Beechcraft C-45 (oz1272)


Beechcraft C-45 (oz1272) by Bryce Petersen 1969 - plan thumbnail

About this Plan

Beechcraft C-45 (C-45 Twin Beech). Radio control scale twin.

Quote: "For years, I have admired this bird. To me, it is actually ugly on the ground with its round monster-like forms sticking out in front and those rudders hanging on the end of a big flat elevator. In the air, however, these ugly lines seem to transfer into a graceful form of beauty with dynamic symmetry, the oversized front area acting like the commander continuing gracefully back with its swept wings to the unmistakable guidance of the twin rudders - so as it should be - this one is meant for flying. It flew for the first time way back in 1937 and is the oldest design still current. During World War II, 5,204 were delivered to the armed forces for all kinds of service. The US Navy version RC45J is still in service today usually covering light transport duty. If aircraft designs had a Hall of Fame the C45 certainly belongs up front.

After discussing my desire to build the Beechcraft with my friend, Capt. Jan Sakert, he whetted my appetite by sending me a set of photos from Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. These pictures solved my paint scheme in a hurry. First, it is military (love those stars and stripes). Second, it is white and red (my favorite colors). Who but the Marines would paint a military aircraft so attractively?

I needed one more kick in the pants to get started, and that came about when Andy Williams came to town for a show. It was early in the morning and I was sipping coffee in my backyard. Here came Andy in his brand new Model 18 at about 700 feet and right over my head. Five minutes later another and another and another - his whole darn show had Beech 18's and they provided the impetus to send me to the workshop that very morning.

Can I build and fly this model, you say to yourself? After all, it's a twin. Yes, you CAN! It is just a box fuselage and foam wing with a few frills on it, and if you can perform touch and go's with a feeling of security you should have no trouble with the Beechcraft. I say this because you are sure to encounter single engine landings and a mistake here could mean disaster.

The little ship was designed for the new 10 ounce mini rig and I do not recommend the heavier control systems because of the heavier wing loadings. I am using only three servos in mine - elevator, motor and coupled aileron and rudder. The total flying weight is four pounds. It is all you need for complete control so why add more?

Let's start constrution with the fuselage. Cut the 1/8 sides and front doubler from a good grade of soft balsa..."

Update 13/10/2015: Replaced this plan with a much clearer copy, thanks to Circlip.

Supplementary file notes

Article pages, text and pics, thanks to JHatton, AugustaWest. Also, previous scan version.


Did we get something wrong with these details about this plan (especially the datafile)? That happens sometimes. You can help us fix it.
Add a correction

Beechcraft C-45 (oz1272) by Bryce Petersen 1969 - model pic


  • Beechcraft_Model_18 | help
    see Wikipedia | search Outerzone
    Test link:
    search RCLibrary 3views (opens in new window)

    ScaleType: This (oz1272) is a scale plan. Where possible we link scale plans to Wikipedia, using a text string called ScaleType.

    If we got this right, you now have a couple of direct links (above) to 1. see the Wikipedia page, and 2. search Oz for more plans of this type. If we didn't, then see below.

    ScaleType is formed from the last part of the Wikipedia page address, which here is
    Wikipedia page addresses may well change over time.
    For more obscure types, there currently will be no Wiki page found. We tag these cases as ScaleType = NotFound. These will change over time.
    Corrections? Use the correction form to tell us the new/better ScaleType link we should be using. Thanks.

Beechcraft C-45 (oz1272) by Bryce Petersen 1969 - pic 003.jpg
Beechcraft C-45 (oz1272) by Bryce Petersen 1969 - pic 004.jpg
Beechcraft C-45 (oz1272) by Bryce Petersen 1969 - pic 005.jpg

Do you have a photo you'd like to submit for this page? Then email

User comments

No comments yet for this plan. Got something to say about this one?
Add a comment



Download File(s):
  • Beechcraft C-45 (oz1272)
  • Plan File Filesize: 463KB Filename: C-45_Twin_Beech_plan_oz1272.pdf
  • Supplement Filesize: 1370KB Filename: C-45_Twin_Beech_plan_oz1272_article.pdf
  • Supplement Filesize: 660KB Filename: C-45_Twin_Beech_plan_oz1272_previous.pdf
  • help with downloads


* Credit field

The Credit field in the Outerzone database is designed to recognise and credit the hard work done in scanning and digitally cleaning these vintage and old timer model aircraft plans to get them into a usable format. Currently, it is also used to credit people simply for uploading the plan to a forum on the internet. Which is not quite the same thing. This will change soon. Probably.


This model plan (like all plans on Outerzone) is supposedly scaled correctly and supposedly will print out nicely at the right size. But that doesn't always happen. If you are about to start building a model plane using this free plan, you are strongly advised to check the scaling very, very carefully before cutting any balsa wood.


Terms of Use

© Outerzone, 2011-2024.

All content is free to download for personal use.

For non-personal use and/or publication: plans, photos, excerpts, links etc may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Outerzone with appropriate and specific direction to the original content i.e. a direct hyperlink back to the Outerzone source page.

Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site's owner is strictly prohibited. If we discover that content is being stolen, we will consider filing a formal DMCA notice.