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Monogram box scale Cessna 182 21 May 2019 21:17 #1

Pulled the trigger on something I've been wanting to try for a while. Converting a box scale Monogram Cessna 180 into a Cessna 182, Other than moving the main gear back and adding a nose wheel...shouldn't be too hard...riiight?
Well, I started cutting plastic last night.
The untouched part so far.


the crown will have to come off the roof
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removing the working door parts
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filling gaps etc. on the seats
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Monogram box scale Cessna 180 21 May 2019 23:04 #2

You're off to a fine start, but you're a braver man than I am, Gunga Chris.
Will this be the old straight tail or will you commit insanity and sweep the tail, and add the rear window? I hope you have plenty of sandpaper for those steamship rivets.

Wait a sec, didn't you rework one of those into a 185 some years back?
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Monogram box scale Cessna 180 21 May 2019 23:57 #3

Thanks James!
I'm nowhere near the scratch builder you are, I'm leaving the tail straight, she'll be a 1957ish 182
You're correct, I've converted not one, not 2 but 3 of these things. I left one conversion as a 180. I must have shown them here somewhere no?
I gave the first 185, on wheel skis, to an old boss (from my youth at Athabaska Airways, who passed away a few years ago...don't know whatever became of the model)
You're also right about the rivets, there are, as well, sink marks and mold seams on the model but the nice thing about this old silver plastic...you can sand the bijeebers out of it and still see the surface detail, it'll be smooth as glass but still looks like it's riveted and panel lined...which makes it great for restoring said panel lines.
Thanks for taking the time to look in and drop me a line!
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Monogram box scale Cessna 180 22 May 2019 00:13 #4

Another masterpiece!...following :popcorn

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Monogram box scale Cessna 180 22 May 2019 06:55 #5

Go for it, I couldn't tell a 180 form a 181 so who's to say other than James...:popcorn
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Monogram box scale Cessna 180 22 May 2019 09:25 #6

Cool. Watching with interest :popcorn
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Monogram box scale Cessna 180 22 May 2019 13:08 #7

Monogram is one of my favorite classics! Go Chris! :thumbsup
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Monogram box scale Cessna 180 23 May 2019 21:10 #8

180?...181? Reminds me of a line from "Cheers" back in the 1970's...How you gonna kill him? I'll use a .46...don't you mean a .45?...45-46 whatever it takes...
Now back to my project.
I've sanded the fuselage boiler rivets down, as James "Stoneboat" suggested, a fairly involved job. But now done, the panel lines and rivets are still visible in the silver plastic.

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I've also removed the crowned roof to be replaced with flat sheet plastic

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Monogram box scale Cessna 180 23 May 2019 22:57 #9

:popcorn ... cool!

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Monogram box scale Cessna 180 23 May 2019 23:09 #10

Great minds must think alike. I've built two of those, one on wheel skis and the other on floats. On both I did the same as you, cut off the roof and replaced it. :thumbsup
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Monogram box scale Cessna 180 24 May 2019 00:01 #11

Yes, that cottage style roof really has to go! Glad to be in good company!
I also carved away the...whatever it is on the cabin floor and added some trim wheels and a flap actuator handle. A new instrument panel is also in the works and a rear bulkhead to close it all in.
The unmodified cabin floor
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the bits added
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The kit panel
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a more prototypical panel
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A template for the rear cabin bulkhead (in paper)
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Monogram box scale Cessna 180 24 May 2019 08:03 #12

:thumbsup

Nice :popcorn
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