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Douglas C-47/DC-3 Plan

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Product ID: ZIR:DC31

  • Scale: 1.5" - 1'
  • Wingspan: 140"
  • Length: 97"
  • Wing Area: 1700 sq/in
  • Weight: 38-45lbs
  • Power: 38cc-50cc gas

Whether you call it Gooney bird, Sky Train, or Roger four door, the C-47/DC-3 was the most produced transport in aviation history. Over 10,000 were built with many of them still performing service today.


The giant scale C-47/DC-3 plan set is 1/8 scale and consists of five large sheets that clearly illustrate all structure as well as showing installation of flaps and retracts. The C-47/DC-3 plan shows the installation of Robart retracts, fixed wire gear, servos and Zenoah G-38 engines and features three piece wing.  The basic structures use conventional “modeling” tools and materials such as balsa and plywood, and the techniques are straightforward; easily accomplished by anyone with previous model building experience. There are many online building threads at www.rcuniverse.com forums and www.rcscalebuilder.com  forums for Nick’s plans. Tech support is also available via email at www.ziroliplans.com or by phone 9:00 to 5:00 Mon - Fri EST 631-467-4765. The plan includes full-size templates for all the required parts allowing you to cut a complete “kit” before you start construction. If you would like to purchase a wood kit see KIT CUTTER'S on selection bar at the top of each page.The plans have instructions and building notes on the plans. If you choose gear or an engine not shown on the plans you should have them on hand when you start construction to make any changes needed for mounting. Nick Ziroli Plans recommends covering the airframe with 1 oz fiberglass cloth and ZAP Z-poxy finishing resin and elevator and rudder with cloth covering such as Solartex. Nick Ziroli Plans has building and scale accessories available for the C-47/DC-3. 

Plans Specifications:
  • Specifications: Douglas C-47/DC-3
  • Scale: 1/8
  • Inches to the foot: 1.5" - 1'
  • Length: 97"
  • Weight: 38-45lbs
  • Wing loading: 50-60oz/sqft
  • Wing area: 1700 sq.in
  • Wing span: 140"
  • Wing incidence at root: +2 degrees
  • Stab incidence: +1 degree
  • Dihedral: 6.25" under W18/li>
  • Power: (2) 38-50cc gas
  • Washout at wing tip: 2 to 3 degrees built in with jig
  • Aileron throws: 1.25" up and 3/4" down
  • Elevator throws: 1.25" up and 1.25" down
  • Rudder throws: 2" to right and 2" to left
  • Flap degrees down: 40-50
  • Cowl length: 4.5"
  • Cowl height front: 6.75"
  • Cowl height rear: 8"
  • Cowl width front:: 6.75"
  • Cowl width rear: 8"
  • Engine offset degrees: Right engine 3 right 0 down, Left engine 0 left 0 down
  • CG Location: 7" back from leading edge at center section
  • Requires:
  • Ziroli cowls (2) and nose (1)
  • Engine: (2) 38-50cc gas
  • Spinner: (2) 1" spinner nut
  • Fuel tank:: (2) 24oz square
  • Wing Tube: 1 1/2" X 36" and 7/8" X 30"
  • Control Horns: (2) 0.5", (2) 1"
  • Hinges: (22) DUBRO# 257 LG flat hinges
  • Covering: 1oz fiberglass cloth & epoxy resin
  • Retracts Main
  • Tail gear strut
  • Retract Air Kit
  • Wheels Main: 6"
  • Wheels tail: 3"
  • Radio channels: 6 or more
  • Servos: Flaps (2)150-200oz MGBB, Ailerons (2)90+oz BB, Elevators (2)90+oz BB, Rudder (1)150+oz BB, Gear (1)50oz, Throttles (2)50oz BB
             MG-metal gear BB-ball bearing