Minicraft 1/48 Cessna 150
KIT #: 11675
PRICE: $5.00 'used'
DECALS: Four options
REVIEWER: Scott Van Aken
NOTES: 2013 release


The Cessna 150 is a two-seat tricycle gear general aviation airplane that was designed for flight training, touring and personal use. In 1977, it was succeeded in production by the Cessna 152, a minor modification to the original design.

The Cessna 150 is the fifth most produced aircraft ever, with 23,839 produced. The Cessna 150 was offered for sale in named configurations that included the Standard basic model, the Trainer with dual controls, and the deluxe Commuter, along with special options for these known as Patroller options. Later, these configurations were joined by the top-end Commuter II and the aerobatic Aerobat models.

In 2007, Cessna announced a successor to the Model 150 and 152, the Model 162 Skycatcher.


Civil aviation light aircraft kits are few and far between. Over the years, Minicraft produced a series of Cessnas that was often released with different liveries. This one is of the Cessna 150, an aircraft in which many who have obtained their general aviation licenses first learned to fly.

The kit is nicely molded in white plastic and really does not have all that many parts. The kit provides a nice interior though the seats are lacking belts. It would have been nice to have a decal for the instrument panel as well. Note that the builder will need to start installing windows fairly early as they fit from the inside of both the fuselage and the upper wing.

With the interior done, it can be installed along with the tailplanes and the rear window. The nose gear, and the main gear come with fairings molded in place. The nose gear attaches to the fire wall and is installed fairly early. Then the wings and wing struts are attached along with the windscreen. THe kit provides a full engine and you will need to install it as it can be viewed from the underside and front. In addition it is required to hold the prop. This leaves no room for any nose weight and this plane will be a tail sitter.

Once the engine and cowling are installed, the main gear can be attached. The kit provides a clear brace to hold it on its nose gear. in addition, there is a display stand that can be used instead of the brace.

Kit instructions are well done and you are provided four liveries that all fit over a base of white. All the complex bits are included on the large decal sheet. This sheet also provides alternate registration numbers and letters. The sheet is nicely printed and should provide no issues.

If you are a fan of civil light aircraft, this should be on your list of kits to pick up. Not sure how easily available it is now that Minicraft is out of business, but perhaps Academy will include it in their release schedule.


April 2024

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