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
ProsToo 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.
ConsReally?, .. 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.