Douglas DC-3 (oz8920)


Douglas DC-3 - plan thumbnail image

About this Plan

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..."

Direct submission to Outerzone.

Supplementary file notes

Article pages.


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

Douglas DC-3 - completed model photo



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

User comments

Here's a picture of my Dakota C-47 that I built about 20 years ago from Paris White plans [more pics 005]. Power was a pair of OS .40's. Flew it for about 5-6 seasons without any mishaps. Flew very well on one engine out.
BobSealy_Tennessee - 14/02/2018
Add a comment



Download File(s):


* 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, 2011-2019.

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.