The Captain Bob Newsletter

Issue #12

I’m pleased to write to you from the comfort of a cramped minivan with nothing to listen to but “The Most Unwanted Song”.

What's Up at Captain Bob?
A lot of new things happening in the "studio", workshop, and now airport!

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This Week's Progress:

The Cessna 172 project has grown quite a bit over the past few years. It went from some particleboard covered in duct tape to precision-milled CNC parts. 

I’m excited to share with you what I’ve been working on.


I’ve been working behind the scenes to create a throttle quadrant that looks, feels and tastes like the real deal (taste testing is not recommended). 

My first throttle design a few years ago left some things to be desired, so this throttle is quite awesome for me to finally design and produce!

I had the opportunity to use real aircraft part dimensions so the throttle is extremely close in appearance to the actual model. 

This is one of the very few scratch-built friction lock throttles I’ve seen and I am excited to share the plans!


Airspeed Indicator with True Airspeed Calibration - Cessna 172 (Kit or Assembled)
Airspeed Indicator with True Airspeed Calibration - Cessna 172 (Kit or Assembled)

Airspeed Indicator:

I finally launched the Airspeed Indicator, making the first-ever C172 V3 instrument. Its dimensions line up very well with real life.


The pedestal has just been cut and is ready for assembly!

Videos of the Month:

Somebody posted this video, it was even good enough to put in the newsletter!
It is very important to know how your airplane works so you can simulate it!
Here is the latest YouTube Video in case you haven't seen it already. Enjoy!


Latest Episode: Chatting with Paul aka "SkyShed" on Instagram.

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