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Neptune UA-5 'Stingray'

62.1k Thecatbaron  18 days ago
Auto Credit Based on Thecatbaron's Neptune UA-5 'Stingray'

"Hey Cleetus, what if we strapped our boat to your hang glider?"

So, I was messing about in MSFS2020 when I saw this thing in the marketplace on sale for like 5 bucks. It seemed to strike a chord deep within my soul, and then I realized why. This.... craft, it is the chariot of my people. This is the chariot of the Florida man. I knew that it was my obligation to make this craft a reality in Simpleplanes and after countless flight model tweaks and problems I am pleased to present the fruit of my efforts...

𝒫𝒪𝐻

𝐻𝑒𝓁𝓁𝑜, 𝒶𝓃𝒹 𝓌𝑒𝓁𝒸𝑜𝓂𝑒 𝓉𝑜 𝓉𝒽𝑒 𝒩𝑒𝓅𝓉𝓊𝓃𝑒 𝒰𝒜-𝟧 "𝒮𝓉𝒾𝓃𝑔𝓇𝒶𝓎" 𝒶𝓂𝓅𝒽𝒾𝒷𝒾𝑜𝓊𝓈 𝓊𝓁𝓉𝓇𝒶𝓁𝒾𝑔𝒽𝓉 𝒫𝒪𝐻!

AG8- Master Switch

𝐹𝓁𝒾𝑔𝒽𝓉 𝒞𝒽𝒶𝓇𝒶𝒸𝓉𝑒𝓇𝒾𝓈𝓉𝒾𝒸𝓈

The UA-5 is not like most other aircraft, You do not have any yaw control due to the tailless design and the rest of the aircraft's control is done through the movement of the entire wing shifting the COL relative to the COM. Be aware that in VR operation the aircraft will feel slightly more sluggish. This is some weirdness with the control base that I was unable to figure out but the airctaft is still nice to fly. I found that the reduced sensitivity is actually very nice in VR and prevents motion sickness. The controls are inverted compared to a tradional yoke or stick, to pitch up you must push forward on the bar and vice versa in order to pitch down. Roll is the same way, to roll left you must push the bar to the right and vice versa. This aircraft is not designed to be able to operate inverted so it is not advised that you attempt to fly it upside down.

𝒫𝑒𝓇𝒻𝑜𝓇𝓂𝒶𝓃𝒸𝑒 & 𝒮𝓅𝑒𝒸𝓈

Top Speed: 43kts (50mph, 80kph)
Stall: 25kts (28mph, 45kph)
Max Gross: 890lbs (403kg)
Empty: 480lbs (217kg)
Fuel capacity: 11 gallons (3 hours)
Average climb rate: 500fpm

𝒞𝑜𝒸𝓀𝓅𝒾𝓉 𝐿𝒶𝓎𝑜𝓊𝓉 𝑜𝓋𝑒𝓇𝓋𝒾𝑒𝓌:

Due to the indended use of this aircraft in VR and its unorthodox design it is important to understand where everything is and how to fly it properly. The large triangular bar in front of you is your "yoke" of sorts. hold onto the bar as if you were holding on to a railing (use both hands for best immersion!) It was already explained earlier in this manual the inversion of the control imputs so remember that! The throttle is the black lever to your right and the brake is the red lever to your left. In between your legs is the insturment panel with the master switch and gear switch. Make sure that in VR operation you are sitting in the forward seat and not the rear one.

Thank you for taking the time to read this manuel and remember! (Neptune aviation is not liable for any injury or death caused in the inproper operation of this craft!)

𝒻𝑒𝒶𝓉𝓊𝓇𝑒𝓈

Detailed flight model
Water model
Detailed model
VR friendly part count and cockpit
Florida man

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𝐹𝒾𝓃𝒶𝓁 𝓌𝑜𝓇𝒹𝓈

While I'm at it I would just like to wish everybody a happy new year! and I hope ya'll enjoy this little meme build!

Spotlights

General Characteristics

  • Predecessor Neptune UA-5 'Stingray'
  • Successors 1 airplane(s)
  • Created On Windows
  • Wingspan 36.6ft (11.2m)
  • Length 11.9ft (3.6m)
  • Height 12.3ft (3.8m)
  • Empty Weight N/A
  • Loaded Weight 884lbs (401kg)

Performance

  • Power/Weight Ratio 609.957
  • Horse Power/Weight Ratio 0.073
  • Wing Loading 2.3lbs/ft2 (11.0kg/m2)
  • Wing Area 391.0ft2 (36.3m2)
  • Drag Points 3924

Parts

  • Number of Parts 483
  • Control Surfaces 0
  • Performance Cost 1,470
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    Fun: 10
    Safety: 0
    @IPFreely
    https://www.simpleplanes.com/a/b2gsRh/WIP-Gyrodude-Kite-Surfer

    yesterday
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    Most fun I have had flying a boat in a while..Great build. It flies great. Maybe you could market these in RL??? I would buy one.@OrderlyHippo

    yesterday
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    287 sharpclaw

    I just realized the fuel tank is an ice chest

    +1 5 days ago
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    287 sharpclaw

    Also as an update you can use an oscillating piston and a free-floating hinge to make the engine shake while it’s running

    5 days ago
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    287 sharpclaw

    Next up: Neptune UA 5 Stingrayb, supercharged with 1000 horsepower

    5 days ago
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    It’s beautiful

    +1 8 days ago
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    This... is... glorious..! Looks and performs great! This thing is fantastic XD
    *Happy Floridian noises

    11 days ago
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    ah yes, florida

    +1 15 days ago
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    mmmmmmmmmm

    n i c e

    15 days ago
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    8,865 Pietro

    I see this thing every summer by the sea... it's incredible you did this, thanks a lot

    16 days ago
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    DUDE! Florida man’s plane! U have to make kiteboarding next. It’d be a blast with Gestour’s ocean mod in first person view. Little kite with camera looking at it from surfer dude’s perspective lol

    16 days ago
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    10.5k Rymanx03

    @Thecatbaron So it does... Still would be fun to build it

    17 days ago
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    Florida man approved

    17 days ago
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    62.1k Thecatbaron

    it already exists lol @Rymanx03 Polaris AM-FIB

    17 days ago
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    10.5k Rymanx03

    I may not be from Florida, but it is now my life mission to build one of these in real life... although maybe with a steel boat, dinghies are expensive

    17 days ago
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    7,065 handitover

    "what if we gave a boat wings"
    "what the fuck"
    "..."
    "thats genius"

    +2 17 days ago
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    8,886 Kangy

    This is a meme build gone wayyy too far lol
    This is amazing though nice one!

    17 days ago
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    1,885 ssenmodnar

    @Thecatbaron I've seen something similar to this with a rotor instead of the hang glider thing. It was basically an STOVL

    17 days ago
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    94.1k Hedero

    Bruh this is dope

    +3 17 days ago
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    62.1k Thecatbaron

    And @ssenmodnar perhaps, although I would think that the hang glider is just a more reliable and easy to fly solution but the idea of an gyrocopter is interesting.

    17 days ago
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    62.1k Thecatbaron

    Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it :) @AndrewGarrison

    17 days ago
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    Amazing build and it works great in VR too!

    +8 17 days ago
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    1,885 ssenmodnar

    Especially at such low speeds, perhaps an autogyro would be in better order? @Thecatbaron

    17 days ago
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    Cletus would be proud

    +4 17 days ago
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    71.1k Alisuchanka

    "Helikopter Helikopter"
    Anyway great build! A boat with wings and propellers.

    17 days ago
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