Maricraft DC-3 Plans
3 – View drawings offer three different views (top, front & side) giving the modeler accurate overall measurements for depth, width & height (all necessary to create a model in 3 dimensions). These views (like the ones shown above) are usually basic line art drawings and not photographs. I used Adobe Illustrator to import the 3-Views and created new layers to trace the outlines of the views. From there, I can overlay the views allowing me to know the width, height and length of all of the parts I need to cut to make the skeleton of the aircraft. Things like the spars, formers and other parts of the model are drawn out on the drawings for use later as templates during construction. The end result will be a model that looks pretty scale.
Finding good quality & accurate scale 3-Views can be almost as much of a challenging as building. Fortunately, I managed to find some great ones from a very unusual source. Using Google image search for “DC-3 3-Views”, I came across the image that look like full size plans. When I first saw these I was shocked to learn these are plans for a wooden model made back in the 1940’s. During that time, model building was very popular and Maricraft (the manufacturer) wanted to set the bar for high quality scale model kits. In an advertisement for this kit, they state that stacks of blueprints, handbooks, field manuals and photographs supplied by none other than Douglas engineers, major airlines and even the United States military were used to produce these “super-detailed” plans. The 1940’s kit came with an engineering sheet showing all of the details of this model kit. This image is that engineering sheet.