Douglas DC-3 Kit
This is the TOP FLITE DOUGLAS DC-3 Twin-Engine 1/14 Sport Scale Airplane.
The Golden Era of Aviation Eastern Air Lines replica is IMAA Legal with a
fully-sheeted fuselage and wingspan of 82.5". The original airplane was
designed for commercial passenger travel, and some still fly today.
Makes a good 3rd or 4th kit to assemble for intermediate to advanced builders.
This is a great introduction into building and flying a scale twin-engined kit.
Excellent flying characteristics; because of the engine angle and
modified aerodynamics, this kit flies extremely well, even on one
engine. (Most models of the DC-3 will go inverted and crash)
Precision-formed ABS tail cone, engine nacelles, wing fairings, and
An interlocking fuselage frame builds flat on the plans and the large
round fuselage requires very little carving or shaping.
Can be built with split-flaps and the scale aerodynamic "Balance Tab"
rudder which uses the air deflection to help turn the plane.
Includes Eastern Air Lines and Optional Military C-47 Decals
All balsa and plywood sticks and sheeting to build the kit
ABS Cockpit Top, Tail Cone, Engine Nacelles, and Wing Fairings
Wire Landing Gear, Hardware, and Pushrods
Wood parts to build the optional tail and flaps
Eastern Air Line Decals and Optional C-47 Military Decals
Detailed Illustrated "Flying Twins" Instructions and Plans
*NOW includes wing N #s as well, as of 4/1/99. amc
4-8 channel radio w/6-9 servos (Recommended 8-9 channel w/9 servos)
Three Micro servos w/45 oz-in (2-Engine,1-Retract)
Six Standard Size w/45 oz-in:
Two 12" servo extension
Two .25-.40 (4-6.5cc) 2-stroke OR Two .40-.52 (6.5-8.5cc) 4-stroke
(NOTE: It is recommended that only experienced pilots use the .25s)
Two Props (3-blade 10 x 4 props recommended for the .40FX)
Three rolls of MonoKote, and One Can of Paint in matching color.
Two spinner nuts, Two 10oz fuel tanks, Six feet standard fuel tubing,
Two 3¼" wheels, One 1½" tailwheel, Wheel collars, foam rubber,
Building, and Field Equipment.
Wingspan: 82.5" (2095mm) THRUST ANGLES: (important!)
Wing Area: 750 sq in (48.4 sq dm) Right engine = 4° out
Weight: 8-10lbs (3630-4540g) Left engine = 3° out
Wing Loading: 24.6-30.7 oz/sq ft (75-94g/sq dm) Both = 6° down
Fuselage Length: 55.5" (1410mm)
Right Thrust: 4°
Left Thrust: 4°
Note; The box says the left engine should get 3° thrust,
that is incorrect-both right and left thrusts are 4°.
Fin Area: 70.07 sq in
Fixed Landing Gear Wire Diameter: 5/16"
Two .30 OS Max Wankel engines fit very scale-like into the nacelles
and produce realistic sound.
Two .52 OS Max Surpass engines work well with the DC-3 also.
The Top Flite DC-3 is IMAA Legal in size, but make sure to use servos
with at least 45 oz-in torque to meet IMAA requirements.
Standard servos may be used instead of higher torque servos if DC-3
is not built IMAA legal and also if retract servo is relocated.
Flaps: Split-Flaps are recommended and very effective for landing the DC-3.
Retracts: Top Flite Retracts (TOPQ8276), Air Control Unit (ROBQ2302), Hand Pump
(ROBQ2363), 4-40 threaded rod (GPMQ3743), Steel clevises (GPMQ3794),
3¼" wheels, Nylon ball link (GPMQ3842), Wheel collars (GPMQ4308),
Blind Nuts GPMQ3324, Screws (DUBQ3127), and Two #4x¼"(not carried)
(NOTE: See the retract identification on how to install these.)
* * You MUST use the Top Flite retracts if you want to install
retracts. No other retracts will fit. * *
Detail: To get the scale Zinc-Chromate color inside flaps and wheel wells,
mix and brush on Yellow and Blue LusterKote.
If building the C-47 military version, modeler will need colors like
Flat Tan (TOPQ0516) or Flat Dove Gray (TOPQ0511) and other
camouflage colors. The military markings are included with kit.
Decals: DC3TD01, D02, D03, D04 are only sold thru Great Planes Mfg
DC3TD01 Includes: (2) FLY - EASTERN AIR LINES Blue with Red trim
(2) window decals
(2) The Great Silver Fleet Red/White/Blue
DC3TD02 Includes: (2) red birds 5½" x 7"
(2) American flag 2"
(4) 5 5/8" Blue and Red stripe
(2) 4" Red and Blue stripe
(1) angled Blue stripe
DC3TD03 Includes: (4) 6" Blue and White stars
(4) 2½" Blue and White stars
(2) ¾" Blue AF letters
(2) ¾" Blue 32 numbers
(2) 1½" White 313 numbers
(2) 1½" White 292189 numbers
(1) 2½" White AJAJRR letters
(2) 3½" White Q and 9
DC3TP04 (2 included) includes wing N #s
The DC3 modeled to produce this kit was actually ir/jl
N#d N18124, not N88808 as accidentally modeled on the original
prototype and box photography model. Sheet DC3TD04 includes the
correct N #s, in single blue, not 3 color, as the actual aircraft
did not have the 3 color shadowing on the N #.
NOTE: In the kit is a "big" Eastern Airlines decal. It goes on the
left wing on top. Per E.L.(R&D) JCT 1/16/02