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Old Nov 18, 2012, 03:30 PM
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micro cessna 172 skyhawk in red and yellow...

here is my latest build in the micro print-to-foam department.

it's done with the same techniques as my other micros.

16" WS, using ar6400, as2000L (for ailerons) a PZ J3 cub motor.
all up wieght with 160mah battery is 24.8 grams.

she flies like a dream. acually turns well with rudder only. might make another one with tail feather control only
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Old Nov 18, 2012, 08:06 PM
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very pretty! 2mm depron?
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Old Nov 18, 2012, 08:40 PM
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oh, actually no, it's 1mm pro-formance foam on everything but the wing, which is 1mm depron.
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Old Nov 18, 2012, 08:48 PM
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Good work!!!

Light weight, good performance......magical combination.

Congrats.
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Old Nov 18, 2012, 08:55 PM
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beautifull!!!
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Old Nov 18, 2012, 09:06 PM
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thank you.

Yes, if there was one thing I could impart onto a person new to building RC planes, especially micros for indoor flight, it would be BUILD LIGHT

that is why I use the print to foam method. I get the detail I want without adding hrdly any wieght.
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Old Nov 19, 2012, 02:25 AM
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Hi...
Is,it,the plans,from paper plane!?Niceeeee
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Old Nov 19, 2012, 07:47 PM
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yes! Thank you I buy tons of models from Ecardmodels.com

I manipulate the files, re-scale them, separate the components,and set some up to print on both sides of the foam, such as the wing and tail surfaces.
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Old Nov 20, 2012, 05:37 AM
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Wow....This is the most complete site for paper modelling!!!
I allready buy ,today,from them!!!Yupiiii
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Old Nov 21, 2012, 03:03 PM
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build light... yes, i forget many times that my plane belongs in the air, not crashing in the ground. im using 1mm for a 24 inch plane ive done before. you end up with a monocoque structure. very odd to work with. i love the print to foam methond and want to try it one day. i wonder how big you can go?
have you ROG'd?
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Old Nov 22, 2012, 12:43 AM
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you mean rise off ground? yes it flys inside only. so off the gym floor is no problem. gotta give it up elevator because of the not-to-scale prop. half throttle and a little up elevator and off she goes.

biggest print to foam I've done is 17" wingspan. But I belive it could be done larger. not necessarily needed for large planes though, since you have a bit more "wiggle room" to add scale details on a larger plane.

I like the print to tissue and apply to foam method for larger planes. adds some strength and a bit easier to get the depron shaped properly first before you have to worry about the detail being right.
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Old Nov 28, 2012, 08:57 AM
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Another beauty!

What printer are you currently using?

Gene K

P.S. Did you ever get your Siemens-Schuckert D.III tuned in? That model's been on my to-do list since I saw your thread.
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Old Dec 03, 2012, 01:42 PM
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hey speedy!

the printer is just a cheap simple canon MP250. about $40.

thanks! no it's just too tail heavy to correct and fly indoors, and too small to fly in the whirlwind state of kansas. it's stinkin' windy here 90% percent of the time.

However, I am working on a new set of graphics to do the siemens-schuckert in a print to foam and print to tissue combination to get the wieght down to the proper level.
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Old Dec 03, 2012, 02:40 PM
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Oh yeah, the foam printing and plane look great.

Pete
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Old Dec 04, 2012, 10:44 PM
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Thank you,

It's alot of prep work on the files and alignment, but in the end it's repeatable and the lightest form of building with a scale look that I've found.

I've been looking through the ROF skins to see what I might build next, but I might do another card model graphic plane first, a Spad XIII.
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