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Douglas Dakota

Aeromodeler's Douglas Dakota

Douglas DC-3 Dakota - Scale twin for control line. From the August 1960 issue."THIS MODEL represents the combined efforts of AEROMODELLER Plans Service's brightest stars in multi-engined control line scale model design, whereby J. Last (well known for his D.H.88 Comet) was commissioned to design a true scale 'Dak' for Maurice Bodey to build. As those who witnessed the flying scale events at the recent National Championships will agree, the flying of this Dakota was the outstanding feature even though it could not match the extensive detail of some of its competitors. We do not have to extol the virtues of the D.C.3 here, for they are too well-known. The dear old Dakota has for so many years been the stand-by of Airlines large and small throughout the world, as well as being a prominent transport in World War II, playing a very important part in the invasion of Europe. For the scale modeler it lends itself to a greater variety of color schemes than any other type we can call to mind, Maurice Bodey chose the unusual Philippine Airlines decor and on the plan we show what is probably the brightest C-47 in the American forces, recently based at Bovingdon, Hertfordshire, and which is used for the AACS (Airways Air Communication System) Branch of MATS to check instrument flying aids at various air bases. Its bright day-glo orange, white, blue and silver color scheme are most attractive. Many other color schemes can be found in the 'BP Book of Airlines' and we are sure that the majority of modelers will be able to locate a Dakota at their nearest commercial aerodrome to sketch a local subject. The prototype model flies extraordinarily well on either of its two A.M.15s, but it should be emphasized that it is definitely a twin-engined model and not one for single installation with a dummy prop. Stage-by-stage photographs illustrate the simplicity of the structure, which only diverts from true scale in the size of the upper cowling intakes in order to fully hide the model engine cylinder heads.

Construction details follow in abbreviated style and the design is to be recommended to anyone with the experience of at least one successful control line model. Heading shows how well the 'Dak' was demonstrated by Maurice Bodey at the Woodford and Nationals meetings on a pair of A.M. 15's. Close up engine illustrates the slight adjustment from scale, to enclose cylinders in enlarged carburetor intakes over cowlings."

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ID: 80830
File Size: 3.0 MB
Type: Airplane
Class: Control-Line
Use: Airliner
Motor: Diesel-Powered
Motor Size:0.049-To-0.15-CI (2-strokes)
Wingspan: 47.5 in. / 120.7 cm
Publisher: Aeromodeler
Magazines:  More at RCBookcase
Pub. Ref: 765
Designer: L. Lost
Date: 08/1960
Weight Class:300g-To-500g (10.5oz-To-17.6oz)
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Added: 26/03/2015 16:05
Updated: 10/12/15 03:05:28pm
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Plan ID:80830
Keywords:airline historic
Model Type:Airplane
Aircraft Use:Airliner
Wingspan: 47.5 in. / 120.7 cm
Wingspan Class:100cm-To-125cm (40in-To-50in)
Wing Position:Low-Mounted-Wing
Wing Style:Semi-Delta
Wing Dihedral:Dihedral
Landing Gear:Taildragger
Motor Type:Diesel-Powered
Motor Size:0.049-To-0.15-CI (2-strokes)
Number of Motors:2-To-4
Weight Class:300g-To-500g (10.5oz-To-17.6oz)
Construction Skills:Novice
Pilot Skills:Novice
Magazines:  More at RCBookcase
Designer:L. Lost
Category:Wood Model Airplane Plans
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