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Grandeur Derecho MkIV.D

1,875 Lixcuudis  14 days ago

Amidst an upcoming war, the RAF was in need of a cheap aircraft to quickly bolster their numbers. The Grandeur Aircraft Company took this contract, development starting in 1937. The craft was to be quick and cheap, capable of intercepting enemy planes at a moment’s notice. The first aircraft, under the name of the Grandeur Derecho Mk.I, would first leave the factory doors in late 1940. However, the design was prematurely pushed into production due to the outbreak of the second world war only a year prior, resulting in the Derecho being plagued with a multitude of reliability and performance issues. It was more common for a one to be downed by its own design rather than AA or other aircraft, and would see even more losses during the Battle of Britain. Grandeur, seeing all these failures, quickly produced the Mk.IC. This version came with a new Merlin engine and improved cooling, which solved the majority of the issues that were on the first. Although still outclassed by aircraft such as the BF109, it was still capable of dishing out significant damage and would see action in many theaters. As the war wore on, the Derecho would be continually improved and was found to be an invaluable asset in the role of a ground-attack aircraft. This would result in Grandeur producing a dedicated configuration of the Derecho, dubbed the Mk.IVD. Despite its role, it was still capable of being an effective fighter due to its heavy armament of x2 30mm RSA Cannons and x6 .303 Brownings. The Derecho would go on to prove to be one of the most effective aircraft early in the war, despite being overshadowed by other iconic planes, but would be phased out following 1944 with the introduction of more capable aircraft.

Take-off Speed: 78mph (67kn)
Landing Speed: 82-150mph (71-130kn) When landing, hold the brakes and pitch down when you touch the runway*
Top speed: 370mph (318kn) at 10,000ft

Now that I think of it, 'Grandeur' is incredibly contradictory to the history I gave this thing.

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General Characteristics

  • Created On Windows
  • Wingspan 37.8ft (11.5m)
  • Length 30.2ft (9.2m)
  • Height 11.9ft (3.6m)
  • Empty Weight -94,474lbs (-42,852kg)
  • Loaded Weight 12,724lbs (5,771kg)

Performance

  • Horse Power/Weight Ratio 0.117
  • Wing Loading 10.1lbs/ft2 (49.4kg/m2)
  • Wing Area 1,258.0ft2 (116.9m2)
  • Drag Points 523

Parts

  • Number of Parts 377
  • Control Surfaces 5
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    4,668 HeavyC22

    Modern ki61 look

    yesterday
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    1,306 r1Username

    good job boi

    10 days ago
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    3,199 Subnerdica

    Looks like a mix of a mustang and p-40

    11 days ago
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    At first I thought the image was just orphographic view. Nope...

    11 days ago
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    @Lixcuudis I wouldn't say downhill.

    13 days ago
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    1,875 Lixcuudis

    @CharlesDeGaulle Yeah, I’d have to agree with the aerodynamics, I think I oversized the air intake for the radiators

    +1 13 days ago
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    It is stocky, not very aerodynamic, but it remains very well realized.

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    18.6k Tetrodotoxin

    not bad

    13 days ago
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    1,875 Lixcuudis

    @CreeperOfTheFortress Ive been caught! Really though, it actually started out as one, then I got a little sidetracked and it went way downhill from there

    14 days ago
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    I'm getting Spitfire vibes from this.

    +1 14 days ago
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    Herman Goering spitfire

    +2 14 days ago
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    Ngl that's the best looking plans I've seen here, thanks!

    +2 14 days ago
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    1,875 Lixcuudis

    @WolfSpark @Treadmill103 Thanks! First time writing a history of an aircraft, great to hear it turned out well!

    +2 14 days ago
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    4,205 WolfSpark

    Really nice plane! It’s got a good fictional history, it flies well, and it’s really detailed!

    +2 14 days ago
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    78.8k Treadmill103

    Very cool build and I like the back-story in your description. Great stuff.

    +1 14 days ago