cessna scratch build

by cade861 | January 27, 2013 | (25 Ratings) Posted in Projects

 well here it is the flight video it is short and not very good but didnt have the best camera and the person filming ot said it was hard to follow. but when i went to land put the flaps out and had incredible glide slope with no throttle

 

I have built most of the scratch builds that Flitetest has done and they are fun to fly but I'm new to this hobby and the baby blender is just out of my realm of abilities to fly. With that note I set out to build my own 4 channel trainer plane and when we think about 4 channel trainers what makes a great one well i thought that a Cessna based plane would make a great trainer so i set out to make it. Now were do I start I thought well I had built the Baby Blender plane so i took the design used for those wings but I thought 24" would be to wide so I shrunk it down to 18" made two wing panels and stuck them together and put somediheydrale in them. For the body I modifed the old fogey to fit in more like a Cessna and all in all it turned out really good.

 

I used the swappable power pod that has been used on the Baby Blender with that motor. The motor is a Suppo motor from Altitude Hobbies using a 3 cell 1500 mah battery but pretty sure it could carry a 2200 mah.

I decided to put flaps on it so each flap is 6" and the aileron's are 9".

I put the brace that the old fogey used for servos in there to hold the power pod in place and I used it to mount my receiver since on the right side I put a battery hatch on the side and i put the battery on the inside and not mounted to the bottom. I did that cause I planned on having this to have a steerable nose wheel I couldn't get it to work so I ended up just hard mounting the landing gear. but that's what i used the rudder servo for. I didn't add a rudder to this because i wanted to go with the bank and yank concept first and later it wont be had to add a rudder. I mean the servo is already in place just would have to hinge the rudder.

The rudder is mounted all the way through the fuselage so it has extra added strength. The elevator is mounted on the flat bottom of the fuselage.

 


I decided to mount the servo closer to the back because the motor is so far forward and the balance on it is amazing and I didnt have to run long control rods.


This pic you can see the battery hatch sort of it is right under the wing cut a hole then hinged and fix it with tape to the body.

When i took the plane out it flew like a dream was very tame and the tip stale was extremley dosile and I will try to get a flight video up soon ans I can but in the Oklahoma panhandle it stays windy most of the time. finding a good day to go is hard. If anybody is interested I will get some demensions from the plane and put them out there so you can build it. Thanks for looking.

COMMENTS

smit6089 on January 27, 2013
Great build. I'm currently working on something similar. Designing it in sketch-up. Keep up the good work.
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checker on January 28, 2013
I rated you a couple extra stars for originality and raw inspiration : )
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p-air-o on January 28, 2013
love it ... tnx for the inspiration
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Fly'n-V on January 28, 2013
Love it!!! Thanks for sharing and can't wait to see a flight video... I built the Old Fogy and it flies like a dream but this looks like a very stable 4ch trainer. Keep it up!
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Carmatious on January 28, 2013
Looks amazing, will you paint it?
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cade861 on January 28, 2013
all the ones I have ever painted when I used the Adam's foam board ended up making the paper peel off so I am hesitant to do it.
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Josh Bixler on January 28, 2013
You did a fantastic job brother! It made my day when I saw your design. I love it when amazing people like you guys improve on a concept. I'm sure you've inspired a ton of people to design there own swappables! Thank you for building this great hobby!

JB
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jay302 on January 28, 2013
My first thought when I saw the nutball swappable was a classic high-wing trainer. I would love to see a flight video and/or plans for this build!
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earthsciteach on January 29, 2013
Nice! I really like the old, straight back, straight tail Cessna look. Cool build, man.
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cade861 on January 30, 2013
I am working on getting some dimensions and pictures of how I did the build. I dont really know how to make printable plans but im trying to give as much info and pictures as I can. All dimensions will be changeable for how big you want yours.
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NoUsername on February 12, 2013
The Cessna 150 and Aerobat are my altime favorite full scale planes, thanx
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stonekap on January 28, 2013
Please add a flight video to this article... That's a great build!!
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cade861 on February 18, 2013
Flight video added
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PabloJaime on January 28, 2013
Nice Work!! waiting for a Flight Video!! :)
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cade861 on February 18, 2013
flight video added
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waldorf069 on January 29, 2013
Great build, would love to see the flight video and perhaps some plans.
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cade861 on February 18, 2013
Flight video added
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AdamS on March 21, 2013
That thing looks really nice, if it flies half as good as it looks, its good enough for me!
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RcPilot@NL on March 26, 2013
Very nice built! I like it a lot, any plans to share in the near future (youre guidelines come a long way, but I find plans easier :-)
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FeWolf on October 13, 2013
any plans for the build

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cade861 on October 14, 2013
I dont have any printable plans like flitetest but I have another article that goes into detail about how I built it but ft is working on a trainer plane like the cessna just wont have a front wheel
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