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Douglas DC-3 official build Pack 9 Options
delboy271155
#1 Posted : 11 April 2016 09:28:40

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Pack 9
Steps 1 – 13. Construct the rear undercarriage and right inner wing.



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.

Take the pieces of the rear landing gear supplied with Pack 7. Take both parts of piece SD52 and glue them together, making sure that they are exactly aligned. Smooth the joint with a file and abrasive paper.


Now take the wheel pivot SD53. Smooth off any imperfections. Apply primer to both pieces and paint them Aluminium. When dry fit the tyre SD54 to the little wheel SD53.

Complete the assembly of the rear landing wheel with two of the screws TR supplied with Pack 7 (glue the screw heads to the outside of the wheel pivot after cutting to size), as shown. Put the whole assembly safely aside to be used later.


Take the laser-cut framework from this pack, which contains pieces for the central part of the right wing. Remember to remove the pieces with a craft knife one at a time, and use a file and abrasive paper to make the outline smooth and even.


The central section of the right wing is assembled in the same way as shown in Pack 8, but symmetrically opposite. Position and glue pieces A9, A10, A11 and A12 into piece A3. Make sure that the joints are exactly at right angles.


Complete the assembly by fitting and gluing pieces A4, A5, A6, A7 and A8. Keep piece A13, included in the laser-cut sheet, to be fitted later.


Fit the stringers into all the notches of the module. File the notches if necessary so that the outer surfaces of the stringers are flush with the ribs. Apply wood filler where necessary and paint the whole assembly green.


As shown in step 8 of your instructions, take pieces C69D and C70D and use a file and abrasive paper to remove any imperfections. Prepare cladding piece A7aR and mark the lines of rivets. Apply primer and paint green as shown. Leave it to dry.


Insert and glue pieces C69D and C70D in position, as shown in the photograph.


From the lower part of the assembly, remove the piece of the stringer indicated, so as to leave an opening in the structure.

Using the dimensions shown in step 10 of your instructions, prepare covering piece A7bR. Mark and cut out the rectangle shown to provide access to the opening you have just made.


Fit and glue cladding pieces A7aR and A7bR in place as shown in the next two pictures. Align the rectangle in piece A7bR exactly with the space made in the previous step.


Complete the cladding of the assembly with covering pieces A7cR and A7dR.

Complete the central section of the right wing, following the procedure used in the central section of the left wing in Pack 8, adding the landing gear and the engine cowling for the right side of the aircraft.


Save any unused parts in a bag labeled with the stage number for future use

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#2 Posted : 11 April 2016 09:35:42

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Stages 14 – 22 Inner wing detailing.


Take both pieces SD68. Use a file and abrasive paper to remove any moulding marks. Fit and glue each piece into the lower part of the cowling of both engines (of the right wing and the left wing), as shown in the photograph.


Take pieces SD69. Use a file and abrasive paper to remove imperfections. Fit and glue the pieces onto the upper part of the cowling of both engines, as illustrated.


Accurately mask both the sections of the wings as illustrated, leaving only the engine cowling exposed. In the lower part, be careful to cover the landing gear and to mask the hollow areas completely.


Apply primer to the engine cowling and leave it to dry.


Now apply the base coat of black gloss paint. Leave it to dry.


Paint the engine cowling chrome, applying two or three light coats with the airbrush at low pressure.


Carefully remove all the masking from both the central wing sections.


Take the photo-etched grilles S42. Carefully smooth them and attach them as shown to both the central sections of the wings.

Save any unused parts in a bag labeled with the stage number for future use

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Steps 23 – 45 Detail the crew cabin and join the fuselage together.


As shown, apply primer to the rear side of the crew cabin with a brush.


When dry and without gluing it, put the crew cabin and the passenger cabin together. Then as seen in step 24, on the rear side of the crew cabin, mark the position of the aluminium stringer which separates the beige and sky blue colours of the walls of the passenger cabin.


Separate the crew cabin from the passenger cabin. Using the mark made in the previous step as a guide, make a broken pencil line, parallel with the floor, on the rear side of the crew cabin, as indicated by the arrows.


Paint the part above the line beige and the lower part sky blue. When dry mask the opening of the module, leaving a border 1mm wide round the doorway. Paint the door frame Aluminium, as shown.


Cut two pieces of a stringer to size, paint them Aluminium and glue these onto each side of the door as illustrated.


Take piece 2DOOR from the laser-cut framework supplied with Pack 2. Apply wood filler where necessary and paint both sides beige, then leave to dry.


Mask the central part of both sides and paint the edges Aluminium. Leave the paint to dry.


Now carefully remove the masking.


From a left-over piece of aluminium for the cladding, cut two pieces 6 x 3mm. Without cutting right through, mark the centre line of both pieces with a knife. Then take a punch and carefully mark four rivets on each piece, as shown.


As shown in step 31 of your instructions, fix the hinges made in the previous step to the door and let the adhesive dry. With flat-nosed pliers, carefully bend the hinges so that they are at an angle of about 90°.


With a file and abrasive paper, smooth the door handles SJ supplied with Pack 2. Apply primer and paint them Aluminium. Once dry and using the dimensions in step 32, fit them to both sides of the door, as shown.


Fix the door to the rear side of the crew cabin section as illustrated.


Following the instructions in step 34, using a craft knife or needle file, carefully remove the paint in the contact area of the joint between the crew cabin and the passenger cabin. If you do not want install lighting in your DC-3, ignore the instructions relating to the installation of the electrical system.


Fit and glue the crew cabin to the passenger cabin using the bamboo pins as a guide when joining them together. Then stand the fuselage up vertically as illustrated, to keep the two parts together while the glue dries. The crew cabin is now attached to the passenger cabin.


Prepare the final section of the fuselage (from Pack 5) to be joined to the rear part of the passenger cabin. Carefully thread a piece of soft wire through the assembly to make it easier to fit the cables for the LED lighting into the tail section. The entry and exit points of the wire is shown in the next two pictures.


With a craft knife, carefully remove the paint from the contact area between the kitchen and the passenger cabin, indicated by broken lines in the photograph of step 38.


Following step 39 of your instructions twist together the wires which emerge from the rear part of the passenger cabin and the wire which you positioned in Step 37. Tip: I soldered the two pieces of wire to the guide wire, as they pass through very small apertures in the air frame.


Pull the cables through to the rear of the plane by using the guide wire and when through remove the guide wire. Then join and glue the tail section (kitchen) to the passenger cabin using the dowel pegs as a guide. Position the fuselage vertically, as shown in the photograph, to keep the join together while the adhesive dries. The parts the fuselage shown are now permanently joined together.


If necessary, touch up the exposed surface at the rear of the cutaway slot (shown by the broken line, in step 43). Sand it carefully and paint it green with a fine brush.



Take the cladding pieces A3U5i and A3U5r supplied with Pack 6, rivet mark them and then glue them to the start of the leading edge of the wing, as illustrated.

Save any unused parts in a bag labeled with the stage number for future use
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Steps 46 – 51 Assemble the first engine.


Take these pieces supplied with Pack 5, and start assembling the first engine


Use the next two photographs to distinguish the seven pieces C28 from the seven pieces C29. Then smooth any imperfections with a file and abrasive paper.


Fit and glue the seven pieces C28 to piece C22 as shown in the photograph.


This shows the first row of cylinders in position.


Fit and glue the seven pieces C29 to piece C22 as shown.


This is how your first engine should look at this point. The assembly of the engine will be completed later.


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