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Tomick
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1/32 Douglas DC-3
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Douglas DC-3

The Douglas DC-3/C-47 is without doubt one of the most famous and most successful designs of aircraft in history, which revolutionized air transport in the 1930s and 1940s.

It first flew on 17 December 1935 and was powered by two Pratt & Whitney R-1830 twin wasp radial engines.

With the advent of the Second World War, lots of orders were placed by the military, the aircraft was designated the C-47 Skytrain for US forces and the 'Dakota' for the RAF. During the War, C-47 variants flew in many roles from parachute dropping to gunship and the aircraft was renowned for its ruggedness and reliability.

Today there are still almost a 1,000 that remain airworthy. What is more, some of these are still workhorses for Airlines and the military in various roles that one would still find hard to believe. Because of its continuing role in aviation and still competing with the modern Jet era, the DC-3 still has no true replacement and one can now assume that the DC-3 is the most immortal plane of all time.

In the early 1990's it was estimated that the DC-3 was in service in at least a third of the world's air forces with a likely 400 in service in 49 countries, an amazing achievement. Although no longer seeing frontline service the fact that spares are still cheap and plentiful means it can be hard to replace for many poor countries. The aircraft's legendary ruggedness and its ability to take off and land on grass or dirt runways makes it popular in developing countries, where runways are not always paved.

American Airlines were the first to use the DC-3 commercially. The oldest DC-3 still flying is the original American Airlines Flagship 'Detroit' which can be seen at air shows throughout the USA and is owned and operated by the Detroit Foundation.

A Dakota is currently flown by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) which can be seen at air shows throughout the UK.
http://www.raf.mod.uk/bb...eaircraft/dakota947.cfm

In commemoration of the D-Day 70th anniversary in 2014, a “Dakota Fest” was organised, to bring as many as possible back to Normandy for the first time since 1944.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vNBOwUdISA

The Douglas DC-3 model

Reproduced under licence.
PAN AM logos are trademarks of Pan American World Airways, Inc.
Boeing, Douglas, DC-3 and the distinctive Boeing logos, product markings and trade dress are trademarks of The Boeing Company.

1/32 scale

Wingspan 35.4" Length 24"

Kit content:

Laser-cut plywood, aluminium, die-cast metal and photo-etched components.

Wooden airframe. Aluminium skin. Red flocking powder (to simulate carpet). Die-cast metal undercarriage. Fully detailed cockpit interior and Fuselage interior. Pratt & Whitney Twin Wasp R-1830-S1C3G 14 cylinder radial engines. Cartograf 'Pan American World Airways' decals are included along with a 1/32 scale rivet making tool and steel rule.

Operable elements: Landing gear with sprung oleo legs; opening cockpit door; moveable ailerons and rudder.
Removable sections reveal the authentic interior detailing, such as the seating in the passenger cabin and cockpit. The removable sections are held in place with micro magnets which can be removed for closer inspection of the interior detail.

The optional acrylic display stand and navigation lighting kit are available to purchase via the ModelSpace online shop.

The assembly manual contained with each pack, also contains the fascinating history of the Douglas DC-3, from the creation of the plane in the civil aviation boom of the 1930s, through its valiant war service and the glory days of air travel in the 1950s and '60s. You'll find a wealth of information about the career of this remarkable aircraft, which, 80 years after its first flight, is still being flown by many countries around the world.

DC-3 official video build: https://www.youtube.com/...ULVcCr9rGuMLFq76ftCToH2
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The DC-3 official build diary will follow the format of the instructions and will not include any enhancement to the base build. You are of course free to build, enhance and finish your model how you so choose.

Pack 1
Steps 1 – 20: Cockpit airframe

Using a craft knife, remove the individual elements one by one from the pre-cut wooden framework as you need them. Finish each piece by smoothing it with fine sandpaper to remove the brown laser ash residue from the parts, taking care not to change the shape of the parts.

Remove pieces 1H and 1K from the wooden fret. Using PVA wood glue, glue them together as shown in Step 2, ensuring they are set at 90 degrees to each other.

Remove pieces 1D and 1C and place them on a flat surface. Glue them together and leave the glue to set before progressing any further.

Fit and glue the piece just made into the corresponding slots and notches of piece 1K.

Cut out and prepare piece 1J, then glue it in the position shown (in the Step 5 photo) to the assembly made in Step 4.

