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P38 Lightning (Scaled Up) ( 72 in. / 183 cm ) new150.00 Eur.


The P38 Lightning (Scaled Up)
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P38 Lightning (Scaled Up)
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This is a scaled up version of the 3dlabprint P-38 with 183cm wingspan and 2300g of bare print weight.

Apart from being a huge model and probably a great flier, the original is so this one can only fly better, scaling up these planes doesn´t come free of problems, minor problems in this case:

1. Finding retracts to suit at 100% may not be easy, you may have to adapt, which should not be that hard with adapter plates with holes for the airframe fixing positions and holes for the retracts you find. holes in the fuselage are spaced 36mm side to side and 33 mm front to back. Plate size is 46X40mm

2. Servos. Available space is 29mm long by 16mm wide by 30mm tall.

3. Motor. Supplied motor mounts will have holes spacing 23mm X 31mm center to center. Holes are 5.5mm width so there is plenty of room to use M4 screws and some washers. Motor housing depth is 45mm with the thinner motor mounts and approximately 30mm with the long motor mount. 2 pairs are supplied.

Also supplied are 4 printed spinners for 2 and 3 blades propellers and printed templates to bend the retracts piano wires.

The servos and the motors are easy to adapt, the retracts, you will have to search on HK or other model supplies website for something close to the dimensions I supplied, I can take more measures if needed.

This superb P-38 is printed with a wider nozzle so the walls are thicker than on the normal version making it much more resistant than the normal 3d printed models, this can be done because this model is larger, the print weight is around 2300g. Not much for a 1.83m span plane.


Available Files

Here you can find the manual for the P38 Lightning (Scaled Up).

Download Manual


Recommended CA Glue

Glue:
HK Medium thickness CA

Accelerator:
HK Accelerator

Note:
This glue and accelerator have been tested and work on PLA, not all glues and accelerators, specially the accelerators work well. If you purchase the P38 Lightning (Scaled Up) Kit I will include a piece of printed PLA so you can do your tests.


Recommended Power Sets

You can find links to the power sets components in the user manual.
Download Manual


Hot weather

In the Summer it's advisable to not let a PLA printed plane inside the car under the sun, it might become deformed. Also, at the flying field, planes made of darker colors PLA or painted with dark colors can become hot and can become deformed, leave your printed plane in the shade.

The solution to these issues is to print your planes in PET-G that will resist to heat up to 90-100C without any problems.


More Videos

3DLabPrint 3D Printed Airplanes has uploaded the following P38 Lightning (Scaled Up) to their Youtube Channel.
P38 Lightning (Scaled Up) Videos

Details: Full Details
ID: 100234
Type: Airplane
Class: Radio-Control
Use: Fighter
Motor: Electric-Powered
Wingspan: 72 in. / 183 cm
Publisher: 3dlabPrint
Designer: 3dlabprint
Material:Plastic-ABS

About 3D Printed Model Airplanes
If you have doubts about how these models are designed, printed and how the fly, this page is for you.

Before anything else, watch this video.

The most common question I get is:

-How do these planes fly?

The video at the right is from FliteTest's Youtube channel, they installed cameras on the plane and filmed it in flight with a drone, these images are not only spectacular but they also allow us to see the behavior of the plane in flight. Enjoy!

This P-38 in the video requires:

  • 12 channels radio if you don´t use y-cables.
  • 4-5 full days straight to print on one printer if everything goes well.

All our 3D Printed planes are here.


About 3DLabPrint models

These models are designed by Stepen in the Czech Republic, are easy and quick to build and have excellent flight characteristics. The gear is pretty standard, usually 9 or 12 grams servos and two power setups are usually suggested, one composed of high quality motor, ESC and battery and another made from inexpensive HobbyKing stuff but still very capable and with good performance.

When you build from a plan or when you assemble a wood kit, usually you add parts to a developing structure, you may have the fuselage done then you may add a servo tray then you may add a motor mount and so on, on these printed planes everything is built with full integration in mind, all the internal reinforcements, all the linkages, all the ducts for wiring, all the fixtures are one with the structure, in fact, many times you have ducts for the servo wires acting as an internal wing reinforcement.

This is a revolutionary way of thinking or better, a revolutionary way of fabricating model airplanes because many of us had already thought about how good this kind of approach could be but actually doing it has always been the problem.

