner on mine. I don't care about speed as much as I do scale performance and sound. And of course when you taxi in to full stop and the blades spool down.

I will try to post pictures or maybe a video or two when completed. The intent is to get some formation flying in.
Jul 03, 2017, 05:46 PM
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I just purchased a PC-21 and the gear on it are all metal. I am sure they have made changes since these posts related to the gear failures. I only have 1/2 dozen or so flights on mine from grass and have had no issues. I do wish the wheels were a tad bigger as they seem very small. I have mine outfitted with a Motrofly 4320-500 and a Castle Edge 100 ESC. I am running a Bolly 14.5X14.5 Carbon fiber prop and let me tell you this things screams. I am going to get a speed check on it very soon to see how fast it is. With this setup I am pulling right at 95amps and everything comes down warm but certainly not hot. I am running a 6s 55c 5000 pack and getting about 7 minutes with throttle management. I love this plane and even though they are pricey I feel they are worth it.
I am completely disgusted with Advantage Hobby they have terrible customer service. I had a steering servo bad out of the box and when I contacted them they told me to contact JR America. Very pathetic indeed. I could see them referring to the importer a few months down the road but dead out of the box I am sorry Advantage you need to take ownership and make it right. Fortunately I had a spare to put in it so I was able to get it in the air but that is not the point.

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