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Allegheny Airlines control line DC-3 ready for takeoff on maiden flight, August 2, 2023 - Airplanes and Rockets

Allegheny Airlines control line DC-3 ready for takeoff on maiden flight, August 2, 2023

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Right thrust apparent in starboard nacelle view - Airplanes and Rockets

Right thrust apparent in starboard nacelle view.

Dc-3 nacelles with motors, hookup wires, and landing gear - Airplanes and Rockets

Bottom view of nacelles with motors, hookup wires, and landing gear.

Complete wing w/o top sheeting: Douglas C-47 (DC-3) Control Line Model - Airplanes and Rockets

Complete wing w/o top sheeting: Douglas C-47 (DC-3) control line model.

Wing ribs and bottom sheeting: Douglas C-47 (DC-3) Control Line Model - Airplanes and Rockets

Wing ribs and bottom sheeting: Douglas C-47 (DC-3) control line model.

Wing center section w/o top sheeting: Douglas C-47 (DC-3) Control Line Model - Airplanes and Rocketsets

Wing center section w/o top sheeting: Douglas C-47 (DC-3) Control Line Model.

DC-3 / C-47 all 3 wing sections joined - Airplanes and Rockets

DC-3 / C-47 all 3 wing sections joined.

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This twin-engine, control line C−47 / DC−3 project is in its beginning phase. Plans, drawn by Walter Musciano, were blown up from those which appeared in the December 1954 issue of Air Trails magazine in an article titled, "Build Your Own Douglas C−47." Traditional balsa, spruce, and plywood was used for construction, and the finish is brushed on Sig butyrate dope. After all trim was completed, a couple thin coats of Sig clear dope were sprayed on.

Breaking News!!!  - My electric-powered, control line DC−3 model completed its maiden flight on August 2, 2023. It flew beautifully! The lines kept nice and tight even with slight wind gusts. I was unsure whether the motors and propellers would provide sufficient thrust, but 4−cell LiPo battery, it will climb nearly straight up. In fact, though, the maiden flight only used a 3-cell LiPo and it flew fine. The propellers are counter-rotating jobs meant for a drone. They are the only 3−bladed props I could find that were small enough in diameter with wide blades and high pitch. Allegheny Airlines livery was chosen because of a photo I have of one sitting on the tarmac at Erie International Airport sometime in the 1970s. A video will be posted soon.

One of the bigger challenges with this model is bending the music wire for the landing gear. Two identical pieces are needed that match each other very closely. There are six, 90° bends in 1/8" music wire that require the lengths of each section to match or else the two ends that go into the wheel hubs will not meet properly. After devising a repeatable method for marking and bending the music wire, I made a short video demonstrating the process. See "How to Bend Music Wire Landing Gear."

Douglas C-47 (DC-3) control line model ready for covering with Silkspan and dope ( rear 3/4 view) - Airplanes and Rockets

Douglas C-47 (DC-3) control line model ready for covering with Silkspan and dope - rear 3/4 view.

Douglas C-47 (DC-3) control line model ready for covering with Silkspan and dope - Airplanes and Rocketsets

Douglas C-47 (DC-3) control line model ready for covering with Silkspan and dope - front 3/4 view.

DC-3 engine nacelles being built - Airplanes and Rockets

Completed DC-3 / C-47 control line model wing assembly with nacells.

Rimfire 10 brushless motors, mounts, and firewalls for the DC-3 / C-47 - Airplanes and Rockets

Rimfire 10 brushless motors, mounts, and firewalls for the DC-3 / C-47. Mounts needed to be trimmed down to fit in the nacelles.

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See my video titled, "Question: Can You Run Two Brushless motors from a Single ESC?"

 

 

Posted August 16, 2023
(updated from original post on 2/10/2018)

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