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SDCrashmaster 01-03-2009 02:08 AM

RE: Top Flite Cessna 182 Skylane Build
 
I wasn't being negative bro. I know what goes into building one of these and my only interest is seeing you do the same. It requires a steady focussed pace.
Once those tail feathers get mounted on the fuse and the sheeting is done, that is the time to get excited. But hey, if you want to be excited the whole time, have at it.
And if that is the case, I'm excited for you.
Paul

dansdeals3489 01-03-2009 12:14 PM

RE: Top Flite Cessna 182 Skylane Build
 
Cool, I guess I just need positive motivation. When I wrote that last post I just got off a double shift at work and was a little crabby.......sorry to anyone I offended

mistermnkim 01-03-2009 06:14 PM

RE: Top Flite Cessna 182 Skylane Build
 
dan we are behind you!! glad your back i was also worried when you said everybody has seen a build!! man i feel your pain i have a 7 month old and a 18 month they keep me from my rc work alotbut thats life!! no matter how long it takes im very interested in these post!! keeps me motivated with my builds. mark

dansdeals3489 01-03-2009 06:42 PM

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ORIGINAL: mistermnkim

dan we are behind you!! glad your back i was also worried when you said everybody has seen a build!! man i feel your pain i have a 7 month old and a 18 month they keep me from my rc work alotbut thats life!! no matter how long it takes im very interested in these post!! keeps me motivated with my builds. mark
I really appreciate it and will keep the pics coming. Luckily I have a understanding wife, now if I just had an understanding job.................

dansdeals3489 01-04-2009 12:15 PM

RE: Top Flite Cessna 182 Skylane Build
 
I got my 1.20 Magnum......woohoooooo

dansdeals3489 01-04-2009 08:27 PM

RE: Top Flite Cessna 182 Skylane Build
 
I listed the cockpit kit and muffler on ebay. It would be a good deal if anyone is interested. Here is the link:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...MESE:IT&ih=025

scaleflyer61 01-05-2009 12:21 AM

RE: Top Flite Cessna 182 Skylane Build
 
hello everyone, my name is Rick and i have been building kits for a very long time now,
First let me say congrats to all you guys starting this bird! mine was started last spring and im just now
getting nearly ready for fiberglassing and painting. id like to give you guys some pointers on this plane so you
can avoid the headaches ive suffered. 1st when you build the FUSE:) work like you are trying to be a surgeon!
because if you get the former that has the wing dowels even a little crooked, then when you put the wing on
and measure from tip to tail, your wing WILL be a MILE off and it will be very rough to straighten it all out.
also as you build the wing, build a sub leading edge even with the wing ribs and glue your leading edges on AFTER
you sheet the wings, this does not save time but it sure saves a LOT of hassle. also get a fiberglass cowl from www.fiberglassspecialtiesinc.com it costs about 38.00 but it will save you from having to piece the kit one togeather. mine is on its way now and it is well worth it. building this bird is like sipping whiskey, you dont want to gulp it! and if you complete this one
then there is NOTHING you cant build! ill try to get some pics of mine on here too.

30378 01-06-2009 06:39 AM

RE: Top Flite Cessna 182 Skylane Build
 
try one on floats

dansdeals3489 01-07-2009 12:15 AM

RE: Top Flite Cessna 182 Skylane Build
 
More Progress wooohoooo! The wing panels are now done and will be joined tomorrow. Its coming together very nice. Here are some more pics:
http://i299.photobucket.com/albums/m...snawing001.jpg

http://i299.photobucket.com/albums/m...snawing002.jpg

http://i299.photobucket.com/albums/m...snawing003.jpg

http://i299.photobucket.com/albums/m...snawing004.jpg

dansdeals3489 01-15-2009 12:25 AM

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The wing is almost done. This is definately not an easy build for me, but it is possible. Here are some more pics. Its coming along.

http://i299.photobucket.com/albums/m...framing001.jpg

http://i299.photobucket.com/albums/m...framing002.jpg

http://i299.photobucket.com/albums/m...framing003.jpg

http://i299.photobucket.com/albums/m...framing004.jpg

http://i299.photobucket.com/albums/m...framing005.jpg

http://i299.photobucket.com/albums/m...framing006.jpg

http://i299.photobucket.com/albums/m...framing007.jpg

MustangBY6 01-15-2009 12:38 AM

RE: Top Flite Cessna 182 Skylane Build
 
Hey Dan,
Just curious - why have you not put the shear webs in between ribs 8 - 14 of the outer wing panels?
Russell.

