Large Aluminum DC-3 Dakota Model
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Large Aluminum DC-3 Dakota Model Large Aluminum DC-3 Dakota Model
Item # AMA455

Large Aluminum DC-3 Dakota Model

Stunning Large Aluminum Replica of the Dakota DC-3 Aircraft

Regular Retail Price $1,075.00
TAILWINDS Price $799.00
Availability: In Stock
Wing Span: 38 "
Length: 25 "

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Model Plane This large aluminum DC-3 Dakota Model Airplane is a replica model of the original DC-3 aircraft that had its first flight in 1935. The DC-3 Dakota was the most popular commercial aircraft of its time and 16,079 were eventually manufactured. It was considered fast; flying West to East was only a 15 hour flight with 3 refueling stops. The DC-3 Dakota gained a reputation as the workhorse of the skies because of its ability to land just about anywhere there was a dirt or grass runway. Perhaps this is why DC-3s are still flying today in developing countries.

This handsome model of the DC-3 Dakota is so well constructed that it looks like a real DC-3 aircraft, just a smaller version. It is the use of real aluminum sheeting attached to the body of the aircraft with rivet like fasteners that give the Dakota model its authentic look. Slight antiquing is applied to the aluminum sheeting and radial engines enhancing its realistic appearance. The landing gear is extended with movable ailerons, and there are also movable rudder and elevators on the vertical and horizontal stabilizers.

The size of this model is imposing. The DC-3 Dakota model has a wingspan of over 3 feet measuring about 38 ". To stay in proportion, the length is about 25 " and from wheels to the top of the model about 6 " high. There are a variety of ways to display this stunning model. Use the silver tone deco style metal base which stands about 10" high and 5 " at the widest part. You can also place the DC-3 Dakota model on a desk, bookshelf or any flat area. Or, display this stunning model hung from the ceiling. Minor assembly is required by attaching wings to the main body by the engine mounts and affixing the propellers.

Nancys Notes: This DC-3 Dakota model is one of the finest ones Ive ever seen. What impressed me is the attention to detail on this model aircraft. I cant decide if Im more amazed at the meticulous look of the radials engines, the movable ailerons, or the fact that the landing gear is so well assembled that even the wheel wells are revealed. Ive had the DC-3 Dakota model sitting in my office for a couple of months now and everybody is immediately drawn to this aircraft. Comments are made on the excellent quality of the craftsmanship; particularly the aluminum sheeting, and the overall comprehensive design. This model is an ideal gift for the discriminating collector.

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By Trev M.
Aurora, Illinois.
March 20, 2017
I run and operate the largest DC-3 web site on the net so I know something about this aircraft as well as having flown them.

Received my DC-3, packaged nicely and safe, and I put together the wings and propellers with ease, making sure the dihedral of the wings was correct (very important). The photographs do not do this justice at all, often times the photographs make the DC-3 fuselage top looked curved, but on this model it is not in reality, and the nose isn't as sectioned as you see in the photographs, in reality the model's nose is smooth and round. Same for the cockpit windows, they look 'off in the photographs but in reality, the model is perfect here too. The overall design to specifics is 100% perfect.

I just need to decide now how to display it, using the stand that comes with it, or using fishing line to hang from the ceiling. It is the largest accurate DC-3 model I have ever seen perhaps 1/16 scale, that is HUGE!

I want to place some colored tape along the fuselage, yellow tips on the props and also on the vertical stabilizer and rudder to put a kind of livery on it with a registration to make it even more authentic. As far as I know, I believe this to be limited edition, and makes a good family air loom. Tailwinds offered the best price and delivery was fast and secure.

- Trev Morson
  • Too many Pro's here.. 100% accurate modeling, photographs do not do this justice! .. largest scale DC-3 model I have ever seen (outside of an RC model, that is not as accurate as this) lots of moving parts on this too which is a plus. Also this was my first purchase from "Tailwinds" and they did a great job with my order.
  • This model is most excellent and a 'must' purchase for anyone into the DC-3 aircraft. The attention to detail is phenomenal.
  • Really?, .. the only con, is you must be sure you get the dihedral correct on the wings when you attach them, they have a slight upward angle of about 3 degrees. You can shimmy the wings for correct upward angle underneath/hidden if you need to. That's what I did. This isn't really a con but more of a nice tip for accuracy.

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