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Old 03-23-2005, 12:56 PM
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Default ParkFlyers.com Cessna 182 RTF

The new Cessna 182 by [link=http://www.parkflyers.com/html/cessna_182.html]ParkFlyers R/C[/link] is a true scale-looking, Ready-To-Fly 3 or 4 channel R/C aircraft. Stunning looks make this plane both realistic in the air and when taxiing on the ground.

Extensive flight testing and design yield an aircraft that is super stable and capable of maintaining flight at slow speeds. As the novice learns, he can push the Cessna 182 to faster speeds of up to 50 mph! The Cessna 182 will easily take off from any smooth surface on its scale landing gear. The plane is made from a high strength styro-foam for added durability. It is powered by a high torque Speed 480 7.2 v electric motor and a 7-cell, 8.4v, 1000mAh NiMH battery pack that provide up to 18 minute flights between charges. Also included is a charger that will fully charge the battery in about 4 hours. Everything you need to fly comes in one box except for 8 AA sized batteries for the transmitter. [link=http://www.parkflyers.com/html/spare_parts_182.html]Spare parts[/link] are also available.


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[ul][*] Wing Span: 38.5"[*] Overall Length: 29"[*] Flying Weight: 21oz.[*] Motor Size: Speed 480 High-Torque 7.2v[*] Battery: 7-cell 1000mAh NiMH[*] Radio: 3 or 4 Channel, F.M., 2-stick w/Trim tabs[*] Flying Time: 18 Minutes[*] Transmitter Range: 2500'[*] Controls: Rudder, Elevator, Throttle (and ailerons on 4-channel version)
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Old 03-23-2005, 01:10 PM
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Default RE: ParkFlyers.com Cessna 182 RTF

The Cessna 182 comes well packaged. Everything needed to fly is included in one box and only 8 AA-sized batteries for the transmitter are needed.

The optional 7.4v LiPo 1800mAh battery pack will double your run times for up to 30 minutes! The Lithium pack weighs 2.2 ounces lighter than the stock 7-cell 1000mAh NiMH battery.
[ul][*] 7-cell, 1000mAh NiMH pack = 5.3oz[*] 2-cell, 1800mAh LiPo pack = 3.1oz
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Old 03-23-2005, 01:17 PM
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Default RE: ParkFlyers.com Cessna 182 RTF

The clear 704 foam-safe glue is included in the kit and used to attach the vertical and horizontal stabilizers to the tail. A small knife slice is needed to separate the flap section before inserting the horizontal stab.

I checked the alignment of the stab with the fuselage and had no problem with elevator swing. I did not connect the linkage until the glue dried for several hours.

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Old 03-23-2005, 01:19 PM
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Default RE: ParkFlyers.com Cessna 182 RTF

The vertical stab was glued in the same manner. I then re-checked the incidence between the stabs and the fuselage before letting it dry for a few hours.
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Old 03-23-2005, 08:12 PM
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Default RE: ParkFlyers.com Cessna 182 RTF

Greg,

Looking forward to your review of this plane also.

Mike
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Default RE: ParkFlyers.com Cessna 182 RTF

My next plane was going to be a cessna of some model...I was wanting a arf but this is a very nice looking plane...might just go with this one!
Old 03-23-2005, 08:54 PM
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Default RE: ParkFlyers.com Cessna 182 RTF

i have the 3 ch one, it flys excelllent, lands fantastic looks great in the air and on the ground worth the money...
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Is this plane a plastic/foam based fuselage, with foam top wing and stabilizer?....Is there a arf or rtf cessna(any#'d model) like this that you or anyone else knows about...(like the hobby/parkzone set up planes)?

....Or is this one of the better flying, durability, upgradeable, 3 to 4 ch cessna's out there?....................Anyone-Anyone?
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Default RE: ParkFlyers.com Cessna 182 RTF

Ryan,

This Cessna 182 is made from foam but has plastic parts like the cowl and wheel pants.

An inside view of the Cessna reveals separate components for servos, receiver, and speed control. The fixed landing gear simply press into place. I added some small pieces of clear tape around the pants and cowl area to keep the trim securely in place.

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Old 03-24-2005, 01:46 PM
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Default RE: ParkFlyers.com Cessna 182 RTF

It is best to center the aileron servo electronically first before installing the wing. In this manner, you can make adjustments and ensure equal travel throw. The ailerons easily adjust with a small screwdriver.

