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1/48 Cessna 150

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    December, 2014
1/48 Cessna 150
Posted by SteveFL on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 11:53 AM

This is the newer Minicraft release of the ole Cessna 150.  I'm most certain that these are from the same molds that Bandai originally created back in the early 70s.  I also have an original Bandai boxing from Japan and the sprue and parts match identically.  Only difference is that Minicraft made a super sweet decal set with this more modern livery and a complete set of registration numbers so you can customize any N-number you wish.  For the most part it was a fun build.  I added seatbelts, vented the pilot's window, dropped the elevators, and fully wired and plumbed the engine.  I made the cowling cover removable.  Please note that if you choose to showcase the engine, there won't be any room for nose weight.  She's a tail sitter.  I got around this by anchoring the nose wheel to the diorama base with a bent piece of stiff wire. I recommend this kit.  Please enjoy the pics.

Tags: cessna , civil
  • Member since
    April, 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 11:09 PM

Thats cool!  Actually flew in that little bird once.  After the pilot (19 yr old son of a friend of mine) got it off the ground i got to take the yoke and climb out of palomar airport down here in socal.  When we landed ar Oxnard he flew past the runway, did a descending 180 that was pretty high on the pucker factor, but a really fun experience.  Just for scale,  Im 6' and hit my head on the wing getting into the right side seat and we sat shoulder to shoulder all the way.  

Nice build. 

Thanks,

John

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Thursday, March 29, 2018 8:55 AM

Beautiful.  The engine compartment work is stunning!

I have that kit in my stash, and your post is an incentive to get it on the bench.  I have many hours on the 150s and 152s.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

  • Member since
    August, 2014
  • From: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Posted by goldhammer on Thursday, March 29, 2018 1:24 PM

Nice little build.

My flight instruction was in the older square tail turtleback version.  Lost the best pair of flying sunglasses I ever owned in that bird.

  • Member since
    June, 2017
  • From: Winter Park, FL
Posted by fotofrank on Thursday, March 29, 2018 7:10 PM

I have two of these kits in my stash, One of them is the C-150 in USAF markings. Your finished airplane looks great. Having the airplane parked on the grass gives it context. Took all of my flight instruction and Private Pilot check ride in an old 150. I might have to put aside the warbirds I'm building and pull one of the kits out to work on.

OK. On the bench:

Way too much to build in one lifetime...

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Friday, March 30, 2018 9:05 AM

I wish that Minicraft would start molding those engines in pot metal.  Most of those alloys are pretty dense and would supply the needed nose weight, I believe.  Or else, an insert in lead or other high density metal that would fit inside crankcase. Or, stop making the tail pieces and aft fuselage so thick.  Maybe metal prop and spinner would help too.  I love the detail in their new engine molds, but the restricted volume is indeed a problem on tri-gear birds.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

  • Member since
    June, 2014
  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Friday, March 30, 2018 3:49 PM

Hey ! 

 Now that looks really nice . You  have a problem though . Some thief stole your prop ! LOL.

  • Member since
    June, 2014
  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Friday, May 25, 2018 9:02 AM

Hey Steve!

 I have found that I cannot get to any of your photos anymore ! It says the site cannot be reached ! . T.B.

  • Member since
    May, 2013
  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Friday, May 25, 2018 9:18 AM

Tanker - Builder

Hey Steve!

 I have found that I cannot get to any of your photos anymore ! It says the site cannot be reached ! . T.B.

 

No pics here either, and I would like to see your 150.

-Greg

  • Member since
    March, 2013
Posted by patrick206 on Friday, May 25, 2018 5:13 PM

No pics for me, either. I saw one of these sporting a tail wheel some years ago. From the front at first glance I was thinking it was a 140, but then I noticed the tail was definitely not right. Someone told me there is a kit to modify it to a tail dragger, really was a cute little bugger.

Patrick

  • Member since
    December, 2014
Posted by SteveFL on Thursday, May 31, 2018 10:08 AM
My apologies. Not sure why they didn't show up. Anyhow, I reposted them from PostImage.org. They appear to be working now. Thanks.

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