The X-29 was designed by Grumman, with 2 examples being built by NASA in order to test forward swept wing technology, canard control surfaces, and fly-by-wire amongst other novel technologies. The first of the two aircraft built began flying in 1984 and they continued caring out flight tests until 1991.
The X-29 was designed to be inherently unstable as instability equals manoeuvrability. For or our model version we have taken away some of the destabilising factors. Our model features elevons to control pitch and roll, with a fixed canard (technically a forward wing now it doesn't move), giving a less unstable platform. The adventurous among you may turn the canard into an all flying surface with the help of a flight computer. There is also no rudder as this has strange roll effects due to the forward swept wing.
The model has a fixed, steerable landing gear for rolling launches from a paved surface.
For our 3D printed model plane version of this unusual aircraft we recommend a print bed size of at least 210mm/210mm/200mm (contact us if you would like the model sectioned for a smaller print size.)
THE MODEL IS DESIGNED TO BE PRINTED IN LW-PLA or other low density foaming filament.
See the downloadable Assembly manual on this page for more details. Follow the blog for up to date X-29 news.
(1600mAh 4S): 1000g
EDF Fan Size
64mm, 70mm or 80mm
All EDF's are different so we may need to make a bespoke cradle for yours. If your EDF does not fit email me and we will make a custom part.
37.77 g/dm2 12.3 oz/sq.ft
Wing Cube Loading
Download the Assembly Manual Here