30378 01-15-2009 05:41 AM

RE: Top Flite Cessna 182 Skylane Build
 
looks good ill snap some more photos of mine on floats

dansdeals3489 01-15-2009 09:38 AM

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ORIGINAL: MustangBY6

Hey Dan,
Just curious - why have you not put the shear webs in between ribs 8 - 14 of the outer wing panels?
Russell.
To answer you honeslty, I forgot and was hurrying along. That is something I am going to have to fix. Thanks for catching it.

dansdeals3489 01-23-2009 12:23 AM

RE: Top Flite Cessna 182 Skylane Build
 
The wing is coming along and alomost finished. This is definately a more complicated build that I had anticipated, but it is well worth the effort. Here are some pics of the left flap assembly:

http://i299.photobucket.com/albums/m...eftflap001.jpg

http://i299.photobucket.com/albums/m...eftflap002.jpg

http://i299.photobucket.com/albums/m...eftflap003.jpg

http://i299.photobucket.com/albums/m...eftflap004.jpg

Oemfod 01-25-2009 10:23 AM

RE: Top Flite Cessna 182 Skylane Build
 
Looking good there... Get building.....:D:D

dansdeals3489 01-27-2009 02:23 PM

RE: Top Flite Cessna 182 Skylane Build
 
Is it just me or is this wing really fragile when you get the sheeting on? I have picked it up twice and pushed my fingers right through the sheeting. Are any of you other guys having trouble with this? I see why almost everybody is glassing theres, but for this build I want to use Monokote. Is that a mistake? I just don't want to develop a lot of hangar rash because this is going to be transported to the field in a small car.

Oemfod 01-27-2009 03:10 PM

RE: Top Flite Cessna 182 Skylane Build
 
Yes the sheeting is rather thin. I pick my wing up by the edges and leadingedge on the middle piece.
Just take good care of it when handling it in the building process.

U could make some wingbags out of booble wrap plastic for the transport in the car.

jc16057 02-03-2009 12:00 AM

RE: Top Flite Cessna 182 Skylane Build
 
Hi Dan; Thought I would get in on your build of the Top Flite 182 Cessna. I built one about 2 yrs. ago right after the A.M.A. convention. I started mine late Jan. of 07 and was fisnished the 1st. of may, but I must admit that I've been building probabley longer than you've been alive. Mine is powered by an ST .90 with an incowl muffeler system that I had to modifiy to reduce excessive back pressure. I covered mine with carbon fiber tissure and dope with an automotive clear coat. It also has a full interier and home made running & landing lights. The running lights are colored led's and the landing lights are clear. When the receiver switch is turned on then the running lights come on, for the landing lights I connected that to channel 5 which activates a micro servo to a switch that supplies the power to the lights. If your building yours with the flaps [ and I hope you are] make sure you have at least 45 degrees as this plane does'nt want to slow down, I had to make 3 dead stick landings and over shot are 400 ft. runway twice and that was without the flaps deployed. If you have any ? about the building of this kit please contact me at my email address. [email protected]. If you have a back issue of Model Aviation from 2007 mine was in the Aug. or Sep. issue. Good luck with your build and have fun. It flies like a trainer. jc16057

Splix 05-25-2009 09:53 AM

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I'll be following this build:D

davidhanlin 05-08-2010 06:29 AM

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Hi everyone, this resource really is the business. I've got mine now built, covered, all servos, lights and everything seems to work - the whole caboodle!!!. The covering looks crap close up - but passable 3 foot away. I really cann't believe I've done it!. Have never built any sort of model before (save an airfix kit!) and have (or thought I didn't have) any craftman skills of any kind.

The only problem I'm facing now is burnout. I went to work on this as a full time project - 7am to 6pm 7 days a week for about 3 months. Now I am trying to install the full cockpit kit and have come up against a brick wall. All the plastic parts seem crap, nothing fits and the instructions seem to be deliberatly obtuse!!!

