There are simply not enough words for this build, it's amazing. The level of detail is mindblowing, and a functional Garmin suite in SP? You guys are actually insane, lol. I wish I could upvote this twice, one for your work and effort, and another for your pains and suffering.
Congrats on majoring in aerospace, by the way! It's a difficult road to take, as someone who chose to start treading it as well; but so far, it's been a very interesting one. Ever since the plane bug bit me, I couldn't see myself anywhere else.
You'll have challenges ahead of you, as I'm sure you have noticed already lel, but challenges someone with your level of determination and effort will surely overcome. Because holy expletive, man... 1600 parts... Imagine adjusting all that. I shudder at the mere thought.
@Subnerdica Yes. In one of the Jaguar's upgrades, starting with either the GR.3 or GR. 7 (I can't recall), they wanted to carry external fuel tanks, jamming pods, air-to-ground ordnance (because that's what accomplishes your mission) and also AAMs for self-defense. There was simply no more space for extra pylons under the wings, so they added overwing rails for Sidewinders.
It's a less than optimal solution, and I can bet the ground crew loading the missiles there hated it, but it got the job done, and yes, it was a thing.
Absolutely breathtaking! This is downright one of the most amazing builds I have ever seen. The amount of effort you put in deserves two upvotes by itself, if I could do so!
Furthermore, the design of the plane is really pretty and fitting for the era, it handles nice, and the cockpit makes for an absolutely amazing experience. The fact you managed to do all that with 722 parts alone is mind-blowing, some serious optimization here.
It is too bad about the sideslip indicator, though. What exactly was the problem? I managed to make one a while ago, but then again it was very simple and crude. I also find that rotators sometimes start behaving funny when there are too many parts...
I have also recently learned, through observing other builders, that the "tilting back" of the attitude indicator and compass can be prevented by giving the rotator very high speeds - instead of "1", usually the maximum, use "10", "15", etc. Going too high causes weird things to happen, though. I hope this is useful to you in future builds, because boy, you have the skill and patience! Congratulations on this absolutely marvelous bird.
That looks amazing. Area 88 is an old favourite of mine, I'll be looking forward to this.
These shapes... How. Black magic. Arcane wizardry.
The amount of effort here is astounding.
@ChiChiWerx Your feedback was really valuable, it was indeed turning way too fast so I decided to try my hand at kicking drag further down and reducing control surface authority. It's still very far from perfect, but I think it handles a lot better now.
I can feel the Latinamerican internet connection at times
It hits way too close to home
Most importantly however, Oh no, the Pulquis are multiplying
This is getting out of hand, now there are two of them!
How. How can you do something with this level of detail, refinement and functionality with less than 500 parts. Absolute madman. Dark mage. Keeper of the forbidden part-saving arts.
@TheFantasticTyphoon You read through it? You have bravery in you! lol, yeah,these backstories write themselves in my head as I design the aircraft, and I've got to write it somewhere right? Glad you enjoyed it!
@JohnnyBoythePilot Flamenco guitars start strumming in the distance
OP as hecc, but really fun to fly around. Surprisingly well-balanced for how sci-fi/Macross-esque it looks, responds perfectly to command.
My only complaint is that the stock landing gear kinda clashes with its looks, but you're not going to have gear down most of the time anyways. Nice work!
Yeah I've had a problem with my Flecha rolling very slightly to the left, too. You need to leave it be for quite some time to notice it, it's very slight, but it's somewhat annoying.
I spent hours, several hours after hours after hours trying to find what was causing this issue, disassembled the whole plane, checked each part, but found nothing. I decided to just release it as it was in the end, it remains a mystery to this day.
@edufrs14 to be honest, the fact the USAF is considering this plane is a testament to the capability of our engineers in and of itself. It's also part of why Kovác's team chose "Tucano" as the namesake for the original T-27, so it would be unmistakably recognized as a Brazilian aircraft no matter where it was exported to. It also helps that "Tucano" is a catchy word that rolls off the tongue easily in several different languages, though pronounced a bit differently sometimes (for instance, IIRC the French pronounced it as what would in Portuguese sound like "Tûcanô".)
As for me, I'm just happy to see another Super Tucano on the site. It's a beautiful bird, and this build is really, really well detailed. It might be the best Tucano around in SimplePlanes, it's an excellent build. My congratulations to the builder.
@DickBrazen Thank you for the comment! I'm glad this was of use to you. About the altimeter, one of the big issues I had here was how I was having to work with small parts, which can get really annoying at times. I really wouldn't want to go with pieces much smaller than the ones I used here. Also, altimeters IRL usually work in this way; some only have two hands, for 1000 and 100 feet, but others like this one have three hands for 100, 1000 and 10000 feet, an as far as my research found, usually with a similar hand size arrangement. I did take artistic liberties in making the 10k ft hand red, however, for quicker reading.
