When Germany started to invade his neighbors in 1939, France was not quite ready. France had the Morane-Saulnier M.S.406, which was at that time the most numerous fighters in the French Air Force, but not a match to the BF-109E. The Dewoitine D.520 was starting to come out in small numbers and was getting closer to the BF-109E with better speed and tighter turns. The Bloch MB.15x series was slowly coming out with a single squadron getting their airplanes, mostly lacking parts.
And then Arsenal, a small, nationalized study firm was working on a very promising little fighter; the VG3x series. A few motors were explored like the Merlin, now reserved to the British airplane production, the far away Allison engine and the local Hispano-Suiza company with their 12 cylinders Y inline engine allowing for a 20mm canon shooting through the spinner. Already performing better than the D.520, the VG.33 had a less powerful motor version.
By the time France was at war, less than 20 VG.33 were delivered, with only 2 being operational.
This 600mm wingspan rendition is powered by a BR2205 or the lighter 1806 with 2300Kv and is designed to be printed in LW-PLA, with a few key parts in PLA+, like the motor mount, spinner, servo and battery tray, propeller spinner. The design has carefully planned internal structures for LW-PLA slicing resulting in clean parts with minimal oozing. The Factory files provided for Simplify3D allow you to quickly print clean parts.
Included with this file:
• Factory files for Simplify3D v.4
• Cura 4.13.1 3MF files included
• Valid STL files for all components
• Assembly manual and user guide
• Sample markings
First couple of flights were done with satisfaction on Feb 13, 2023.
Check here for the free sample file to test out a wing section first:
1st flight: https://youtu.be/788PozkIAGM
Print time: 85hrs
Print weight: 74g LW-PLA, 10g PLA
RTF AUW: 207g with 3x3.7g servos, 1806 2300Kv, 2S 900mAh.
X1 1806 2300Kv Motor
X1 20AMP ESC
X1 900MAH 2S LIPO (or 1500mAh 2S)
X3 3.7G Micro Servo (X4 if installing working rudder)
X1 4ch+ Micro Receiver
X1 3mm carbon rod (1x 250mm wing joiners)
X1 2mm carbon rod/round toothpicks (stab joiners)
X4 1.5mm carbon rod (fuselage stiffeners)
X1 1mm Music Wire (pushrods and elevator torque rods)
X4 6x2mm Magnets (cylinder shape)
X4 M3x10mm screws (fix the motor mount to firewall)
CA Hinge Sheet
Velcro (sticky back)
Some extra 1.75mm PLA filament (locating pins and possibly the fuselage stiffeners)
- Parts are provided to install a functional rudder.