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Douglas DC-3 official build Pack 8 Options
delboy271155
#1 Posted : 25 February 2016 15:56:53

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Pack 8
Steps 1 – 10. Painting the tail and constructing the left inner wing frame.

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.

To continue the assembly take the tail section made in Pack 7. Mask the upper leading edge as illustrated in step 1 of your instructions.

Apply a light coat of primer. When it is dry, paint the leading edge dark grey. Carefully remove the masking.

Prepare to apply the Chrome finish to the assembled parts of the tail section. Start by accurately masking the area as shown in step 3 of your instructions.

Now apply a light coat of primer and let it dry.

Paint the parts with a coat of gloss black and, when it is dry, apply the Chrome with an airbrush, using light coats at low pressure. Remember to handle the painted area as little as possible. Let it dry thoroughly.


Without gluing it, fit the rudder to the tail module, as shown. As a pivot, insert a length of the 0.8mm thick brass rod, supplied with the previous issue.


Cut off the rod flush with the top of the rudder, as shown. Put the tail assembly in a safe place to be completed later.


Take the laser-cut sheet of the central part of the left wing, supplied with this issue. As you need them, separate the pieces with a craft knife and sand them carefully to obtain a smooth, even profile.


Start assembling the central part of the left wing. Insert and glue pieces A9, A10, A11 and A12 in piece A3, as shown in the photograph. Make sure that the joints are exactly at right angles. Tip: I used pieces A4 and A5 (not glued) to hold the parts noted above at 90 degrees until the glue had set.

Complete the assembly by fitting and gluing pieces A4, A5, A6, A7 and A8 as shown in the photograph. Keep piece A13, included in the pre-cut sheet, to be used later.


Fit stringers in all the notches of the assembly. If necessary, file the notches so that the outer side of the stringer is flush with the ribs. Apply wood filler and paint the whole assembly green.


Save any unused parts in a bag labeled with the stage number for future use
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#2 Posted : 25 February 2016 16:05:53

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Steps 11 – 22. Detailing the left inner wing.

Take pieces C69G and C70G. Use sandpaper to remove any irregularities and burrs that may have been caused by the stamping process, then apply primer.


Prepare cladding piece A7L as in step 12, following the same procedure used for cladding the rest of the aircraft. Do not glue the piece in place yet.


Paint green the pieces prepared in step 11 and the part of the underside of piece A7L indicated in the picture by the red line, preferably with an airbrush.


Insert and glue piece C69G and C70G as shown in the photograph.



Here is the side view of pieces C69G and C70G fitted in their correct positions.


On the underside of the module, use a craft knife to remove part of the stringer in the area indicated by the red line so as to make an opening in the structure.


Prepare the covering piece A7bL, which corresponds to the lower part of the assembly. Mark and cut out the rectangle shown in step 18, to provide access to the opening made in the previous step.


Complete the preparation of piece A7bL by making the lines of rivets with the toothed wheel as shown in step 19.


Prepare, fit and glue the upper covering piece A7aL in place.


Now fit and glue the lower covering piece A7bL. Match the opening made in the covering with that in the module and, if necessary, adapt the covering so that it is flush with the opening.


Complete the covering of the module with pieces A7cL and A7dL. Use a file or abrasive paper carefully to smooth any excess of the cladding round the module.


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#3 Posted : 25 February 2016 16:22:38

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Steps 23 – 37. Left engine cover and starting the undercarriage.


Take the two die-cast pieces which form the engine cover, C23 and C25. Smooth them precisely with a file and abrasive paper so that they join together perfectly. Do not glue them yet.


Take the pre-cut piece A55 and check that it fits between the two die-cast parts of the engine cover, as shown. Modify it if necessary. Do not glue any of these pieces yet.


Take the two parts SD85 of the landing gear. Smooth them with a file and abrasive paper. Fit and glue the pieces together as shown in the photograph.


Side view of the assembly put together in the previous step.


Take all the other pieces of the landing gear and smooth them carefully with a file and abrasive paper. Hold them with tweezers or clamps if necessary. You will find it very helpful to put them on a stand like the one shown in the photograph. Apply primer and, when it has dried, paint them Aluminium, preferable with an airbrush.


Apply primer to the inside of pieces C23, C25, and both sides of piece A55. When they are dry, paint the three pieces green – only on the internal sides of C23 and C25, and both sides of A55. Leave to dry.


