Ladies and Gentlemen,
I present to you: Working attitude indicators, in two sizes for your scaling needs. These work more like the old Sperry F3 gyroscope or the old Soviet model gyros, in which the aircraft line moves up and down vice the horizon line…but they work. Feel free to use, just grab the black baseplate at the back of the attitude indicator to unstick and put where you need to put them. You can nudge them around to sink them into an instrument panel, but be sure to get all the small parts highlighted--there is a black airplane symbol made from 6 small parts that counterbalance the white airplane symbol on the front. It's required for counterbalance as the gyro will precess without it, just a bit of a pain to find all the parts to move. These indicators stick out a little more than they would in RL unless you build a slot for them. In case you're wondering, "Do these really work?" Here are a few screenshots of these bad boys in action:
If they tumble, well, the early stuff tumbled quite easily and, even today, after hard aerobatics, you usually have to cage the attitude indicator to wings level anyway! In the case of these, flying straight and level will return these to wings level indication within a few seconds.
Some background info on this particular project; I'm in the process of a build with a full working cockpit, but was having trouble with a realistic attitude indicator (besides the default SP attitude indicator). Others who have tried to make one of these hadn't cracked the code on the horizon line. It would move up and down, but always displayed opposite in pitch unless they went through building some sort of gearing that would reverse the horizon line movement. I thought about this for awhile, and had a Eureka! moment...remembering how the early gyros worked, I came up with making the aircraft symbol move relative to the horizon line on the ball, instead of making the ball display pitch. It's imperfect, but a little more accurate. Small steps on our way to the moon, after all.
Thanks and credit to all those who gave me technical advice on these, @WNP78, @EternalDarkness, @MrSilverWolf, @BogdanX. Fly Safe!
- Created On Windows
- Wingspan 5.1ft (1.6m)
- Length 8.7ft (2.7m)
- Height 2.3ft (0.7m)
- Empty Weight 1,223lbs (555kg)
- Loaded Weight 1,223lbs (555kg)
- Wing Loading -439,839.3lbs/ft2 (-2,147,483.6kg/m2)
- Wing Area 0.0ft2 (0.0m2)
- Drag Points 211
- Number of Parts 62
- Control Surfaces 0