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Curtiss-Wright XP-55 Ascender

89.3k pancelvonat  one month ago

The Curtiss-Wright XP-55 Ascender (company designation CW-24) is a 1940s United States prototype fighter aircraft built by Curtiss-Wright. Along with the Vultee XP-54 and Northrop XP-56, it resulted from United States Army Air Corps proposal R-40C issued on 27 November 1939 for aircraft with improved performance, armament, and pilot visibility over existing fighters; it specifically allowed for unconventional aircraft designs. An unusual design for its time, it had a canard configuration, a rear-mounted engine, swept wings, and two vertical tails. Because of its pusher design, it was sarcastically referred to as the "Ass-ender".[1] Like the XP-54, the Ascender was designed for the Pratt & Whitney X-1800 engine, but was re-designed after that engine project was canceled. It was also the first Curtiss fighter aircraft to use tricycle landing gear.
(Wikipedia)

AG1:Landing light


General Characteristics

  • Successors 1 airplane(s)
  • Created On Windows
  • Wingspan 40.6ft (12.4m)
  • Length 28.6ft (8.7m)
  • Height 12.1ft (3.7m)
  • Empty Weight 6,998lbs (3,174kg)
  • Loaded Weight 7,742lbs (3,512kg)

Performance

  • Horse Power/Weight Ratio 0.322
  • Wing Loading 22.7lbs/ft2 (110.7kg/m2)
  • Wing Area 341.4ft2 (31.7m2)
  • Drag Points 1883

Parts

  • Number of Parts 578
  • Control Surfaces 10
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    17.0k Fox00One

    AMERICAN J7W!!!!!!

    10 days ago
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    Joe I think we built it wrong.
    No it’s perfect Bob.

    17 days ago
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    120 Wisely

    Boomerang of D E A T H. Also great job on this

    20 days ago
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    i love canards!

    24 days ago
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    27.4k ChiChiWerx

    This is quite well constructed, the highlight being the landing gear, which really looks like a realistic landing gear. Far too often, builders will make the LG quite skinny or too short, often because it’s sometimes difficult to hide the main gear within the wing (that stupid protruding hub). However, yours looks like they generally do IRL, stout and beefy and strong enough to absorb a rough landing by a newbie fighter pilot. The overall effect is to make your build appear much more realistic, which I immediately noticed. Construction-wise the complaints I have include the fact that the stars and bars are on the opposite wing as they were/are IRL, something many builders get wrong and the strange combined trim and flap controls, which are almost always independent IRL. Hey, at least you used M.G.s and not that strictly-for-ground-targets cannon, so I can actually engage air to air targets. I can also do a loop in 1,500 ft at 400 mph, probably a 12 G loop...but at least it doesn’t turn tooooo slowly, as so many builds do.

    +1 one month ago
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    17.0k Fox00One

    amerikan shinden

    +1 one month ago
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    3,439 SilverStar

    it reminds me my Jetcruzer... Nice !

    one month ago
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    6,907 Kangy

    This is a great build
    Well presented, good techniques like panelling etc
    However, the flight model does need a touch of work
    I think you should make the canard (as in the in-game wing at the front of the build) rotate with the fuselage, that way the plane doesn’t just takeoff strangely and performs like it should irl.
    Otherwise this is a great build :)

    one month ago
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    59.9k Uchanka

    You know what? Insert profanity here
    Bullpups your P-40

    +2 one month ago
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    UwU

    one month ago
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    5,686 Griffon1

    I am a simple man. I see XP-55, I upvote

    one month ago
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    This is the nicest one of these I've seen. Nicely done!

    one month ago
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    1,855 ssenmodnar

    ass ender

    +4 one month ago
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    Nc pictures

    one month ago
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    31.7k Trainzo

    Very nice plane . Great build .

    one month ago