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Socrux S.Ca. 129 Super Panqueca

4,103 FlyingHueman  10 days ago

NOTE: This aircraft has a system that uses the propellers' "thrust" as an aid for pitching. This has the unfortunate but hilarious side effect of allowing it to be supermaneuverable at very low speeds; as such, do not pull up too hard immediately after applying throttle on takeoff, unless you want to experience a Kulbit in a prop fighter.

AG 1: Drag Chute
AG 2: Jettison Centreline Stations. These are left empty, but you may fill them with what comes to your mind.
AG 3: Drop Torpedo Pair, Inboard
AG 4: Drop Torpedo Pair, Outboard
AG 8: Deactivate/Activate Pitch Augmentation System

It wasn't just during the Cold War that Socrux's Experimental Research Department was doing their madness. Nearing the end of WWII, having noticed Vought's developments in the United States, they decided to give the concept a try. Early attempts with a testbed were to prove sub-par, so an enlarged, more complex testbed was designed with some modifications. This was dubbed the Super Panqueca.

A swashplate was included on the propellers to aid in turning by providing extra pitch control. This proved effective, but did not completely solve the abysmal maneuverability of the craft. Control was difficult, but the aircraft's potential as a naval strike platform was soon realized; it was able to carry up to six torpedoes, being able to carry four comfortably, without issue.

Nevertheless, that benefit was not deemed worthwhile for all the troubles of this strange craft. The tall landing gear required by the large propellers made maintenance and access to the aircraft difficult, and did little to save the propeller blades - to this day, not a single test pilot has managed to land the Super Panqueca without smashing the poor propeller into the ground, requiring a total replacement of all propeller blades and, more often than not, of the Hartzell constant velocity system and requiring repairs to the engines. The concept was abandoned and now sits in a museum.

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General Characteristics

  • Created On Windows
  • Wingspan 50.5ft (15.4m)
  • Length 39.9ft (12.2m)
  • Height 23.1ft (7.1m)
  • Empty Weight -6,800lbs (-3,084kg)
  • Loaded Weight 16,878lbs (7,656kg)

Performance

  • Horse Power/Weight Ratio 0.473
  • Wing Loading 15.5lbs/ft2 (75.8kg/m2)
  • Wing Area 1,087.8ft2 (101.1m2)
  • Drag Points 10483

Parts

  • Number of Parts 122
  • Control Surfaces 6
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    FINALLY! A PERSON WHO SPELLS CENTRE CORRECTLY

    4 days ago
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    @FlyingHueman ohh ok XD

    6 days ago
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    4,103 FlyingHueman

    @animations Yes and no
    It is a flying pancake, it's not the flying pancake

    6 days ago
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    is this the flying pancake...

    6 days ago
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    @FlyingHueman Thank you

    7 days ago
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    4,103 FlyingHueman

    @XxHELLCAT2GOOD4UxX Sure thing.

    7 days ago
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    @FlyingHueman if you wouldn't mind, could i borrow the intakes for a flying wing build?

    7 days ago
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    4,103 FlyingHueman

    @SakuraSaku Thanks! I hope you had as much fun with this as I did.

    7 days ago
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    8,046 SakuraSaku

    really awesome!

    8 days ago
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    4,103 FlyingHueman

    @OmegaDestroyer Thanks, I'm glad you enjoyed fliying it! I know I had a lot of fun building this thing.

    9 days ago
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    This is some of the most fun that I have experienced with a plane for a while. Very good job!

    9 days ago
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    1,575 SVRondo

    An awsome but fat plane. I like it!

    9 days ago
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    @FlyingHueman lol

    9 days ago
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    4,103 FlyingHueman

    @Mustang51 Thanks! the Vought "pancakes" always fascinated me. I had to do it at some point, lel.

    9 days ago
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    4,103 FlyingHueman

    @asteroidbook345 Imagine my shock the first time I pitched up in this thing, lmao.

    9 days ago
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    Pugachev’s cobra in a prop plane

    10 days ago
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    7,156 Mustang51

    This is really well done! I also love your choice in aircraft. Very very nice build

    10 days ago