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1936 Howard DGA-8 Flying Model Plans

amphibThese plans will build the rubber powered flying model of the 1936 DGA-8. The original, in my opinion, is one of the better of Benny Howard's many famous designs, as shown at the left. An amazingly “modern”, sleek design, considering the year of it's creation, that can certainly be called a classic.

The wingspan of the finished model is 24 inches, and the total length is 15 inches. 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 to the left.

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

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

AMPHIBThese 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, and some pieces left out to comply with space constraints. It was left to the builder to construct parts or rescale the drawings where needed.

The plans that I am offering are scanned from the originals, but then, using the computer, are rescaled, corrected and redrawn where needed to combine split components, correct errors and add missing parts.

AMPHIBUnlike 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 not only include instructions for printing FULL SIZE plans on ANY size paper, but the details for a scale propeller for display, and a flying propeller for... well ... flying!


This close-up of the side view, shows some of the detail that is present in the construction. This view also shows a suggested construction method for the model engine for this aircraft. It shows the method, dimensions and placement of the parts, including the fullsize crankcase, cylinders and their fins, push rods, spark plugs, etc. Other views have more detail of the engine and it's parts from other angles.

This detail is present throughout the entire model, so the builder can choose any level of finishing.

The drawings and dimensions for the plans were taken originally in the 1930s directly from the full size aircraft, and reflect the original very accurately.


This last close-up of the front view also shows some more detail for the model engine for this aircraft, as well as construction of the wheel pants and struts.

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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