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Old 03-24-2007, 12:13 PM
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I have a Cessna 182 bought partially built. I was told it is a PICA "60 size." I have heard of PICA 1/5 scale and 1/6 scale, and wonder if anyone out there can positively tell me which I have by wingspan which is 73 inches.

The wing is nicely built and one piece. The forward edge has the dowels for attachement but the hold down bolts have not been drilled or otherwise provided for. Additionally, I have the struts which are wood with plastic end fairings. These fairings have been filled with some substance which has hardened and been drilled with 2 small self tapping screws inserted. It seems to me that these struts should be screwed to the fuse and wings, but that the attachement points are a mystery to me since I wasn't given the assembly manual. I can access the inside of the fuse in the servo area, but I can't see inside the wing unless I cut wood since it is completely sheeted under the covering. I'd rather not destroy nicely assembled work.

So... if anybody can help me, to sum it up, I need to know which size this plane is?...

...where does the manual locate the nylon wing attachment bolts and what size is recommended?...

...where does the manual locate the struts on the fuse and on the wing?...

...does anyone know where I might be able to acquire a manual and /or parts for this plane? I could use a new windshield. The one I have is usable but has seen better days. Thanks.
Rick
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1/6 size
Old 03-24-2007, 03:01 PM
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Thank you Aerowolf.
Old 03-26-2007, 08:57 PM
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I have one NIB for sale if you are interested....
Old 03-26-2007, 09:02 PM
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Tailskid, I have half built and new in box planes up the wazoo, but I appreciate your offer. I'd love to see a copy of the building manual tho. That is if you are sure it is the 1/6th scale with 73 inch wing. I just need the pages concerning strut attachment and CG. Can you help me out?
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Oh yeah, I almost forgot, the part about the wing hold down bolts too.
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I don't see why not! I'll dig out the kit and take the manual to work and see what I can do for you...

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How's this?
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Old 03-26-2007, 09:34 PM
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Old 03-27-2007, 06:29 AM
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Jerry, those pictures were very helpful and clear. They will be valuable to me and help me see what I needed to know. The gent I bought this plane from modified the wing to use 4 servos instead of the two shown in the plan, and the pic of the receiver/battery placement explains to me why the entire plane is sheeted EXCEPT under the fuse behind the firewall. Very interesting... LOL. Still, I may put those items on a shelf inside the cowl- once I get the wing bolts installed I can begin to check the balance and that will dictate the location if those items.

I see that he did install the basswood block inside the top of the cabin for the hold down bolts. What threw me was the forward position of it. I hope the interior of the wing has the necessary strenght there, and also the ply plates for the strut ends.

Giant thanks again my friend. I hope to maiden this plane sometime before the Joe Nall.
Rick
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Well, just wanted to tell anyone interested the C 182 is finished and RTF. I/m just waiting for a good day for the maiden. I had it at the field but couldn't get it set up just right, and after some taxiing around realized the time was not right. It came in at 8 pounds even ready to fly, dry. And thats with 4 servos in the wing.

Special thanks to TAILSKID for the pictures. They cleared up some questions I had and the balance was perfect!
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Let us know how the maiden goes.....should fly like a ....... cessna!
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Thanks! Will do. Unfortunatley we're in the middle of a spell of nasty weather here in the northeast.
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Old 04-21-2007, 09:50 PM
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Today, April 21, 2007 was the day for the maiden flight of my Cessna. It was sunny and warm with hardly a breath of wind. The motor was balky, but after a bit of coaxing and needle twisting it seemed to be running reliably enough. I taxied her around a bit and finally got up the nerve to firewall the throttle and she trundled down the runway and made a very Cessna like takeoff! It took all the right trim I had, aileron and rudder, but she flew pretty well. I put some flaps down and flew her like that for a while. I didn't do any stunts. No rolls or loops, just scale Cessna maneuvers, and I was very happy to see her fly. The landing was smooth and then I could breath again. Very satisfactory although I wasn't happy with the fact that it needed so much trim. I also noted that the cowl screws were mostly missing after the flight.

I replaced the missing cowl screws and took her up for a 2nd spin. Again she flew well and I had an uneventful landing after a pleasant flight. And again the cowl screws had vibrated out! LOL. Can you say "CA"?

Thanks again to the guys who helped me out with information on this build, tailskid and aerowoof. Either of you going to the Nall?
Rick
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Glad to hear everything (except the screws) went well....try putting a slice of fuel tubing on the screws - it may dampen the vibration.
Old 04-22-2007, 08:44 AM
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Good suggestion, Jerry. The guys in my club said the same thing. I just finished putting new screws all around. I did some with fuel tube and used a drop of ca on some. We'll see which ones work better.
Rick
Old 07-23-2007, 02:26 PM
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Hello - is the Pica Cessna still available for sale? I have one built but badly damaged the fuse. Shipping to Wellington Florida 33467. Tks

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