ESM DC-3 III Color C Camouflage 103.9" Wingspan Model ARF
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ESM DC-3 III Color C Camouflage 103.9" Wingspan Model ARF

MSRP: $739.95
Out of Stock
 
$549.00
 
Item# (ESMDC3III-104CAF)
UPS Ground in the contiguous US calculated on basket page. - Must call for air shipping quotes.

 

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  • Full Scale
Ted's DC3

At last conditions were perfect for the maiden flight of the DC 3: wind 5 - 10 mph from the east straight down the runway, everything on board the model functioning properly. Two DLE 20s synched to within 300 rpm of each other at 8,300 at full throttle swinging 13.5 X 10 Master Air Screw props, the 3rd controller for the Version 3 retracts also functioning perfectly. I expected at least a 2 - 300 ft. takeoff run, but at full throttle the DC 3 flew itself off the grass runway in 75-100 ft. with the flaps down at approximately 15 degrees. With gear and flaps up, speed was considerably higher than I expected, so the DLE 20 engines are a good choice for the plane, and I flew around at half throttle still faster than scale speed. No trim adjustments were necessary, but I did find the DC 3 fairly sensitive to aileron input, had to be careful to keep the banks < 30 degrees but didn't have to revert to low aileron rates, instead now have added -50 exponential. At altitude with the plane slowed, full flaps produced no ballooning, and the stall was straight ahead. The only error I made was letting the DC 3 get too slow on landing resulting in a hard bump on ground contact.

-Ted

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ESM Douglas DC-3, 103.9" wingspan

The Douglas DC-3 produced by ESM, is yet another top notch RC scale airplane design to excite you with both appearance and performance. ESM of China has been importing RC scale airplanes into the USA and Canada for a few years now, and in that time ESM has become recognized as a new industry leader in highly detailed, great flying, ARF's. Not only are the ESM ARF's highly detailed, and great flying, they are extremely affordable for anyone to enjoy!

The DC-3, as with all of ESM's RC scale airplanes, come already painted at the factory, have pre-applied decals (which are then covered with a clear coat at the factory), have factory functional flaps (if the full scale version also had flaps), and come with one of the more complete hardware packages anywhere...including screws, rods, fuel tanks...etc.

All ESM planes are painted with a very high quality enamel paint which is resistant to oil, grease, and fuels. The high gloss paints are of course easier to clean than the low gloss. These paints can be painted over for weathering and the like.

Most ESM scale RC airplanes have poly resin fiberglass fuselages, with the wings being typical built up, and then covered with an etched polyester film, which is then painted for a perfect match! While all ESM scale RC planes come from the factory with conventional gear and wheels, ESM also offers a complete line of retracts for each individual plane, adding to the level of scale realism that all scale pilots look for in an ARF. It doesn't end there, ESM offers separately a full line of scale accessories like bombs, gear doors, pilots, external fuel tanks and more, specifically designed to help those builders who want the most realism possible, without having to spend hours designing and building all these extra scale goodies.

Here at TBM we know that things can happen, and because of this, we work very hard with ESM to provide you with many spare parts. Simply refer to your warranty for further information as to parts availability.

The ESM DC-3, as with all of the ESM line of ARF scale RC airplanes, look and fly so realistically that we are confident that you will be extremely pleased !!! ESM is continually working on producing new RC scale aircraft, and most of these new offerings will be available with wingspans of 80 inches or more so that they will meet or exceed IMAA legal requirements...so be sure to come back often to see what new ARF scale RC aircraft TBM and ESM have coming out!

Wing Span: 103.9"
Length: 70.5"
Wing area: 8.33 sq. ft.
Wing Loading: 38.1 oz/sq. ft.
Flying Weight: 19.8 lbs. *Weight Information
Radio: 6 ch & 12 servos
Gas Engine: 2 - 17 - 20 cc gas engines
Glow Engine: 70 2-cycle (91 4-cycle)
Prop Recommendation:: 3 blade is scale
Servo Recommendations: : 100 oz-sq-in minimum - HD-1501, Hitec 645MG, Hitec 5645MG, DS-8309TG
Prop Recommendations: : 3-blade is scale.