The wing locks in place with the fuselage and is secured using the two supplied nylon screws.

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Old 03-24-2005, 01:52 PM
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Default RE: ParkFlyers.com Cessna 182 RTF

The battery fits nicely into the belly compartment which is directly under the CG so switching to the lighter LiPo pack will not alter the balance.
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Old 03-24-2005, 08:28 PM
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Default RE: ParkFlyers.com Cessna 182 RTF

So far a great review thank you for the time to do so!!!!!

Like I said I am in the market for a cessna
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Default RE: ParkFlyers.com Cessna 182 RTF

My Cessna 182 was ready to fly and looked great!

It looks like good weather will be here on Wednesday this week so I hope to test fly the Cessna.

I left my folder home today with the all-up weight measurement so i'll report back on that tomorrow.
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Default RE: ParkFlyers.com Cessna 182 RTF

Here are the component weights for the Cessna 182:
[ul][*] Cessna 182 w/o battery = 17.0oz[*] 7-cell 1000mAh NiMH pack = 5.3oz[*] 2-cell 1800mAh Lithium pack = 3.1oz
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All up, the stock Cessna 182 is 22.3oz or a lighter 20.1oz with almost twice the duration when using the optional Lithium upgrade.
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Default RE: ParkFlyers.com Cessna 182 RTF

The Cessna 182 took off from pavement like a dream!

We only needed to adjust the elevator trim a bit as it wanted to keep climbing.

More test flying at lunchtime today...
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Default RE: ParkFlyers.com Cessna 182 RTF

Thanks for sharing the info on the C-182!

Now that you've had more time to fly, do you still feel it's a good flying plane?

Has anyone built this plane using the spare parts? Not the RTF version. I'm interested in doing this but I'm wondering if a Li-po 860mAh 7.4V 2-cell would be enough battery for this plane?

Thanks,
Nick
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Default RE: ParkFlyers.com Cessna 182 RTF

Wud love to see a video soon Greg!!
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Hello all, I am new to RCUniverse but have taught myself to fly over the last few months. Currently have an AirBus 3000 (Cedar Hobbies look-alike) with twin motors, a ParkZone J-3, and a Shun Da J-3. I have become fairly proficient at take-offs, landings, and even some mild aerobatics. I have been looking at this Cessna from parkflyers for some time and after speaking directly to them, the advice was to invest in the 4-ch mod but to buy a 3-ch wing. Ostensibly, this is to be able to upgrade to ailerons in the future. How much more difficult is it to advance to 4-ch after becoming proficient w/ 3? Is it more difficult to taxi a tricycle than a tail-dragger? Would welcome any advice.
Thank you!!
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Default RE: ParkFlyers.com Cessna 182 RTF

Sorry for the delay on this review but I got interrupted and now that the Cessna is next in line the weather is not cooperating.

I'll get some more flight time, photos, and video soon.

The direct drive Speed 480 motor is plenty of power for the Cessna 182. I haven't measured the current but you'll want a Lithium pack that can deliver 10amps continuous and 15amps peak minimum.

The Cessna flies great but I want to get some stick time on it in calmer conditions. Hopefully, that will be next week.
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Hi Greg,
Don't know if you saw my last post concerning the 182. Wondering if as a novice, (well, at least 3 out of 4 landings O.K.) if you think that this would be a step up to four channel with ailerons. I own a ParkZone J3, a Shun Da J3, and after reading your review, also a ParkZone Super Decathlon. I hand launch everything since they are all tail-draggers, and would like to try a trike gear for take-offs. Advice from Parkflyers was to go with the 4-ch version and buy an extra 3-ch wing. Do you think that this is a logical next step?
Thanks,
Joel
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Hi Joel,

Sorry, I did miss your last post.

If you can fly those other models, you'll have no problem with the Cessna 182.

I would recommend going with the 4-channel model. If you are not comfortable with left stick rudder yet, simply unplug the aileron cable and plug the channel 4 rudder cable into channel 1. You will then have no ailerons and rudder on the right stick. The Cessna will fly just fine.

I may try it myself if this weather ever gets better. We got spoiled for over a week with May-like conditions and now we are back to the rain, cold, and wind often seen in April in NY.

