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deHavilland DH.88 Comet

14.1k F104Deathtrap  1.2 years ago

CHAPTER 3 OF THE GOLDEN AGE OF FLIGHT SERIES

"Black Magic"

Controls

AG1 / AG2: Engine 1 / 2
AG8: External Lights
VTOL Slider Down: Deploy Flaps/Airbrakes
VTOL Slider Up: Pitch Trim Down (BE CAREFUL)

Cruise speed: At 75% throttle the plane will accelerate to ~220mph and slowly climb to 4200 feet before leveling itself off

Landing: Use 20% throttle and full flaps. Landing gear is soft, so use a shallow glide path and keep the nose level for touchdown


Background

The DH.88 was designed and built from the ground up for a single purpose: to win the 1934 air race from England to Australia. Powered by two inline 6 cylinder engines, the Comet had a respectable top speed of 237mph but what set her apart from the pack was her range. The Dh.88 could fly almost 3,000 miles without refueling, 3 times her nearest competitor. This astounding range and performance were mainly due to chief engineer Arthur Hagg's sleek, efficient cantilever monplane design that called for most of the plane to be constructed of wood. It was this experience that lead to de Havillands next big breakthrough: the legendary DH.98 Mosquito.

Three Comets entered the 1934 MacRobertson Air Race. This model is the early favorite, "Black Magic." Sadly, she dropped out of the race after a series of unfortunate events over the Middle East. But both of her sister ships finished and the scarlet Grosvenor House took home the trophy for England.

I present this plane as the third chapter in my Golden Age of Flight series about aviation between the world wars. Please check out the other chapters below.

The Curtiss JN4D "Jenny" and Jenny 400 Mobile

Supermarine S.6

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General Characteristics

  • Successors 3 airplane(s) +7 bonus
  • This plane has been featured
  • Created On Windows
  • Wingspan 47.5ft (14.5m)
  • Length 30.6ft (9.3m)
  • Height 13.3ft (4.1m)
  • Empty Weight 441lbs (200kg)
  • Loaded Weight 8,171lbs (3,706kg)

Performance

  • Horse Power/Weight Ratio 0.489
  • Wing Loading 8.4lbs/ft2 (41.3kg/m2)
  • Wing Area 967.2ft2 (89.9m2)
  • Drag Points 8041

Parts

  • Number of Parts 483
  • Control Surfaces 11
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    BRILLIANT! Well done.

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    70.9k MAHADI

    @F104Deathtrap np!

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    @MAHADI Hey, thanks

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    70.9k MAHADI

    AMAZING!

    8 months ago
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    @dsr1aviation Thanks! It took forever.

    9 months ago
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    8,401 dsr1aviation

    Wow just wow! Great detail and I love the writing.

    9 months ago
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    Marvellous. How long does such a professional build take you?

    9 months ago
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    @F104Deathtrap np

    1.2 years ago
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    @weaselfan10101 I am very happy to hear that

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    hey F104Deathtrap i got amazing inspirations for wings from this planes thank you and check out my latest upload!

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    @F104Deathtrap not really

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    @Sarpanitu Thank you

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    @Rambojutter Thanks for the spotlight

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    @Aidan551sq Touchdown speed is around 110mph with full flaps and 20% throttle. Fly parallel with the ground as close as you can, with the nose perfectly even with the horizon. It should slowly touchdown on its own and begin rolling on the front wheels. If you have trouble with bouncing, cut the flaps. Don't cut engine power untill the wheels are on the ground or the nose will drop and you might hurt the props. Good luck.

    1.2 years ago
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    this is a difficult plane to land, but still amazing!

    1.2 years ago
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    @hackingAnonymous Thanks for the spotlight

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    @ProcessedPlanes Thanks man!

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    50.1k Chancey21

    No problem man, I’ve been on a camping trip so no SP for me @F104Deathtrap

    1.2 years ago
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    41.5k Kimcotupan15

    @F104Deathtrap NP, keep it up lad!

    1.2 years ago
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    @Trainzo Glad you like her

    1.2 years ago
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    @Kimcotupan15 Air inlets are tricky to work with, but they save the part count, so I think it's worth it. I'm glad you like my plane, and thanks for your support.

    1.2 years ago
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    18.6k Trainzo

    Just magnifique replica. Fantastic job.

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    41.5k Kimcotupan15

    Nice lettering. I tend to upvote prop planes frequently than jets, saved this in my SD card for further study. Like the cockpit and it's close to real thing. Great job! Expect me to write anything on my plane like this wey.

    +1 1.2 years ago
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    @KevinAirlines Hey! I havent seen you on here in a while. Working on anything new?

    1.2 years ago
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    @EliteArsenals24 I'm going to make an effort to keep my builds as mobile friendly as reasonably possible, Bogdanx taught me that. But I'm scared that the part count on my next project will be difficult to keep low.

    1.2 years ago
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