B52 Flying Glider Powered by an Elastic Band

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Shared by our friends at MyMiniFactory.com. Designed by Conor Devine.
Used by the US Air Force, this model is easy to print and provides for hours of fun and learning. All you need is an elastic band to make it fly.




If you have a heated/glass print bed, then it can save you a lot of time and effort if you print the glider without a raft. Your print layers need to be set to either 0.2mm or 0.1mm (the wings are 0.4mm thick and the wing detail an extra 0.2mm). Your initial print layer cannot exceed 0.2mm. Ideally align your first print layer running parallel to the cockpit and then vary your print layers by 90 degrees (not 45 degrees) to prevent warping of the wing. It's not the end of the world if you don't do this, but it is recommended. The dihedral wing joint (the two grooves running down the cockpit) must be clamped and glued to the central shaft in order to pull the wings up into a shallow, symmetrical 'V'—highly important for stable flight. Assemble using a good model glue. I've found the best technique for launching is to attach an elastic band. You can use trial and error to find your preferred length and strength to the trigger. Hold the plane by the rear, put your first and second fingers on the top side and your thumb on the bottom. Pull back and increase the tension in the elastic band, making sure it isn't twisted. Aim the plane at a slight upward angle and fire! From experience, if flying your plane in a field with long grass, make sure you keep an eye on where it lands!