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Northern Pike ( 36 in. / 91.4 cm )49.00 Eur.


The Northern Pike
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Northern Pike
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Northern Pike 3D Printed Model Airplane
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Description

Required RC Parts:

Motor: Emax 2306-2400kv or equivalent. This motor weighs around 34 grams and puts out 1700 grams of thrust.
ESC: 35A for the recommended motor
Prop: 6045 HQ Style Prop
Servos: 2x 9 gram. Metal gear recommended, but cheapos will probably work.
Battery: 2200mAh-3000mAh 3-4 Cell Lipo
Pushrods: ~.040 - .060"
Elevon Hinge Wire: 1/16" wire or ~1.7mm
Hatch Magnets : 4 - 10x2mm round or smaller (amazon has them cheap)

Optional: This plane is built for FPV, so there's an included camera mount in the nose. You should be able to fit just about any modern FPV race camera into the nose.

All up weights should be between 1000 and 1100 grams. With the recommended electronics setup, and a 2650 4 cell battery, my weight came in at 1065 grams, or 37.5 ozs. Center of gravity markings are built into the wings. Flight time is estimated between 6 and 10 minutes. Cruises along great at half throttle.

For a complete description please visit the Thingiverse page.


Print it Yourself

The Northern Pike print files are available here:
https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3040294


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Available Files

Here you can find the available downloads for the Northern Pike.

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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.


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.


Building Log

localfiend3d has created the following Northern Pike building log.
Northern Pike Building Log

Details: Full Details
ID: 101582
Type: Airplane
Class: Radio-Control
Use: Sport
Motor: Electric-Powered
Wingspan: 36 in. / 91.4 cm
Publisher: Localfiend
Designer: localfiend
Weight:1100 g
Material:Plastic-PLA

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.

A complete 3D Printed planes FAQ can be found here.


Order 3D Printed Northern Pike
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Complete Kit:

Complete KIT.
Material:
PLA is rigid, heat resistant to about 60C, prints well with good finishing. Not advisable for warmer climates.

Pet-G weights the same as PLA, is strong, heat resistant up to about 90C, more flexible than PLA, more expensive and difficult to print but the advisable choice for durable planes and warmer climates.

ABS is about 10% lighter than PLA, heat resistant up to about 90C, used for solid parts like motor mounts, wheel rims, it´s good for after works.
Color:
Single 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.

Shipping to: United States
Ships from: Portugal, EU.
Shipping: Ships in 2-3 business days (if printed in silver, white or natural PLA) 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 "Northern Pike"" Kit
This tool allows you to calculate the cost of printing and shipping the Northern Pike 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 Northern Pike takes approximately 36 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 and Print Service:

The Northern Pike was designed by localfiend3d 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 if is printed in PLA or up to 2 weeks if it´s printed in PET-G and we don´t have the chosen color in stock.

Scaling:

Models from localfiend3d 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 Northern Pike 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.

The manual can be downloaded in PDF format and has links to web pages where the needed components can 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.

Model Durability:

Both PLA and PET-G are excellent choices for printed planes but PLA will not withstand temperatures above 60C and inside a car in a hot day this temperature can be reached easy, if you live in a region with hot weather the best option for you is to select PET-G as building material, PET-G is more expensive, harder to produce and takes longer to print but the parts are stronger than PLA and will hold temperatures up to 90C. PET-G weights the same as PLA and it´s slightly more flexible making it best choice for durable model airplanes today.

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 Ingeo3D850 and Ingeo3D870 and Filament PM.
PLA shouldn´t be used in warmer climates and dark colors or dark painted PLA should not be left under the sun, it will deform, temperatures above 60C will deform PLA.

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 (90C or more) and it´s strong. It would be perfect for our planes if it wasn´t so hard to print in single wall as we do in model airplanes.
It is still used for solid parts like motor mounts an other parts that require strength and heat resistance.

PET-G: PET-G is the material used in plastic bottles, it´s very strong, possibly stronger than ABS and has a heat resistance similar to ABS. PET-G it´s a little more flexible than PLA but is still a great material for printed model airplanes. It is the right choice for warmer climates and when extra resistance is needed.


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 Northern Pike 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 "Northern Pike" model.

Plan Attributes: Edit Attributes
Plan ID:101582
Keywords:fpv sports 3d printable wing
Class:Radio-Control
Model Type:Airplane
Functions:Ailerons-Elevator-Throttle
Aircraft Use:Sport
Wingspan: 36 in. / 91.4 cm
Wingspan Class:75cm-To-100cm (30in-To-40in)
Wing Position:Mid-Mounted-Wing
Wing Style:Flying-Wing
Wing Dihedral:Flat
Landing Gear:None
Motor Type:Electric-Powered
Number of Motors:1-Pusher
Weight:1100 g
Weight Class:1000g-To-1500g (35.2oz-To-52.9oz)
Material:Plastic-PLA
Construction Skills:Novice
Pilot Skills:Low-Intermediate
Publisher:Localfiend
Date:08/2018
Reference:1
Designer:localfiend
Found:
Listing Editor:localfiend3d
Category:Independent Designers
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