@emanuelga Yes, even here in South America, there was a surprising number of concepts and sometimes even prototypes that never were to be. Argentina is the SA champion in the "cool airplane designs that never went into service" department, but I was surprised to find a book the other day with a bunch of abandoned Embraer projects and concepts, most of them for transport and cargo aircraft but some for attack jets that kind of looked like a small Su-25 and even light fighters.
this one for sure. The fact it uses the smoke trails mod might have been a factor but it can be flown without the mod parts with no issue. It's also no fun if you haven't read at least a bit of the description and pulled a few Kulbits with it.
The Libélula was another one that surprised me a bit because it's just a huge joy to fly around. I can see why though honestly, it's pretty simple and has its issues, such as the scale being off.
I cannot really complain about anything though, because on the other hand, the large flying wing I posted just after the Garrucha, for instance, garnered a lot, but a lot more attention than I could ever have expected. I made that one when I was bored and frankly have no idea why it did so well.
Amazing! The "gunsight view" of the two cannon barrels is something that is a quintessential part of the F-5 and you captured it perfectly. 132 parts - true to the spirit of the F-5, simple, easy to use and gets the job done really well. Congratulations!
@Aeromen Valeu meu consagrado, mais sucesso para o sr. também. Não vou mais conseguir postar no mesmo ritmo que tive até agora, mas vamo que vamo! Espero que o declínio em quantidade seja acompanhado por um aumento na qualidade, kkkk
@Mustang51 @OmegaDestroyer @JohnnyBoythePilot @Noname918181 @JolyLoly @Smashfighter06 Thanks guys, I really appreciate it.
@Mustang51 Bomb bays are a little bit too much for my poor brain to handle right now, lol. I did think about it but after a while... naaaah
Thanks a lot! This is probably the craft I'm the proudest of so far. I really enjoy flying it.
@Liensis To be fair, most land-based maritime patrol aircraft are indeed airliners adapted for military use. The P-3 Orion is built upon the Lockheed Electra, the P-8 Poseidon is built upon the Boeing 737-800. Purpose-built maritime patrol aircraft sometimes end up looking like airliners too, like the Kawasaki P-1.
@Mustang51 oh yeah, simplicity has a beauty all of its own. Keep in mind though, that the lower part count is also due to the lack of things like custom landing gear, custom cockpit, etc., as these tend to add a lot of parts.
This is probably one of my favorite bombers of all time - I fell in love with it when I first saw it in a 1974 book my grandfather gifted me. You capture its lines really well, I'd have used intake parts to make the trailing edge "sharp" but that's a minor thing, it looks really good. Congratulations on this piece!
that console panel... Absolutely gorgeous. Quite the plane to look at and fly around.
Scifi BR lore and an Ace Combat reference? Sign me right up!
@Sadboye12 It's not a big bummer at all! Myself I only started making custom gear a short time ago and the ones I did are really basic, because it's frankly quite hard (many, many unscheduled disassemblies during landing tests...). The low part count you've got is impressive given the aesthetics of the build.
So this is why it was giving me Super Galeb vibes, it actually is a Super Galeb, lol.
Looking mighty nice, and the part count is unbelievably modest for the smoothness and detailing.
This gives me serious Sky Crawler vibes, like a Sanka but it drinks tea and wears a top hat. I really like how it looks, very pleasing aesthetic!
@ENG1Fail Seems like it has already been resolved, but I wanted to chime in on a different aspect, if I may.
First of all, it's looking mighty nice! that's one complex camouflage scheme to make in SP and I'm surprised it came out this good. I cannot think of the amount of time and patience that went into this.
With that in mind, to make the most out of your work, you want the best colors you can get, and don't get me wrong, the color you have currently is actually pretty good and it works. Now, the problem with Brazilian camouflage is that the colors change a lot depending on the lighting, even moreso than other camouflages. If you take a photo with lots of warm sunlight, it's going to look very close to what you have currently, but otherwise it has a more blue-ish tone.
Some photographers who have seen these birds up close have described the green in the camo pattern as having a "slight purple-ish hue that's difficult to catch on camera". Having seen F-5EMs and A-29Bs up close myself, I don't know if I really agree with the "purple-ish" part but they definitely have some of slightly blue-ish look.
This palette picture right here is probably the easy-pickable (flat colors) one which comes the closest. However, I've found in SP it looks too bright and flat.
However, to be completely fair, the specific paint tones vary a lot depending on how worn-out the aircraft is and other factors, such as uneven painting, so don't be afraid to make it a little more green/darker than in that picture if you think it looks too flat, such as in this picture, which is also one mighty good reference for weapons. (Personally, I'd keep the centreline fuel tank and give it either two rocket launchers on the outboards + two BAFG-230s on the inboards, or two rocket launchers on the inboards and two MAA-1 Piranhas on the outboards. If you keep the wing fuel tanks, might want to angle them upwards a bit, but that's just nitpicking.) The problem here is that since it's shaded it might be harder to pick the color exactly, but it looks better IMO, could only use a touch more of blueness, and a bit more washed out for the green.