Even with the advent of high quality/low cost 3D printers this has not became immediately possible, it took a very gifted person, Stepen, to create a design method and correspondent print setting to make these marvelous models possible.

I hope you are not afraid to try the latest in model airplane construction, I´m sure you will be delighted with these amazing model airplanes.

A FAQ page with answers to the most common questions can be found here.

All questions are welcome. Please contact us here.


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Complete Kit:

Complete KIT.
Material:
PLA is rigid, heat resistant to about 60C, prints well with good finishing, best choice for model planes.
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ABS is about 10% lighter than PLA, heat resistant up to about 90C, single walls are more fragile than PLA, good for solid parts, sanding and painting.

Pet-G weights the same as PLA, is strong, heat resistant up to about 90C, more flexible than PLA, more difficult to print, finishing not as good as PLA but a good choice for warmer climates.
Color:
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Multiple Colors:

As in Main Picture:
Notes:

*Important Please send me a message explaining how the colors will be used.

**Each part can only have one color, please download the pdf manual to see how the models are split.

Ships to: United States
Shipping: Ships in 2-3 business days by "Priority Mail", double wall strong cardboard box all pieces bubble wrapped, traceable on your national mail system tracking page and on ctt.pt.

Ordering a 3D Printed "P38 Lightning (Scaled Up)"" Kit
This tool allows you to calculate the cost of printing and shipping the P38 Lightning (Scaled Up) model airplane kit and/or spare parts.

How to order:
  1. Set the options on the left and click the "Calculate" button
  2. Change the options as needed and click "Calculate" button again.
  3. When you're happy with the results click the Paypal Button and finish the checkout at Paypal´s website.
  4. I will review the order, print and ship.
  5. Please keep an eye on your email inbox and SPAM folders.
  6. Printing the P38 Lightning (Scaled Up) takes approximately 72 hours on one single printer, thankfully we have more than one printer so your kit will be produced just in just a fraction of that.
Packaging & Postage:
  1. Larger parts individually packed in bubble wrap film so nothing gets lost or damaged.
  2. Double cardboard box.
  3. Priority Airmail. The tracking number will be sent to you and posted at Paypal´s website
Note:
  1. The PDF Assembly manual has links to web pages where you can obtain the needed electronics and even some supplies.
  2. On multiple kits orders, each kit will be shipped on an individual box, it wouldn't be cheaper to ship combined.

Terms of Service.
Please read the 3D Printing Service Terms of Use before placing an order.

About the 3D File source:

The P38 Lightning (Scaled Up) was designed by 3DLabPrint and will be printed by AeroFred as a service.

Model Printing and Order Processing:

Printing a model airplane requires many hours of printing, typically, for the models we sell, between 24 and 280 hours if the job is done one one single printer. Luckily we have many printers so your new plane will be ready to ship in 1-2 days.

Scaling:

Models from 3DLabPrint can be scaled up by up to 130% depending on the model but please know that when these models are printed all the needed fixtures for motor, battery pack, servos, links, wiring ducts are also printed so they would all be scaled so additional work will be required on your end to fit the gear.
As an example, the Edge uses 5 grams servos, if scaled to 130% (1,56m) the servo slots will hold 12 grams servos perfectly but the motor mount will have to be adapted. This can be easily done by using bolts from end to end and washers in the back. Not beg deal. But on the P-47 that uses retracts the ob is not this easy, you would have to create a plate with holes to secure the retracts to the wing.

Modifications:

We can´t do modifications at design level. However, PLA glues very well with CA and accelerator so you can do as in any other model airplane kit, you can add balsa or lite ply and you can make any modifications yourself.

You will receive:

  • Complete P38 Lightning (Scaled Up) 3D Printed KIT on PLA or individual parts for the same model, depending on your order.
  • One piece of printed PLA, some bad print I may have around here, so you can do your experiments and tests instead of trying on the plane itself.
  • Cardboard box with appropriate cushioning so the parts are protected during the shipment.
  • Assembly manual printed copy from 3DLabPrint if requested at the ordering page.

The paper manual is free but not included by default because it adds weight that may make the postage costs climb considerably. I reserve the right to add the paper manual or not.
In any case the manual can be downloaded in PDF format in this same page and it will have links to web pages where some of the needed parts an be ordered.


You will NOT receive:

  • 3d .stl or .gcode files, project files or any files at all apart from the pdf manual.
  • CA Glue or CA Accelerator.
  • Electronic components.
  • Wheels, hinges, propellers, screws, piano wire, carbon fiber tubes or rods, paint or decals.