Position the assembly made in the previous step so that side 1H rests on the work surface, then after cutting and preparing piece 1P, glue it to the back of piece 1K in the position shown in Step 6.

Prepare piece 1M and glue it in position as shown in Step 7. Then remove and prepare pieces 1E and 1L, and glue them to piece 1K as shown.

Remove and prepare piece 1A, and glue it onto the assembly made previously, in the position shown in Step 9.
Prepare one pair of the pieces 1N and 1O. Note: The position of these parts should be as follows:
The two 1N parts should be placed nearest the nose and the two 1O parts just ahead of former 1H. Repeat to fit the second pair of 1N & 1O parts into the nose frame.

Using the edge of a fine flat needle file, go over the slots of the stringers of piece 1A, gently smoothing them to ensure good glue adhesion.

Using Superglue gel, glue a first stringer into the first row of slots indicated in the Step 12 photo. When the glue has set, use side cutters to cut off the excess length of the stringer, then smooth the cut surface with a fine sanding block or flat fine needle file if necessary.
Repeat the stringer fitting process to fit the remaining stringers around the framework. Do not forget to fit the shorter stringers in the upper part of the nose and in the underside, then set aside to allow the glue to fully set.
Use a fine sanding block to gently go over the outer surfaces of the assembly gently to ensure good adhesion of the skin panels later on.

Take the 30x4mm dowel and round off the two ends as shown. Then cut them off so as to obtain two pieces 4mm long. With the assembly positioned as shown in Step 17, insert and glue the two pieces into the holes indicated, with the flat sides inwards.
Then, glue the two of the supplied magnets into the other two holes in 1H as indicated.

Use model filler to carefully fill any gaps there may be where the individual pieces were fitted, then carefully smooth the filler with sandpaper.

Apply a coat of primer to the nose frame, and when fully dry, brush paint or spray the nose framework green.

Save any unused parts in a bag labeled with the stage number for future use.
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Steps 21 - 33: Cockpit Seats

From the printed card, cut two pieces to line the interior of the cockpit, using a craft knife with a fresh blade and a straight edge. Then glue the two pieces to the inside of the cockpit as shown.

Take the photo-etched piece S01 and fold it to create seat shape as shown Step's 23 & 24. Take the seat S01, then apply Superglue into the joints. Repeat piece S02.

Take the die-cast pieces shown in Step 25, which are all parts of the interior of the cockpit. Use a fine needle file to remove any burrs then set the pieces to one side.

Begin by assembling the two components each of pieces SD01 and SD02 as shown, then glue the third component of the two pieces SD01 and SD02, then do the same with the two arms SD04.

Take the two pieces SD14 and glue them together as shown in Step 28.

Apply a coat of primer to the pieces shown in Step 29, and when it has fully dried thoroughly, paint them aluminium.

Glue the seat supports into the respective frames assembled in Step 27, then glue the arms SD03 to the seat structures.

Paint the SD05 seats and arm rests a brown leather colour, then glue a seats onto each seat support.

Save any unused parts in a bag labeled with the stage number for future use

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Steps 34 - 42: Instrument panel

Remove the instrument panel S37 from the photo-etched sheet and remove the connecting ribs with a fine file. Apply a coat of primer to the panel, then paint it black.
Then when the paint has fully dried, use the blade of a craft knife to carefully scrape the heads of the four screws securing each instrument to expose the metal beneath.

Glue the instrument panel onto the card printed with the instruments, making sure it is perfectly centred. Apply a protective coat of matt varnish.
Cut away the excess printed card, then with a fine brush apply gloss varnish onto the face of each instrument to imitate a glass bezel.

Take and prepare pieces 1L and 1G, then fit one onto the other and glue them together as shown. Then glue the instrument panel onto the back of the panel assembled in Step 38, making sure that they are perfectly aligned.

Take the nose framework assembly and glue the pilot and co-pilot’s pedals (SD06) in position as shown in Step 40.

Take the instrument panel, and carefully insert and glue the panel into the cockpit. Then test-fit and glue the pilot and co-pilot seats in position. If necessary, adjust the holes in which they fit with a file.

Save any unused parts in a bag labeled with the stage number for future use

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Steps 43 - 56: Cockpit detail

Remove the control wheel S39 from the photo-etched sheet, apply primer and paint it black. Cut the point off a small nail and paint the nail aluminium. When the paint is dry, insert the nail in the hole of the control wheel and secure it to piece SD14.

