Successful DC-3 Test Hop Finally Takes Place!


DC-3 Test Hop – She Flies!

DC-3 Test HopMy scratch built DC-3 Test Hop finally happened.  My radio controlled airplane made a (more or less) noneventful taxi test hop before I put the finishing touches on her.  The aircraft is a bit sensitive on the elevator so I will need to adjust the elevator pushrod have less travel.  I can […]

Hide Servos In An RC Airplane – An Easy How To Guide


Hide Servos on your RC AirplaneHide Servos For a Cleaner Look

Final assembly on your radio control model airplane means details including a good way to Hide Servos.  My DC-3 project isn’t really hiding the connecting rods from the servo to the control surface but it is hiding the actual servo and wiring.  I learned this trick from an experienced model builder.  It is a simple way […]

Use Doculam For Covering Your RC Airplane


doculam for covering your rc airplanedoculam for covering your rc airplane

Did you know  you can use doculam for covering your rc airplane?  For many years, modelers who build from scratch or kits are required to cover their foam or balsa projects with some sort of material. Names like MonoKote, Solatrex, Coverite, and UltraKote are just a few of the many options. Most of these […]

DC-3 Engine Cowls – Taming the Top Flite Accessory


DC-3 Engine Cowl Old DC-3 Sitting Along Side Chino,CA Airport

Real DC-3 airplanes are powered by two Wright R-1820 Cyclone radial piston engines.  The radio controlled model I am building is powered by two E-Flite Power 15 electric motors housed inside two round engine covers known as cowls.   I am cheating a little by using a pre-moulded part but honestly it didn’t save me too much […]

DC-3 Nacelles & Foam Sanding


Each of my DC-3 nacelle boxes are designed to house the landing gear, servo and speed control.  Once assembled, the boxes are then mounted onto the wings.  Then foam is glued on each of the 4 sides and then shaped to look like a round engine nacelle.  The firewall where the motor is mounted has rounded wings that i attached to offer a round front.  I  can then shape the foam, following the contour of […]

Douglas DC-3 Retractable Landing Gear


Douglas DC-3 Retractable Landing Gear Douglas DC-3 Retractable Landing Gear

My scratch built Radio Controlled Douglas DC-3 is in progress and I am currently working on the cowls for the 86″ wingspan transport/airliner. Usually, when a modeler uses retractable gear on a DC-3, they try and use a scale like “knuckle” type landing gear setup. I am using the Robart landing gear which was designed and used […]

Hot-Wire Foam Cutting Technique


hotwire power unit for foam cutting Hotwire Power Supply Ready To GO

People use foam to create all kinds of arts and crafts projects. Homecoming floats, replica sculptures and even building facades are made with foam. I use foam to build radio controlled airplanes. It can be a messy job cutting foam so I want to share a great technique […]

3-View Drawings for the DC-3 Project


3 Views DC-3 DC-3 3-Views

Scratch building an RC airplane is a lot of fun and very rewarding.  This DC-3 Project has been a great learning experience for me.  I have scratch built a couple of aircraft from Mark Rittinger plans and they are great looking, strong, light-weight and my best flying aircraft.   Building on that experience (no pun […]

DC-3 Outer Wing Section


DC-3 Foam Cores DC-3 Foam Cores

Another update on the DC-3.  The outer wing section has been made which now brings the DC-3 wingspan to a total of about 86″ (over 7 feet).  Foam cores were cut using the same airfoil profile I used (only enlarged) on both the P-51 and […]

Spektrum DX-7 Lipo Conversion


Spektrum-dx7 Spektrum DX-7 Transmitter

The old days of worrying about getting your remote controlled airplane shot down by another pilot’s radio because of crossed frequencies is long past. Now, 2.4 ghz digital transmitters allow safe and secure flying as far as your eye can see. Yes, I fly radio controlled planes.  My […]

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