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The Folgore (Italian "thunderbolt") was an Italian fighter aircraft developed and manufactured by Macchi Aeronautica, in Italy. It was operated mainly by the Regia Aeronautica (RA; Royal (Italian) Air Force) in and around the World War II. Designed by a team lead by Mario Castoldi, it is generally considered the best Italian fighter to operate in large numbers during the conflict. In combat, it very quickly proved itself to be an effective dogfighter against its contemporaries. During its service life, the C.202 was deployed on all fronts in which Italy was involved, from North Africa to the Russian campaign.
The C.202 (or M.C.202) followed the C.200 Saetta moving from a radial engine to an Italian-built version of the German Daimler-Benz DB 601A along with several streamlining improvements on the airframe. The key negative points on the Folgore were the lack of armament and complex construction requiring much more time to produce than say, the BF-109.
The C.205 was the next step, moving to the more powerful DB 605 engine and better armament, this translated into a higher wing loading and slightly different fuselage front. The C.205 was apparently at par with the famed Mustang and Spitfire. Sufficiently so that the Luftwaffe used a number of these aircraft to equip one Gruppe.
This 800mm wingspan rendition is powered by a BR2212 with 1400Kv and is designed to be printed mostly in LW-PLA, with a few key parts in PLA, like the motor mount, spinner, battery and servo tray, propeller blades and hub. The design has carefully planned internal structures for LW-PLA slicing resulting in clean parts without any oozing and unwanted curlies trapped inside.
Included with this file:
· Factory files for Simplify3D
· 3MF files for CURA users
· STL files for all components
· Assembly manual and user guide
· Sample markings
2022-06-01: Factory file clean-up and Cura support added
2022-09-16: Clean-up Factory files and W1/W2 switched to PLA+
800mm: 2022-05-25: https://youtu.be/EEVMjw4V8Lw
600mm 1st flight: 2021-12-14: https://youtu.be/5a5afEyBsjc
Print time: 85hrs
Print weight: 230g
Prototype1 AUW: 534g with 4x9g servos, 2208 1800Kv, 3S 1300mAh.
Prototype2 AUW: 545g with 4x9g servos, 2208 1800Kv, 3S 1300mAh, PLA+ on W1/W2 and slightly thicker tail feathers.
Balanced between the CG marks without any added lead.
X1 2212 1400Kv Motor (or similar)
X1 30AMP ESC
X1 1300MAH 3S LIPO (or similar)
X3 9g Mini Servo (X4 if installing working rudder)
X1 4ch+ Micro Receiver
X1 3mm carbon rod (2x 200mm wing joiners)
X1 2mm carbon rod/round toothpicks (110mm stab joiners)
X1 1.5mm Music Wire (elevator torque rod)
X1 1mm Music Wire (pushrods)
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 fuselage stiffeners)
- Choice between C.202 Folgore or C.205 Veltro; 2 nose sections with the distinctive oil coolers of each type and matching spinners for the types
- Parts are provided to install a functional rudder
- A 2 bladed hub with printed propellers or a 2-bladed APC style prop can be used.
All the parts will fit in a 200x200x250 printer. Best to print 1 part at a time, especially for LW-PLA for optimum print quality and no oozing.
For any questions and assistance please use the RC-Group thread:
X1 2212 1400KV Brushless Out-Runner Motor
X1 30Amp ESC
X1 550MAH 3S LIPO
X3/4 9g Micro Servo
X1 Micro Receiver
Low cost 4ch FrSky compatible receiver:
X2 2mm carbon rod (preferred, stab half joiners)
X2 2mm round toothpicks
X2 6x2mm Magnets (cylinder shape)
CA Hinge Sheet
VELCRO – (local hardware store)
Velcro strip with adhesive back.
M2 x10mm screws
· print head = 250 deg c
· print bed = 60 deg c
My designs are always evolving - seeking better techniques and listening to feedback from builders and flight testing. This design explores a very light fuselage concept using 5 lengths of PLA filaments to reunite the fuselage sections together.
With the carefully design inner structures, there is no need to activate the Vase Mode in Simplify3D; the careful design along with judicious positioning and slicer settings will give you clean parts without any unwanted oozing – as long as you print 1 part at a time.
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