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  1. John Everett

    Cessna 172, Nichimo, 1/20

    The kit is a bit of a love/hate for me. The interior cabin, instrument panel detail and engine construction are fantastic. But there are dozens of small things which are most certainly right out of 1983. The attachments of the wing struts is rough and ill-fitting. You will need to carve and rebuild those places with epoxy putty. The transparencies fit quite well. But the plastic is thick and distorts the views to the inside of the cabin. The model uses long, squishy springs to attach the various flight control surfaces and flaps. (I think the idea was to allow the model to articulate.) But this results in surfaces not mating up very well and requiring a lot of minor hand work to get them to fit snug. There's also a lot of surface detail which would be obvious in a newer model which is absent here, such as pushrods and refueling handles. But it builds into a very unique and accurately shaped model if you're willing to deal with the multitude of minor inconveniences.
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    Cessna 172, Nichimo, 1/20

    An overdue update on the Cessna. I wouldn't have used the poorly sculpted pilot figure. But the friend for whom I'm building the model wanted one. Fuse is joined and cockpit enclosed. The engine will only have limited visibility so I'm not going all out with details.
  3. John Everett

    Cessna 172, Nichimo, 1/20

    Brief update. Slight work on the interior and too much effort expended in making a truly bad pilot figure slightly less bad. (But still pretty bad.) Adding in a few fun details Once the "pilot" is painted, I've got a few more baggage details to finish and then can enclose the fuselage.
  4. John Everett

    Cessna 172, Nichimo, 1/20

    I was at home most of the day and was able to spend much of the time with airbrush in hand. The interior is about 70% done t this point. The kit is based on the 1973 model of the C-172. The airplane we're duplicating (to the degree possible) is a 1977 version. Cessna factory propaganda from 1973: A similar propaganda picture from the later, 1977 model: This is a photo of the revised, 1977 instrument panel. The kit part isn't perfect. But it's pretty close. I've used clear, sticky disks cut from laminating sheet as instrument glass. I know from experience that this model has a very bad problem with "tail-sitting". One needs almost a quarter pound (120g) of weight in the front to keep it on the nose wheel. Fishing weights and lead shot do the trick here. This will be about half the required mass. For as much as the intense blue of this interior might bother me, 1977 did offer the buyer "other options". The two halve may be enclosed by the end of tomorrow. If so, we can expect the exterior painting to require a couple of weeks.
  5. John Everett

    Cessna 172, Nichimo, 1/20

    I'm not sure, exactly. It was Aves. But any putty which hardens to an easily sandable consistency would work just as well. The real trick is to wet-sand down to at least 2000 grit and then prime it with a filler primer like Mr. Surfacer cut about 50/50 with Mr. Leveling Thinner.
  6. John Everett

    Cessna 172, Nichimo, 1/20

    I cut the ends off the original parts and shaped epoxy putty with a good set of reference photos.
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    Cessna 172, Nichimo, 1/20

    A little less than a year ago I built Nichimo’s 1/20 Cessna Skyhawk. A modeling friend saw the finished kit and asked me to build the one which had been in his stash for several years. completed model here: http://www.coldbasementmodels.com/?page_id=2175 The problem was that his kit was missing its engine. (The original owner had mysteriously absconded with both the engine and nose gear strut.) But guess who had made rubber molds of that engine during construction of that first airplane? As it happened, I had enough spare resin castings to cobble together a Lycoming O-320 to replace the missing components. Not as as good as the original metal components, but more than adequate. Patching holes in the floor plate. The original model dates to the early 1980’s and has a lot of weird “features”. We’ll be going with the dark blue interior on this one.
  8. John Everett

    Lockheed S-3B Viking - scratchbuilt

    It really is spectacular. Do you have a build thread for this? Rough guess, how long was the build process?
  9. Greetings LSP, About a week ago I posted a completed Cessna in 1/20 over on the Ready For Inspection forum. I enjoyed building that model so well that I decided to have a go in the same scale with the Grumman Tiger, AA-5B. This is actually a really great topic for scratchbuilding due to it's boxy design which minimizes compound curves and the fact that the airplane was glued together and doesn't require any rivet surface detail. I began work on this back about four months ago and have now decided to pick up the model again. The first few tests in vacuuforming. I knew these would be rejects. But it let me know what I needed to change on the form (buck). And where it stands as of this evening:
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    1/20 Nichimo Cessna-172 Skyhawk

    Hello Kevin. I was bumbling through the unfamiliar format and was able to edit the post and add some pictures. I've got build pictures and a lot more finished photos on my website. Do your forum rules allow for including links to personal sites?
  11. Hello LSP, I finished the Cessna a few months ago and have posted it in a couple of places. But I thought it might make a nice introduction to my first post here on LSP. There was a lot added to the engine and a little bit done with the interior. But in general the 40 year old kit includes just about everything you see here. Back in August a member was asking if he should build his copy or just collect it. I would answer his question by pointing out that unbuilt models are sad and lonely and if you were going to have a "bucket list" finished model, this would be one.