Douglas Dakota (oz3744)
About this Plan
Douglas DC-3 Dakota. Scale twin for control line.
Quote: "THIS MODEL represents the combined efforts of AEROMODELLER Plans Service's brightest stars in multiengined control line scale model design, whereby J. Last (well known for his DH.88 Comet) was commissioned to design a true scale 'Dak' for Maurice Bodey to build. As those who witnessed the flying scale events at the recent National Championships will agree, the flying of this Dakota was the outstanding feature even though it could not match the extensive detail of some of its competitors.
We do not have to extol the virtues of the DC3 here, for they are too well-known. The dear old Dakota has for so many years been the stand-by of Airlines large and small throughout the world, as well as being a prominent transport in World War II, playing a very important part in the invasion of Europe.
For the scale modeller it lends itself to a greater variety of colour schemes than any other type we can call to mind, Maurice Bodey chose the unusual Philippine Airlines decor and on the plan we show what is probably the brightest C-47 in the American forces, recently based at Bovingdon, Hertfordshire, and which is used for the AACS (Airways Air Communication System) Branch of MATS to check instrument flying aids at various air bases. Its bright day-glo orange, white, blue and silver colour scheme are most attractive. Many other colour schemes can be found in the 'BP Book of Airlines' and we are sure that the majority of modellers will be able to locate a Dakota at their nearest commercial aerodrome to sketch a local subject.
The prototype model flies extraordinarily well on either of its two AM.15s, but it should be emphasised that it is definitely a twin-engined model and not one for single installation with a dummy prop. Stage-by-stage photographs illustrate the simplicity of the structure, which only diverts from true scale in the size of the upper cowling intakes in order to fully hide the model engine cylinder heads.
Construction details follow in abbreviated style and the design is to be recommended to anyone with the experience of at least one successful control line model.
Heading shows how well the 'Dak' was demonstrated by Maurice Bodey at the Woodford and Nationals meetings on a pair of AM 15's. Close up at right illustrates the slight adjustment from scale, to enclose cylinders in enlarged carb: intakes over cowlings..."
Update 11/11/2020: Replaced this plan with a clearer copy, scanned from fullsize, thanks to GuyColeman.
Supplementary file notes
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
by L Last
from Aeromodeller (ref:CL765)
Scale IC C/L LowWing Multi
all formers complete :)
got article :)
Found online 30/11/2012 at:
Format: • PDFbitmap
Credit*: algy2, GuyColeman
Douglas_DC-3 | help
see Wikipedia | search Outerzone
ScaleType: This (oz3744) 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 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douglas_DC-3
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.
Do you have a photo you'd like to submit for this page? Then email firstname.lastname@example.org
User commentsNo comments yet for this plan. Got something to say about this one?
Add a comment
* 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.
© Outerzone, 2011-2020.
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.