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Top Flite Douglas DC-3 Kit TOPA0500

Top Flite Douglas DC-3 Kit TOPA0500
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Top Flite Douglas DC-3 Kit TOPA0500

This is the TOP FLITE DOUGLAS DC-3 Twin-Engine 1/14 Sport Scale Airplane. The Golden Era of Aviation Eastern Air Lines replica is IMAA Legal with a fully-sheeted fuselage and wingspan of 82.5". The original airplane was designed for commercial passenger travel, and some still fly today. Makes a good 3rd or 4th kit to assemble for intermediate to advanced builders. This is a great introduction into building and flying a scale twin-engined kit.


  • Top Flite Douglas DC-3 Kit TOPA0500

  • Excellent flying characteristics; because of the engine angle and modified aerodynamics, this kit flies extremely well, even on one engine. (Most models of the DC-3 will go inverted and crash)

  • Precision-formed ABS tail cone, engine nacelles, wing fairings, and cockpit top.

  • An interlocking fuselage frame builds flat on the plans and the large round fuselage requires very little carving or shaping.

  • Can be built with split-flaps and the scale aerodynamic "Balance Tab" rudder which uses the air deflection to help turn the plane.

  • Includes Eastern Air Lines and Optional Military C-47 Decals


  • Wingspan: 82.5" (2095mm) THRUST ANGLES: (important!)

  • Wing Area: 750 sq in (48.4 sq dm) Right engine = 4� out

  • Weight: 8-10lbs (3630-4540g) Left engine = 3� out

  • Wing Loading: 24.6-30.7 oz/sq ft (75-94g/sq dm) Both = 6� down

  • Fuselage Length: 55.5" (1410mm)

  • Right Thrust: 4�

  • Left Thrust: 4�

  • Note; The box says the left engine should get 3� thrust, that is incorrect-both right and left thrusts are 4�.

  • Fin Area: 70.07 sq in

  • Fixed Landing Gear Wire Diameter: 5/16"


  • All balsa and plywood sticks and sheeting to build the kit

  • ABS Cockpit Top, Tail Cone, Engine Nacelles, and Wing Fairings

  • Wire Landing Gear, Hardware, and Pushrods

  • Wood parts to build the optional tail and flaps

  • Eastern Air Line Decals and Optional C-47 Military Decals

  • Detailed Illustrated "Flying Twins" Instructions and Plans

  • *NOW includes wing N #s as well, as of 4/1/99. amc


  • 4-8 channel radio w/6-9 servos (Recommended 8-9 channel w/9 servos)

  • Three Micro servos w/45 oz-in (2-Engine,1-Retract)

  • Six Standard Size w/45 oz-in: (2-Flaps,2-Ailerons,1-Rudder,1-Elevator)

  • Two 12" servo extension

  • Two Y-harness Two .25-.40 (4-6.5cc) 2-stroke OR Two .40-.52 (6.5-8.5cc) 4-stroke (NOTE: It is recommended that only experienced pilots use the .25s)

  • Two Props (3-blade 10 x 4 props recommended for the .40FX) Three rolls of MonoKote, and One Can of Paint in matching color.

  • Two spinner nuts, Two 10oz fuel tanks, Six feet standard fuel tubing, Two 3�" wheels, One 1�" tailwheel, Wheel collars, foam rubber, Building, and Field Equipment.


  • Two .30 OS Max Wankel engines fit very scale-like into the nacelles and produce realistic sound.

  • Two .52 OS Max Surpass engines work well with the DC-3 also.

  • The Top Flite DC-3 is IMAA Legal in size, but make sure to use servos with at least 45 oz-in torque to meet IMAA requirements.

  • Standard servos may be used instead of higher torque servos if DC-3 is not built IMAA legal and also if retract servo is relocated.

  • Flaps: Split-Flaps are recommended and very effective for landing the DC-3.

  • Retracts: Top Flite Retracts (TOPQ8276), Air Control Unit (ROBQ2302), Hand Pump (ROBQ2363), 4-40 threaded rod (GPMQ3743), Steel clevises (GPMQ3794), 3�" wheels, Nylon ball link (GPMQ3842), Wheel collars (GPMQ4308), Blind Nuts GPMQ3324, Screws (DUBQ3127), and Two #4x�"(not carried) (NOTE: See the retract identification on how to install these.) * * You MUST use the Top Flite retracts if you want to install retracts. No other retracts will fit. * *

  • Electric Flight: Two AstroFlight geared 25 electric motors can be used with an Elec- tronic Speed Control, at least 14 sub-C batteries in parallel, a fuse w/holder (not carried) and 10x8 or 11x8 3-Blade Props. (Two sets of 14 sub C cells will Not overload planes wingloading) (See ACG optional for part numbers)

  • Detail: To get the scale Zinc-Chromate color inside flaps and wheel wells, mix and brush on Yellow and Blue LusterKote. If building the C-47 military version, modeler will need colors like Flat Tan (TOPQ0516) or Flat Dove Gray (TOPQ0511) and other camouflage colors. The military markings are included with kit.

  • Decals: DC3TD01, D02, D03, D04 are only sold thru Great Planes Mfg

  • DC3TD01 Includes: (2) FLY - EASTERN AIR LINES Blue with Red trim (2) window decals (2) The Great Silver Fleet Red/White/Blue

  • DC3TD02 Includes: (2) red birds 5�" x 7" (2) American flag 2" (2) 3/8" White N88808 808 (4) 5 5/8" Blue and Red stripe (2) 4" Red and Blue stripe (1) angled Blue stripe

  • DC3TD03 Includes: (4) 6" Blue and White stars (4) 2�" Blue and White stars (2) �" Blue AF letters (2) �" Blue 32 numbers (2) 1�" White 313 numbers (2) 1�" White 292189 numbers (1) 2�" White AJAJRR letters (2) 3�" White Q and 9

  • DC3TP04 (2 included) includes wing N #s

  • The DC3 modeled to produce this kit was actually

  • N#d N18124, not N88808 as accidentally modeled on the original prototype and box photography model. Sheet DC3TD04 includes the correct N #s, in single blue, not 3 color, as the actual aircraft did not have the 3 color shadowing on the N #.

  • NOTE: In the kit is a "big" Eastern Airlines decal. It goes on the left wing on top. Per E.L.(R&D)


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