Hangar 9 Cessna Skylane 182

7/12/2004 by Peter Abbe

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The cockpit interior consists of a printed control panel and four molded plastic seats.

The cockpit's interior is basic and easy to assemble. The dashboard arrives painted and covered in black Ultracote. To finish it, you need only apply the self-adhesive instrument-panel decal and glue the assembly into the cockpit. I installed the tinted windows using RC-56 canopy glue and filled a few gaps in the rear window mount with silicone sealant.

The two-piece seats are finished with a simulated fabric and must be glued together with a silicone adhesive. Balsa blocks come glued to the cabin floor to provide a mounting base. The seats are retained by Velcro, so they're easy to remove to access the radio gear.

I painted a Pro Zinger 18x8 propeller black with white tips and topped it off with a 31.4-inch Tru-Turn Ultimate spinner. Tru-Turn manufactures this spinner specifically for this model and can customcut the cone to clear any desired prop. A Menz-cut cone allowed ample clearance for the Zinger prop and provided smooth, vibration-free operation. As the final touch, apply a self adhesive Skylane decal to each side of the fin.

Flight Performance
With the G-26 in its nose, the Cessna balanced perfectly without any added weight. I mixed flap to elevator offset and set up the control throws according to the manual's recommendations.

With a wide-stance tricycle setup, ground handling was excellent on grass and pavement. I held a slight amount of right rudder to keep it tracking straight, and it ran for about 150 feet along the grass runway before rotating. Once airborne, the Cessna accelerates quickly. This model has a fair amount of mass and needs to be held on the ground until flying speed is achieved.

Properly landing this airplane requires at least intermediate pilot skills. The judicious use of power and flaps is a must. My first landing was deadstick; I kept the flaps up to avoid prematurely reducing the airspeed and inducing a low-speed stall. The clean airframe quickly sailed past me, and I had to take an unexpected walk.

Subsequent power-on landings allowed the precise control of descent and landing speeds. Keeping the nose slightly down, I used 1.2 flaps on the downwind leg and base leg. Once lined up for final, I applied full flaps and flared to a main-wheel touchdown. With careful throttle management, touchdowns and rollouts can be made to mirror those of the full-scale Skylane.

At slower speeds with the flaps deployed and some power on, all controls remain positive. Fully extending the flaps is like stepping on the brakes and requires that the elevator be trimmed down to prevent the model from ballooning. The model will tip-stall if you slow it too much. With the addition of power and a reduction of elevator backpressure, recovery is quick.

Like its full-size counterpart, the 182 is clean and fast. Although it isn't a speed demon, it covers a lot of sky quickly. It had a very solid, stable feel at full throttle and showed no sign of control - surface flutter. It's very enjoyable to fly and handles very well at all throttle settings. After flying this model, it's easy to see why Cessna refers to the full-scale Skylane as the "SUV of the air."

Although the full-size 182 was not designed for aerobatics, this model can do all the basic maneuvers. The G-26 supplied ample power for loops and stall turns. Barrel rolls required coordinated rudder input, and with power on, were entered at approximately a 30- degree positive attitude. Increasing aileron deflection by an additional 1.4 inch up or down gave the rolls a much more positive feel. The Cessna flies in a very scale manner and is impressive to watch fly.

Any modeler would be proud to own the Hangar 9 Cessna 182 ARF. Its high-quality construction, scale appearance and good flight manners make it impressive both on the ground and in the air.

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