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Printing plans at Staples

ToyDestroyer

Pro Crash Artist
#1
Could someone help me with directions to get plans printed properly from Staples? I took the full size pdf plans for the mighty mini F22 to Staples to have black and white engineering prints made. I read on here that the pages should be printed with their 24x36 inch paper option. The prints came back to me and looked great but when I measured them they where off by 1/8th of an inch in scale. That means the wing span of the mini F22 I had printed up was only 18 inches instead of 20. I want to get the plans printed again and plan to have others printed as well but I don't want to waste money on prints that are not the correct size.
 

TexMechsRobot

Posted a thousand or more times
#2
Don't specify the paper size and instead, tell they associate to print them at 100%. Measure the scale before you pay for the print as well. If it isn't correct, they will usually reprint and they only charge you for the ones you take home.
 
#3
Tex has it spot on. Done this a few times. Always check scale. Tell them to print on 24x36 but to disable all scaling borders etc etc. It's been a while as I have gotten a little more time constrained so have been doing SBKs over the last year, but I think I started doing engineering printing option and that helped solve the problem as well.
 

nhk750

Aviation Enthusiast
#4
The last plans I had printed cost $20! The time before that it was $7? I am not sure the employees know what they are doing sometimes. A speedbuild kit would be cheaper in the long run sometimes...
 

ToyDestroyer

Pro Crash Artist
#6
I ordered the prints online for in store pick up and selected a page size because it was required. I also selected fit to page because the print preview they displayed had the plans as a very small portion of the page. I will head into the store to see it I can get them printed correctly. Thanks for the input. I will also make sure I check the scale before I pay for them.

The last plans I had printed cost $20! The time before that it was $7? I am not sure the employees know what they are doing sometimes. A speedbuild kit would be cheaper in the long run sometimes...
The plans I had printed up were about $7. I had them done in black and white. They would of been much more expensive had I done them in color or with a heavier weight paper.

I printed these plans because I have three kids that all wanted to build one. Figured plans would be cheaper than three kits and I very much expect the kids will be rebuilding them multiple times. The kids are using a tiny trainer to learn to fly but they wanted to try the build side of things as well. The mini F22 has a lot of straight lines so cutting seemed doable for them and it seemed simple enough for them to assemble. I have a 9 and a 14 year old son that are interested and a 10 year old daughter who is even more interested than her brothers.
 

nhk750

Aviation Enthusiast
#7
Ahh, yes, I had color copies made, that explains the high price. Oh well, I had fun scratch building and got the satisfaction of making nice planes from Dollar Tree board!
 

ToyDestroyer

Pro Crash Artist
#9
That'll probably still fly just fine - even more so if you just 'free hand' the wings back a little bigger. :)
My biggest concern with extending the wing a bit is getting the CG correct. The nose will be about 3/4 of an inch shorter and the plans measure the CG from the front of the plane. Either way I won't be able to get to Staples until next week to get new plans printed so I just might go ahead and extend the wing an inch out on each side and an inch forward. That should fix the wing dimensions. The nose and tail will be a bit smaller than they should but what's the worst that can happen, I crash and destroy $2 worth of foam? I'll try and get some time tonight to cut it out and see how it looks.