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Old Oct 23, 2003, 09:50 PM
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Mountain Models Cessna 180 Build Step by Step

This thread is meant as a pictorial step by step building guide for the newbie interested in seeing how to put together the MM Cessna 180. It is my second balsa build after the Dandy but that one doesn't count because of how easy it really is to build. The Dandy really is simple as a jigsaw puzzle only easier!

The 180 is a bit more involved although the beginner should be able to put it together with some help from these threads. Inorder to jump start those beginners just dieing to see pictures, I will post all the images I have thus far in my build and will go in and edit each post just as fast as I can in the coming weekend.

Let's start with what you get in the mail from Doug at Mountain Models:
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Old Oct 23, 2003, 09:54 PM
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Be very carefull when opening the package as this is laser cut and the pieces fall out very easily. Try to find a surface you will not disturb and lay out the different sheets hopefully with their pieces in place:

Here's what you get:
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Old Oct 23, 2003, 09:55 PM
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Lay it all out:
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Old Oct 23, 2003, 09:57 PM
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The first order of business is the tail wheel which following the instructions is quite self-explanatory. I opted for a dubro wheel, but made the stock wheel because I love to follow directions... yeah right...
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Old Oct 23, 2003, 09:58 PM
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Next we start the fuselage side and this is once again quite simple and well documented in the builders manual.
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Old Oct 23, 2003, 09:59 PM
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You should wind up with this:
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Old Oct 23, 2003, 10:02 PM
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Next we join the two sides of the fuselage with bulkheads. I recommend you use the parts outline in the beginning of the manual and match them up on the plan. It is important to use a builders triangle to insure things are square. I use this big one from The Home Depot because It will stand on its own.
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Old Oct 23, 2003, 10:02 PM
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Build it up!
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Old Oct 23, 2003, 10:06 PM
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Put on some SHOES!!!!! and correct that to Mountain Models!!
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Old Oct 23, 2003, 10:22 PM
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Here is a view from the front with all of the bulk heads. Heed the warning about making sure F2 and F3 facing the front. It is clearly marked on the pieces.
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Old Oct 23, 2003, 10:22 PM
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I don't remember seeing any toes in any of my MM Kits !!
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Old Oct 23, 2003, 10:23 PM
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The view from the rear:
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Old Oct 23, 2003, 10:24 PM
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You then insert the stringers being careful not to snap them, glue and sand the rear to match the shape of the fueslage.
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Do the same for the top of the fuselage.
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Old Oct 23, 2003, 10:28 PM
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The wing mount is a nifty little piece that needs to be aligned nicely before you glue the carbon fiber supports to the inside of the fuselage. In my case it was too loose a fit, so I carefully jury-rigged a method of bringing them closer together without putting too much stress or worst snapping any balsa. The rubber bands are very very loose.
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