The DC-3 / C-47 has long been my all-time favorite WWII-era twin engine airplane (the B-25 runs a close second). I have
a rubber-powered version of it under construction, but it will be non-flying. See my pictures at the bottom of this
page. The C-47 Dakota (or Skytrain) version of it first flew on December 17, 1935. It went by many designations throughout
its military history, including the C-47, AC-47, R4D, C-53, Dakota, C-117, L2D and the Li-2. A friend of mine at work
brought in a real maintenance manual that his father
gave him from when he did maintenance on the Pan American Airlines fleet. A lot of the pages have been scanned and posted
at the above link, and should prove useful for modelers looking for scale detail.
Above is a plastic static display Douglas DC-3 finished in Eastern Airlines trim, built from a
I'm in the process of building a control line model of the
DC-3 / C-47 as
well. I haven't decided whether to paint it in commercial airline (DC-3) colors
or military (C-47) colors.
Melanie with DC-3 at 2005 Winston-Salem Airshow.
Melanie sitting in a DC-3 at the 2005 Winston-Salem airshow.
Melanie next to DC-3 at Erie Air Show in 2013.
is my Guillows DC-3 kit that is being built as a C-47 Dakota. It will be a non-flying model when completed.
Considered to be the single most important aircraft in the history of air transportation, the DC-3 first flew in 1935.
Douglas Aircraft built it as a replacement for the smaller DC-2. Its 180 MPH cruising speed made it the fastest of its
day, and carried 11 more passengers than the Boeing 247. By 1938, 80 percent of all American commercial airline traffic
was carried on DC-3’s. During World War 2, the military conversion of the DC-3, the C-47 was used by the thousands in
every theatre of the war. After the war, many of the surplus C-47’s were converted back to civilian service.
Douglas DC-3 is an American fixed-wing, propeller-driven aircraft whose speed and range revolutionized air transport
in the 1930s and 1940s. Because of its lasting impact on the airline industry and World War II it is generally regarded
as one of the most significant transport aircraft ever made. Many DC-3s are still used to this day in all parts of the
world." - Wikipedia
The AMA Plans Service offers a full-size version of plans at a very reasonable cost. They will scale the plans any
size for you.
Also, a detailed set of plans and construction article for a DC-3 / C-47 titled "Build
Your Own Douglas C-47 World's Most Famous Plane," by Walter A. Musciano, appeared in the December 1947 edition of