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Fairey Swordfish Mk.I F.A.A. [W.5856]

48.9k CoolPeach  3.5 years ago
Auto Credit Based on Vincent's Game Key / Bi-Plane Challenge! (CLOSED)

Introduction:

Ah, the Fairey Swordfish, a truely outdated yet outstanding Torpedo Bomber Bi-Plane for the British Fleet Air Arm. As such, it has been faithfully recreated (based on the remaining Mk.1 No. W5856 Swordfish) with all the nitty gritty, including:
• High level of blueprint accuracy (Built using these)
• Folding wings
• Detailed/accurate/semi-functional interior/cockpit - Features working control stick, yaw pedals, artificial horizon, throttle lever and other non-functional gauges
• Accurate flight performance/characteristics
• Arresting hook
• Semi Accurate paintjob (reduced to simple two tone)
• Custom Pegasus Engine
• Replication of rear fuselage/tail fabric/canvas wrapping
• Simulated exhaust smoke from exhaust pipe

Controls:


Standard flight controls (Yaw | Roll | Pitch)
AG1 - Fold Wings
AG2 - Drop arresting hook
AG3 + VTOL/TRIM - Activate/control Yaw/Pitch of rear gunner
AG6 - Formation Lights
AG7 + TRIM - Elevator trim
AG8 - Turn on engine, navigation lights and cockpit instruments
LandingGear - Toggle Landing Lights


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History/Infomation

The Fairey Swordfish was a biplane torpedo bomber designed by the Fairey Aviation Company. Originating in the early 1930s, the Swordfish, nicknamed "Stringbag", was operated by the Fleet Air Arm of the Royal Navy, in addition to having been equipped by the Royal Air Force (RAF) alongside multiple overseas operators, including the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) and the Royal Netherlands Navy. It was initially operated primarily as a fleet attack aircraft; during its later years, the Swordfish became increasingly used as an anti-submarine and training platform. The type was in frontline service throughout the Second World War, but it was already considered obsolete at the outbreak of the conflict in 1939. The particular plane above is based off the remaining Mk.1 Swordfish No. W5856.

Source: Wiki

Extra Notes:

Flight Handling:
- Try to take off quickly, the plane loses control on the ground past 100mph.
- With torpedo load, use 3/4 trim down (adjust accordingly), with no load, use 1/8 trim down (adjust accordingly). When you drop the torpedo, don’t pitch up until you readjust the trim to avoid stalling.
- Drop torpedo around 1km (0.6miles) away from target at a height lower than 200ft (100ft optimal)
- To increase turn rate, use the rudder in conjunction with roll
- Landing speed should be around 80-90mph (60-70% throttle)

Other:
For the challenge category, I would suggest it be catgorised as “Interwar Period”. Sorry about the large number of parts Othwane, if there are too many I can go back and remove some. Please feel free to leave your feedback and comments below!

Tally Ho!

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General Characteristics

  • Predecessor Game Key / Bi-Plane Challenge! (CLOSED)
  • Created On Mac
  • Wingspan 46.7ft (14.2m)
  • Length 36.0ft (11.0m)
  • Height 13.3ft (4.0m)
  • Empty Weight 6,279lbs (2,848kg)
  • Loaded Weight 9,266lbs (4,203kg)

Performance

  • Power/Weight Ratio 1.455
  • Horse Power/Weight Ratio 0.188
  • Wing Loading 12.1lbs/ft2 (59.3kg/m2)
  • Wing Area 763.2ft2 (70.9m2)
  • Drag Points 16724

Parts

  • Number of Parts 1118
  • Control Surfaces 0
  • Performance Cost 3,531
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    48.9k CoolPeach

    Um, I think I would’ve gotten the wing physics wrong if my plane did have a landing speed of 38mph...
    @randomusername

    3.3 years ago
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    I'd like to see a re-creation of the 1930s Vickers Wellesley light bomber. It was sort of a predecessor to the more famous Wellington in that it also used a geodesic method of airframe construction.

    3.4 years ago
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    Dunno how this thing snuch by me, but she's got my upvote now

    +1 3.4 years ago
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    3,117 Sirnubenegra

    Looks better than mine

    3.4 years ago
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    29.1k LegnaK

    Absolutely fantastic work! One of my all time favorite biplanes and you nailed it perfectly!

    +1 3.4 years ago
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    @CoolPeach yes, but currently too much of my time is allocated to school (damn you semester finals), so i’ll just wait.

    3.4 years ago
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    48.9k CoolPeach

    Be like me? Hmm, maybe you mean to just build like me?
    @temporaryaccount

    3.4 years ago
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    Very joyed at the fact that I can torpedo the Beast historically.
    Extremely nice, I wish I could be like you!

    +1 3.4 years ago
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    5,756 Mainblocks

    @CoolPeach That's simple ? Oh wow, thanks for the insight.

    3.4 years ago
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    Fine job sir

    3.4 years ago
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    Welcome back

    +3 3.4 years ago
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    No it’s 41@EternalDarkness

    3.4 years ago
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    48.9k CoolPeach

    Cheers man!
    @EternalDarkness

    3.4 years ago
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    This build it too nice to get stuck at 40 upvotes.
    spotlights

    +1 3.4 years ago
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    48.9k CoolPeach

    I’ll see if I have the time
    @horatio

    3.4 years ago
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    43.1k PlanesOfOld

    @CoolPeach One mistake in the description, the swordfish was used by the Fleet Air Arm.

    3.4 years ago
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    35.6k ThePilotDude

    @CoolPeach oh yeah I didn't even notice that! Odd that WWII isn't a category

    3.4 years ago
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    48.9k CoolPeach

    Yeah, but that category doesn’t exist for the challenge, so interwar is the next best ;)
    @ThePilotDude

    3.4 years ago
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    48.9k CoolPeach

    I actually just built one cylinder and rotated it around by 40° and mirrored it across. @Mainblocks

    +3 3.4 years ago
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    48.9k CoolPeach

    I might consider making a mobile friendly version if i have the time
    @Kungfuevan

    3.4 years ago
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    2,308 horatio

    Mobile version?

    3.4 years ago
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    36.8k Trainzo

    Extraordinary , just great job .

    +1 3.4 years ago
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    Mod DeezDucks

    Ooh damn you're gonna give me a run for my money

    +1 3.4 years ago
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    35.6k ThePilotDude

    Interwar period? I'd say the swordfish was most recognized by its role in WWII
    (Totally not just me trying to make sure I don't have to compete against this in the interwar category)

    3.4 years ago
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    43.1k PlanesOfOld

    I say.. What a spiffing reproduction.

    +3 3.4 years ago
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