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3D Printed RC Plane – 10 Best Curated 3D Models

Lovro Šverko
Feb 20, 2019

Have you ever wanted to fly an RC plane? What if you could make it yourself? All you need is a little time and a 3D printer. Check out this curated collection of 3D printed RC plane models, and pick your best fit!

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Best 3D Printed RC Plane Models SuperNova

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SuperNova RC plane. Source: Itek Kjetil / Thingiverse

What is it? This 3D printable RC plane is inspired by rcFoamFighters SuperNova foam pusher plane. It really looks and it flies great. To see for yourself, watch this plane soar trough the air!

Who created it?  Itek Kjetil

Who printed it? Itek 3D printed it on Modified RepRap Mendelmax, with 100% infill and 0.25 mm resolution. Fully assembled plane weights 1,420 grams including electronics (4S 1,300 mAh). There are some other prints of this plane, but they are still in process of construction.

Where to find it? Thingiverse

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Best 3D Printed RC Plane Models Flying Wing with FPV

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Flying Wing with FPV. Source: Joshua Cameron / MyMiniFactory

What is it? This 3D printable RC plane was made in Tinkercad. The assembled wing is 40 cm (400 mm) wide, and it has three printed parts. It also has a place to hold a camera and built-in control horns. Flying Wing has an FPV capability and it flies surprisingly well.

Who created it? Joshua Cameron

Who printed it? Joshua Cameron created this model in Tinkercad. It should be printed with two walls, each 0.4 mm thick, with grid pattern infill and with no bottom and top layers. These settings will create the wing structure shown in the pictures.

Where to find it? MyMiniFactory

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Best 3D Printed RC Plane Models Speedy Red Mini Wing

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Speedy "Red Mini Wing" RC Plane. Source: Michael Christou / Thingiverse

What is it? This sweet looking plane is speedy and pretty maneuverable – a big fun for a real pilot. Since it is relatively small (wing span is 794 mm), you’ll have to have some experience in flying RC planes to use its full potential. The author claims that it is easy to 3D print without taking a lot of time. If you choose this model, you could enjoy the first flight in no-time. There are some videos to check out how this plane glides trough the air: an FPV (first-person view) flight and the maiden voyage.

Who created it? Michael Christou

Who printed it? Michael Christou, among others, have 3D printed this plane. The parts are designed to be printed with no support and no raft, so it should be easy to print them. Some parts are 3D printed in spiral vase mode. Author was very kind to put the print specifications for every print in the description.

Where to find it? Thingiverse

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Best 3D Printed RC Plane Models Red Duck

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"Red Duck" RC Plane. Source: Michael Christou / Thingiverse

What is it? This RC plane has a wing span of 1.35 m and a long nose, giving a duck-like appearance. The nose was actually added later in the process to push the center of the gravity more forward. It weighs 1,360 grams. All in all, if you have some flying experience you could even fly this plane in acrobatics shows: Check out this video to see the Red Duck performing some spectacular aerobatic maneuvers.

Who created it? Michael Christou

Who printed it? Michael Christou uses his Wersybot – a derivative of The Printrbot for 3D printing RC planes. It takes around 110 hours to print all the parts needed for this plane. Despite a long print time, this “Red Duck” is popular to 3D print.

Where to find it? Thingiverse

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Best 3D Printed RC Plane Models Red Swan

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Red Swan. Source: Michael Christou / Thingiverse

What is it? The ugly duck becomes a swan. This RC plane is an expanded version of Red Duck RC plane. It has a wing span of 1,950 mm and 100 mm longer nose, hence the name Red Swan. It has wonderful flight characteristics. It even flies like a glider, which you can see in this FPV experience.

Who created it? Michael Christou

Who printed it? This plane has only been built by Michael Christou. This is likely because of a very long print time (around 150 hours).

Where to find it? Thingiverse

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Best 3D Printed RC Plane Models YAK 55

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YAK 55. Source: Electronoobs

What is it? This is a 3D printed version of the Yak 55 airplane. The total weight of the plane with a 3S li-po battery and everything inside is 670 grams. In has a wingspan of around 800 mm and a wing surface of around 500 cm2 for each wing. This plane has yet to be tested in flight, but its ailerons are quite big, which could result in very fast movement.

Who created it? Electronoobs

Who printed it? Electronoobs printed the parts on Creality CR10, Anycubic i3 and TEVO Tornado 3D printers. This plane was designed using Photoshop and Blender. Preparation for the print was made in Repetier, using Slic3r.

Where to find it? Electronoobs

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Best 3D Printed RC Plane Models Das Liddle Stik

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Das Liddle Stik. Source: AeroFred

What is it? The “Das Liddle Stik” is a smaller version of the famous Ugly Stick. It has a wing span of 115 cm and weights around 1,550 grams. It flies really well. This plane is a perfect ailerons trainer. The landing gear can be set as a taildragger with a free rear wheel or as a tricycle with a controllable nose wheel for more control on the tarmac. If you are looking for a first 3D printed sport trainer, the Liddle Stik is one of your best options.

Who created it? AeroFred

Who printed it? This plane was modeled and printed by AeroFred from an RCM plan designed by Phil Kraft and Larry Leonard for the 1968 May issue of the RCM Magazine.

Where to find it? Cults

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Best 3D Printed RC Plane Models Northern Pike

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Northern Pike. Source: localfiend / Thingiverse

What is it? This Klingon looking war bird is a great 3D Printed Cuda clone type plane. This plane is built for FPV (first-person view). There’s an included camera mount in the nose, allowing for a really great FPV experience. It flies with ease, and it looks great too.

Who created it? localfiend

Who printed it? The author 3D printed this plane with Prusa i3 MK2MMU. He recommends the use of PET-G or PLA filament; this plane was printed using about 700 grams of PET-G filament. The total print time is around 40 hours.

Where to find it? Thingiverse

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Best 3D Printed RC Plane Models Melusine

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Melusine RC Plane. Source: Tahustvedt / Cults

What is it? This Melusine is a 3D printed twin tail electric glider and FPV platform. This huge plane has a wingspan of 2,320 mm and weighs around 2,300 grams. It’s a twin tail pusher prop electric glider with interchangeable noses for FPV cameras and optional tricycle landing gear with a steerable nose wheel. It also has 3D printable folding props. This glider flies like an eagle in the sky, which you can also see with an “Eagle eye view”.

Who created it? Tahustvedt

Who printed it? Tahustvedt 3D printed Melusine. He recommends PLA filament for the parts of the glider, and a flexible filament for tires.

Where to find it? Cults

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Best 3D Printed RC Plane Models A Jet Plane! Meet E-39 Jet Plane

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EL-39 Jet Plane. Source: Tahustvedt / Cults

What is it? This RC plane is definitely something completely different in this list of 3D printed RC planes. It has a jet engine! This jet is almost completely 3D printed, including the EDF unit and landing gear. It has length of 1,858.50 mm, wingspan of 1,451 mm and weights 7.5 kg. This mean machine flies like the real thing!

Who created it? Tahustvedt

Who printed it? Tahustvedt 3D printed the larger parts of this plane on a JGAurora A5 with TMC2100 stepper drivers and the smaller parts on a Wanhao Duplicator i3. A print area of 300 × 300 mm is required for printing the largest parts. However, many parts fit on a 200 × 200 bed, or less. Good quality PLA should be used for the entire model. Main tires, nose tire, fan rubber and fan seals need to be 3D printed from TPU or other rubber like filaments.

Where to find it? Cults

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