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I have designed this plane from scratch using the software Catia. This plane was specificly designed for 3D printing, which means that it is very light (about 400 grams without electronics). There are .stl files of every part that is used on this plane (except the wooden beams - you have to buy them). To build this plane, you will need a 3D printer (you didn`t expect that, huh?), some skills with building RC models, and a lot of time, but it is worth it.

Step 1: Creating the Digital Prototype

You don`t have to do this, it is already done. It just for you to imagine how this plane was created.

Step 2: Print and Glue Together

Print the parts you need, assembly them together and glue. I used the epoxy, and it is perfect.

You will need:

  • 3D printer
  • epoxy
  • wooden beams (3x3 mm)

Step 3: Coating

I have used the ironing foil Oracover. Top is transparent red, and the bottom is pure black.

You will need:

  • Ironing foil
  • sharp knife
  • flat-iron

Step 4: Finish

There is also an idea how to box this plane when you need to travel with this plane. You wil need a huge box (I guess this one is from some graphic plotter).

Step 5: Fly and Enjoy

Nobody is perfect....

<p>what did you use for the pictures?</p>
<p>You mean type of camera? </p>
<p>Congratulations on winning the First Prize!</p>
<p>Whoa, I am so happy. I still can`t believe it :)</p>
Neither can I! :)
<p>Hi i would be very interested in things like placement of servos and electronics spec?</p>
<p>Well, I have 3 servos. I am sorry for the quality of the photo, if you want I can make you some better screenshots. <br>Motor is Dualsky XM2826EA-12, and battery is 7.4V 2100mAh Li-Po.</p>
<p>thank you that does help, do the 2 left servos control the ailiarons that are linked together?</p>
<p>All 4 ailerons are controlled by one servo. </p>
<p>thanks i see now the upside down 1 is for the ailerons, what wire did you use? also are they normal servos...</p><p>what about access for batteries and things, do you have a removable panel?</p><p>sorry for all the questions but am very interested in building it... maybe a parts list could be added to the instructable</p>
<p>I have used steel rod, diameter 1.2mm. Servos are pretty common, blue 9 grams. </p><p>There are 4 openable panels, they are all coated and cutted out.</p><p>P.S. If you really want to make this plane, I can guide you step by step. But first, let me as a question, have you ever made an RC plane? Don`t take me wrong, but this is not suitable trainee plane. In my opinion it requires some building skills, wood shaping skills and also coating skills because the foil is activated by heat, which also melt the plastic parts. <br>I know what I m talking about. My first plane was SIG Starlite Backyard, it is great trainee plane, it is easy to build and also to fly. However, my Starlite looks so terribly, that sometimes I am asking myself, how the hell can this fly?<br></p><p>So all I wanted to say is: if you don`t have the skills, you might get disappointed with the look of your plane, and it may discourage you from building any RC plane. If you want to start with this passion, I can also instruct you with building some balsa trainee plane.<br>P.S.2 If you have built some planes, I am sorry for all the talking.</p>
<p>thanks for the information, i have built foamies before but never wood, i like the idea of mixing the 3d printing along with the balsa it looks like a fun project, and i dont mind taking my time to make it well :) thanks for the concern, do you have any plans for the trainers?</p>
<p>I used to have some paper plans for the Starlite, but I don`t know if I still have them. And if so, how could I send them to you. But I am sure that if you look on the internet you will find some.</p>
<p>That is so cool! Congrats on the result from the hard work!</p>
<p>Moc pěkn&aacute; pr&aacute;ce, pane! :-)</p>
<p>Very nice work!!!</p>
very nicely done! other than the crash, does the frame hold up well to repeated landings and such? or does it need a pretty delicate hand?
<p>The frame is pretty stiff, it handles hard landings very well. Also this crash is not so serious, only front of the plane was damaged, so it was quite easy repairing. </p>
Amazing build and beautiful design, cheers!
<p>To je fakt super! </p>
What a beautiful piece of art. Wonderful job
<p>Thanks man</p>
<p>Great job. Very interesting construction. If I can ask, are You from Slovakia?</p><p>I am from Poland.</p><p>Greetings</p>
<p>Yes, I am from Slovakia</p>
<p>This is really impressive!</p><p>I've never seen a fully completed RC plane made with 3D printed parts like this. </p><p>If you felt inclined, separating the photos out into multiple steps with a bit of text in each to cover the construction processes involved, that would be <em>so</em> awesome!! :)</p>
<p>Yes, you are right. This is my first instructable, so I am just getting into it. I will separate them to steps</p>
<p>No worries! My first instructable many years ago looked very similar, and someone gave me the same basic suggestion. </p><p>I've dabbled in scratch-building rc places, so this really piqued my interest. Looking forward to seeing the details :)</p>

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