Cessna 172 (oz9370)
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Top Flite Cessna 172. Radio control sport scale model, for .010 to .020 engines and single channel RC. All-sheet balsa design.
Quote: "Hello, I have enjoyed looking at the plans on your web page immensely. Some time back I thought I read that you were looking for plans for the Top Flite 172 kit # RC-6. Interestingly, that was my FIRST RC model! In 1960 my Mother took me to a hobby shop were the completed model hung gracefully from the ceiling of the shop. It was $10, including the single channel push-button radio and Cox 0.020 engine! I only flew it once or twice before it met an untimely demise (no instructor back then) but even 57 years later I remember the excitement of that model! That was 1960, and for an 8 year old in love with airplanes it was magic! Fast forward to several weeks ago when behold there is an example for auction on E-Bay! I was able to purchase the model and aside from the complete deterioration of the celluloid for the windshield it was in very good shape. As I intend to build this model, I have traced by hand every part in the kit including the fuselage sheet sides and the wing skins. Attached are scans of tracings for all the parts in the kit. There are no dates on the box or the plans so I don't know exactly when the kit came out but I think it was around 1960 or thereabout.
The parts were originally traced onto 11in x 15in watercolor cardboard paper. The print shop didn't have that format so copied the tracings onto the 11in x 17in format which just leaves two inches empty at the ends. The original plans turned out not to be in as good a shape as I had hoped. The scanner severely damaged the original but not before getting a good copy!
It is really a very simple model and I look forward to flying her on modern micro radio gear as a tribute to my Mom. $10 in 1960 was a week's wages for her and I've always been grateful for the sacrifices she made for me... Thank you both for your great contributions to the modeling community! Rick"
Note this plan does not show the full wing layout, but the interlocking design of the tabbed ribs and wing skins (see supplement) should mean this plan is all the information you need to build the model.
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Supplementary file notes
Hand traced parts sheets, 4 pages. Includes upper and lower wing skins, all wing ribs.
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User commentsWow! Great story!
MikeB - 28/10/2017
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