Ladies and Gentlemen, I present the Martin XB-51 "Cougar" attack bomber from the 1950s, complete with rotary bomb bay, working cockpit, variable incidence wing, spoiler roll system, working flaps, slats, trimmable horizontal stab, 9x bombs and 8x 20mm cannon. If you like this build, you can also try out my imagined “B-51B Night Intruder”.
Sorry, this is a 1950s attack jet, so it's fun work to fly well. HINT: Use TRIM...TRIM is your friend!
Credit to @vonhubert for providing much assistance with the sequenced landing gear doors. Please visit his site as he is definitely an underrated builder.
Features and Controls:
AG1 - Nav Lights
AG2 - Reserved
AG3 + VTOL - Flaps and Variable Incidence Wing
AG-4 + VTOL - Speed Brakes
AG-5 + VTOL - Rotary Bomb Bay
AG-6 - Drouge Chute
AG-7 - Reserved
Slats - Retract with Throttle
Roll Spoilers - Roll
TRIM - Well, TRIM, duh!
Takeoff: AG3 and VTOL halfway down to lower flaps and variable incidence wing to takeoff setting. Trim nose down (slider up) 1/2 notch, add full power and she'll lift off around 160 mph. Raise flaps and fair the wing by neutralizing the VTOL, add trim as necessary to keep the nose around 10-15 degrees nose up for the climbout. Retract the gear, notice the gear lights extinguish in the cockpit.
Bombing Run: AG-5 plus VTOL full up or down will rotate the bomb bay open. The corresponding green and red lights will illuminate when activating AG-5 and rotating the bomb bay--telling you you're ready to drop. AG-4 plus VTOL down to open the speed brakes and keep your speed under control. Drop bombs using normal controls. 60 degrees nose down works well for aiming...it's all optical dive bombing in this baby...keep enough altitude below you to pull out, as this jet is 40,000+ pounds of streamlined lawn dart on highly loaded wings!
Landing: Lower your landing gear, note the three green “down and locked” lights. Make your approach with flaps and wings set for landing, AG5 + VTOL full down at 160-ish mph and approximately 13% power. USE PLENTY OF NOSE UP (SLIDER DOWN) TRIM. Reduce power to idle coming in over the underrun and flare to settle on the runway. Don't hit too hard, but she lands fairly easily.
- Power/Weight Ratio 2.449
- Wing Loading 64.3lbs/ft2 (313.9kg/m2)
- Wing Area 642.1ft2 (59.7m2)
- Drag Points 16534
- Number of Parts 511
- Control Surfaces 0