Jun 10, 2003, 10:54 PM
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Top-Flite DC-3?


Would the Top-Flite DC-3 be a good model to convert to electric?

I would really like to have a C-47 that flies on electric.

Has anyone done this coversion?


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Jun 11, 2003, 02:00 AM
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I have just done a conversion of an AMD DC-3 and it was really good.

certainly stable in the air and very realistic. I say was however because my worst fears about an ARF were realised. a not so heavy landing caused the wings to fold up. the spars in the wings were only 5mm square balsa and there was no shear webbing. the ribs were only 1mm thick and not glued to the sheeting very well at all. really not good for a model with a 2250mm span!

the reviews of the Top flight kit look good so give it a try.

Jun 12, 2003, 07:50 AM
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hi Criag...just curious...what did you use to power the AMD DC3?
Jun 12, 2003, 08:57 AM
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I had a good look at the TF DC3 plans a while back, with conversion in mind. It has been done, and to a fairly stock, out the box model, that flew well but fast, someone down in Virginia Beach area.

There's marvellous opportunity to lose a lot of wood in this kit. The engine nacelles looked especially chunky, though you'd need to keep the retract mount structure.

One idle thought - I understand that the nacelles are actually further out from the fuselage than 'scale', but even so, the model can only take around an 11" diameter prop. You'd either be needing to gear to a prop diameter or even look at three bladers - I vaguely recall that the one from VA Beach may have had three blade props.

Jun 12, 2003, 05:49 PM
Go Wallabies!
i used 2 Graupner bb700 turbo in series with the varioprop 3 bladers off 20 calls.

loads of power, probably more than necessary, not enough to stop the wet power boys in my club saying " gee that would go really well with a couple of 25's"


Jun 13, 2003, 06:57 AM
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Take a look at POLK HOBBIES if you haven't done so. Don't know the URL but GOOGLE will find it quickly.

72" WS, twin S600, 10 lbs.


But $300????

double yowzah

But its designed for e-power

Do a search here on DC3 also.
Jun 13, 2003, 08:07 PM
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TF Douglas Commercial-3

There is very little wing area in this model, 750 sq.in. or there abouts. I think it would be a good candidate for Dave Grife's system of AF BL 05's with suitable gearing, maximizing the engine c/l to fuse clearance. This way you could fly on a single 8x3300 pack and still have reasonable endurance. Or up it to 9 cells.

I've built a couple of the TF Gold Series kits and there is a ton of wood to be left out for any kind of power, E or IC. Plan to get the loading in the 25 area for good slow -3 realism. Higher than that and it's flying like a fighter. (Mossie) Tex.
Jul 09, 2003, 10:11 PM
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Hi, I am in the process of building and converting a Top Flight 82" WS DC-3. So far I only have the tail and upper body finished.

It can be converted to an electric, Trevor Hewson in Hampshire England has done it and so has Todd Ablett of Burnaby BC, Canada. It will take a lot of batteries, 16-18 and weigh at least 10 lbs. The kit is very good and the instructions are good also, but not perfect.

Let me know if you are going to go ahead with this project.
Jul 09, 2003, 11:29 PM
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Thanks for the reply! I am planning on doing this as my next project, but I have gotten side tracked onto electric helicoptors and cars!

I plan on purchasing the kit in the next month or so.

I will keep this thread updated.


Jul 10, 2003, 07:55 AM
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A fellow club member built one as a C47 with a pair of OS 40 FX. It is gorgeous. I was dissapointed when I saw it fly. Flew like a pattern plane - very very fast and smooth. Landed like a pattern plane too. It's built like a bridge, weighs a ton and has tapered wings. Add e power to this thing and I think you would have a cast iron pig. I am sure it is possible to get decent results, but you will not get the slow, stately performance you would expect from a classic airliner.
Jul 10, 2003, 08:28 AM
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I was looking at the specs of the model last night and started to worry about this also. With a 82 1/2" wingspan and only 750 sq. inches of wing area, the thing would be fast!

Might have to look for another project.


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