Take piece A55, painted in the previous step, and the metal engine support C30. After smoothing the latter with a file and abrasive paper, fit and glue the pieces together, as shown.


Fit and glue pieces C33 and C34 into the corresponding positions in the centre of the module, as shown in the photograph. If necessary, use a drill bit to modify the holes for the screws made in these, and in the other components of the landing gear in the following steps.


Place piece SD38 between pieces C33 and C34, as shown, then use a screw TR as a pivot. Note: The screw TR will not thread into C34. You will need to glue the head of screw TR to C33, making sure that SD38 can still pivot around the screw TR.


Take pieces SD85, C31 and C32. Test fit them together, as shown in step 32. Do not glue them yet.


Then, carefully fit together the assembly made in the previous step in the central module of the wing, as shown. Place the assembly in its final position, apply glue to pieces C31 and C32 and the respective housings in piece A12. Do not glue the pivot points.


Take pieces C37 and C38 (Note: C37 is longer than C38) and fit them both, as shown in the photograph, using two brass pins as pivots. Remove the exposed ends of the brass pins with a pair of side cutters, then secure the end of the pins with a drop of cyanoacrylate glue. Both pieces C37 and C38 must be free to rotate, so make sure that the glue does not fix them in place as well.


Fit pieces C35 and C36 to pieces C37 and C38, without gluing them. Note: C35 is longer than C36


Carefully make the assembly shown, assembling pieces SD78 and SD79 to C35 and C36 Note: Do not glue SD78 or SD79 to A12. Then add two screws TR with their corresponding nuts. Do not tighten them too much for the moment.

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#4 Posted : 25 February 2016 16:39:53

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Steps 38 – 57. Finishing the left undercarriage and fitting the engine cover.


Very carefully, fit the cover C25 onto the previous assembly as shown in this photograph. Do not apply any glue.


Pieces SD78 and SD79 fit in the upper part of piece A12, around the internal pegs of piece C25. Arrange the pieces in place, but do not attach them yet.


Fit the cladding element C23 without gluing it, to check that it fits correctly. Check that piece SD38 can turn freely outwards, through piece C23.



After checking the assembly, remove covering C23 and apply cyanoacrylate glue to fix pieces C25, SD78 and SD79 to each other, and to the central section of the wing. Tighten the nuts of the screws TR and remove the exposed ends of the screw with wire cutters.

Cut two more screws TR with wire cutters to make them 4mm long (see the inset picture of step 42 of your instructions).

Fit piece SD40 onto piece SD85, and insert the screws on both sides. Glue the heads of the screws TR to the outside of SD40. The picture shows the positioning the screws. After assembly, piece SD40 must be able to move freely.


Place one of the springs ML supplied with this issue inside each arm of piece SD40.



Insert piece S43 inside the tyre SD50.


Then fit and glue pieces SD49 onto both sides.



Fit pieces C39 and C40 on both sides of the tyre without gluing them.


Fit the assembly created in the previous step into piece SD40, as shown.


Swing piece SD38 over so that it connects with pieces C39 and C40.


Prepare two screws TR by cutting them as before (see Step 42). Glue the heads of the screws to the outside of SD38, joining pieces C39 and C40 to piece SD38, as shown in the photograph.


As shown in step 50 take the suspension pins PR. Lightly squeeze the suspension with your fingers and check the fit of the pin PR in the hole in the side of pieces C39 and C40, fitted inside piece SD40. Adjust the length of the pins with a file if necessary – only the head should remain exposed when they are pushed in.


With the suspension slightly compressed, fit and glue the two pins PR into their respective holes (see photograph). Apply the adhesive carefully, so the suspension is not stuck together and prevented from operating.


You have now completed the assembly of the landing gear. Place it gently in the flying position, as shown.


Fit and glue the engine support (completed in Step 29) in position. The ends of pieces SD78 and SD79 must engage in the two notches in the side of the engine cover, indicated by the arrow. See step 54 for a closer view.


Fit and glue the covering C23 to the covering piece C25, making sure they are aligned, and to the engine support and the wing.


Apply filler to the visible joint lines between the individual parts of the covering. When dry carefully smooth the filler with abrasive paper to achieve a smooth finish. The covering of the engine will be painted chrome in future steps.

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