Bob Smith Industries 900x250 v2

Scratch-built ‘Made in Japan!’ Cessna Bird Dog

Scratch-built ‘Made in Japan!’ Cessna Bird Dog

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Submitted By
Tom Richards
Seatac, WA, United States
Build Information
Build Type Plans-built
Manufacturer/Brand Name
Aircraft Category Scale
Model name, number, and/or variant Cessna L-19 ‘Bird Dog’ in Japanese service
Wingspan/Rotor span (inches) 45
Scale 1:10
Construction Type Built up (wood/covering)
Propulsion Type Prop
Power System Electric
Electric Motor Brand and Model 400-sized brushless
Speed Control Brand and Model 40A
Battery Brand and Model 2200 3-cell
Propeller (if applicable) 11Dx7P 2-blade plastic
Radio System Brand and Model Spektrum DX7
Number of channels utilized 4
Channel functions Throttle, Rudder, Elevator, Ailerons
Retracts or Fixed Gear

Fixed gear

Cockpit/Interior Details

homemade pop-bottle canopies front and back

Paint, Covering or Graphics

iron-on SolarTex. Homemade cut-vinyl insignia and unit flashes. 3 radiating trapazoids mean ‘Mitsubishi’. KANJI-symbology lettering says “Japanese Ground Defense Force”; commercial cut vinyl, by SignWorks of Bellevue. Post-Korean Conflict scheme

Scale Accessories
Light System
Smoke System
Sound System
Other Features or Options
Further Description/Back Story

As seen in a visit to the Mitsubishi factory in 1968. Ever since, I’ve planned to model this plane…and was recently inspired by a YouTube video. Flies lightly but ‘squirrelly”.


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