Note:
Vinyl decals do not stick on 3d printed planes, the only way to add insignia, camouflage, letterings is to paint with acrylic spray paint and a stencil or a mask.


Assembly and preparation:

Modeling work it´s your job :)
You will have to follow the manual to assembly this kit and do all the work needed, this is a model airplane Kit, not a toy.

About our printers:

We use high quality original 3D Printers, no Chinese clone printers or cheap Ebay 3d printers.

About the different filament types:

PLA: PLA is the most used material on 3d printing today, it prints well, with good finishing and little or no warping. We use the top quality filaments made from NatureWorks Ingeo3D870 high temperature and high resistance to impact polymer.
ABS: ABS is one of the most commonly used plastic, Legos are ABS, your car bumpers are probably ABS. This material has a high resistance to heat and it´s strong. It would be perfect for our planes if it wasn´t so hard to print.
PET-G: PET-G is the material used on plastic bottles, it´s very strong and has a heat resistance close to ABS, the only drawback is it´s flexibility. PET-G it´s a little more flexible than PLA but is still a great material for printed model airplanes.

As you see no material is perfect, I could continue describing other materials such as nylon, carbon impregnated PLA and so on and we would always find positive and negative aspects for each one of them.
Solution, we use PLA, namely NatureWorks Ingeo3D870 PLA that is one of the best, if not the best PLA in production today and for landing gears, motor mounts and other parts that require higher temperature tolerance and/or mechanical resistance we use ABS or PET-G when necessary.

Packaging:

We will use strong double wall cardboard boxes and the appropriate cushioning to protect each one of the printed parts, every part is rolled on bubble wrap plastic film.

Shipping:

We ship from Portugal, Europe and use the reliable Portuguese mail system CTT.
CTT has delivery agreements with different entities on each country so if you´re from the US you may have your order delivered by USPS, in the UK may be Royal Mail and so on.


Postage Rates Types:

We charge according to the ctt.pt postage table. The smaller planes that fit boxes up to 90cm (sum of the three dimensions) and weighting less than 2kg we ship as a "letter" so the postage it´s cheap, larger planes have to be shipped as a "package", this is why the postage it´s expensive for medium and large planes.

Priority Mail w/ Tracking:

All 3D Printed models and parts are shipped by priority mail that is traceable, larger boxes are shipped as a package that is also registered and traceable and will arrive as quick as priority mail.

Returns:

We will only accept returns of non assembled, undamaged complete models or spare parts.
Postage fees from the original order are non refundable and you will have to pay the postage back to us.
No re-stocking fee if everything arrives in good condition.
In doubt please ask us for an opinion.

Payments:

Orders can be paid with Paypal or Credit Card via Paypal and are shipped to the address on your Paypal account or to the address you set at checkout.

ToS Acknowledgment:

Placing an order on this page implies acceptance of the above Terms of Service.

Spare Parts and Options
All the individual sections of the P38 Lightning (Scaled Up) can be re-printed on demand.

All the parts are available for the 3d printable models, roughly, a wing will cost a little less than half of the model price and the fuselage about the same, the fuselage includes the control surfaces and the wing any available templates needed to bend piano wire for the landing gear.

It would be possible to replace only the damaged parts and replacing them its doable but the result will never be as perfect as assembling a new fuselage or wing.

Details
These are the details for the "P38 Lightning (Scaled Up)" model.

Plan Attributes: Edit Attributes
Plan ID:100234
Class:Radio-Control
Model Type:Airplane
Aircraft Use:Fighter
Wingspan: 72 in. / 183 cm
Wingspan Class:160cm-To-200cm (63in-To-79in)
Landing Gear:Tricycle
Motor Type:Electric-Powered
Material:Plastic-ABS
Publisher:3dlabPrint
Date:04/2018
Designer:3dlabprint
Found:
Submitted to AeroFred.com
Listing Editor:3DLabPrint
Category:3DLabPrint 3D Printed Airplanes
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Print it myself. rcaircraftnut on 02/05/2018 04:31
I have looked and failed to find any reference to this larger model on the 3dlabprint site. I want to buy the print files like all their other models. Where do I find these files for sale?
P38 Lightning (Scaled Up) derfred on 15/05/2018 12:48
I scaled it up myself, you can purchase the package at the 3dlabs website and scale it up.

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