New Products Flash Sale
Thread Tools
Old Oct 11, 2013, 08:34 PM
sturla is offline
Find More Posts by sturla
Registered User
sturla's Avatar
Iceland, Capital Region, Reykjavik
Joined Oct 2012
89 Posts
Build Log
My DC-3 designs and construction

Hi guys.

My DC-3 / C-47 designs and construction of my favorite airplane, including all panels details and everything as on the original airplane.





sturla is offline Find More Posts by sturla
Last edited by sturla; Oct 11, 2013 at 08:57 PM.
Reply With Quote
Sign up now
to remove ads between posts
Old Oct 12, 2013, 12:50 AM
georgewaldrop is offline
Find More Posts by georgewaldrop
Oldrndrt RCav8r
georgewaldrop's Avatar
United States, OK, Ardmore
Joined May 2009
69 Posts
WOW! Nice job on the gear!

I'll be lurking!
georgewaldrop is offline Find More Posts by georgewaldrop
Reply With Quote
Old Oct 12, 2013, 09:08 AM
whiskykid is online now
Find More Posts by whiskykid
team sleprock
whiskykid's Avatar
United States, WA, Port Angeles
Joined Dec 2009
4,003 Posts
way kewl!
whiskykid is online now Find More Posts by whiskykid
Reply With Quote
Old Oct 12, 2013, 04:40 PM
Martin5465 is offline
Find More Posts by Martin5465
Registered User
Martin5465's Avatar
United States, TX, Haltom City
Joined Mar 2013
779 Posts
Geez, another guy raises the bar! Is that gear custom made? It doesn't look like anything commercially available to me. Can you tell us where you got the pilots? I'm using pilot heads and shoulders (busts) but I like the looks of those pilots. BTW, that looks a lot bigger than my crappy little 1/8 scale DC-3. What size is it? That's going to one beautiful airplane!
Martin5465 is offline Find More Posts by Martin5465
Reply With Quote
Old Oct 12, 2013, 05:55 PM
sturla is offline
Find More Posts by sturla
Registered User
sturla's Avatar
Iceland, Capital Region, Reykjavik
Joined Oct 2012
89 Posts
This DC-3 / C-47 is 1:8 scale and is nr.3 that I've draw and build at the same time.
This is custom made gear as I build it myself and is suppose to hold every screw like the the real thing.
The first one I build and draw was PBY-5A Catalina 1:8 Scale and second one was 1:4 scale Aeronca Chief 11AC which I additionally own the real size of.


Here you can see PBY Catalina
http://www.flickr.com/photos/sturla/sets/


Here you can see Aeronca 11AC
http://www.flickr.com/photos/aeronca/sets/


Pilots can be found here
http://bestpilots.typepad.com/
sturla is offline Find More Posts by sturla
Last edited by sturla; Oct 12, 2013 at 06:03 PM.
Reply With Quote
Old Oct 12, 2013, 10:08 PM
kenh3497 is offline
Find More Posts by kenh3497
Live long and fly high
kenh3497's Avatar
United States, IA, Rockwell
Joined Jul 2011
4,854 Posts
WAY cool landing gear:coo l:
kenh3497 is offline Find More Posts by kenh3497
Reply With Quote
Old Oct 14, 2013, 07:05 AM
epoxyearl is offline
Find More Posts by epoxyearl
Registered User
epoxyearl's Avatar
United States, MD, Elkton
Joined Oct 2011
10,800 Posts
Crud ! It just makes me want to throw away all my builds and take up sewing or something...
Very good workmanship Sturla....Great job..photos are excellent..
Earl
epoxyearl is offline Find More Posts by epoxyearl
RCG Plus Member
Latest blog entry: Balsa cowls
Reply With Quote
Old Oct 14, 2013, 11:13 AM
whiskykid is online now
Find More Posts by whiskykid
team sleprock
whiskykid's Avatar
United States, WA, Port Angeles
Joined Dec 2009
4,003 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by epoxyearl View Post
Crud ! It just makes me want to throw away all my builds and take up sewing or something...
Very good workmanship Sturla....Great job..photos are excellent..
Earl
about spewed coffee out my nose!
whiskykid is online now Find More Posts by whiskykid
Reply With Quote
Old Oct 14, 2013, 02:10 PM
Martin5465 is offline
Find More Posts by Martin5465
Registered User
Martin5465's Avatar
United States, TX, Haltom City
Joined Mar 2013
779 Posts
Thanks for the pilot info!
Martin5465 is offline Find More Posts by Martin5465
Reply With Quote
Old Oct 14, 2013, 04:17 PM
sturla is offline
Find More Posts by sturla
Registered User
sturla's Avatar
Iceland, Capital Region, Reykjavik
Joined Oct 2012
89 Posts
Thanks for the nice comments.

