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H.M.A. First Sight

87.2k Treadmill103  7 months ago

In a parallel universe somewhen

His Majesty's Aircraft

First Sight

Take-off

VTOL half way down to set flaps. Apply full throttle and rotate gently at 300mph TAS. Once airborne, raise gear then VTOL centre to raise flaps. Note that Pitch authority is strong for landing; use gentle inputs in flight or just use throttle and trim.

Climb and high altitude flight

Once airborne and ready to climb, apply slight pitch up Trim then throttle back to 85%; the craft will pull up into a steady ascent. As altitude and speed increases, reduce throttle to maintain speed below 750mph TAS.

Typical radar sorties are made at between 45,000ft and 55,000ft: use 40% throttle and apply Trim as required. AG1 on to operate Radome.

Landing

Use 10% throttle and VTOL down fully for full flaps. When over runway threshold, reduce throttle to 5% for flare and touchdown. When down, throttle off and apply brakes.

Taxiing

Low throttle and Yaw.

Crew

4 Flight crew consisting of Pilot, Second Pilot, Flight Radio/Navigation & Flight Engineer.

Radar crew/Command crew varies according to mission requirements.

AG1 Operate Radome.
AG2 Refuelling night guide lights.

His Majesty's Aircraft “First Sight” carries out high altitude, long endurance radar sorties providing “large area” radar coverage for real time intelligence and, when required, command and control. The craft operates as part of Squadron 48, but is often be assigned to other areas as required.

Footnote

I thought I would ramp up the weirdness for this build; I had this ridiculous shape in my head for the radar-mount and kind of “double-dared” myself into building it. Publish and be damned.

2 ways to think of the radar mount:

You can think of it as a mechanically mass-dampened system tuned to be stable at all flight conditions.

Or....

You can just pretend you didn’t see it.

The front view of the build was inspired by a picture I saw while browsing for ideas, the rest is just me being me. I guess as this build has a refuelling receptacle, a tanker needs to be built at some stage.......

General Characteristics

  • Created On iOS
  • Wingspan 139.8ft (42.6m)
  • Length 95.6ft (29.1m)
  • Height 33.0ft (10.1m)
  • Empty Weight -4,734,385lbs (-2,147,483kg)
  • Loaded Weight 35,235lbs (15,982kg)

Performance

  • Power/Weight Ratio 5.931
  • Wing Loading 17.7lbs/ft2 (86.5kg/m2)
  • Wing Area 1,989.6ft2 (184.8m2)
  • Drag Points 18189

Parts

  • Number of Parts 476
  • Control Surfaces 6
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    87.2k Treadmill103

    Thank you! I think the radar mount may have divided people's opinion, but I like doing that!@MAHADI

    5 months ago
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    132k MAHADI

    flying radar

    5 months ago
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    87.2k Treadmill103

    Thanks again! Lots of fun with the undercarriage!@GenrichTitov

    6 months ago
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    87.2k Treadmill103

    Thank you!@Tiseth

    7 months ago
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    87.2k Treadmill103

    Thank you! Yeah that was a fiddly logo to be sure! Fun though!@jselbach

    +1 7 months ago
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    1,967 jselbach

    The devils in the details. The pictures don't do this build justice. That radar logo is crisp!

    7 months ago
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    87.2k Treadmill103

    Thank you!@MDDJB

    7 months ago
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    87.2k Treadmill103

    Thank you!@DarkRainbow2

    +1 7 months ago
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    87.2k Treadmill103

    Thanks as always!@JettStorm

    7 months ago
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    87.2k Treadmill103

    I guess I like being outrageous!@Sadboye12

    7 months ago
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    40.2k Sadboye12

    @Treadmill103 cant comprehend how you always make these designs its amazing

    7 months ago
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    @Treadmill103 The point is that you still haven't given any comments on that plane of mine... So, the old question remains: how is the plane? And are there any pieces of advice for the aesthetics? I'm trying out a new artstyle so I'm in dire need of advice, suggestions, and constructive criticism...
    Also, in case anyone's wondering, I was trying to do some sort of "realistic dieselpunk" like The Skycrawlers and The Pilot's Love Song, or perhaps the Crimson Skies, but the weapons in that game seems to be rather exaggerated so only their airframes can be used as inspiration... So basically an actually aerodynamic and plausible design with dieselpunk features instead of a random mixture of air craft parts, plumbing, and wine accessories - I'm not saying that random mixture is wrong, it's just not something I can convince myself to make as of yet.

    7 months ago
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    87.2k Treadmill103

    U.K.: I get up at 05:00 every day. I’m one of those who doesn’t need much sleep so usually awake 18 hours. Weird huh?@ThomasRoderick

    7 months ago
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    @Treadmill103 How many hours are there in a day in your local region, may I ask?

    7 months ago
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    87.2k Treadmill103

    Much appreciated as always!@Pianoman

    7 months ago
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    44.6k Sgtk

    @Treadmill103 Anytime. I always like seeing a custom HMA in my feed.

    +1 7 months ago
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    @Treadmill103 You're welcome and always welcomed. Waiting for your comments on my plane.

    7 months ago
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    87.2k Treadmill103

    Thank you! It certainly looks radical!@GCPrototypes

    +1 7 months ago
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    7,858 GCPrototypes

    Intresting looking!

    7 months ago
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    87.2k Treadmill103

    Thank you!@Tabris

    7 months ago
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    87.2k Treadmill103

    Thanks! Yeah it’s a radical looking thing!@ACE1089

    7 months ago
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    87.2k Treadmill103

    Thanks! Yeah it’s a radical looking thing!@ACE1089

    7 months ago
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    87.2k Treadmill103

    Thanks as always!@VeryUnprofession

    7 months ago
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    87.2k Treadmill103

    Thanks! Somewhat radical!@Sadboye12

    7 months ago
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    87.2k Treadmill103

    Thank as always! I will give your build a longer flight in a few hours.@ThomasRoderick

    +1 7 months ago
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