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OfficeWorks-Ready Full size Print Files (For Australians)

duckduckgoose

Well-known member
#1
First Post here, HI! so i live in Australia and just started this hobby. apart from the expensive foam, i have also found it hard to find a cheap custom printing place to get the full size plans printed at .I finally had my first Crash-free flight today with my mini sparrow (yay!!). Anyway after all the help this forum has given me i thought id give something back to celebrate this historic occasion. I Decided to get my plans printed at Officeworks to save myself some time, but Officeworks does not support custom size prints (only A ands B sizes). The only size print that would comfortably fit the FT plans was the B1 size (1000mm x 707mm). The files need to be exactly those dimensions in order to upload them, so i opened a plan in photoshop and added the remaining area around the plans so that they would fit. long story short, i went and converted Almost EVERY plane in the FT Collection. A b1 size print costs about $3.50 (B&W, 80gsm) and the mini plans usually use 2 -3 pages and the standard plans use anyware from 4-9 pages so it will cost a bit but it saves so much time that i think its worth the money. NOTE: The Tiny trainer plan was the older version (Taller and wider than the new ones) so i just joined all the tiles up and split it into an A0 size Print and an A2 size print (to save you some $$)

Disclaimer, i havent tested EVERY plan but i ordered 4 of them and the scale is dead on and they all were the same size. Definitely Check that i didn't miss a page (it got pretty repetitive so could have slipped up)

Also shipping to regional areas costs $25 per order if in-store pickup isn't an option so get as many plans done in one order to make it worthwhile :)

LINK https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1HEGyjyAaQNMOjv-E3CLmGPUE4Su75c5S?usp=sharing

Anyway apologies for Rambling, if anyone needs a plan i havent done please let me know and i'll happily help you out or if the link doesnt work/isnt allowed on this forum. Cheers

IMPORTANT: all plans except tiny trainer are for B1 size prints.

PS: i probably could have made the pdfs smaller (compressed) but i was too scared to risk it haha Screen Shot 2019-05-06 at 9.01.47 pm.jpg
 
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jgrouse

Junior Member
#2
Just a heads up for anyone in Australia who wants to get the foam board laser cut rather than print the plans and use them to manually slice the foam, I've now got a laser that can do up to 1200x800mm foam board. The laser can also engrave the paper surface for note/markings without cutting through. Should save on the cost of importing the pre-cut kits from the US. The Officeworks foam boards are cheapish but I'm sure we can find a cheaper supplier of an appropriate board in AU? I live in the Blue Mountains so this may work out well for the Nepean RC club who only fly electric. PM me if you are interested in getting any of the plans cut to save some construction time or need replacement parts in a hurry? Just going to charge for the materials and $25AUD per kit. If FT want a cut of any profits then that amount may go up. We'll see what they say.
 

duckduckgoose

Well-known member
#3
Just a heads up for anyone in Australia who wants to get the foam board laser cut rather than print the plans and use them to manually slice the foam, I've now got a laser that can do up to 1200x800mm foam board. The laser can also engrave the paper surface for note/markings without cutting through. Should save on the cost of importing the pre-cut kits from the US. The Officeworks foam boards are cheapish but I'm sure we can find a cheaper supplier of an appropriate board in AU? I live in the Blue Mountains so this may work out well for the Nepean RC club who only fly electric. PM me if you are interested in getting any of the plans cut to save some construction time or need replacement parts in a hurry? Just going to charge for the materials and $25AUD per kit. If FT want a cut of any profits then that amount may go up. We'll see what they say.
Awesome, I've found that the cheapest foam I could get was actually from the Flite test store. I think foamboard Australia sold A1 sheets for $9 which is a little bigger than the ft stuff but is heavier and they use couriers which are fine for metro areas where they deliver direct to your door, but I live in a regional area and it took a good week to even track it down (they just leave it somewhere in 5he nearest town. Flite test FB comes via auspost and only ends up costing $6.40 a sheet or something with shipping and it's better! Just out of curiosity, what price range are those laser cutters?
 

duckduckgoose

Well-known member
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