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It's a Bird, It's a Plane?... The O-Barrel

18.3k BagelPlane  5 months ago
15,482 downloads
Auto Credit Based on LoafOfBread's Finish the build CHALLENGE

An opportunity arose, so I took it. I finished the airplane in a spectacular way.

The O-Barrel: A Funny looking VTOL


This is my "entry" into the Finish the Build CHALLENGE. Kept it simple and easy, I'm not here to win. Who cares to win, I just had fun building this "plane".


The O-Barrel, which gets its name from its circular shape, is an experimental VTOL plane. It has to be moved into a vertical position by a lift, where it then takes off in a rocket-like fashion. The aircraft also has the nickname "Catfish" from its front looks, the canards, wing fences, and vertical stabilizers all looking like whiskers.


Controls

AG1- Lift up the O-Barrel. This takes 35 seconds, and the aircraft detaches from the lift automatically. Then put the lift back down.
AG2- Deploy Parachute. Used in "landing".
Other AG's not in use


Final Words

Landing is really fun with this aircraft. I can't manage without the parachute. The trick is to go vertical and deploy the chute. Using both the engine and parachute, make a controlled landing on the ground.

Yes, the ultralight is still coming. I just decided to quickly build this thing. Have fun!

Spotlights

General Characteristics

  • Predecessor Finish the build CHALLENGE
  • Successors 1 airplane(s) +7 bonus
  • Created On Windows
  • Wingspan 29.5ft (9.0m)
  • Length 29.5ft (9.0m)
  • Height 12.9ft (3.9m)
  • Empty Weight 41,572lbs (18,856kg)
  • Loaded Weight 45,987lbs (20,859kg)

Performance

  • Power/Weight Ratio 0.439
  • Wing Loading 69.5lbs/ft2 (339.2kg/m2)
  • Wing Area 662.0ft2 (61.5m2)
  • Drag Points 13459

Parts

  • Number of Parts 242
  • Control Surfaces 4
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    18.3k BagelPlane

    I still cannot believe this funny thing has 70 upvotes! Thanks for the support!

    Pinned 4 months ago
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    32.7k KnightOfRen

    Kinda like a rocket takeoff, but it tilts.

    3 months ago
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    18.3k BagelPlane

    @JKudasai This thing is such an upvote mess lol. Thanks!

    4 months ago
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    80th upvote yus

    4 months ago
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    307 Knesb3

    @Planerider123 you think I did not do that?

    4 months ago
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    114 SimpleSW

    Nice! It’s funny how the Air Force went from building VTOL planes like this to planes like the Harrier, even just in a decade, shows how ingenious and innovative American (and Russia. And English and Japanese and German) engineering is... although all that engineering was used to fight other humans :( @BagelPlane

    4 months ago
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    18.3k BagelPlane

    @SimpleSW This is based on a collection of those weird early VTOLs.

    4 months ago
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    114 SimpleSW

    There’s actually a real version of this... forgot the name but it was an early American VTOL x plane @BagelPlane

    4 months ago
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    18.3k BagelPlane

    @Planerider123 I guess I finished the plane. If you’re looking for some building advice, I recommend using blueprints, learning the fuselage block techniques, and seeing EternalDarkness’ tapering wing guide.

    4 months ago
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    You have to hit number 1 @Knesb3

    4 months ago
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    This is awesome how did you do that?

    4 months ago
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    307 Knesb3

    It does not work for me

    4 months ago
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    18.3k BagelPlane

    @arentrammel Lol

    4 months ago
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    I can't believe this actually works looking like that lol

    4 months ago
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    18.3k BagelPlane

    @26badgers I’ll take it. Thanks!

    4 months ago
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    And one more is coming

    4 months ago
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    Noice

    4 months ago
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    18.3k BagelPlane

    @UnmannedMaker not quite, just a similar design.

    4 months ago
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    5,034 TrueNoMan

    Is this the Snecma C450?

    4 months ago
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    18.3k BagelPlane

    @SpaceNerd4
    1. AG1- Lift up plane
    2. Put lift down
    3. Throttle and take off

    +1 4 months ago
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    I tried waiting, it still doesn't detach.

    4 months ago
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    16.5k IshiMoss

    Germany : Am I a joke?

    4 months ago
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    18.3k BagelPlane

    @SpaceNerd4 It detaches on its own. Make sure to read the whole description.

    +1 4 months ago
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    It doesn't detach

    +1 4 months ago
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    1,699 Y

    This reminds me of my dog for some reason lmao

    4 months ago
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