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Mig-15bis / Lim-2

80.4k SimplyPlain  10 months ago

MiG-15bis / LIM-2

Let’s call it an interlude; the MiG-15 is small, simple, ugly and common as hell on SP, but I still wanted to build one with some detail. After all, who needs War Thunder anyway..?

The MiG-15 was one of the first swept-wing jet fighters, outclassing most of the early straight-wing jets such as the Gloster Meteor, Lockheed Shooting Star, Republic Thunderjet and Grumman Panther… at the time, only the Sabre could hope to match its performance. It’s also the first jet fighter to have been built in truly dazzling numbers -around 18k units at least, including licensed foreign production.

I wouldn’t call it an amazing feat of Soviet engineering though; the design was at least in part based on Kurt Tank’s Ta-183, and the engine was a Rolls-Royce Nene. The guys at OKB-155 didn’t have all that much design work left to do, but hey, it worked.

The build

There’s precious little to tell –the MiG-15 was relatively simple-looking, hence so is its replica. I tried to get some details right, so it has a relatively high part count for a straightforward 1940’s jet. Look for silly little details like the canopy, the funny “mechanical indicators” for flaps and landing gear popping out of the wings and fuselage, the air brakes, landing gear and so on. The cockpit is not too cluttered, but still looks sufficiently MiG-15-ish -or so I hope.

Flying it

I tried to keep things as simple as possible. Standard pitch/roll/yaw controls, -VTOL for flaps, and trim for pitch trim.

  • AG1 opens/closes the canopy
  • AG2 pops the canopy, ejects the seat and opens its parachute
  • AG7 operates the air brakes
  • AG8 toggles the nav lights

For those who have a VR set: the plane is (or should be) VR-capable, the main controls are located as shown on the picture below. The ejection handle (red) is on the right side next to the seat.

Taking off: just throttle up, and rotate at 200-230 kph. You can use a bit of trim and/or 20% flaps, but the plane takes off just fine without those as well. Make sure to retract you landing gear before you hit 500 kph (IAS)… like on the real plane, the gear can’t handle more.

Flying: the MiG-15 is relatively nimble, but it’s no F-16. If you feel like the MiG has a lousy roll rate, that’s because it does -and it gets (a lot) worse as you pick up speed. Theoretically, the MiG-15 was rather fast, with a top speed upwards of 1000 kph; in reality, keeping your throttle at 100% is a bad idea because the plane becomes increasingly uncontrollable when pushing its limit. This improved in later MiG-designs, but the MiG-15 was a bit flawed in this respect.

A few caveats: you can’t fully extend your flaps at anything over 400 kph (IAS), and the air brakes don’t work at more than 780 kph (TAS) either.

Landing: fairly simple, that… throttle back until you’re under 780 kph, use air brakes to bleed more speed, and use your flaps once you get below 400 kph. To be on the safe side, don’t lower your gear until then either. Touch down at something around 220 kph.

Weapons

The MiG-15 actually packed quite a punch in such a tiny package. It’s equipped with two 23 mm Nudelman-Rikhter NR-23 autocannon for run-of-the-mill dogfights, and a single 37 mm Nudelman N-37 cannon for heavy demolition jobs like taking down strategic bombers. The only false note is the ammo; you only get 160 rounds for the NR-23’s, and 40 for the N-37. So use short, controlled bursts only or you’ll end up spending all your ammo on a single kill.

Bottom line?

Just a fun little early-jet-age dogfighter. There are plenty of Sabres on SP to choose from, so give ‘em hell!

Spotlights

General Characteristics

  • Successors 1 airplane(s)
  • Created On Windows
  • Wingspan 32.7ft (10.0m)
  • Length 32.3ft (9.8m)
  • Height 12.4ft (3.8m)
  • Empty Weight 8,375lbs (3,799kg)
  • Loaded Weight 10,892lbs (4,940kg)

Performance

  • Power/Weight Ratio 2.475
  • Wing Loading 28.5lbs/ft2 (139.2kg/m2)
  • Wing Area 382.1ft2 (35.5m2)
  • Drag Points 2637

Parts

  • Number of Parts 1100
  • Control Surfaces 0
  • Performance Cost 3,871
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    @SimplyPlain SOUND THE SIREN

    28 days ago
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    @SimplyPlain HE IS BACK

    28 days ago
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    Good 10/10

    one month ago
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    80.4k SimplyPlain

    @realSavageMan thx -has double the part count though

    one month ago
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    I checked it out and honestly this is better than mine

    one month ago
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    Can you make a F-4U

    one month ago
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    Fun fact the mig-15 design was used for a missle the KS-1

    +1 3 months ago
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    Có phải ảnh chụp game IL2.1940

    5 months ago
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    Ước mơ nuôi dưỡng của tôi đã có người khác làm thế dù sao Windows làm hay hơn Android 👍👍👍😱😘😔😀💯

    5 months ago
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    Btw: plane Is awesome anyway

    +1 8 months ago
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    What cloud help you are models from game called War thunder models of planes ( lots of planes) are pretty accurate, So, you can check that out.

    +1 8 months ago
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    @TRD6932 ye

    +1 9 months ago
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    5,187 TRD

    @LiamTheMobileFriendlyGuy To be more specific, the northwest portion of North Korea.

    +1 9 months ago
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    @TRD6932 yup

    +2 9 months ago
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    5,187 TRD

    @LiamTheMobileFriendlyGuy Oh, you mean MiG Alley?

    +1 9 months ago
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    @Th3rmoplylae hehe it was just a joke but yeah do that if u wanna

    +2 9 months ago
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    2,855 Th3rmoplylae

    @LiamTheMobileFriendlyGuy on it

    +2 9 months ago
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    @Th3rmoplylae Now all we need is a F-86 and a Korea map

    +3 9 months ago
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    25.1k Mustang51

    I absolutely love this build! The control stiffening speed was a fantastic addition. The one thing that could be better is a more realistic acceleration rate. Reducing engine power and drag (on parts other than the wheels) would definitely help with that. To maintain a realistic loss of airspeed during certain aircraft manoeuvres, you can make air breaks which open when pitch is input. Nevertheless I love this build!

    +2 10 months ago
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    4,355 LBAereo

    beautiful scale! great job

    +1 10 months ago
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    one of the greats

    +1 10 months ago
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    2,835 Krikkit42

    @SimplyPlain This is one gorgeous build! Very accurate as far as I can tell. Is there a version with the livery (Egyptian Air Force?) from the preview shots as well?

    +1 10 months ago
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    4,183 Skykid028

    If it's all good I saved your roundel to my subassemblies

    +1 10 months ago
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    103k Hedero

    Very good job with this mig. Great addition to sp replicas.

    +1 10 months ago
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    how DARE you call the MiG ugly

    +1 10 months ago
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