FEATURES:

The Douglas DC-3, as with all of ESMís scale models, is loaded with features never before found in such low priced ARF's, resulting in highly detailed, great looks, and great flying ARF's!

The detailed fuselage is poly resin fiberglass, with scale panel lines and rivets molded right in. Wings are typical built up construction, include pre-designed cavities and mounting blocks for optional scale retracts, and have factory constructed flaps, all of which is then factory covered with an etched polyester film. All parts are finally expertly painted right at ESM's factory, and once dry, all scale decals are pre-applied, and are then covered with a factory clear coat for protection.

All ESM planes are painted with a very high quality enamel paint which is resistant to oil, grease, and fuels. The high gloss paints are of course easier to clean than the low gloss. These paints can be painted over for weathering and the like.

The ESM Douglas DC-3 comes from the factory with conventional gear and wheels, and one of the more complete hardware packages anywhere...including screws, rods, fuel tanks...etc. ESM also offers a complete line of retracts for each individual plane, adding to the level of scale realism that all scale pilots look for in an ARF.

  • Factory painted in authentic paint scheme, and pre-applied decals, covered with clear coat.
  • Functional flaps
  • Factory installed pushrod guide tubes.
  • All hardware included (screws, rods, fuel tanks etc...)
  • Epoxy resin fiberglass fuselage and cowl, built up wings, covered with special covering which pain adheres to, and finished with a flat paint scheme, decals pre-applied and clear coated!
  • Hardware package and illustrated instruction manual included.










ESMDC31.pdf - 3.6 MB

Important Addendum: Regarding CG in ESM Manuals

About the C-47 / DC-3

"The bazooka, the jeep, the atom bomb, and the DC-3" was Dwight Eisenhower's phrase, summing up the key equipment of the Allied victory in World War II. This immortal plane was designed by A. E. Raymond and E. F. Burton in 1935. More than 13,000 were built. Of these 10,123 were built for the military, 487 on license by Japan, almost 2,000 in Russia, and more than 800 for civil airlines just before the war. Many of these planes saw service after the war as military and civil pianes around the world. They played an important role in the 1948 Berlin Airlift. During the war in Vietnam old C-47s were transformed into ground attack gunships. Today there are C-47s and DC-3s still flying. This may well be the finest plane in the history of aviation.

The origin of the C-47 is closely and directly connected with the appearance of the Douglas DC-3, which made its first flight on December 17, 1935, and first went into service with American Airways in June, 1936, on the New York-Chicago run. The military had acquired a few of the earlier plane, the DC-2, and proceeded to order the new plane as well, in a reinforced and higher-powered version adapted to military service. The first orders were placed in 1940, and the first production models were delivered to units the following year.

When the United States went to war, the need for transport planes increased, especially in the Pacific theater. Better performance at high altitude was required in order to fly over the Himalayas between India and China. For this purpose the C-47B was developed, with more powerful engines and greater fuel capacity. The other main production version was the C-53, the Skytrooper, which was expressly designed for troop transport, parachute drops, and glider towing. Several other versions were produced. Although they had different designations, they varied only in engines, cabin arrangement, and cargo capacity.

The two-engine Douglas was the only transport available in substantial numbers when the United States entered the war, and it was used on all fronts. Before large-scale offensive operations such as the Sicilian landing, the Burma offensive, and the Normandy landing (with more than 1,000 C-47s present), these planes played an essential role in transporting supplies and material to Allied powers. During the first years of the war the main routes were from the United States to Great Britain and the Soviet Union, and from India to China. The RAF employed about 2,000 of these planes, some of them in other parts of the Commonwealth. This version was called the Dakota. After the war many C-47s were declared surplus and sold. The rest stayed in service in the American Air Force for another two decades. The last RAF Dakota made its final flight on April 4, 1970.


 

 

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