@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.
Rare bird! Nice to see one of these Fokkers around.
@FranzPeterSiegfried Now with 100% less plot armor, 200% more missiles
@CaptainEssen You might notice a fair amount of my stuff is inspired by Ace Combat, lel. I've got a Not-A-Lindwurm in the works right now.
@Mustang51 I thought about trim tabs but they took some control surface real estate... Since I'm lazy I usually just leave flaps to be used as trim, but yeah, in this bird the flaps are too big and too sensitive. In hindsight, I probably should've taken some of that area for trim.
Very nice Super Sabre! Also, water power... man, that's a blast from the past! Thanks for reminding me that existed.
@Aeromen @Sadboye12 Thanks a lot, guys! In fact, let this comment be directed to all of you who upvoted or just enjoyed this aircraft.
It blows my mind that this was featured in the front page, seriously. I'd like to thank every single one of you guys, you're awesome.
@MSGamezYXZ360 Thanks! It should be noted, however, that I don't actually build planes daily. As I've said a few times before, I've been building planes in and off for quite some time now (Almost 2 years, I believe), but very sparsely, and only a few days ago did I decide to create an account and share the ones I took to be worth posting. I have many more, but a lot of them are very crude, have poor flying characteristics from when I was still learning, or are just overall not worth it to post here. the Flecha right here, for instance, was the first fighter I made which I felt "whoa, okay, now this is decent". Naturally, I've done small touch-ups in some older planes before posting them.
As such, in a few days you'll probably see me suddenly stop posting and then you're only going to see me very rarely around these parts - that's when the pile of stuff I'm sitting on to post ends, lel. I'm almost there, in fact. Of course, I still build stuff, but not all the time.
As for inspiration... I love planes! That's about it. I really love planes, and they decided my career choice. I love reading about them, I love looking at them, I love drawing them, and I love creating my own in SimplePlanes. The inspiration just comes by itself. This one, for instance, was obviously inspired by the Super Tucano; I think I got the idea planted in my head after watching a documentary on the Tucano family, called Tucano 35... It's on Youtube if you want to check it out (put there by the company that made it themselves, by the way; they made the documentary as a free-to-watch collaboration with the Brazilian Air Force to commemorate the 35 years of the T-27), and though it's in Portuguese there are subtitles in English. They're a bit wrong at several times, but hey, it might be worth the watch.
@Evenstsrike333 Thanks! I'm glad you liked it.
@Mustang51 I feel this might be my build. Thanks for letting me know.
@Mustang51 Thanks! The handling this thing has at low speed surprised me a bit, but my favorite parts are those torpedo/missile tubes. They really give the look that extra "oomph", IMO.
In any case, enough about that, since I dropped in to comment, might as well talk about your ship right there, lel. Great lines as always, part count doesn't seem too large for the level of refinement its shape has. I'm a big fan of the Skipjack's looks, with that nearly perfect teardrop. Not exactly the best engineering compromise ever, but it does the job very well and damn, it looks great.
@MintLynx I'm not the guy who made the comment but thought I'd clear things up, lel. No, it wasn't built yet, though they might have started building the sections (I don't think so though, would have to look into it). The SN-10 Álvaro Alberto, which is the enlarged Riachuelo-Class (which itself is a longer Scorpène) with a nuclear reactor is going to be the last of the Riachuelo "family", so to speak, to be built. The Riachuelo was finished last year, later this year they're planning on launching the second (I think it's the Humaitá), and then there's going to be other two to go before we even get to the Álvaro Alberto. Needless to say, given the complexity and utter seriousness of everything involved in building a country's first nuclear submarine and preparing the Navy to recieve it, we're probably looking at several years between the comissioning of the last diesel-electric Riachuelo-class and that of the SN-10.
Original plans were for this sub to be delivered in 2020, but that's from way back. More recent chronograms had its delivery planned for 2025, which is a realistic number considering the Riachuelo was delivered in late 2018; however, due to recent budget cuts, that was postponed to 2027. With the Navy getting more cuts this year, who knows when that's actually going to happen. I'm betting in somewhere around 2030, personally.
@Mustang51 Thank you! By the way, I uploaded that boat I was talking to you about some days ago. I did put a VTOL engine and a lot (in exeperiments, more than what's in the uploaded version even) of RCS nozzles, but sadly that didn't correct control inversion at high speed. It did improve low speed handling though, so it was a great help!
@Mustang51 Thanks! Had some predator vibes, but it was mostly me messing around with fuselage parts and eventually a shape came up which I thought, "hey, I could make a drone out of this", so I did, lel.
