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Martin B-26B-55-MA Marauder

8,589 Sparky6004  10 months ago

Edit: YO MY FIRST FEATURE? EEEEE-
Second edit: Thank you everyone for 100 Upvotes!

Hello everyone! Let me introduce my favorite aircraft.
This is the first build that I’ve spent many hours wasting on. I’ll never get those back... sadness
So, I must admit, I never expected to finish this build, and I expect it to not get very much publicity. Yes, I know some of you will say it’s “Good”, but to me it’s not perfect. I will remaster this in the future with a Full interior cockpit, and etc etc.

First off, I must say that Hedero’s A-20 Havoc has inspired me to build this back around the beginning of August/Late July.
DeezDucks gave me some tips, and some comments on the build. (Credits to him for giving me tips for the flight model.)

Now, I digress. So, back to the actual plane itself.
If you take a look at the fuselage in XML, don’t freak out when you see the health is boosted. I’ve worked on it for a while, I think I’ve engineered a better destruction system. When shot by a cannon, it will separate but will stick together in certain sections. (Depending on the size of the explosion)

Here’s the activation groups.

Roll Pitch Yaw and Throttle are all the same
VTOL down for flaps.
AG1: Bombay and Ordinance Arm
AG2: Navigation Lights.
AG3: Identification Lights.
AG4: None
AG5: Nose Turret activation
AG6: Tail Turret Activation
AG7: Top Turret Activation
AG8: Disable Control Surfaces and activate Gyro stabilization for gunnery operation.

Note: It’s recommended to drop bombs before disabling AG8, because the weight will make it loose altitude.
Disable AG8 before activating the turrets, which you might wanna use 1 at a time. They’re controlled by Roll and Pitch.
When disabling AG8, it will make you loose ability to govern your throttle.
This payload consists of 6 M64A1 500LBs bombs.
When landing, be aware this takes a high amount of speed (around 170-200 MPH), and it’s recommended to drop your payload before landing.

Now, here’s a history video on the Martin B-26 Marauder, if you wish to truly hear it. But I’ll sum it up.

The Martin B-26 Marauder is said to have been one of the most controversial combat aircraft of the Second World War. Called the "Widow Maker" because of a high accident rate that followed its introduction, by 1944 it had the lowest loss rate on operational missions of any American aircraft in the European theatre, reaching a point less than one half of one percent. The B-26 was numerically the most important USAAF medium bomber in Europe, where the aircraft was mainly used.

"Hitch Hiker," was assigned to the 9th Air Force's 391st Bomb Group, 573rd Bomb Squadron out of Matching Green AB, England, beginning in February, 1944.

On July 28, 1944 at 12,500 feet on a bombing run near Grosley sur Risle, Normandy, the "Hitch Hiker" was taken apart at the waist by a German 88mm gun. Three survived, parachuting to ground. Culshaw, Lemmon and Rawlings, with over 170 bombing missions flown between them, heroes all, were killed in action.
Here’s a website that has all the documentation on this aircraft and it’s crew.
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Most of the pictures above are from FS2004. (They aren’t mine)

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PS: I will be making a multiplayer friendly version after a while. I’m gonna be taking a break, because this made me have a... well, I dunno how to explain. I’ll just call it a Creators block. I don’t have energy to build anything else. Go look at my second recent forums post to see what I’m gonna build next.

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General Characteristics

  • This plane has been featured
  • Created On Windows
  • Wingspan 68.5ft (20.9m)
  • Length 58.2ft (17.7m)
  • Height 20.6ft (6.3m)
  • Empty Weight 20,784lbs (9,427kg)
  • Loaded Weight 26,294lbs (11,926kg)

Performance

  • Horse Power/Weight Ratio 0.152
  • Wing Loading 26.4lbs/ft2 (128.9kg/m2)
  • Wing Area 995.8ft2 (92.5m2)
  • Drag Points 4459

Parts

  • Number of Parts 1394
  • Control Surfaces 0
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    8,589 Sparky6004

    @016Hiro the mobile version? I actually tried that a while back, too many parts. It would take away most of the functions.

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    8,589 Sparky6004

    Thank you for gold everyone! I really appreciate it, and I hope you’re enjoying this so far.

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    8,589 Sparky6004

    Thank you everyone for your upvote, and spotlight. Enjoy flying her!

