1:24 scale Piper PA-28 Cherokee 235

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Project by ccanderson102 posted 07-20-2012 01:01 PM 3524 views 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The model building continues!!! This time it is a 1:24 scale model of a Piper Cherokee 235 for my father. This happens to be the plane in which he is training to get his pilots license. This is also the guy that bought me a bad saw last year when I set out on the Peterbilt for my brother. I owe him so much.

The materials are laminated maple for the fuselage and mahogany for the wings and landing gear.

It is not the easiest endeavor to gather the needed dimensions. I purchased a plastic scale model which was abysmal quality and a pilots hand book that had some of the specifications but was not that much help either. Luckily the plane was engineered in the late 50’s early 60’s when everything was fairly straight forward, no weird dimensions. once you get a few dimension right everything else seems to fall into place.

This one was not as easy as the Peterbilt semi I made for my brother, there was a lot of planing and carving. on the plus side I learned about sharpening a plane and chisels. on the bad side, I learned that I need a decent plane and chisels. I also learn that in a pinch you can use the drill press and a wood rasp to shape parts somewhat like a lathe.

the wing don’t fit as well as I would like so more time will be spent fairing them to the fuselage. Can you use a boat building term when talking about planes or will the gods of light drop me back in the water?

Thanks for looking. Next up is a Farmall Standard tractor for my grandfather then maybe a Mastercraft Prostar 209 for myself.

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#1 posted 07-20-2012 01:10 PM

nice work.I like the grain pattern on the tail and wings. also nice story and purpose! touche.

and dont worry, we won’t tell any of the boat gods about this ;)

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#2 posted 07-20-2012 04:02 PM

Looks very good. You did a good job of getting the angle of the wings down. I’ve been thinking about making a Warrior II but have been trying to figure out how to do the wings. Did you make them out of one piece of wood?

Training in a 235 is sure going to burn a lot of fuel!

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#3 posted 07-20-2012 04:54 PM

I started with a single piece of wood to shape the wing then cut off the excess and used 1/8” dowel to “pin them to the fuselage. this is the same dowel that I used to assemble the various parts on the Peterbilt.

In hindsight I think I should have made a wing assembly out of three pieces and then sawed/carved out a pocket in the fuselage for the wing to sit in. That pocket would have to be cut before the fuselage is shaped because you end up with some funny angles.

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#4 posted 07-20-2012 05:33 PM

I might have to consider that. My original plan was to dowel them.

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#5 posted 07-20-2012 07:20 PM

looking good just ready for an executives desk toy. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#6 posted 07-20-2012 10:54 PM

Nice project! It brings back a memory from when I was a flight instructor at the ripe old age of 19 (yes airplanes had been invented then).

I used to do test flights for the flying club shop if there were issues with the aircraft. One day they requested that I test fly a 235 Cherokee that was in for inspection. I’d never flown that particular model, but had already flown about 40 types, so it wouldn’t be a big deal. As I was getting ready to go, the AME said, “Oh yeah, can you check out the autopilot, too? Apparently it’s been giving the owner some grief.”

Long and short…I checked out everything at altitude, then engaged the autopilot. The airplane immediately rolled inverted while I was frantically trying to grab hold of the disengage button. I never had the opportunity to fly a 235 again, but I’m sure they’re very nice to fly right side up.

Also Alistair – Your typing is just fine. I’m beginning to think woodworkers are about the best spellers on the internet. Did 90% of internet users not go to school? Sheesh.

-- Kevin - Keep the shiny side up

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#7 posted 07-21-2012 03:31 AM

Great job and nice attention to detail I love the wheel covers

-- Ray

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#8 posted 07-22-2012 06:49 AM

the wing don’t fit as well as I would like so more time will be spent fairing them to the fuselage. Can you use a boat building term when talking about planes or will the gods of light drop me back in the water?

Fairing is the right word for that. In fact lots of boat building terms also apply to airplanes. Ribs. Stringers. Bulkheads. Rudder. And so on. I think at least part of that is because Mr. Boeing’s first airplane factory grew out of a shipyard, and lots of the early airplane designers had been boat builders.


-- My table saw laughs at hot dogs.

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#9 posted 08-18-2012 10:03 PM

Love the detail of the nose cap and the dihedral angle, is great!

-- Jay, Texas, @MyGarage.home

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#10 posted 08-19-2012 08:05 PM

Very nice!

I’ve done a lot of preflights on PA-28 variants, and offer that you’ve really nailed the contours!

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#11 posted 08-20-2012 12:45 PM

thanks for the comments everyone. Eventually I will up load the prototype and the final with finish on it

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#12 posted 02-02-2013 06:52 AM

Very nice lines, the plane looks the real deal…..well done..

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#13 posted 02-20-2013 05:13 PM

Very nice! Fortunately the Piper Cherokee lines are pretty much all similar (at least the 180 and 235 line). I took my first flying lesson in a Cherokee 180, which is pretty much a 235 with a 180HP engine. You’re doing a fantastic job!

-- I make sawdust. I think thats a fair assessment of my finished products!

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