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Nichimo 1/20 Cessna 172

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  • From: Charleston, SC
Nichimo 1/20 Cessna 172
Posted by kg4kpg on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 7:08 PM

Started this old girl yesterday. I’ve wanted one of these for years. Decided to start with the engine. 120 individual metal radiating fins to stack! 30 on each cylinder. Ugh.

Decals were up-scaled from 1/72 by Arctic Decals in Finland. 

More to come. 
Chris

 

 

 

 

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Posted by keavdog on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 9:42 PM

Wow - very cool.  Interesting way to build an engine.

Thanks,

John

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Posted by jeaton01 on Thursday, October 17, 2019 12:05 AM

Ha ha!  I built a 1/6 scale Continental 65 that way for an R/C project.  But then I cheated and made a mold from the first completed cylinder and cast the rest.

John

To see build logs for my models:  http://goldeneramodel.com/mymodels/mymodels.htm

 

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  • From: Winter Park, FL
Posted by fotofrank on Thursday, October 17, 2019 8:32 AM

This should be fun. I have some time in 172's so I'd be interested in this kit too.

OK. In the stash: Way too much to build in one lifetime...

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Posted by E Baker on Friday, October 18, 2019 5:44 PM

I just went up in a Skyhawk SP a couple of weeks ago. I thoroughly enjoyed it, especially for it having been my first time being at the controls.

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Posted by kg4kpg on Saturday, October 19, 2019 12:27 AM

I envy you. I'm hoping to try to go back in the spring and see if I can get my Private. I tried about 25 years ago but marrisg and family took priority. Did get time in an L4 Cub and a Beechcraft Baron though. 

Anyway... Just about done with the engine. I’ll run a little more wiring, plus the panels that I assume are for noise reduction??  I don’t see them in the parts so the ones I’ve seen people do must me from scratch. Doesn’t look too complicated. 

 

 

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Posted by Don Stauffer on Saturday, October 19, 2019 9:38 AM

Would love to find a kit, but the prices on Ebay scare me!

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Saturday, October 19, 2019 10:15 AM

That powerplant is really something. Yes

Having never heard of Nichimo, I must say I'd sure like to have one of these. But like Don, from a little bit of searching, isn't going to happen.

Have fun and do keep posting pics, please.

 

-Greg

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Posted by kg4kpg on Saturday, October 19, 2019 8:07 PM

Instrument panel done. 

 

 

Compared to an actual one. 

 

 

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Sunday, October 20, 2019 10:32 AM

Hmmm.

    I never cared for the 172. Now there you go changing my mind! Beautiful work so far! T.B.

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Posted by Challenger350Pilot on Friday, October 25, 2019 9:58 AM

Hi Chris! WOWOWOWOW! This is AMAZING! I have always loved this kit. And you're off to a great start! Absolutely incredible engine work...really admire your attention to the details on the engine and in the cockpit. Keep up the great work...its going to be really fine. Bow Down

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  • From: Charleston, SC
Posted by kg4kpg on Friday, November 1, 2019 9:03 AM

Getting there. I need to add belts to the rear seat and I’m going to toss some bags into the rear area instead if the seat. I’m not sure if I have enough weight but I’ll be able to add more through the door after I close it up. 

 

 

 

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Posted by kg4kpg on Friday, November 8, 2019 11:00 PM

Fuselage closed up. Alignment was tough and did require filler for the seam on top and bottom, but it came out okay. Engine and firewall mounted along with the instrument panel. Working on the slightly warped main wings now. Getting close. 
Chris

 

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Posted by keavdog on Friday, November 8, 2019 11:31 PM

That is looking superb!  Great details and paint.

Thanks,

John

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Posted by Challenger350Pilot on Saturday, November 9, 2019 9:46 AM

Coming right along! Looking really good! Won't be long and we can climb in for a flying lesson! 

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Posted by PFJN on Saturday, November 9, 2019 7:09 PM

Wow,

That looks great.

Pat

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Posted by midnightprowler on Sunday, November 10, 2019 8:22 AM

Wow! What do these fetch?

Hi, I am Lee, I am a plastiholic.

