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Monarch Glider

by exosequitur, published

Monarch Glider by exosequitur Jan 16, 2013

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Description

This is one of my older planes - its a good flyer, but there's a lot of better ones available to print now!

check them out at http://www.thingiverse.com/exosequitur/designs

Too big? A similar Full sized glider that can be printed on a 100MM bed can be found at http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:300168

Videos:
http://goo.gl/6o795H
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPl3sYQPwMY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUUEdk1EsTg

Launcher and tools:
http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:95765

Link to lots more premium gliders: http://threedsy.com

My Favorite / Best Gliders FREE here on thingiverse
Stratos Snap together: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:158421
Stratos 100mm bed: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:300168
Stingray Snap Together: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:158430
Super Stratos: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:97803
F47 Jet 100mm: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:300301
Big F16 Jet: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:96242
Monarch Classic: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:42637

Link to help on printing glider wings: http://threedsy.com/blogs/news/7974289-3d-printing-airplane-wings-and-other-membrane-structures

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very good, made a few, be careful you do not fly into a wall, they are fragile!
My fault, one piece failed to print?
Printed this, printed well, however, there is no physical feature to mount the cockpit to the fuselage...seems pretty crucial. Going to use CA glue and hope the center of gravity is where it should be.

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Instructions

Description: An efficient conventional glider, ideal for looping flights and long glides.

Plastic: ABS

Layers: .15mm

Fill: 25%

Perimeters: 2

Solid Layers: 2

filament use / weight (3mm) : Approx 1100mm

Orientation:
first layer lentghwise (0 degrees to fuselage), altrenate by 90 degrees. A 45 degree (or non right angle) axis will cause asymetrical wing warping under load (bad).

Build Notes:
Allow to cool before carefully removing from build platform. The wings are easily deformed during removal, and must be absoultely symmetrical for proper flight. Removal with a very thin plastic spatula (print one!) is preferred. Test fit all parts and trim if necesary prior to final assembly with a very small amount of CA Glue.

Flight Notes:

Launching is by hand or with a 1/16" (1.7mm) rubber band.

Test and adjust by hand launching first.

A slight elevator - up reflex is required for non-inverted flight. This is accomplished by latching the elevons up on the relex tabs on the aft end of the fuselage. A tiny drop of glue will prevent the elevons from moving from their latched position.

A gradual test/adjust cycle is recommended. To correct turning or spiraling, differential elevator control (elevon) is preferred, though some aileron bending may be needed if the wings are warped from improper bed removal. Carefully bend this in with finger pressure, but avoid creasing or excessive strain.

very good, made a few, be careful you do not fly into a wall, they are fragile!
Printed this, printed well, however, there is no physical feature to mount the cockpit to the fuselage...seems pretty crucial. Going to use CA glue and hope the center of gravity is where it should be.
My fault, one piece failed to print?
This is my favorite glider! I've printed these all the way up to 140% scale and they all work great. The little mini monarch is small enough to make a complete loop in my living room.
I just built 4 of these to play around with at a family outing. Took one for a test flight and was blown away. Incredible distance, dramatic loops, and all kinds of fun.

FYI, I Dremel'ed the groove in the underside of the 'cockpit' then superglued the front fin into it. Makes for much easier and stronger assembly and only takes a sec. For about 50 cents of plastic and a 30 minute build, these are hours of entertainment. Thanks! Love it.
I'll be trying out the space shuttle version from your site soon. Got a ball field nearby perfect for losing one over the fence!
Tried printing at 66% on a Replicator 2 with MakerWare and the front slot was way too thin to slide in the cockpit/launch hook. Will have to experiment to make it fit on the build plate.
Pardon my ignorance, but how do you use the launcher?
hook up a long rubberband, launch using the hook on the bottom front of the airplane....have fun!
Ok I figured to launch it like a catapult. Initially the plane kept crashing into the launcher
Printed in PLA with 0.2mm layer height. Even with diagonal infill it was good. Yeah, it was 'cause I cannot resists to launch it indoor repeatedly until I broke it (it was too cold outside :-). I plane to print some more and also try ABS.
It's really funny, great job!
It flies great! Nice design!
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