Roden 449 1:48 Pilatus PC-6 B2/H4 Turbo Porter
The latest and most modern variant of the type is the PC-6/B2-H4, the main visual difference of which is the four blade airscrew, redesigned wingtips and also a more powerful engine. An additional option is the facility to install radar under the wing. Significant numbers of the PC-6/B2-H4 are still operated by the Air Forces of France, Switzerland, Austria, Brazil and other countries today. Their main task is to patrol highland or coastal areas where the topography is very rough. The ability of the PC-6 to set down and take to the air from sites poorly adapted for the purpose leaves it an uncontested choice for the Air Forces of those countries where such machines are a mandatory requirement for military service.
The turboprop PC-6 became popular very quickly among pilots, and the plane started being exported beyond the borders of Switzerland to many countries in different continents of the world. Nearly half a century after its debut flight the PC-6 is in military and civil service in many parts of the planet, being in good company with such renowned aircraft as the Piper Cub and the Antonov An-2, proving that sometimes an unassuming and seemingly simple design can outlast many of its more modern and more advanced 'colleagues'.