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Dec 06, 2001, 02:19 PM
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Top Flight Cessna 182 Skylane Gold Edition?


I'm looking for a nice winter project, and my LHS has one of these on the shelf. I'd like a big electric plane that can handle those windy days that my Partenavia and Eco 8 heli can't, and with the optional cockpit kit the Skylane would make a nice looking bird. It doesn't have to be able to scream around the sky, but on the other hand I don't want to have to listen to all those rude comments by the gas guys, either. I'd like at least 10 minutes of decent flying time on a charge. A geared brushless setup is probably the way to go,and I am open for suggestions on which motor,prop,and cell count/type. The box says an 81" wingspan and a flying weight of 10-12 pounds, I'm not too sure on the wingloading. Any suggestions?
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Dec 06, 2001, 09:36 PM
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I have to confess to having this project under construction. It has been that way for four years. Some how I steped into a small field with a Speed 400 model and haven't been able to leave. I do plan on finishing my Top Flite 182 one of these days. It is completely framed up. When I started the project it was intended to be powered with a Saito .91 four stroke. As a result I do need to re-do the front end to accomodate the electric power plant.

I have an Aveox 1412/3Y and a Modelair Tech 3:1 H-1000 belt drive for the power system. I am planning on using 20 cells. My weight estimates and calculations suggest a total flying weight of 11 pounds. Ecalc indicates the model will fly nicely on that set up. I just need to get off the dime and get the model finished. It is a nice kit and I made no modifications to lighten up the airframe. Mine so far is fairly light for being a glow powered model. Hopefully, my weight estimates will prove to be accurate.

If you do purchase the kit, you will enjoy building this big bird.

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Jul 29, 2008, 01:04 AM
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Originally Posted by Yoyodyne
I'm looking for a nice winter project, and my LHS has one of these on the shelf. I'd like a big electric plane that can handle those windy days that my Partenavia and Eco 8 heli can't, and with the optional cockpit kit the Skylane would make a nice looking bird. It doesn't have to be able to scream around the sky, but on the other hand I don't want to have to listen to all those rude comments by the gas guys, either. I'd like at least 10 minutes of decent flying time on a charge. A geared brushless setup is probably the way to go,and I am open for suggestions on which motor,prop,and cell count/type. The box says an 81" wingspan and a flying weight of 10-12 pounds, I'm not too sure on the wingloading. Any suggestions?
I am building the Gold Addition Cessna right now. The wood is heavy or pithy. I have talked with Top Flight and they say they don't have a problem. Sorry to say I am disappointed in the kit and it may become a hanger queen after all the work I put into it. I built one about ten years ago and didn't have any problems. I also have a Top Flight P-40 Warhawk and I have looked over the wood in it and I believe I am going to have to replace half of the sheet wood. The Cessna wing itself seems to build heavy but straight (the only good thing I can say about it). The balsa blocks for the Fowler flap setup had to be replaced because they were so soft drilling the holes was a pain. The balsa actually wound around the drill bit. I don't know if I got a kit that was made on Friday when everyone was going home or not. But I would look at it very carefully before I spent 180 bucks. I have a Super Tigre .75 in it and if it doesn't become a 82 inch wide truck I will be very surprised. I'm not a newbe in building... I started building planes when I was 13 and I'm 60 now. Been around the block a few times.
Jul 29, 2008, 11:48 AM
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Originally Posted by jaruwan
I am building the Gold Addition Cessna right now. The wood is heavy or pithy. I have talked with Top Flight and they say they don't have a problem. Sorry to say I am disappointed in the kit and it may become a hanger queen after all the work I put into it. I built one about ten years ago and didn't have any problems. I also have a Top Flight P-40 Warhawk and I have looked over the wood in it and I believe I am going to have to replace half of the sheet wood. The Cessna wing itself seems to build heavy but straight (the only good thing I can say about it). The balsa blocks for the Fowler flap setup had to be replaced because they were so soft drilling the holes was a pain. The balsa actually wound around the drill bit. I don't know if I got a kit that was made on Friday when everyone was going home or not. But I would look at it very carefully before I spent 180 bucks. I have a Super Tigre .75 in it and if it doesn't become a 82 inch wide truck I will be very surprised. I'm not a newbe in building... I started building planes when I was 13 and I'm 60 now. Been around the block a few times.
Guess I should have looked at the dates.... Sorry.


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