Cessna 172 Project

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The Cessna 172 Project (V3) started October 20th 2020.

Version 2

This is the Cessna 172R flight sim vs a real C172. I did not finish this before going onto version 3. Too many things were breaking, and I felt it would be better to start an entire new version with better design constraints kept in mind.

I started off with a complete Cessna, but then gradually decreased to make it more portable and to focus my energy.

In the beginning, I planned on having an Overhead panel for failures and simulator events, but that was later eliminated when I “slimmed” my cockpit. Slimming my cockpit meant cutting all of the components that were not necessary.

Version 1

This C172 was created when I was very young, so keep this in mind when watching my filmmaking 🙂


I started out with foam and 1/2″ PVC Pipe Construction (Which is super good for a kid who doesn’t know what they are doing).

I had an OSB plywood floor on 2″ wheels (The plywood needed reinforcement, as the middle was sagging). I used 2 Jeep Seats I found on craigslist, and a $20 bench (Also craigslist).

I used OSB for the Panel (I later upgraded to plywood) and covered the OSB with duct tape because the painting process was messy.

Initially, I planned on having the seats on rails, but the rails would break and the ball bearings would go everywhere! I later upgraded to 1.5″ wheels.