To make the preparation and painting of the control levers easier, bend them upwards one by one from the photo-etched sheet as shown in Step 44. Coat them with primer then paint them black.

Prepare a mixture of Superglue gel and talcum powder, then dip one end of each lever into it. As an alternative to the Superglue and talcum powder I used a two part epoxy resin to create the lever handles. Leave to set, then repeat the operation several times so as to form round knobs upon the control levers. Then paint them the colours shown in Step 47.

After separating the levers from their support, attach them to piece SD14 as shown in this photograph and the next (Step 47). Shorten the second nail, paint it with aluminium colour and glue it into the position indicated by the red arrow in step 46.
Refer to the Step 46 photo to establish the positioning and correct inclination of each control lever. Also cut out the small instrument panel from the pre-printed card and glue it onto piece SD14 as shown in the photo.

Take the four knobs SA and the main control panel selector SB and paint them aluminium colour, with details in red, as illustrated in Step 48. Then glue the five pieces in the positions indicated in Step 49.

Apply a coat of primer to the fire extinguisher (piece C61) and then paint it aluminium colour and red as shown. Cut a strip 0.5mm wide from the aluminium sheet you are using for the fuselage skin and make two clamping rings to be glued onto the fire extinguisher. Then glue the extinguisher between the two seats in the cockpit, in the position indicated in the Step 51 photo. Then fit and glue the central console, assembled in Step 49, into the position shown.

Remove the pieces S39 from the photo-etched sheet and, after applying primer, paint them black. When dry, fit them without gluing them onto the two pieces SD16 and SD17, which you prepared earlier and painted aluminium.
Fit the pilot’s and co-pilot’s joy sticks, prepared in Step 53, in the sockets provided on the cockpit floor. After you have checked that the joy sticks are at the correct angle, secure them with a drop of glue.

Take the levers (pieces C20 and C21) and, after applying primer, paint them red and black as illustrated in Step 55. Glue the two levers between the pilots’ seats, in the positions shown in the Step 56 photo.

Save any unused parts in a bag labeled with the stage number for future use

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Steps 57 - 68: Cockpit roof & glazing

Take the top part of the cockpit S87 and, after applying primer, paint the inside (only) green.

Using a sharp blade, cut out the interior lining for the cockpit roof and the two upper parts of the instrument panel from the pre-printed card, as shown in the Step 58 photo. Then glue the pieces prepared in the position indicated and carefully paint the details as shown.

Remove piece S43 from the photo-etched sheet. To make it into the required window frame shape, bend it firmly along the fold lines with flat long-nosed pliers. So as not to deform it, support the folding process with a metal ruler as shown. Continue carrying out the folding operation, checking that the folds correspond to the shape of the cockpit roof.

Use a fine brush to apply black paint to the surrounds in the cockpit roof which will hold the window frame.

Following the diagram in Step 64, cut pieces of acetate for the window glazing and glue them (using canopy glue - such as 'Formula 560) onto the outside face of the relevant frames in the cockpit roof.

After applying the primer to piece S43 folded earlier in step 62, paint it aluminium and set aside to dry, then glue into position on the cockpit as shown.

Glue the cockpit roof onto the nose framework assembly made earlier. It is advisable to clean the inside of the acetate windows carefully before gluing the roof in place.

Fill, file down and touch up with paint the joints of the assembly you put together in Step 66.

If you use an airbrush, mask off the cockpit door, so as not to allow paint ingress into the cockpit, and to be even safer, mask the front part of the cockpit as well.

The S44 (windscreen wipers) will be fitted later on.

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#8 Posted : 29 June 2015 15:56:50

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Steps 69 - 75: Propeller

Take the propeller SD58 and the nose cone SD57. After removing any burrs with a fine file, apply a coat of primer and, when dry, paint them light grey.

Note: The measurements for the propeller painting is as follows;
Black leading edge, from root of each blade to where the black colour finishes is 36mm.
The yellow tips extend 5.5mm from the end of each blade toward the centre.


When the paint is thoroughly dry, mask the propeller blades as shown, before painting the leading edges black. Leave the paint to dry thoroughly, then mask the propeller blades leaving the tips exposed, and paint the tips of the blades yellow.

When the piece is thoroughly dry, mask the blades and paint just the central part of the propeller aluminium.

This completes the assembly of Pack 1. Keep all the pieces you have assembled and the remaining materials in a labelled bag for future use.

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