Regards.
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Hello Greg,
Thanks for the reply. Looks like I'll be calling Parkflyers.com soon to order the 4-channel version...BTW, thanks for the heads up on switching the rudder servo for more familiar control. I would never have thought of that! Goes to show what real experience in this hobby can do.

Coupla questions for ya...re: PZ Decathlon-went to LHS to see about what seems to be simplest and most affordable upgrade for Decathlon with GWS prop. No stock, so they recommended APC 10X4.7. Found out I need a prop nut adapter for APC; also seems to be much heavier than other slow-fly props. How much flight time will I lose by swinging a prop with so much more mass than the GWS? Does the GWS need a prop nut adapter?

Last question-while pulling a loop with the Decathlon, at the nadir of the loop, the battery hatch fell off completely! Needless to say, the battery also fell out of plane and promptly "exploded" (went to pieces) as soon as it hit the ground. Thankfully enough, I had the plane trimmed fairly well; without any control inputs, it entered into a very shallow counter-clockwise descent and landed safely. I have resorted to using tape over hatch as more security, but I am afraid of heat build-up. Anyone else experience this? why didn't ParkZone use the same hatch type as on the J3 Cub?

Again, Many Thanks from a newbie pilot,
Joel
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ORIGINAL: htjoel

Hello Greg,
Thanks for the reply. Looks like I'll be calling Parkflyers.com soon to order the 4-channel version...BTW, thanks for the heads up on switching the rudder servo for more familiar control. I would never have thought of that! Goes to show what real experience in this hobby can do.

Coupla questions for ya...re: PZ Decathlon-went to LHS to see about what seems to be simplest and most affordable upgrade for Decathlon with GWS prop. No stock, so they recommended APC 10X4.7. Found out I need a prop nut adapter for APC; also seems to be much heavier than other slow-fly props. How much flight time will I lose by swinging a prop with so much more mass than the GWS? Does the GWS need a prop nut adapter?

Last question-while pulling a loop with the Decathlon, at the nadir of the loop, the battery hatch fell off completely! Needless to say, the battery also fell out of plane and promptly "exploded" (went to pieces) as soon as it hit the ground. Thankfully enough, I had the plane trimmed fairly well; without any control inputs, it entered into a very shallow counter-clockwise descent and landed safely. I have resorted to using tape over hatch as more security, but I am afraid of heat build-up. Anyone else experience this? why didn't ParkZone use the same hatch type as on the J3 Cub?

Again, Many Thanks from a newbie pilot,
Joel
I've never used the APC prop on my Decathlon but I did use a GWS 1047 (From the recommendation of Mr Covey) and promptly burned out the motor!! It did really rock for a few flights with this prop but I don't fancy replacing the motor after every fourth flight though!! Beware the 1047!!

Hey Greg, we're all awaiting more on your Cessna 182 review!! Have you had a chance to fly it any more yet??

I've always loved the look of the Cessna 182 and my LHS just got a few of these in. I'm from Sydney Australia and the kit they market over here is by "Art-Tech" not "Parkflyers.com" but I assume it's the same plane. It looks identical with all the same trims and markings. Unfortunately they only seem to have the 3 channel version over here.

What is involved in upgrading to the 4 channel version?? I just put one on lay-by at the LHS and I had a bit of a look at the box. I noticed that it said "3 or 4 channel" and "Ailerons included" There is a two stick 4 channel TX and RX included so I assume that all I would need to buy is another servo for the ailerons. Is that correct??

What is the difference between the 3 and 4 channel wing??
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This plane looks really nice.

I pretty much have the same question as ABC...

If you purchase the 4ch is it already setup with the additional servo and Ailerons.

Thinking about calling the company but would love to hear from anyone here too.
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Hello All,
After calling parkflyers.com their recommendation was to order the 4-ch version and get an extra 3-ch wing if you are not comfortable with ailerons yet. Also, Greg had a great recommendation which was to buy 4-ch and disconnect aileron servo. I was very happy with the input I received from parkflyers and it seems that unlike some other internet/mail-order outfits, their tech support actually does consist of RC pilots willing to offer advice. I will be buying one of these very soon as I think that I am somewhat proficient enough to try aileron flight.
Happy Flying!
p.s. ABC, thanx for input on GWS prop. I have decided to stick with stock setup and wait for the 182 to feed my need for speed. Apparently it has a much wider speed envelope than most other RTF planes on market.

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