The Cessna C- 165
ribs are stationed
on the plans. Note
the waxed paper
placed over the
plans to protect them
from glue. I drilled
holes in the forward
area of each rib for
help the builder.
A placement tab
located at the
wing ribs’ TE
keeps the wing
straight without warping. After adding
the spars and leading edge (LE), the tabs
can be cut off and the lower TE can be
I’m adding retractable landing lights
in each panel on my Cessna, as well
as navigation lights. The landing lights
are located under the wing, while the
navigation lights will be on the LE of
I made a list of parts such as balsa
and plywood sheets and sticks, radio
gear, engine, cowl, tires, and landing
gear that I need for the airframe I’m
building. Because mine is a C- 165, it
has mid-wing flaps.
I told Bob Holman about the flaps
before I purchased the short kit from
him and he fed the information into the
computer. The correct wing ribs arrived
at my door. Bob offers special flap types
needed for specific airframes. Great!
When you purchase the balsa and
plywood for your project, buy some
extra pieces because as sure as the sun
comes up tomorrow, you’ll need them.
At least that seems to be what I’ve
found in the past.
Another great source for beginners
building from plans is Bob Bishop’s
website. Bob and Jerry Bates have
collaborated on several projects. Check
out what is available in Jerry’s catalog,
which has included aircraft such as the
Cessna C- 165, the Curtiss Hawk, and
the Bellanca 14-19-2 Cruisemaster.
Before I cover the wing plans with
waxed paper, I check out the plans and
see where I need to make additional
holes. The holes for servo wires come
precut in the ribs.
For my Cessna, Tn T Landing Gear
Products cut the T6 aluminum landing
gear blanks with the correct angle and
bend, along with the wing tube for the
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