Douglas DC-3 - Radio control scale twin, for two .51 engines.
Quote: "The most important aircraft ever built. The best single airplane ever built. Mighty strong words, but repeated enough by those who tell of the DC-3 to make a believer of anyone. Indeed, the story of the DC-3, or 'Gooney bird,' is still being written, almost reverently, as she still flies faithfully all over the globe adding other chapters to the history of this remarkable machine.
She was born in 1935 and became the ship that truly taught the world to fly. There are still over 3,000 of them flying, and people who know her do not hesitate to say that this aircraft will still be flying long after they are gone. Truly the only thing that can replace her is another DC-3.
As a scale modeler, I long ago learned that if the 'real' airplane flew well, was forgiving, and had stable characteristics, it is possible to build a miniature copy of that aircraft, using scale surface sizes, scale airfoils, etc.. and pretty well count on that model inheriting enough of the qualities of the full size craft to make it an acceptable project. Anyone reading Len Morgan's Famous Aircraft series' book on the DC-3, or the Profile publication on the Gooney, cannot help but be impressed with the forgiving, reliable, flyability of this aircraft.
The plans were largely scaled directly from drawings in the two publications previously mentioned. Being in the Air Force, I was able to obtain a copy of the C-47 technical orders which helped immensely on landing gear and other details. I also began looking around the local airports for a Gooney which I could photograph for detail and color scheme proof. Mr Joseph Solko, a member of our club the FARC, just happens to fly a DC-3 for the FAA and invited me to use it for my needs. It turned out that this particular DC-3 was once General Hap Arnold's personal airplane during WW-2 and at one time bore the tail number of N-1. What more fitting a scale subject could I have asked for?
Six months later my model was on the ramp at Andrews Air Force Base in Washington DC, ready for its maiden voyage.
It was my first twin, my first retract gear ship, and my first experience with flaps, but because of the airplane they were all happy experiences. Want to build one? Here's how! The fuselage should be built first, mostly to generate enough inspiration to complete the remainder of the project..."
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