Does anyone know how to fit the floor and still get access to the electrics? I can not see it is possable without cutting the thing into 3 parts and velcrowing the front 2 parts in for removal - am I on the right lines -any pictures /  help very gratefully recieved!  

yosephwhite 09-05-2010 10:19 PM

RE: Top Flite Cessna 182 Skylane Build
 
Just picked one of these up on Craigs List. It came with the cockpit kit and the muffler attachment. The entire thing is already sheeted and I plan to use finishing epoxy and .5oz cloth much to the dismay of my friends at the field who say Monocoat is much easer and looks just as good. Will post some picks soon. What do you guys think am I crazy to go with epoxy and cloth or should I just do Monocoat?:eek:

SoCalSal 09-07-2010 02:18 PM

RE: Top Flite Cessna 182 Skylane Build
 
If you want to try covering with solartex and then filling it with a good high build primer. You have to make sure you have it sanded as smooth as your talent will allow. Then fill the grain with a good filler sanding between coats as you go. Yes all you nay sayers out there it does take more time but it won't look like that phony Monocoate gloss that every other model looks like. Have a friend that used this method on a Hostetler Cessna 195 and it is just beautiful.

Whatever you do take your time and build as good as you know how to. This is one of the best parts of this hobby..building not a ARF that any 8 year old can do but building a model that you have pride in and no one else can say "I have the same thing" Yes building takes time to do a good job. But you sound like the type of person who takes pride in what they do. Don't be afraid to build this kit...it really is a piece of cake and a good choice for your first build and scale project. You will learn a lot that will carry over to your future builds.
Have fun!!!

Oh and it is simple to fly!! If you can handle any plane with ailerons then you can fly this with ease

FlyerInOKC 03-08-2011 07:54 PM

RE: Top Flite Cessna 182 Skylane Build
 
Any of you guys get the plane finished? I am putting the finishing touches on a 84" SIG Cub and then its on to the TF Cessna 182

jfish99 01-02-2012 08:30 AM

RE: Top Flite Cessna 182 Skylane Build
 
Hey all, I am building this plane and have gone back and forth several times on what to cover it with!!!! My current thought is to glass and paint the control surfaces. This will allow attaching the plastic strips after glassing and sanding. Then paint them after all of the attachments are on. I will also paint the struts & cowls and then monokote the rest. I figure with monokote that repairs (knock on wood, no pun intended!) will be easier to accomplish vs. a glassed over and painted airplane. Not to mention the multi step process of; Glassing, filling, sanding, masking, priming and painting... keeps turning me toward my alternative plan I've layed out!

Any input, comments, advice, idea's or confirmation of my approach would be welcomed.

FlyerInOKC 01-03-2012 07:13 AM

RE: Top Flite Cessna 182 Skylane Build
 


ORIGINAL: jfish99

Hey all, I am building this plane and have gone back and forth several times on what to cover it with!!!! My current thought is to glass and paint the control surfaces. This will allow attaching the plastic strips after glassing and sanding. Then paint them after all of the attachments are on. I will also paint the struts & cowls and then monokote the rest. I figure with monokote that repairs (knock on wood, no pun intended!) will be easier to accomplish vs. a glassed over and painted airplane. Not to mention the multi step process of; Glassing, filling, sanding, masking, priming and painting... keeps turning me toward my alternative plan I've layed out!

Any input, comments, advice, idea's or confirmation of my approach would be welcomed.
I have decided to glass the whole airplane when I get to that point. I have seen a lot of complaints about the wing skin being fragile. I have the tail feathers built and the wing except for the sheeting. I have been cutting some replacement parts to replace some of the liteply parts in the main gear mounting area and the firewall. I didn't like a crossway fuel tank so I have determined I can install 4 forward facing 4oz. tanks connected in series in the same area without modifications. This gives me 16 ozs. of fuel and no fear of starving the engine in a long hard bank. I am using a Super Tigre .75 and I have the discontinued Top Flite ST manifold and muffler. I had to buy 3 O.S. manifolds to get the the one ST but I thought it was worth it. I also have the discontinued TF Cessna 182 white spinner and I was also able to get the discontinued Red TF Learjet spinner. The Lear spinner is the same exact shape just a different color. All these items were found on either RC Universe or Ebay so if you are interest and have some patience you cna find them. I will also be using the Robart Strut, this requires cutting a little larger wedge to mount it on. I used a piece of 1/2" thick stock I found in Lowes to make this. I am planning an access panel in the "Luggage Compartment" area to hide the switches for the receiver and navigation lights and remote glow clip and a tail hatch for the control linkage. At this point I don't know what the impact the switch hatch will have on the Top Flite cockpit kit but I'm sure I can work it out. I have cut some replacement wingtip blocks so if I screw up carving the first time I can start over. I think the time spent carving the optional Horner style will be worth it. They add something over the plain standard wingtip look. My plane will have the optional flaps as well.

Mike


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