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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.

As can be seen below, the plans are in booklet form, inserted into plastic sheet protectors that can be used to store the templates that are cut from the plans, as well as the plans themselves.

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.

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.

Unlike the originals, the plans are all printed on only one side of the paper, so that cutting one side doesn't damage something you may need on the other.

AMPHIBThe corrected, rescaled plans are then printed full size, including complete instructions as originally written, and additional information, both added to the plans sheets themselves, and on separate pages for step-by-step help. A booklet of generic hints, is also included 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 as well as a color drawing from the cover of the magazine, as shown here. Plans are also included 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.

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1936 Howard DGA-8 Flying Model Plans ....$9.95

Plans will be shipped within 24 hours of ordering, and I will notify you by email at that time. For destinations in the United States, the shipping will be $2.00 for the first set of plans and .50 for each additional set.

For international orders, the shipping will be higher. Also be aware that your country MAY charge custom charges on arrival. These can vary considerably. If concerned, please contact your local postal service for this information.

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