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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 thingiverse.com/exosequitur/designs

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

Now with better looks and performance! the old model is still on here too...and an improved, unbranded version with dihedral is available at threedsy.com

For tips on printing these, drop by my blog at threedsy-com.myshopify.com/blogs/news ...and if you like our models, keep us designing for you instead of flipping burgers...purchase one of our premium designs from the site!

If you liked the Stratos, you'll probably love the Monarch! With a little bit of retro feel and a more organic appearance, this glider now holds the title of my highest performing flyer! (edit - not any more, check out the Super Stratos at thingiverse.com/thing:97803) Flying slightly better than my very popular stratos (not the Super Stratos) glider ( thingiverse.com/thing:31944 ), the monarch even looks great standing still! Enjoy!

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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.

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.

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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.

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Respirology on Jan 1, 2014 said:

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.

Respirology on Jan 1, 2014 said:

My fault, one piece failed to print?

jp7189 on Dec 18, 2013 said:

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.

boxsci on Jun 14, 2013 said:

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!

samkass on Mar 30, 2013 said:

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.

pottiepie on Mar 26, 2013 said:

Pardon my ignorance, but how do you use the launcher?

exosequitur on Mar 28, 2013 said:

hook up a long rubberband, launch using the hook on the bottom front of the airplane....have fun!

DarioCorsetti on Feb 15, 2013 said:

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!

pasquinade on Jan 25, 2013 said:

It flies great! Nice design!

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