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Posted by Dirty Dee | Aug 14, 2018 @ 11:48 PM | 23,670 Views
With my current A330-300 project (Build Thread Here) I figured I'd make a parallel thread to show some back-of-the-house things mostly dealing with creating a 3D model of a plane from drawings and pictures.

What will this thread cover?
Rather than being a step-by-step guide, this be written assuming the reader has basic knowledge and understanding of CAD modeling features. This thread will cover "problem-solving", workflow, and my personal "best practices" when it comes to modeling a plane specifically for RC flight.

What if you are a beginner and need more direction?
Check out the blogs and threads posted by roscoedude and Longhorne as they cover more in-depth the features and functions in Solidworks. These guys were some of my inspiration and help with originally learning the software. They also have some pretty sweet designs and builds.

General Tips:
  • Don't just use technical line drawings, find real photos of the plane from different angles to better understand some of the more complex shapes. Some pictures can even be used to generate sketches if the picture was taken fairly head-on.
  • Rename features and sketches. You can search for names in the feature tree, and it helps with navigation when you want to hide/unhide/edit specific items.
  • Understand some compromises will need to be taken for construct-ability.
  • Try to focus on one part to completion before moving on to the next. This way you can group features/sketches into a folder to
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Posted by Dirty Dee | Jun 24, 2018 @ 08:46 PM | 21,136 Views
I'm compiling a thread to showcase the various ordinance I have modeled and uploaded to Thingiverse for others to download. Thread will be updated as I add more ordinance and complete painting/decals.

Model Downloads for 3D Printing
All these ordinance listed in the thread are uploaded to Thingiverse so anyone with a 3D printer can download the files and print for themselves. One thing to note is that all files are uploaded with a Creative Commons - Attribution - Non-Commercial - No Derivatives license.

Direct links to the specific parts will be posted in the various posts below. For a link to all designs I have created you can go here and browse through the list:

-Currently I am no longer providing 3D printing services. You will have to use Shapeways or reach out to folks in the 3D printing Sub-Forum or possibly the Classified.
Posted by Dirty Dee | May 04, 2018 @ 12:43 AM | 28,766 Views
Currently I am no longer printing kits for sale. The STLs are available via the Cults3D download

Link to the web-page. Download is listed at $20:

I am offering my printing services to print this cockpit set for anyone interested in doing this upgrade for their A-10.

  • All ABS parts
  • No exposed foam to gator in the sun
  • Greater scale fidelity than the stock cockpit
  • ACES II ejection seat fits 1/10th scale JHH pilot figure
  • Instrument panel modeled as A-10A variant
  • (If there is enough interest I may offer an A-10C option)

Kit Contents:
  • Unpainted ABS parts. 0.2mm layer height for all parts with the exception of the ACES II, which is 0.15mm layer height.
  • Clear PTEG piece for HUD
  • Instrument panels/gauges printed on photo paper.

Modification Requirements:
  • Canopy removal
  • Extensive cockpit foam shaving
  • Cockpit tub removal and widening
  • Canopy frame alignment with canopy piece

Pricing :
Full kit - $90 Shipped CONUS
w/o ABS decking $88 Shipped CONUS
(free decking templates will be provided for anyone wanting to cut from styrene or other sheeting material.)

Ordering Info:
Send me a PM with what you would like and if you would like to include any other A-10 accessories listed in post #4. I will then give estimated lead time as well as my PayPal information. If there is a backlog of 3+ people, you can hold off on sending a payment and I will put you in the queue. When your set is ready I will send a PM and you can then send the payment.

It takes about 3-5 days to print the full cockpit set.

Posted by Dirty Dee | Nov 24, 2017 @ 11:42 PM | 19,089 Views
Plans and instructions are free for personal use, not for commercial resale.

Original Build Thread Located Here

1/18th Scale
46.4" Wingspan w/ winglets (43.7" without)
65.3" Length
252.48 sq. in. wing area (no winglets)
AUW: 1415-1675g (3.11-3.69lbs)
Wing Loading: 28.4-33.7 oz. / sq. ft.
CWL: 21.5-25.4

(2) Changesun 50mm 11-blade EDFs w/ 4900KV motors
(1) 2650mAH 4S 35C
(2) 40A YEP ESCs
(10) HXT900 Servos (2 Ailerons, 1 Rudder, 4 Flaps, 2 elevator, 1 Nose Steering)