As you can see, I form the plane from paper. That is how the drawing is made at same time as the building it.







This is how the plane currently looks like, most of the wooden work is over. Now I am looking for best way to put aluminumclothing and size of aluminumpanels to get most realistic look.
I'll show picture of that soon.



If you want to see older or more picture here is a link to my album as I made this Building log really late.
https://picasaweb.google.com/107826444081072659924
sturla is offline Find More Posts by sturla
Last edited by sturla; Oct 14, 2013 at 04:37 PM.
Reply With Quote
Old Oct 16, 2013, 04:03 PM
splinterz25 is online now
Find More Posts by splinterz25
Jack of all master of none
splinterz25's Avatar
Baltimore MD USA
Joined Jan 2011
4,826 Posts
Sturla... Great build, fantastic landing gear on both the DC 3 and the PBY
I too am building the PBY and had found your PBY build some time ago and I want to thank you for posting it; your build has been a great help w/ my build.

Mine being made is from a different of drawings and I opted to build just the PBY flying boat w/ out landing gear, but I did make the retractable floats.

Look here.
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1845035

Good luck w the rest of the DC 3 build,

Bruce
splinterz25 is online now Find More Posts by splinterz25
Reply With Quote
Old Oct 20, 2013, 05:36 PM
sturla is offline
Find More Posts by sturla
Registered User
sturla's Avatar
Iceland, Capital Region, Reykjavik
Joined Oct 2012
89 Posts
Hi Bruce, you are more than welcome to take a look at my PBY Catalina photo site, along with anyone else interested in the Catalina.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/sturla/sets/

I'm using aluminum panels/plates 0.3 and 0.15mm thick. (that are used in newspaper presses who sometimes need to get rid of their old expired plates).
I use the thicker panels where I assume most of the wear and tear will occur from transporting and essambling, as you can touch them with the tip of your nails without marking them.



I use two different type of wheels for the blind rivets.



The plate will become straight again if you sand the backside with a fine sanding disc.



Polishing products



I attach the plates to the wings with a polyutherane filler/glue

sturla is offline Find More Posts by sturla
Reply With Quote
Old Oct 20, 2013, 07:57 PM
birwin353 is offline
Find More Posts by birwin353
Registered User
United States, VA, Hampton
Joined Jan 2013
95 Posts
Beautiful job!! I love that landing gear. What is your AUW projected at and what kind of power are you going for??
birwin353 is offline Find More Posts by birwin353
Reply With Quote
Old Oct 21, 2013, 08:26 AM
grosbeak is offline
Find More Posts by grosbeak
Illegitimi non carborundum
grosbeak's Avatar
Canada, ON, Ottawa
Joined Mar 2011
1,779 Posts
Incredible work!
grosbeak is offline Find More Posts by grosbeak
Reply With Quote
Old Oct 21, 2013, 11:16 AM
whiskykid is online now
Find More Posts by whiskykid
team sleprock
whiskykid's Avatar
United States, WA, Port Angeles
Joined Dec 2009
4,003 Posts
simply amazing, I consider my self blessed, just too see such artwork!
whiskykid is online now Find More Posts by whiskykid
Reply With Quote


Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Category Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Yippee! Successful maiden of the Green Air Designs DC-3/ C-47 Adrianh Electric Warbirds 2 Mar 13, 2014 06:30 AM
Suggestion SPAM in Electric Motor Design and Construction hoppy Site Suggestions / Complaints 1 Jun 18, 2013 01:40 PM
Discussion My first scratchbuilt plane (my design) live2rc Foamies (Scratchbuilt) 26 Mar 20, 2013 11:22 PM
Question how to step up 11.1V 3 cell lipo DC to 12V DC for my FPV monitor? TheSelf FPV Talk 15 Dec 16, 2011 10:53 PM