Snap together Stratos Glider

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Snap together Stratos Glider by exosequitur Sep 30, 2013


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A snap together cousin of the super stratos (http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:97803) , this glueless design offers similar performance without the mess....ideal for young makers to build, without worrying about stuck fingers! A variant that can be printed on a 100MM bed can be found at http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:300168

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

Plastic: ABS

Layers: .20mm

Fill: 25%

Perimeters: 2

Solid Layers: 2

filament use / weight (3mm) : Approx 1350mm

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.

The dihedral joint is assembled by clamping along the top of the fuselage between the wings with the dihederal clip to establish dihedral angle. Clip is most asiliy installed one corner at a time mid chord and then slid fully foreward into place. Remove any adhesions, test clip and adust as necescary prior to assembly to achieve a symmetrical dihedral angle.

Insert (snap) the hook into the canopy one end at a time, pointed canopy end and open jaw of hook facing the same direction. Snap the hook / canopy assemby into the fuselage.

Slide tail into place being sure to insert the pitch adjustment tab into the elevator slot.

Flight Notes:

Launching is by hand or with a 1/16" to 1/8" rubber band.

Test and adjust by hand launching first.

A slight elevator - up reflex is required for non-inverted flight. This is accomplished by adjusting the rudder locking tab to less or more engaged in the fuselage. there are two settings and a latch to prevent unwanted movement.

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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Printed one, but it nose-dived and now broke the front section off of the rest of the body xD
Printing another to hopefully fly!
Nice model btw

Jul 18, 2015 - Modified Jul 18, 2015

I could not get the snap in wing clamp to rotate in so I slid it down from the rear of the plane and it worked well. I also added a dab of super glue to the windshield to be safe during a crash.
Nice design.

Can I just say, this is a fantastic glider. You've engineered it very well. I love how the clip slides on and gently pulls the wings up with the holes placed perfectly to smooth the bend to the end of the wing. Bravo!

Any words of wisdom for a newbie? Been trying to print this off, adjusted printer adjusted as per instructions, wings end up looking a bit moth eaten. Filaments runs aren't thick enough,( decrease entered filament size)? Run it even hotter(at 232 now) ? FF printer.

Can you put the individual piece files up? Tail broke and I don't want to print the whole thing. Thanks

I would love to upload photos of my make, but both flew away! Nice little glider. Printing more now :-)

On my printer the front slot of the rudder always turns out too filled to enable me to push the pin in there.

What a beautiful little glider! I made this with a raft and it peeled off nicely with a spatula. Flies straight as an arrow.