I love how this bird remains very sharply responsive and easy to control even at ridiculously high speeds. It's a blast to fly around canyons at low altitude and full throttle. Exceptional piece right there, amazing work!
Also, not transforming is not an issue for me at least. Admittedly I'm not a big Macross fan (the paint schemes look rad, though), but I far prefer a very good-flying bird like this than something that can turn into a battroid or do GERWALK or whatever, but doesn't fly as well and/or cannot run in lower-grade systems (not even talking about mobile) because it's got a thousand rotators and shock pistons all over. That's just me, though. I like simple things that work well, haha.
And calculus... I feel your pain, that one made me shed quite a bit of sweat and tears as well. If it's calc I though, after you get past limits its gets better, especially once you can use L'Hospital. Whatever the case, hang on tight there, and don't give up.
@LlamaIndustries Thanks man! Hope you enjoy flying it around.
There are, of course, many other great guys with amazing stories, Rex Beisel, Jack Northrop, R.J Mitchell, Jack Northrop, the aformentioned Jiro Horikoshi and Willy Messerchmitt, the list goes on. Just like with the planes, there's too many to count.
A plane that gets special mentions for the looks alone is the Mirage 2000, beautiful bird. The F-16 and MiG-29 also get a special mention for having marked my childhool (thank you Novalogic) and to this day they're among my favorite modern-day fighters.
Then there's the planes I'm biased towards - the PBY-5 Catalina and P-47D Thunderbolt are planes I absolutely love but a good part of that is probably because Brazil used them in combat during WWII, lel. Then there's the planes designed here (or in partnerships like the AMX A-1/A-11 Ghibli), especially the Tucano family, with the T-25 Universal, T-27 Tucano and A-29 Super Tucano. They're amazing birds in their own right, and they follow that design philosophy of simplicity, low cost and effectiveness - I guess you could call it advanced simplicity, if it makes any sense - but then again, I'm biased, lel.
Btw, sorry for over-extending myself like this, but this topic really gets me going, lol. I love talking about planes.
@Mustang51 Hard question right there. I like all of them, but I suppose I have a strong preference for military aircraft and, somewhat, for general aviation/sports aircraft. I have some specific planes that rank among my favorites but that's too many to list, lol. For the most part though, I generally have a weak spot for planes that are simple but high-performance nonetheless. To me, that's the essence of engineering, make things as simple and easy to maintain as possible while keeping their effectiveness, and it requires a great deal of effort. So there's stuff like the A-4, Folland Gnat, F-5 and derivations, well, most fighters around. Why not, the Bf 109 and the Zero as well. The Zero was designed with several restrictions due to Japanese industry at the time, especially on the engine department, yet Horikoshi made such a well-refined design that it was one of the best fighters out there for quite some time until it just couldn't keep up anymore. The 109 was also designed to be as smooth, simple and high-performance as possible; Willy had experience with gliders and sports aircraft, and took the lesson of keeping weight down to the heart. Even after it had long been surpassed by other designs, its more advanced late variants could keep up a fight with some of the best Allied fighters around. And since I got myself started of WWII planes, why not mention the F4U Corsair - it doesn't exactly follow this "philosophy" I've been describing so far, but something about it just drags me in, lel. IMO, it's the finest fighter America produced during WWII.
And the men behind these aircraft are also something I enjoy reading about. Both the pilots who flew them and the engineers who designed them. There are many great engineers behind these machines who I admire a lot, and in the specific case of light fighters, these guys were going against all trends and made something that was absolutely successful. Ed Heinemann with the A-4, Ed Schmued with the F-5, W.E.W Petter didn't have much luck with the Gnat (though it was a plane that proved a point and led to many follow-ons like the G.91) but he had the very successful Canberra, and then we've got the absolute legend that is Kyle Johnson, which also made something following these principles, kind of a light fighter: the F-104. It gets a lot of bad rep, but when you really look into it, it's an amazing little machine too.
There are, of course, many other great guys with amazing stories, Rex Beisel, Jack Northrop, R.J
@Mustang51 At the risk of sounding tiresome, mind giving an estimate of more or less how many hours + or - from now that would be? Usual times could be different and besides, college has kind of destroyed my sense of time, lel.
@MintLynx Oh, the respect is exactly due to all the time and effort that was required for you to get there. You can only get good at something by doing it a lot, and when someone's really good at something, they've clearly put in a lot of effort for that.
I'm new to the site but I've been building planes for quite some time now. I'm more into things that fly though, so I never really bothered too much with cars and ships apart from some experimentation here and there.
