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Apr 22, 2003, 11:03 AM
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DC-3/C-47 kits?

Which companies offer an ARF DC-3 kit?
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Apr 22, 2003, 05:15 PM
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The DC3 is an 'undermodelled' plane which is to say there is not enough demand for someone to make an ARF.

You may have to settle for the Tower Hobbies kit offering and convert it to e-flight. This is a big plane, something like an 80" WS.

I believe Nick Ziroli offers a C47 kit, again for glow engines.

The closest thing to a DC3 'ARF' was offered by Hobby-Lobby. They offered a 60" WS (for twin S400/480's) for $99 on a closeout. Even this plane took perhaps 24 to 30 hours build time. At least three of us on the E-Zone purchased them. Two of them are assembled and being flown, one isn't. It is a beautiful FG fuse with a balsa skinned foam wing.

You might want to do a web searh on HVP models out of the Czech Republic. They might have some of these around.

Good hunting
Apr 22, 2003, 08:21 PM
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Originally posted by Larry Dudeck
...At least three of us on the E-Zone purchased them. Two of them are assembled and being flown, one isn't. ...

This is a hint isn't it Larry? I really have to get started on mine...

The DC-3 Larry is talking about that HL sold is from HVP in the Czech Republic. I guess you could order one somehow. http://www.hvp-modell.cz
Apr 23, 2003, 08:13 AM
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This is a hint isn't it Larry? I really have to get started on mine...

Yes, not vey subtle, though...


It really is a good flyer, very fast (if your into that sort of flying ) 10 minute flights are easy with the 8CP1700 pack and reduced throttle. A 7x3000 Nimh pack could result in flight times of 20 minutes

Biggest problem I have is slowing it down for a greaser as it tends to land hot. Flaperons, perhaps?
Apr 23, 2003, 08:58 AM
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Check out POLK hobbies. I don't know the web address but its owned by Luwis Polk who also owns www.aristocrafttrains.com
You might find a link there or at least an email address. He has a great c-47 arf.

Hope this helps

Apr 23, 2003, 12:20 PM
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CA Wayne,

Take a look at POLK HOBBIES if you haven't done so.

72" WS, twin S600, 10 lbs.


But $300????

double yowzah
Apr 23, 2003, 01:09 PM
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HVP C-47

Larry is right, the DC-3 / C-47 is quite an undermodelled airplane, yet the interest may seem to be there when the kits do arrive. I hear that GWS will be making one, which would be a very nice parkflier, but you may be waiting quite some time before that is ever released.

I have the HVP DC-3, and enjoy it very much. It flies very well, but a tad fast for scale looks sometimes. The Wing comes sheeted and the Fuselage is a beautiful fiberglass, so mainly all you have to do is install the electronics, motors, and finish. Unfortunately, the kit directions leave a lot to be desired. If you do find one, be sure to ask around here on the EZone if you have any questions or doubts about the assembly, we've already been there.

Hope the weather is nice so I can get mine out again this weekend
Apr 23, 2003, 01:13 PM
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Here's mine,...

A quick photo of my HVP C-47 with Speed 400s,.... Larry post a pic here of your beauty....

More photos in my Member Gallery -- Click Here

Apr 24, 2003, 12:21 PM
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Here is my DC3. It has now logged 10 flights. I have coupled 25% rudder with the ailerons to smooth out the turns
Apr 25, 2003, 07:27 AM
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I'm working on one right now. It's an adaptation of the control line 1954 Air Trails plans by Walter Musciano. Mr. Musciano was kind enough to suggest a more-appropriate airfoil and hooked me up with spun aluminum cowlings. I'm working with several CAD and simulation packages to find the "best" fit for this.

However, we have no plans to kit this. I'm building it as a "toy" for myself. Gotta have fun, ya know!

Apr 25, 2003, 09:08 AM
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http://www.polkshobby.com is the address to Polk's hobbies. Seems to be down right now, though.
Apr 25, 2003, 09:45 AM
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Building up the courage to build up the DC-3

I am one of the people who purchased the HVP model at full price from Hobby-Lobby. The DC-3 has been a favorite of mine ever since childhood (early 70's).

I have just over a year flying under my belt. I thought, from the construction, that the HVP model would be fast (especially with two cobalt 400's I have for it). So, SalC is not the only one with one NIB .

My hope is to model it after the DC-3 in the Smithsonian... when I work up the courage.
Apr 25, 2003, 01:01 PM
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The DC3 is fast with two s400's and DD 125x110 props. Even with this set up it does not look 'scale' when flying at FT.

I fly mine somewhere around half throttle and that looks about right.

It does land hot, though...

For some building tips check out the scale forum and the DC3
Apr 29, 2003, 09:15 AM
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Gret looking planes, thanks for the info.

May 23, 2003, 12:13 AM
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Tried to find the HVP DC-3 but had no such luck. I finally found a couple at kits at New Creations but it was the Hirobo DC-3 Dakota and the Velkom DC-3 that they had in stock. They said the Hirobo kit was of better quality and it also comes with the motors, props and prop adapeters.
Good luck on your search. I haven't tried conatacting HVP direct but I think it's the best chance to finding one.

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