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  • From: Charleston, SC
Posted by kg4kpg on Sunday, November 10, 2019 9:44 AM

midnightprowler

Wow! What do these fetch?

 

 
I got mine for 60 but the box was in rough shape and decals bad. Luckily I was able to use the instrument decals though. Cheapest I've seen the kit on eBay was 120 but the majority were close to 200. 
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Posted by Tanker - Builder on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 12:01 PM

OOH;

 Found one at my local flea market ! Fifteen Bucks . Box opened, taped and everything there. I think !    T.B. P.S I am still getting ready for swear in next week. Models on back shelf just now. I think mine is smaller though!

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Posted by kg4kpg on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 3:31 PM

Tanker - Builder

OOH;

 Found one at my local flea market ! Fifteen Bucks . Box opened, taped and everything there. I think !    T.B. P.S I am still getting ready for swear in next week. Models on back shelf just now. I think mine is smaller though!

swear in to what?

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Posted by Tanker - Builder on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 2:20 PM

Oh That'

  I have been Nominated to the position of President of our Model Rail Club and Museum Directorship. I understand Election will be Tomorrow Night, but I was told today it's a necessary Formality. ( Robert"s Rules of order, ya know )

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Posted by kg4kpg on Monday, November 25, 2019 4:09 AM

Back home for a few days before taking a short vacation. Got the mains on, main wing is drying. Hoping to get a lot done tomorrow. Nose weight is going to be really close. Once the wing is on I should be able to figure out how much more is needed. One pic tonight, more tomorrow. 

 

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  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Monday, November 25, 2019 2:37 PM

Is there wire reinforcement for the main landing gear?

John

To see build logs for my models:  http://goldeneramodel.com/mymodels/mymodels.htm

 

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  • From: Charleston, SC
Posted by kg4kpg on Monday, November 25, 2019 3:41 PM

jeaton01

Is there wire reinforcement for the main landing gear?

 

 
yes, thankfully, flat steel plate sandwiched between the plastic. It also slides into the fuselage to hold it up. The wing struts also have a steel rod inside them. 
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  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Monday, November 25, 2019 6:19 PM

A well designed model!

John

To see build logs for my models:  http://goldeneramodel.com/mymodels/mymodels.htm

 

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  • From: Charleston, SC
Posted by kg4kpg on Thursday, December 26, 2019 11:32 PM

After weeks of work travel and some family medical (all good now) issues to deal with, I can finally get back to it. Decals are on, wings on. I did minor damage to a couple decals but I’ll just mix a little paint and take a fine tip brush to it. Easy fix. Just control surfaces, prop, rear windows and front windscreen and we’ll be done. 

 

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Posted by jeaton01 on Friday, December 27, 2019 2:54 PM

It looks just like a 172.  Very nice!

John

To see build logs for my models:  http://goldeneramodel.com/mymodels/mymodels.htm

 

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Posted by B777Commander on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 9:30 PM
I love this. I have about 100 hours of flight instructing in the 172 (most of my CFI time is in the 152 actually). You know, these single-engine Cessnas are great! They are so simple. No retractable gear, no fuel pumps, aerodynamically forgiving, intuitive to operate. I've never had an emergency, or even an abnormal event, occur in a single-engine Cessna. There is beauty in its design philosophy. It's no wonder why it's the most mass produced aircraft in the history of the world! I think we need a new 1/48 scale kit of it. I would love to have one like you're building. I mean, after all, the marking options are endless haha. Thanks for sharing your wonderful project!
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Posted by kg4kpg on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 4:54 PM

Okay, all done. It’s not totally accurate as it’s a 70’s Model 172 but I used a paint scheme using Arctic Decals of an updated 172 that looks to be currently in a hanger somewhere in Japan, based on the N number. So please pardon my low skill level with a complicated kit. 

Thanks for looking. 

Chris

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by Challenger350Pilot on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 6:14 PM

Well, now, this is absolutely amazing. Been waiting for you to post finished pics of this beauty. Really really nice work. Pardon your skill level for such a complicated kit??? Please...your skills in completing THIS complicated kit are way way beyond most of ours!! Congratulations! You have a wonderful build that you should be very prooud of. Looks beautiful. Bow Down

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