Oh man, I loved that movie! The Santa Cruz is definitely one of my favorite fictional prop planes, up there with the Sanka from Sky Crawlers. Detailing on this one is great, it looks really smooth. Excellent work!
@lastv801 It was never meant to be a replica, I'm happy with the amount of engines it has. Besides, I guess most of the thrust is coming from these four turbofans above the fuselage anyways, lel
Is it allowed to make a new/adapted version of a previously posted aircraft? As a sucessor to this post, of course. I only ask because, while that would would technically not be a reupload, it wouldn't be completely brand new either, so I fear it'd be on a bit of a weird grey spot on the rules and I wanted to make sure.
The reason I ask is because one of the ideas I had on my mind for the future would fit almost perfectly here, but some adaptations would be required (namely on the countermeasures, and perhaps some extra detailing for good measure since I don't usually do much of that).
@lastv801 the sky, maybe, but not my potato laptop that's already cooking itself trying to run the 570 parts on this thing, lel.
@Mustang51 That never seems to work for me, could never figure out how it works. I always select the option to have them include trim, but it never seems to do anything.
@Mustang51 Thanks! I've got to say, this one forced me to practice a lot of stuff that was new for me, lol. Getting the several fuselage parts covering the wings to work on something so large was new for me, as was making these airbrake-rudders.
Nice! I got to see one back when the TAM museum still existed in São Carlos. Half of it painted in German markings, the other half in Brazilian Naval Aviation colors. Beautiful bird, you did an amazing job recreating it.
@Tessemi Indeed, I thought that was properly hinted at in the start of the description lel
It's a night raven but dumbed down for low part count and I really did it just because I wanted to see what would happen.
@NirvashTec Mihaly intensifies
@Mustang51 My main inspiration for this was the X-31, but it does have serious baby Typhoon looks to it. Except this time there's no fly-by-wire... at least you won't lose the plane due to pitot failure, lol.
@Mustang51 I'd say whether it flies well is debatable, lol. This thing made me a slight bit traumatized with variable sweep wings...
@animations Yes and no
It is a flying pancake, it's not the flying pancake
@Zippy6 Not quite
Angry birb noises
@Zanedavid @Mustang51 @JohnnyBoythePilot @Tarquez Thanks, guys! I made this one on a streak of AC3-fueled inspiration for the memes, but it ended up being quite fun to fly around in.
@Mustang51 Oh, I have a lot prebuilt from before, lel. I'm actually quite slow at making them, and I don't do it regularly. You're looking at what must be over one year of stock here - without counting all the ones I don't deem worth posting, that is.
It's running out, though; these ones I've been posting in the last few days are, most of them, pretty recent (not all are in chronological order, the Corvus is one of my older ones). the Arara is one of my most recent birds, in fact. After all this, I'm only going to have what... Some three or four planes? I need to check, but that's about it. I
I'm working on a new one right now, I've got a teaser post about it. When you see that one ready, that's when you know I've run out, lol.
@Mustang51 Thanks man! This one's pretty simple, but it was fun to mess around with
@XxHELLCAT2GOOD4UxX Sure thing.
@Mustang51 I'm still amazed, honestly. I was hoping one of my builds would be featured in the future, but I was definitely not expecting it to be this one, nor so soon.
I cannot help but wonder whether it was the aesthetics, or the performance/functionality, or both, lol.
@MSGamezYXZ360 I just eyeball things, no blueprints. I do use reference images on my phone, and try to replicate the features in my aircraft sometimes to get the feel. I've tried using blueprints in SP and it just isn't for me, I prefer eyeballing things. When you're doing fictional aircraft, this also helps as you're more free and not bound to a blueprint.
Also, no, I'm not in any SP server (I assume you mean Discord and the like), at least not for the moment.
@SakuraSaku Thanks! I hope you had as much fun with this as I did.
@Mustang51 Original plane, do not steal lol
@Mustang51 this is the one I was talking about the other day
@RailfanEthan Yeah, and the external shapes are coming along nicely too IMO. It'll be a while until I finish and post it, but I can tag you when I do if you'd like me to.
@randomusername You should probably go get something to eat, lel
I hope I didn't disappoint with false hopes
@Mustang51 If it looks right, it will fly right, someone once said. I gotta admit I made this one mostly for the looks of it, but I was surprised when I took it out for a spin and saw it handled pretty well.
@BlackBoA yee, with 54 parts no less
I now recall I had been asked to tag ya, so here we go.