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Old 09-18-2016, 01:53 PM   #1
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Hi guys its Mike and Iím in the midst of finishing off a multi year project Iíve been working on. I am finally at the stage of adding one more paint colour for the gorgeous Canadian Coast Guard DC3. Once the red goes on Iíve got just flat black to add to the nose section of the plane. What Iím wondering is what was used to pull the plane around at the field or out of the hanger. I thought I would build myself a tug to tow the plane around the field. The plane is rather large at a wingspan of 106.9" and a fuselage length of 70.5" and running twin NGH GT17cc gas engines, with 15 Digital Spektrum servos for throttle, choke, ailerons, elevator, flaps, rudder and electric retracts.

Do you know what was used to tow the aircraft? I canít find one picture of the plane actually being towed by anything. If you have any ideas, pictures or a web site I can go to please forward to me thru here or by private message.


Here are a few picture of the plane Im talking about needing the tug for.
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Old 09-18-2016, 02:52 PM   #2
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Re: 1/11th Scale DC3 and need advice and help.

Wow Mike! That is nice. Quite the choice of refreshments Do you think it will be ready to maiden soon?
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Old 09-18-2016, 03:00 PM   #3
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Hi Frank Im hoping to have it up in a few weeks, was trying to get done this season but I was involved in a hit & run in my wheelchair. Had a guy in a 4x4 run into me and then took off. Had a guy ask the size and i thought the beer bottles would give him a great idea of the size of it . this is what its going to look like when done Frank'




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Re: 1/11th Scale DC3 and need advice and help.

Your model looks great!

Found these two pictures for you with quick Web.

It will be difficult to make a tug that would pull a model on grass fields. I built a tug for my Connie n Concorde models but for on road tows.

Aerospecialties make DC3 tow bars http://www.aerospecialties.com/aviat...3-towbar-head/
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Re: 1/11th Scale DC3 and need advice and help.

Let me know if you need any photos of the real one, -FDTH is parked 2 blocks from my house. She gave up her registration to an L-188 Electra, but she's still here and in the same colors. Was last operated by the D.O.T. before Joe added her to his collection. I'll try to pop over and take some pics of his tugs for you.

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Your model looks great!

Found these two pictures for you with quick Web.

It will be difficult to make a tug that would pull a model on grass fields. I built a tug for my Connie n Concorde models but for on road tows.

Aerospecialties make DC3 tow bars http://www.aerospecialties.com/aviat...3-towbar-head/
Thanks Struts1 Ive been looking and found lots of tow rigs from that era but was unable to actually find one pulling the DC3
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Let me know if you need any photos of the real one, -FDTH is parked 2 blocks from my house. She gave up her registration to an L-188 Electra, but she's still here and in the same colors. Was last operated by the D.O.T. before Joe added her to his collection. I'll try to pop over and take some pics of his tugs for you.
Thanks Jon, if not to much to ask for I would love some pictures of the real one in the original colours. Ive done research and I thought they were bought by a small airline that had a tv shouw and were all refinished. I have only been going by the few pictures I could find in airliners.net. I would also really love pictures of the tugs he uses to tow them around as well
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Installation day for a bunch of parts. Today I will be installing Servos, 2 Switches, Batteries, 2 fuel tanks and many other parts. One step closer to getting it running and possible test flite of this big DC3. here are a few pictures to keep you up todate.

Spektrum Servo's, 2 LIFE batteries & 2 Switches


Incredible V1 gas tanks from Fourtitude RC Products. version 2 is even better.


Twin NGH GT 17cc Gas engines with 13-8 - 3 blade props


close up of NGH GT17cc with 13-8 - 3 blade prop


Fuel Dots & Center Wing mounted for final time.


Servo's, wires, gas engines, fuel tubing, fuel dots and retracts done.


more to come
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Need to mount, mark and cut cowls to go around muffler to exit thru the cowl with as little cutting as possible.
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Nice Job . Looks awesome .
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