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Offline National Playmographic

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Douglas DC3 / C47 Dakota
« on: April 10, 2016, 19:27:57 »
Hi everyone!

New (and probably long) project.. I've made up my mind to transform a 4310 passenger jet to a classic propeller plane.
As always, the process will be documented here. Ideas welcome!

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First, some reference pics i'll use for the design/adaptation






Then some ideas and scale reference from blueprints.. seems this is going to be a complete overhaul of the playmobil flying machine





I'll keep you posted with the progress

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Re: Douglas DC3 / C47 Dakota
« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2016, 03:38:50 »
Looking forward to it!
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Re: Douglas DC3 / C47 Dakota
« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2016, 01:26:50 »
A classic Dakota, that is once again a very interesting project!

Ideas welcome!

Maybe parts from the 5560 firefighting aircraft could be of some use, like (partly) the straight wing, the engines with the propellors, ... ?
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Re: Douglas DC3 / C47 Dakota
« Reply #3 on: April 12, 2016, 05:45:28 »
Thanks mcruran and hadoque!

I gave the 5560 a thought, but afeter a moment I realized the engines are quite bigger than those and probably have to be built from scratch. For the propellers i'll be using triple ones (from a 5916 chopper), and 5560's are double.

I'll try to post the first pictures later today.
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Re: Douglas DC3 / C47 Dakota
« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2016, 15:52:35 »
Wow!  What an adventure!  Good luck. :wave:

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Re: Douglas DC3 / C47 Dakota
« Reply #5 on: April 16, 2016, 11:22:22 »
Some blueprints for starters...
















This is going to be the most difficult part, the fuselage and wing joint... ideas welcome












And finally, a very first & crude mockup




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Re: Douglas DC3 / C47 Dakota
« Reply #6 on: April 16, 2016, 20:19:28 »
I assume you´re going to shorten the propellors? (otherwise it would look too much like a V-22 tiltrotor-aircraft)
The fuselage-wing joint indeed seems the most challenging issue...
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Re: Douglas DC3 / C47 Dakota
« Reply #7 on: April 17, 2016, 11:03:16 »
Yep, the propellers will be properly shortened and rounded of course! In fact, if you closely inspect the last pic, there's a mark with the intended length on the inner blade.

I'm also looking for a playmo part for the landing gear resembling this. Any ideas?

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Re: Douglas DC3 / C47 Dakota
« Reply #8 on: April 24, 2016, 09:50:08 »
Some progress...

I started on the tail, stabilizers, rudder and elevators














One wing is already cut




And one more rough mockup





Hope you all like it.. comments and suggestions welcome!

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Re: Douglas DC3 / C47 Dakota
« Reply #9 on: April 24, 2016, 12:43:20 »
Great! Can't wait to see how it turns out!  :love: :love: :love:
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