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martin perman11/06/2018 18:36:53
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There's an interesting article in RCM&E on the building and flying of a model PT17 biplane made on a Plastic 3D printing machine, it has a 48" wingspan.

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Neil Wyatt11/06/2018 19:53:50
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I've seen a video of an electric, aerobatic spitfire that was 3D printed.

XD 35111/06/2018 19:54:11
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If you have a look on youtube at the CNC KITCHEN channel he does a ME 109 and flies it , you can buy the stl files on the net for this and i believe a few other planes .

Bazyle11/06/2018 21:38:08
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There was a 3D printed 'plane at MEX at Sandown about 4 years ago.

martin perman11/06/2018 21:52:26
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I dont think I will bother pointing out stuff in the future smiley

martin perman11/06/2018 21:52:59
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I dont think I will bother pointing out stuff in the future smiley

V8Eng11/06/2018 23:35:40
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Posted by martin perman on 11/06/2018 21:52:59:

I dont think I will bother pointing out stuff in the future smiley

Well I had never heard about this and would not have even considered the idea as feasible, probably thinking (apparently erroneously) that weight would be a major problem.

So thanks for pointing me to an interesting lead.

XD 35112/06/2018 08:26:24
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Posted by martin perman on 11/06/2018 21:52:59:

I dont think I will bother pointing out stuff in the future smiley

Just because some of have seen something similar doesn't mean that your good gesture was futile , there are many readers of this forum that have little or no experience with 3d printing but are into model planes that will find that article very interesting . I don't read RCM&E so i would have never known the article existed but i may hunt down that issue for a look ! 😀

V8Eng ,

The me 109 had most of the parts printed with a 0.2mm wall thickness and the biggest problem was warping as the prints cooled .It was printed in a clear plastic that showed off the internal structure - even if one never intended to fly it , it did make a nice looking model !

Oldiron12/06/2018 09:01:00
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Martin P . Many people who have read your post probably never comment on ANY post and probably don't contribute to that publication.. I would not take it to heart too much.

regards

SillyOldDuffer12/06/2018 10:05:08
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Please keep it coming Martin - certainly not 'old-news' to me!

martin perman12/06/2018 10:26:39
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Thanks for the comments, the smiley implied tongue in cheek.

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Neil Wyatt12/06/2018 15:42:06
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You could have pepped up your post with a link (RCME is one of our titles):

www.modelflying.co.uk/news/article/rcme-july-2018-issue-preview/26389

"PLASTIC SURGERY

Bespoke 3D printing meets a Great Lakes bipe"

And:

"PT-17 STEARMAN

Chris Bott throws caution to the wind and pieces together a large bundle of 3D-printed parts"

 

Edited By Neil Wyatt on 12/06/2018 15:43:09

Jeff Dayman12/06/2018 17:01:43
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FYI Cox in the USA offered a PT19 trainer in the 1970's made of injection moulded polypropylene. It came complete with one of their .049 engines and hardware for CL flying. They also offered an air race style high speed model in purple polypropylene as I recall.

A screen capture pic from Ebay of one of the PT19 kits is below.

cox-pt19.jpg

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