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    8,589 Sparky6004

    @Airmenduck not sure... just found em online

    5 months ago
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    say where did you get those b26 screenshot what game is it?

    6 months ago
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    this is so much better than mine

    7 months ago
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    @WolfSpark oh ok

    8 months ago
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    @WolfSpark do you have it now?
    just curious

    8 months ago
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    btw very nice :)

    8 months ago
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    What is the map you were using from the 6th picture?

    8 months ago
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    1,541 donkski

    I was wondering why it had such a high part count, then I saw the nose art. Beautiful job!

    8 months ago
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    ok now you're gonna be 7k

    8 months ago
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    9,418 dINE

    aaaaand found you!

    10 months ago
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    39.9k KnightOfRen

    Omg this is amazing! I'm speechless! The Marauder is a sick plane, and I'm glad to finally find a good one! They're pretty rare on the site. Excellent work dude.

    10 months ago
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    Why nice plane always Has Not Mobile Friendly But I can say look Its cool

    10 months ago
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    8,589 Sparky6004

    @Zuig5 uh I have too many friends to sort through atm. And servers

    10 months ago
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    My discord- Wreck it#3444

    10 months ago
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    I remember that You had simpleplanes and I happened to find you.

    10 months ago
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    I’m doing alright. Got discord still?

    10 months ago
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    8,589 Sparky6004

    @Zuig5 oh my god I thought I’d never hear from you again.
    How you doin’?

    10 months ago
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    Nice B-26 wolf spark.-BONEEEESSSS JONEESSSS

    10 months ago
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    8,589 Sparky6004

    @ChiChiWerx exactly as you said it. I didn’t really think the trim was that big of an issue as it seems to be with others, as I fly manually most of the time (not letting go of the controls) until I’m done with the objective. I guess I’ll fix the trim in a later version, but thank you for the input on the design. Enjoy your day/night

    10 months ago
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    28.0k ChiChiWerx

    @SparkySparkyTheFiretruck well, the B-26 was a “hot ship”. Very high (for the time) wing loading demanded that it be flown at high speeds, higher than what her minimally trained crews were used to from prior designs, particularly during takeoff and landing, where if you get slow, you stall without room to recover. If you haven’t been taught to be very aware of and control your airspeed on final (and it wasn’t as much a big deal as it was with this airplane), the consequences would be fatal. Added to this, the short wing, small rudder and powerful engines made Vmca quite high and the consequences of getting slow fatal, as in rolling the airplane over on its back, in a single engine situation. Anyway, most of the flaws were corrected through better training, a longer wing and larger empennage and the B-26 recovered from being a “Widowmaker” to having the lowest USAAF loss rate in Europe. But, the lack of pitch trim was not a problem on this airplane, as it isn’t on nearly every airplane...the lack of YAW trim, though, is another story. With that small rudder, especially the initial design, having the rudder authority...much less the trim authority...to control the airplane must have been a workout for the leg pushing the correct rudder pedal almost to the floor and holding it there until a safe landing.

    10 months ago
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    8,589 Sparky6004

    @ChiChiWerx well, the nose trim is somewhat realistic, because of it’s low wing area, a majority of the issues when they were flying was because they gave it too much tech and armament, which weighed down the aircraft. Which is why it had a high accident rate before 1944, because the newer pilots didn’t know how to fly it, and ground crews didn’t maintain it well. Which changed around 1944. I appreciate your kind words, and I’m glad you enjoy this.

    10 months ago
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    28.0k ChiChiWerx

    Very good build, what makes it even better is that the Marauder is little built or appreciated in the SP community, and this is a great example. Performance is very historically accurate, pitch and roll control response is very appropriate, not too fast nor too slow. Acceleration and takeoff performance is very good. It does need more nose up trim authority, at 230 mph with full nose up trim, still needs a little back stick pressure to stay level. Should be able to fly level, trimmed up, hands off. It’s better with full flaps, but it assumes a weirdly nose up attitude in level flight or on approach path with flaps down. Not sure the real life airplane flew that nose high. But speeds are realistic, nothing wildly unrealistic and it generally flies like a RL airplane. Nice. Weapons are interesting, I always like the bomber builds, they’re fun. This one is also very fun to fly around. I hit the Beast and managed not to get shot down!

    10 months ago
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