1/48 De Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter, C-FJHA Harbour Air “318” – Paper Model


1/48 De Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter, C-FJHA Harbour Air “318”


With the success of the DHC-2 Beaver, De Havilland Canada sought to expand their foothold into the Bushplane market by offering an aircraft with increased size and load capacity. This became the Otter. On floats, skis, or wheels, the Otter is truly a great bushplane.

All of the Otters built between 1951 and 1967 were powered by an Pratt & Whitney Wasp [R-1340] 600 HP engine. The Wasp production ceased in 1960, so replacement engines were sought out, as surplus engines waned. Most of the Otters that are still in service have been refitted with turboprop engines including Pratt & Whitney Canada’s PT6A, Walter 601, and Garrett TPE331. These engines produce between 750 to 1000 horsepower.

This model depicts an Otter delivered to the Royal Canadian Air Force in October 1960 and it served 21 years in the Canadian military. Sold on the Civil market, as a radial engined Otter it has sported the following registration numbers: C-GVMH, N61LC, and C-GVTO. It was transitioned to a Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6 (Vazar) Turboprop engine in 2004 and was registered with Sri Lankan Airlines as 4R-ARB. Purchased by Harbour Air in 2007 C-FJHA continues to fly and earn her keep.

The model includes a radial engine and a turbine engine nose. It also has the parts for putting it on seaplane floats or wheels. With five pages of parts and photographic step-by-step instructions this model is rated at 2/5 for build difficulty.

Build with Wheels, or Floats
Build with Radial, or Turboprop engine

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