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Gear Door Example

11.7k MrEarth  5 months ago
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First tutorial thingy

nice

I am on a mission to reduce the noob population in SimplePlanes.
So let's begin with a panelled gear door.
This will be a step by step guide on making it.

Step 1: Start with panelling a circular fuselage.

So this can be a bit hard for beginners, but I will not get into too much detail on it as it isn't the point of the tutorial.

Place one panel with circular top corners and hard bottom corners, tweak the size until it is a bit wider than the curve of the actual circle you want.
(You can use a hollow fuselage as a reference for the circle you want like I did here.)

Step 2: The Ro-ta-te.

After you have placed the one panel, use the in-game rotation tool in connected parts mode and rotate the reference circle (the hollow fuselage) by 5 degrees, then mirror the part.
Rotate the hollow fuselage back, and then mirror the other side this time to make it symmetrical, repeat this until you have the first circle.

Step 3: Now the doors!

This is literally the easiest part,
Go through all the parts that will move and disconnect them from any parts that won't move.
Place a hinge at the border of one moving panel and one static panel.
(preferrably at the top, lol.)
MAKE SURE THE ROTATION OF THE HINGE MATCHES THE ROTATION OF THE STATIC PANEL IT IS CONNECTED TO(will make our job easier.)
Now connect the hinge to the top part of the gear door.

NOW THE LAST STEP

You should have a closed gear door that works with VTOL.
Now, use the multi-select that comes with FineTuner to select all the parts of the gear door (select the hinge first) and rotate it 90* out.
Now you need to move it all around a bit until it fits in well enough with the rest of the fuselage.

Thanks

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General Characteristics

  • Created On Windows
  • Wingspan 9.6ft (2.9m)
  • Length 5.9ft (1.8m)
  • Height 14.5ft (4.4m)
  • Empty Weight 1,296lbs (587kg)
  • Loaded Weight 1,296lbs (587kg)

Performance

  • Wing Loading -439,839.3lbs/ft2 (-2,147,483.6kg/m2)
  • Wing Area 0.0ft2 (0.0m2)
  • Drag Points 4036

Parts

  • Number of Parts 45
  • Control Surfaces 0
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    107k belugasub

    l0l0l0l0l0l0l0l0l0l0l

    3 months ago
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    @MrEarth I am building a HUGE bomber and I will use your technique

    4 months ago
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    1,649 Skov07

    yeah this is how i do by gears/ bomb bays

    5 months ago
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    11.7k MrEarth

    @DaGulag excuses

    5 months ago
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    11.7k MrEarth

    @One2 no

    5 months ago
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    45 DaGulag

    I'm a noob because device limitations, shucks

    5 months ago
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    6,008 One2

    did u use my technique

    5 months ago
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    4,844 CDRxavier

    @MrEarth
    You could just scale those "large landing gear" up and nudge them into fuselage. they come with their own gear doors.


    SimplePlanes isn't really ... you CAN do it, and the result might be good, but the game is not designed with the intention of people building these stuff.
    You can disprove me, but it's mostly self-evident.


    The tutorial I guess was fine. But remember the power curve (number of advanced users versus average user)
    The graph is similar to a 1 / x. Sadly.

    5 months ago
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    21.0k lemoose

    Idk about “necessary” To each their own @MrEarth

    5 months ago
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    11.7k MrEarth

    @lemoose Its not a detail, its a necessary part of building, or a method you need to use in some cases.

    5 months ago
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    21.0k lemoose

    Ill sacrifice on these type of details if it can save me 45 unnecessary parts

    5 months ago
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    12.8k klm747klm747

    There is a new way using the smooth tool. You can use actual panels now and use rise to set the angles correctly. Edit the length too.

    +1 5 months ago
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    1,723 Random04

    "don't be a noob"
    Half of sp community: we felt that..

    5 months ago
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    1,723 Random04

    "don't be a noob"
    Half of sp community: we felt that..

    5 months ago
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    2,687 TwoFlare

    "Don't be a noob"
    I feel personally attacked

    5 months ago
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    1,959 MrAdhmGamer

    can u make youtube video for your tutorial

    5 months ago
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    Yep that’s what I do too @MrEarth

    5 months ago
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    9,373 dINE

    ..i´ll just wait for the next update..and the other..and the other..

    5 months ago
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    360 55Scram

    @55Scram my dog eats it every day

    5 months ago
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    360 55Scram

    Very cool

    5 months ago
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    11.7k MrEarth

    @SavageMan If the cross section isn't circular, I would have to manually angle and tweak each and every part on one side, then mirror.
    I did a circle so it would be easier to demonstrate :)
    (also big fan)

    5 months ago
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    1,235 Bigboi2077

    smile in lazy engineering

    5 months ago
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    I mean, you can make a square one if paneling a circular base is hard...

    +1 5 months ago
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    3,102 Chrisk1993

    @Northsoutheastthrop good point. Am currently investing my life savings on cookies

    +1 5 months ago
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    @Chrisk1993 cookie is still cookie

    +1 5 months ago
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