Originally Posted by MN-Rider
WOW and an airplane!!
Believe it or not, my wife built that RC DC-3 (long before we were married) in the late 1980's when we lived in New Hope, Minnesota, a northern suburb of Mineapolis. She's threatened to throw it out several times but I won't allow it, and have plans to refinish it at some point and possibly use it as an interesting promotional item for the electric guitars that I designed and are being built by a company in Chattanooga, TN.
It's never had the engines or any other flight systems installed, and has therefore never been flown (and never will be flown)....which is, no doubt, why it's still intact today. It was built from a long discontinued Royal kit, and has an 83 inch wingspan. She literally built it on the living room floor of her apartment. It's primarily constructed of balsa and some hardwoods, built up with bulkheads and stringers, then entirely 'planked' with balsa sheeting and then covered with a layer of hand-applied fiberglass cloth.
I can't remember exactly, but I believe the real plane it is modeled after is Dutch registered, and unfortunately, sometime in the 1990's, crashed, killing all on board.
If anyone's interested, here's a link to the actual aircraft's history and unfortunate fate...the reading is a bit choppy because of the translation from Dutch to English....
By now, you're probably sorry that you even mentioned the plane, aren't you?