With the success of the DHC-2 Beaver, DeHavilland 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 April of 1954 and it served 8 years in the Canadian military. Then donated by the Canadian government to the Government of India, it served 27 years with the Indian Air Force before being sold on the Civil market. Purchased by Kenmore Air in 1993, it was transitioned to a Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6 (Vazar) Turboprop engine in 1999. 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.
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