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Sep 11, 2008, 06:57 PM
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Latest resurrection nears completion!


As I once pointed out, there isn't anything quite as rewarding as taking something which, once discarded, is brought back to useful life.

Work nears completion on the badly handled Great Planes Cessna 182 stuffed with a new O.S. LA 65. Got the whole works complete with radio (albeit an obsolete transmitter) for all of fifty bucks. The engine was worth more than twice that. Its Futaba receiver is currently doing duty in my old .46-powered profiler. Lots o' engine for something intended for use with a .40, but very similar to the way the same plane is represented on both RealFlight simulators with very promising results.

The transplanted VQ Model Cap-10B .60 flap servo covers converted to aileron servo panels work to perfection. However, repairing the mounting blocks where the struts attach to the fuselage proved to be troublesome. The only thing making the whole affair easier than normal was the fact that the original owner failed to epoxy the servo tray in place. Still couldn't get the tray out all the way, but as it appears, the struts are more show than structural. The mounting blocks and recommended hardware are more suited to a park flyer, so I fixed the blocks as best as I could.

There was a strange pushrod setup for the throttle which didn't seem to engage in any possible way with the throttle arm on the O.S., so I got me a DU-BRO throttle cable, trimmed it to fit and voila! I have throttle control!

The Sullivan fill valve from the dearly departed Cap-10B is going in an existing hole in the somewhat crunched cowl which needed some trimming anyway in order to fit the big O.S. I'm not worried about aesthetics given the reasonable replacement cost. Besides, it'll serve nicely as a template for trimming the eventual replacement.

I'm down to reinstalling the fuel tank, fueslage servos, Berg receiver, battery, power switch, prop and spinner. If the whole mess balances on the proper CG (I hope, given the size of the engine), up she'll go in the next couple of days, weather permitting.

Sure, it'll be patched in places with packing tape, the cowl will look like a dog's well-worn chew toy and will be missing its nosewheel pant, but if it flies for real half as well as it does on the sim, I shall, in the current vernacular, be putting some much-needed lipstick on this poor old pitbull.

Stay tuned for an update!
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