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Sa-2 Samson

6,171 ZWLenning  11 days ago
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Sa-2 Samson

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at a measly 2815 parts, i am proud to say that I have exceeded the capability of my computer to the point at which I can't even test the main version properly. I believe it all works, if not please tell me and I will try to fix the issues. But on the bright side, I believe this to be (one of?) the first fully functioning 'glass' cockpits in simpleplanes, equipped with many features that will be described in image somewhere below. Please note: all of the features in this build have been done before, but I believe I am the first to combine them in this way.


Overview

The Sa-2 Samson is a medium utility helicopter from the movie 'avatar'. Comparable in size and role to the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter (though a lot slower, and capable of carrying less armament), it is mostly designed for moving small numbers of troops and supplies into specific, hard to access locations that conventional troop suppliers would not be able to manage. It is also capable of lifting more than its own weight, with a maximum payload of 9000kg of things. This gives an MTOW of over 15 tonnes.

The observant among you will recognise that this is Samson 16, the main samson used in the movie. I am, for obvious reasons, not building a replica of it after it was blown up.
Here is Samson 16:


Features

  • functioning map
  • functioning enemy location radar tracker
  • main mfd containing all associated things
  • engine startup sequence (hence engine delay on activating)
  • hyper stable hover

Armament

This Samson contains a modified loadout so both air and ground targets can be targeted with missiles. Allegedly this is not what would have been used IRL. Also, the fire rate of the cannons is so ludicrously high that it exceeds the maximum fire rate attainable in simpleplanes.
- 2x 'Hydra' .50cal machine guns
- 2x A-65 AAM (fictional)
- 2x 'Hornet' AGM


Controls:

They are weird, bear with me

  • AG1 = Enable missiles
  • AG2 = Enable cannons
  • AG3 = Wipers
  • AG4 = Nav lights
  • AG5 = Engine 1 start
  • AG6 = Engine 2 start
  • AG7 = Cockpit lighting
  • AG8 = Cockpit doors
  • VTOL up = Throttle
  • Throttle = Coll. lever
  • Trim up = Winch down
  • Landing Gear = Winch toggle

Lower part versions:

  • 1998 parts, this version essentially just has glass cockpit functions and displays removed.
  • 1638 parts, this version has the cabin and some of the cockpit (such as rear seats) removed.
  • 1172 parts, this version has the entire helicopter stripped down to the shell and the cockpit, which contains only flight controls such as joystick etc.
  • 776 parts, this version is a fictional Earth version with wheels, the rest of the cockpit, the winch and the vine strike kit removed.

Notes

  • good luck getting this thing to pitch/roll past 65 degrees. its really weird, and its not caused by the gyro
  • flies best with mouse control or tilt
  • realistic start sequence: activate AG8/7, then VTOL up before activating AG6. allow to spin up to speed, then activate AG5 and 4. then, when all rotors are spinning, you may fly
  • theoretically capable of carrying 9000kg, but I have only tested up to 5000 due to lag
  • main panel labelled
  • upper panel labelled (some central switches also work)
  • if you can't see the text, open the image in a new tab.

Credits:

  • WIZARD2017: map aesthetics. I have shifted Krakabola position slightly and made my own codes (which tbf turned out the same as WIZARD's), so I apologise to them if I messed it up!
  • BagelPlane: enemy position radar.
  • PioThePioneer: digital altimeter and speedometer, I was too lazy to work out the code myself.
  • AN2Felllla: nice analogue airspeed, altitude and artificial horizons. I wasn't able to make my own at that point due to horrific amounts of lag and my lack of attention span.
  • a mysterious fellow who wishes only to be known as "Ash" also did a few screenshots for me, including the one I'm using as the main thumnail.

Thanks to all!


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Spotlights

General Characteristics

  • Predecessor Sa-2
  • This plane has been featured
  • Created On Windows
  • Wingspan 57.7ft (17.6m)
  • Length 58.6ft (17.9m)
  • Height 19.2ft (5.9m)
  • Empty Weight 12,998lbs (5,895kg)
  • Loaded Weight 15,074lbs (6,837kg)

Performance

  • Power/Weight Ratio 13.432
  • Wing Loading 214.4lbs/ft2 (1,046.9kg/m2)
  • Wing Area 70.3ft2 (6.5m2)
  • Drag Points 15732

Parts

  • Number of Parts 2815
  • Control Surfaces 1
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    MOVIE ACURRATE AVATAR HELICOPTER

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    16.7k SneakySniper

    ITS FEATURED!

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    6,171 ZWLenning

    Thanks for gold and kind words all!
    Edit: and 69 upvotes :)

    100 YAY

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    Me: sees the part count
    PC and iPad: *died from the part count

    +1 5 days ago
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    488 Mulemwa

    He prepared for the rain update.

    +2 8 days ago
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    How epic this fantastic work is!

    +1 9 days ago
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    Thank god you put the part count first, my pc would've melted if I downloaded it.

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    6,171 ZWLenning

    @Freerider2142 i can't find the problem, sorry. it works for me on all versions

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    6,171 ZWLenning

    @TheMegaMauster btw spsc discord invite has expired on Eternals post so you may want to send him a new one

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    6,171 ZWLenning

    @Stinky AHAHAHAHA YAASSS

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    6,171 ZWLenning

    @P1T1KU thanks :')

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    7,719 P1T1KU

    @ZWLenning but u deserve mor

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    6,171 ZWLenning

    @Freerider2142 eh? Unusual, will have a look
    Thanks for letting me know

    Is it air to ground only or both sets?

    10 days ago
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    Very nice build!
    flies very nice and stable.
    1 issue that I have is that the AG missiles are unusable... they just plop down to the ground when launched..

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    44.6k Wogchamp

    @weebabyseamus Right? Been waiting a long as time for someone to make a proper Samson

    +2 10 days ago
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    @ZWLenning noted thankss

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    6,171 ZWLenning

    @FishMiner so you did. thanks for the support! :')

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    6,171 ZWLenning

    @P1T1KU nope am gold :)
    was silver when this was released

    10 days ago
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    6,171 ZWLenning

    @Donovan102 nope dude, still can't find you
    try adding me dark_chilli_choccies#7069 and see if that works

    10 days ago
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    6,171 ZWLenning

    @CaptFoxworth19 most helicopters do pitch slightly down. the drag ive put on this is supposed to simulate a much denser atmosphere, so the pitching is more aggressive

    10 days ago
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    I mean @ZWLenning when I pitch down the whole thing points down, because I thought when I pitch down for forward flight only the rotors will tilt and not the whole fuselage.

    +1 10 days ago
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    10.1k Memri

    That moment when it finally has 80 upvotes

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    7,719 P1T1KU

    yooooooo you must be platinum bro

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    21.3k FishMiner

    A long time ago you commented on one of my builds that you were amazed at how fast it got popular, and I said you would get there eventually, well congratulations, you got there.

    +1 10 days ago
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    They day has finally come. Ive been waiting for this build since the day I started playing this game. I am now complete, and shall sail off to Pandora with some elves and Gandalf.

    +3 10 days ago
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