This is a screenshot of NASA’s Flickr photo page. Check it out for inspiration!
The wing ribs for the Cessna C- 165 Airmaster
are freshly punched out of their “tree” and
need light sanding. Note the rib identification.
Online photos can provide inspiration
by Stan Alexander
Part of the fun of Scale modeling is finding sources for the parts, bits, and pieces we need to finish and detail our aircraft. Another aspect is checking out what
other modelers are building, flying, and competing with.
These sources can stir your creative juices and encourage
you to start or finish what you’ve been working on.
There are many websites for Scale modelers. One of my
favorites is the Flickr site for the National Association of
Scale Aeromodelers (NASA) that is maintained by Mark
Lanterman. The site has many photos of models in flight.
Included is a photo set of Bob Patton’s progress on his huge
Cessna with a 173-inch wingspan. As Bob’s wife, Tina, said,
“Bob doesn’t build anything small.” From the photos, you
can see what she means.
The NASA Flickr photo site has thousands of photos
to view. This can stir your creativity and encourage you to
return to your shop.
Several sets of building photos are included, as well as pictures from world
championships, the AMA Scale Nats, the NASA Scale Classic, Top Gun, various fly-ins, Scale Masters, RC, Control Line, and Free Flight Scale. There is something for
everyone. You never know, you might find yourself or your work there!
To access the NASA Flickr site, go to the NASA website’s main page and click on
“NASA Photostream on Flickr” in the middle of the page on the right side. On the
next page, click on the “NASA Flickr Sets link.” From there you can select the photo
set that you would like to view. Scroll down the page and check out all of the photo
sets. Sit back and have fun. You never know whom you might see.
Cessna C- 165 Airmaster Build
I have begun building my Cessna
C- 165 Airmaster and I’m pleased
with the plans, as well as the short kit
I purchased from Bob Holman Plans.
The numbered parts are easy to punch
out. This is a timesaver for experienced
builders and a godsend to beginners who
are building their first plan-built model.
With plan-built models, you have the
plans but have to either purchase a kit
with all of the wood, or a short kit.
A short kit usually provides all of the
shaped or formed parts including the
wing ribs, fuselage formers, firewall parts,
and sometimes even landing gear parts.
Having all of the parts labeled is a great
help for a first-time plans builder. You
won’t have an instruction booklet to
work with, but there are links at www.
rcscalebuilder.com to forums about
The Cessna has three flap types:
mid-wing, trailing edge (TE), and the
ever-popular fuselage center section
large flap that is located under the cabin.
All of the flap types are depicted on
the plans, along with all parts such as
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