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1933 Boeing Model 247 Model Plans

Boeing 247These plans will allow one to build the model of the twin Rolls Royce Wasp powered 1933 Boeing 247 passenger liner as shown at the left and in the photos below of the finished model, details of the plans, and the uncovered skeleton. The Boeing 247 was the first multi motored transport to be placed in scheduled operation in the United States.

Note that this is NOT a flying model as designed, but several builders have sucessfully added electric motors and remote controls to versions of this that they have modified. These plans were the winner of a design competition that was presented in Popular Aviation magazine in 1933.

The wingspan of the finished model is 23 inches, and the total length is 17.5 inches. The scale is 5/16” = 1 foot. As can be seen, the construction is tissue covered balsa, using 'stick and tissue' construction for the frame, ribs and formers.

The plans are complete and highly detailed, and can be used to construct and finish the model exactly as shown in the photo of the model below.

Multiple templates are included for the formers and ribs. They are included on pages separate from the plans themselves. This way, the plans won't be damaged if your method of construction includes cutting out the templates.

Boeing 247

These plans were originally published in 1930s aviation magazines and were not necessarily complete in that they sometimes had to be scaled to fit the magazine's pages.

In doing so, some pieces were left out or split to comply with space constraints and fit on adjoining pages. It was left to the builder to reconstruct parts or rescale the drawings where needed.

The plans that I am offering here are scanned from the originals. They are then redrawn, rescaled, and corrected where needed with the use of graphic editing programs to combine split components, correct errors and add missing parts.

Boeing 247

Unlike the originals, the plans can be printed on only one side, so that cutting one side doesn't damage something you may need on the other.

Instructions are included to enable one to print the corrected, rescaled plans full size on ANY printer, to the scale mentioned above, including the complete original instructions. I have added to the original instructions, both on the plans sheets themselves, and in a file of generic hints, that aids in building, covering, painting, balancing and flying the model when completed.

It also includes hints and tips to make your finished model an item to be proud of. The plans include the details for a scale propeller for display, and a flying propeller for... well ... flying!

These two photos to the left are of the actual completed model, covered and uncovered.

Boeing 247

These plans also include additional photos of the original aircraft and details such as those shown in the cutaway at the left to help you finish the model as detailed as you'd like.

The additional photos include items such as close-ups of the control surfaces, engines, parts of the wings, the rudder, the outside of the cockpit, etc.

These plans are totally free, but it would certainly be appropriate to consider donating something to help pay for the effort and work I've put into converting and updating these 80+ year old plans.

Most builders donate $10 or more, but you can select as little as $1 or as much as you want.The choice is up to you. Just click on the PayPal button to the right. If you do not have a PayPal account you may pay with a credit card. If you feel these plans are not worth the effort I have put into them, then by all means, you do not have to donate anything. But in either case, please enjoy the plans, and the flying model you can build from them! Thanks for your interest...

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