Cessna 172 Project
Watch the video series here!!
It started out scrapping everything from the Cessna 172 Project Version 2 and starting new based from a CAD (Computer-Aided Design) model.
This CAD model gave me a rough shape of what the Cessna 172 is like, and is probably dimensionally accurate to about 3-5 inches (you can only get “so” accurate without measuring an actual plane).
From there, I created the bodies and filled them up!
The body is built from some machine-milled plywood.
You can also use a jigsaw, but the CNC mill machines these with a nicer finish.
With the Cessna 172 Project, I decided to sell everything I make (including the CNC Milled structure). You can purchase parts on the shop page.
I don’t want to be too “salesman-y”, so here’s my one plug for the shop.
I placed the panel, and started designing everything around it!
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.
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.