Cessna 180 (oz1076)


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Cessna 180. Control line scale gas model for .035 to .075 power. Scale is 1/24.

Quote: "The latest Cessna, the 180, makes an ideal control-line model suitable for all engines from .035 to .075. by Walter A. Musciano.

The newest addition to the famous Cessna family of fine airplanes is the '180.' This all-metal, four-passenger airplane is powered by a 225 hp Continental air-cooled, opposed engine. Externally, the 180 presents a strikingly modern appearance, with the large angular fin and rudder, and long dorsal fin. The Cessna one-piece spring steel landing gear also enhances the appearance - as does the neat, streamline nose. A constant speed propeller gives the craft a cruising speed of 150 mph for four and one-half hours duration. Luggage capacity is 120 lbs. One of the features of this Cessna 180 is the 'para-lift' flaps. These flaps decrease the already low landing speed by 10% and are extremely valuable for short-field take-offs.

In model form this craft is most attractive, with its flashy red and silver color scheme. The prototype model, built to a scale of 1/2 in = 1 ft, is powered by a Cub Diesel .075 engine. Performance was quite lively but comfortable with this power plant. Any glow plug or diesel engine of from .035 to .075 cubic inch displacement can be used successfully in this model.

FUSELAGE: Begin construction by cut-ting the fuselage to shape from 3/16 soft sheet balsa. Bevel the rear of these sides and cement together, as the top view indicates.

While this is drying, the fuselage former C can be fabricated from hard 1/16 sheet. Cement this between the fuselage sides and gently pull the sides together until they are parallel. It may be necessary to wet the outer surface of the fuselage sides in order to have them bend easily.

The landing gear foundation and bell-crank support are used to hold the fuselage sides at the correct distance apart. Apply plenty of cement to all these joints. Cut the bulkhead to shape at this time. If the engine you intend using has an attached fuel tank, it will be necessary to cut a hole in the bulkhead to accommodate it. The bulkhead is then cemented in place, using plenty of the adhesive.

Add the .016 music wire lead-out lines to the small bellcrank by twisting the ends. Bend the control rod to shape and pass this through the fuselage slot. Slip the lead-out lines through the holes, fasten the control rod to the bellcrank, and then screw the bellcrank to the hard-wood bellcrank support.

Install the fuel tank next if it is of the unattached type. Make certain it is firmly attached.

We utilized a spring steel landing gear in the same manner as the full scale Cessna 180. This can be cut with a pair of tin snips from a heavy corset stay or an old hacksaw blade, following the pattern on the plan. Bend this to shape with flat-nose pliers, being sure not to bend and rebend one joint too often - this material is brittle. Drill holes as required and bolt the wheels to the strut.

It will be noted that only one nut is used instead of the conventional two. This was done to maintain a scale ap-pearance. Do not tighten this an exces-sive amount, be sure the wheel turns freely. Then, solder the bolt and nut to the landing gear strut..."

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