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Brian Taylor Cessna 120 build
« on: December 26, 2020, 07:21:55 PM »
I finished the Unionville Beaver I was building so today I started on a Brian Taylor designed Cessna 120. I have always had a soft spot for that plane even though I have never flown one or even been in one. I ordered a short kit from Sarik in England. After studying the plan and trying to make sure I understood how I wanted to build it and convert it to electric I started. The fuse is built in 2 parts, the front cabin area and the back of the plane behind the wing, and then they are joined together. So I started on the back end first. The formers for the fuse were not included in the kit, so they had to be constructed and then the fuse sides had to be cut out of 3/32 sheet. I was pleased with the way the sheeting came out, I soaked it on the outside with windex. I pinned it and then used thick CA while holding the sheeting to the formers. It was easy to get it done because at this point the bottom of the fuse is not in place. I finished up by using light weight spackeling and will build the front fuse tomorrow and if all goes well, join them.


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Re: Brian Taylor Cessna 120 build
« Reply #1 on: December 26, 2020, 08:09:11 PM »
Rob,

Interesting project.  Can you give the specs... the size, weight and motor size of the plane... but don't stop building to answer these questions. ; :)

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from Wiki:

Cessna 120 — The Cessna 120 was an economy version of the 140 produced at the same time. It had the same engine as the 140, but lacked wing flaps. The rear-cabin "D" side windows and electrical system (radios, lights, battery and starter) were optional.
Number built: 7,664
Produced: 1946-1951
First flight: June 28, 1945 (140); 1946 (120)
Manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company
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Re: Brian Taylor Cessna 120 build
« Reply #2 on: December 26, 2020, 09:01:15 PM »
The wingspan is 62 inches, but, at least Brian Taylor's prototype weighted 5 pounds. I feel a 25 1000kv would be just barely enough, so I have a 40 that will be way overpowered, but I have it and the motor mount for it so I will use it. I think 3s will work and I have a 60A ESC that will work nicely . Probably go with mini servos, but I don't have any that match so I will have to get those. The 120s were delivered with little paint and just in the silver of the metal they were covered in so I am going for something like that.
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Re: Brian Taylor Cessna 120 build
« Reply #3 on: December 27, 2020, 05:54:30 PM »
I didn't get home until early afternoon and did not have batteries charged, so instead of going flying I went building in my workshop. The model is built in sections and then joined. Today I built the cabin area, the forward of the cabin area, and then joined them. I fashioned a servo tray out of basswood and mounted the motor. The next step will be joining the back and the front of the fuse. I need to fashion some sort of hatch to insert the battery, probably underneath, behind the landing gear. going to use pull pull for the rudder and a control horn inside the fuse to operate the elevator. I will fashion the control horn out of brass and piano wire.
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Re: Brian Taylor Cessna 120 build
« Reply #4 on: December 28, 2020, 07:27:39 PM »
I spent today designing and making a hatch to make the insertion of the battery easier than taking of the wing each time. The model's plans are many years old and no information about a hatch is mentioned on the plans.There is no room between the cowl and the windshield for a hatch so it had to be underneath.I am quite happy with the way it came out, and although not perfect, good, good enough anyway. The next step will be finalizing the servo location. I want to use pull, pull for the rudder, but I think instead of nyrods for the elevator I am going to make a control rod out of 1/4 inch hardwood dowel. I will probably raise one servo higher than the other so that the cabling and rod do no interfere with each other.
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Re: Brian Taylor Cessna 120 build
« Reply #5 on: December 29, 2020, 10:27:47 AM »
Hey @octagon

Looks like a great kit Rob.  I really like your nostalgic choice of the Cessna 120.  Beautiful build so far.  And your amaryllis look fantastic!!

You are so lucky that you're allowed to build on the kitchen table!  The wide selection of knives and paper towels are really handy!!  It's also nice having a strainer handy for finding lost screws and washers in the balsa dust.   ;D

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Re: Brian Taylor Cessna 120 build
« Reply #6 on: December 30, 2020, 07:08:13 PM »
Thanks Andy. Worked on a tail wheel yesterday. I made it out of brass and wire and it turned out pretty well and I think will work. Joined the fuse today and it is finally starting to look like and airplane.
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Re: Brian Taylor Cessna 120 build
« Reply #7 on: December 30, 2020, 08:33:38 PM »
Thanks Andy. Worked on a tail wheel yesterday. I made it out of brass and wire and it turned out pretty well and I think will work. Joined the fuse today and it is finally starting to look like and airplane.

Hey @octagon,

I am totally confused.  To my untrained eye that tail wheel looks like it's made of plastic and rubber (except for the axle, which does look like steel wire).  What am I missing here?!!  ;D

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Re: Brian Taylor Cessna 120 build
« Reply #8 on: January 10, 2021, 06:12:05 PM »
It has been a while since I posted progress, but I have been working away. I spent the afternoon today doing a lot of covering. The plans included the panel lines so I covered in smaller pieces trying to emulate them. Think it came out ok. Next step will be to build the wings, the centre section is built, so I should be able to build them tomorrow and cover them later in the week. Then, detail the cowl and mount the engine. Have to paint the landing gear, but rustolium makes a perfect match for the cub yellow. Going to emulate a 120 that is still flying in Alaska. I think my yellow is different from the full sized, although there seems to be pictures of it closer to the colour I used to, so a bit of literary licence is in order. I will send to Callie for the graphics for it.
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