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Aug 17, 2019, 10:40 AM
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Aero Commander 500S

Over the last year I have build an Aero Commander 500S
I started with some old drawings from Palmer Plans and scaled them so the plane would fit in my car.

Scale: 1:8.33
Spann: 1800mm
Weight: 3,25kg painted (3,1kg no paint)
Power: 3536 on 4s 4000mah - 10x6 counter rotation propellers 4-5min flight time.
13 canals used, Throttle, Rudder, Elevator, Aileron, Gear, Flaps.

Printed on a 300x300x400 size printer with a 0,25 / 0,40 nozzle. I use a home build CoreXY.
3D printed landing gear, spinners, wheels and tires.
Print time ~ 500hrs.

The plane fly well. It rolls and loops and do can fly slow for landing without tip stalling.

Here is a short video of the second flying prototype:

Krunder Aerospace Aero Commander 500S (2 min 51 sec)

I am working on a manual ATM and it takes some time, but once I am done I will upload the plane so you can print your own.
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Aug 17, 2019, 04:55 PM
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Nice job. Looks good.
Aug 17, 2019, 06:04 PM
It flies? I like it!
Aug 17, 2019, 11:11 PM
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Looks fantastic
Aug 18, 2019, 02:30 AM
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I'd love to see a light weight belly lander version featuring optional STL files with no landing gear structure in the engine nacelles, no provision for a nose gear, and perhaps some extra longitudinal stringers inside the fuselage bottom.
Aug 18, 2019, 03:48 AM
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Awesome. I am really impressed. What CAD software did you use?
Aug 18, 2019, 08:35 AM
Anti-gravity = Lots of Watts
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Well done!
Aug 18, 2019, 09:36 AM
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Thanks for all the nice words. I am happy to see fellow 3D printers who also loves planes.

I do not plan to make any changes to the design.

You could make one without gear. The mount for gear and motor is held in place inside the nacelle with the same carbon tubes that hold the wing in place, so you can remove the main gear with the slicer. The cut outs can be covered with foil.
The nose gear is build into the fuselage. I would cover the bottom of the fuselage with foil to close the hole for the nose gear and make the plane stronger and slide a bit better.

You would loose about 400g, but then you would stand with a 160mm wide fuselage and think: How do I hold this bastard? It would be nice with wheels...

Fusion 360
Last edited by Krunder; Aug 18, 2019 at 09:45 AM.
Aug 20, 2019, 09:13 AM
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Aug 21, 2019, 11:36 AM
Team of ONE....or...Team Me
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Sweet, nicely done and thanks for sharing the pics.
Aug 25, 2019, 04:34 AM
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I'm really keen, I've been hoping to build an Aero commander for a while but quite a bit smaller. I love watching the old footage of Bob Hoover flying his Shrike. I'd build one of these just to have a static model hanging from the roof.

Aug 26, 2019, 04:49 PM
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Oh man that is just awesome - thank you! It's really, really cool!

This plane is just what I've wanted for many years. I know nothing about 3d printing and won't be investing in such a machine. Any good printing services recommended? Can someone design retractable gear for this?

Thanks again!
Aug 27, 2019, 09:34 AM
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Yes Bob Hoover was a great pilot. I bought the drawings for this model in 2003 after seeing a demo from Vegas Air Race (I think) on video but didnt find the time to build it until now.

I allready build retractable gear... Not scale and no doors... But it works fine and hold ok for rough landings and fast taxing.

Aero Commander 500s Landing Gear (0 min 24 sec)
Last edited by Krunder; Aug 27, 2019 at 09:58 AM. Reason: spelling
Aug 28, 2019, 12:41 AM
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It looks really great, would you sell its files? I really want to do one.
Aug 30, 2019, 08:35 AM
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The files will be uploaded once I am done with the final testprint and the manual. The plane will be free so please have a little patience with me.

Where is the best place to upload?

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