As I said before, this is really hard to get hard and changes a lot, so don't worry too much about it. I'm just telling you this in case you find it useful, and keep up the good work!
Oh no, the Argentina Squad is assembling
What happens if they fuse their powers? Is it too strong for the universe?
Got the shape nicely laid out there! Might want to make it a bit more smooth, but it looks good nonetheless. I've got to say, a detailed interior might be too much, it'd be a nice addition but it's not really necessary. Large interiors like those of a bomber can take an awful lot of time. I'd focus on making a canopy/windscreen shape that looks immersive from an inside cokcpit view.
First BLG I've seen in this site so far! It's quite funny, the nomenclature for these things is "Bomba Lança-Granadas", lit. "Grenade Launching Bomb". Guess cluster bombs are grenades in Brazilian Air Force terminology, lol.
There are some other interesting weapons developed at the CTA like the BAPI anti-runway bomb and the BINC-300 incendiary canisters but I believe these are only used in "high-performance aircraft", so the F-5EM and AMX A-1/A-1M in FAB inventories. For FAB Super Tucanos, Skyfire-70 rockets (used with common NATO launcher pods, usually LAU-51s) and MAA-1 Piranhas (externally virtiually identical to AIM-9Bs in most versions but with performance comparable to AIM-9Es or Ls depending on the version... and information source, which is scarce) are classic loadout options, which you should definitely keep in mind if you want to make a FAB version of it. Sadly they don't see much guided bomb use here, usually it's rockets and the BAFG-230 (Mk. 82 equivalent) bombs.
I really like how it turned out, and you used less parts than I'd expect for such a bomb! Really nice work.
How did I not know of this before? Absolutely amazing rendition of Kazama's Tiger, superbly done paint scheme, the unique shape and curves of the F-5 are kept just right even with the paint, and a fairly low part count on top of that. Hats off.
@Stormfur Yeah, I got that, but does he have to manually assign each extra color to each part in the XML file? That would be close to non-practical, but hey, if I could for instance leave a separate set of extra colors for instrument panels alone...
Now this is amazing. It stands well on its own as an art piece, but the fact this was done in SP makes it genuinely impressive.
More importantly though... 83 colours? You can add extra colours to the palette other than the preset number of 18-20 or so? Man, if this is practical, this could have saved me so much trouble. Please teach me your ways, o wise duck.
@Bife Yeah, I don't live too far actually, but if you look at the undersea internet cables it's insane
Things take a turn through Australia of all things before going to the guys up north
Probably one of the best Phantoms in the site, certainly the best I've seen so far. Great work.
@DickBrazen I don't think that thing I did warrants credit, unless one dowright takes the entire piece as a subassembly - it's not like it's a complex, groundbreaking or innovative idea, it's actually dead simple and I'm pretty sure lots of people have already done the same thing - both before and after me.
That being said, I appreciate it a lot that my build was the first thing that came to your mind on this, lol.
@TheFantasticTyphoon omg, you have too much power
Someone stop this man
The fuselage parts on those stabilizers must have required ridiculous amounts of patience. It certainly paid off, because it looks beautifully smooth. Very well done.
@TheFantasticTyphoon Fool! I have already stepped into n-th generation fighter design!
(yes, I made that one solely for the laughs. I do weird things when I'm bored.)
The level of detail on this is just... Wow. Man, absurd levels of patience here.
Next thing, you'll tell me that piano actually works...
@Alta2809 Well, with over a thousand downloads I don't know if I'd call it underrated, lol. Perhaps some people are just tired of reading/scrolling through the long descriptions to upvote the thing, but they're an integral part of my creative process so they're not going anywhere anytime soon.
And thanks a lot, man! To be fair, I don't think I'm ever going to make something as complicated as that gunsight, lol. I do have some ideas in mind though, but I'm cooling down for a bit.
Absolutely stunning level of detail right here. You captured the smoothness of the aircraft's lines pretty well, really gives it that trademark Messerschmitt feeling.
Now this is effort. Congratulations, man.
@emanuelga Thank you! I've got to admit, I went for looks before functionality in this one, lol.
the 60's and 70's were an amazing time for crazier projects like this, lel. Very well done replica!
@SodiumChloride Man, you were fast! Last night I was posting the prototype variant as an unlisted aircraft, and accidentaly uploaded it as public. I deleted it as soon as I realized my mistake, but you upvoted it as soon as it went up so I thought you'd be interested - here it is! Sorry for the confusion.
@ChiyomiAnzai Gotta have that i m m e r s i o n
Man, if you found a way to integrate this into your gunnery system (for ranging information and the like), that would be fantastic. Not that it isn't any less amazing as is.
Keep up the brilliant work, I must say all of this has inspired me to start trying my hand at making something like a Stuvi gunsight. You show people it's possible to do amazing things in SP, and I'm sure many others are also motivated by your endeavours.
Absolutely beautiful build of a very unique aircraft! Great job.