RC plane with brushless motor - ABS plastic and PS Foam hybrib

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RC plane with brushless motor - ABS plastic and PS Foam hybrib by northshore Oct 27, 2012

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24 Nov - Updates to the full ABS version with a 1400mm wing span also available http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:33732

06 Nov - Slight tweaks to the rudder and tail fin... nothing that could not be done during the fitting process, just a minor refinement.

04 Nov - To avoid any confusion I have reduced the nunmber of files here and published a separate model for the full ABS version.

1 Nov - Updated nose cone / engine mount.

30 Oct - Instructions updated.

Based on a cub / trainer design aircraft, this thing is under construction to be a fully printable remote control aircraft.

More pics and the rest of the design to come as soon as I get a couple of parts from Hong Kong to complete the fuselage. The default pic is the assembled hull plus wings, pending reinforcement of the nose section with carbon tissue and then the heat shrink skin over the rest of the body.


30 Oct - V3 rear stabiliser and matching rudder added. Increased surface area and more aerodynamic profile.

27 Oct - added a nose cone to go with the tail section.. no more foam .. !!! big hooray here.. ! also have added a more aerodynamic version of the stabiliser and control surface.

I have tested all of the components for this model, its incredibly strong easy to fly and forgiving in a crash.

AUW is around 520g, depending on motor, esc and battery selection. Version 2 fuselage, with an ABS nose and tail section adds around 200g.. (am refinihng these prints), but is still within the power range for the standard motor and prop.

Have trashed 2 foam models in flight and crash testing the of the components, none of which have broken or failed.

Always happy to see someone with much more experience than me at this take it to a new level.. :).

There is a lot of material in the main structural component of the plane, the battery and servo housing, as experience has taught me that its this part of the structure which cops most of the force in a crash. While the designs can always be refined, this is the structure which will retain the battery and without ripping the electronics out in the event of a sudden stop.

Please note the instructions are a guide... they will include pics of each stage and notes where required re print settings.

The printed parts are generally designed to fit tight, so some drilling or trimming is required to get a the appropriate fit, along with a few spots of super glue.

You will need some familiarity with the process of building and wiring models of this type. Links are included in the instructions for the parts I have used, with variation for performace, battery life and AUW easily accommodated.

All parts are printed using ABS.

Good luck.. and enjoy.. :)

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Hello, i am planning on building this plane but i cant find the printable nose section. Where can i find it?

Might print this for my dad

i like your plane great work

hi Koo.. its not tubing.. its a heat shrink adhesive film.

What size heat shrink tubing did you use for the wings and body.

Updated instructions posted.

If anyone can work on the nose section stl that would be great... am having trouble with Sketch Up in refining the design to add a 3mm shelf at the firewall location to screw a cowling onto.

 Pleasure Kool..:) glad you like it.. :) watch out for the updated files... new rudder, tail fin and tail section loaded today.... taking out a bit of weight and improving operational fit.. :).

This is Awesome! My Father owned a hobby shop for years and had to build these things the "old fashioned" way for customers.Wait til I print up one and send it to him...he's gonna be so pissed! As stated previously, what a fantastic idea. Makes me want to build a printer for my Dad. Thank you for your time and effort.

instructions not published yet, am compiling them as I complete the revisions to the stl files.. I expect they will be available this week as the material I am waiting on from HKG should arrive shortly.

You mention a pdf with instructions, where can I find it?

hi bigjon... thanks.. :) am getting the hang of it now, after 6 fairly long months.. !.

Caution when printing, is still a work in progress.. posting updated tail fin and rudder as well as the tail fin bracket shortly.. will also need to modify the elevator files so they can support a carbon strut as they were too big to fit on the build plate... Cheers.. Chris

What a fantastic thing! this could push things to a new level, with a whole new group of nerds to attack with 3d printing!!!

I'm going to build one asap

Thanks for your time devoloping this