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Saunders Roe Rocket Interceptor MkIV 9.7

136k RamboJutter  1.3 years ago
Auto Credit Based on RamboJutter's Flying boat SR Vulture rocket MkIV 9.4 x1.25

So following on from the Vulture, SR where approached by the MOD to utilise captured German rocket technology to create a Heavy Rocket Fighter.

SR stripped the vulture of unecessary weight (float mechanism etc), fitted new more streamlined wings, new tank killer cannons and their experimental rocket systems as well as changing a number of panels to stainless steel in order to withstand the heat of the rocket exhaust.

Ag1 retracts the water rudder, Ag2 lowers flaps, Ag4 turns lights on.

Now the important part, rockets need to be selected on the ground attack screen, i then hold left Alt (my key binding for firing rockets) until all 12 main rockets have fired, it will yaw as they fire unevenly, use yaw to steer. Ag7 will jettison these rockets either when you fancy it or when they run out of fuel after 300 seconds, they have their own parachute to help seperate from the aircraft (and sometimes they form pretty patterns in the sky if they are still under power). If you are too far from home you can either land on the water (it is a flying boat afterall) or activate Ag3 and then left alt again to fire the secondary boosters, Ag6 will jettison these as required. Brake activates the airbrake and the wheel brakes.

Thanks to WNP78 for his assistance on xml (if it wasnt for him the rockets would blow up after 20seconds, which was terminal for the plane) and EternalDarkness who kindly tested the design and suggested improvements (such as better glide, secondary rockets, jettison ability etc)

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Performance

  • Wing Loading 10.2lbs/ft2 (49.9kg/m2)
  • Wing Area 817.8ft2 (76.0m2)
  • Drag Points 2803

Parts

  • Number of Parts 630
  • Control Surfaces 0
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    19.9k Mustang51

    Well okay those are really awesome @RamboJutter

    1.3 years ago
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    @Mustang51 I've already made this and this that kinda do what you suggested. This one's going to be stationary to keep part count down

    1.3 years ago
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    19.9k Mustang51

    That’s an awesome idea! Just don’t make it a death trap like the 104 hahaha. I was thinking if it could be launched from a ship or vehicle that would be cool too (make the platform for it to be launched from so then others can attach that to their builds too. It gives points for successors hahaha) @RamboJutter

    1.3 years ago
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    @Mustang51 well I was reminded of this so my next build is along those lines bit with another rocket interceptor ;)

    +1 1.3 years ago
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    @RAF1 well it would get rather hot!

    1.3 years ago
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    126k RAF1

    I love the massive titanium tail section

    1.3 years ago
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    19.9k Mustang51

    That actually sounds really cool and different from anything I’ve seen here before. I think that’s an awesome idea @RamboJutter

    1.3 years ago
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    @Mustang51 yeah I was contemplating making a really small rocket powered interceptor launched from my truck. Mby a bit mad max type.

    1.3 years ago
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    19.9k Mustang51

    Also I love those Japanese kill signs

    1.3 years ago
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    19.9k Mustang51

    This is a pretty creative idea and those rockets look awesome on the plane like that. What also could have been interesting is maybe combining jets with these rockets. The rockets could be used more for a JATO/RATO role to get the aircraft up to altitude quick and then rely on its jet for the rest of the interception.

    1.3 years ago
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    Great build! I was thinking about pretty much the same thing a few weeks ago, although I don't have that great sense of aesthetics or imagination (or phone) to build something (let alone making them upload-able) this magnificent...

    1.3 years ago
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    @ChiChiWerx thanks, glad you enjoyed it. Saunders roe played with the concept of a land based rocket fighter post war but used a small jet engine for recovery to base. They would definitely be a hit and run concept but that's what was deemed best for bomber interception at the time hence the late war German aircraft types (me163, natter etc.)

    1.3 years ago
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    21.6k ChiChiWerx

    Tested this thing in all flight regimes...it actually turns quite well above 20,000’ and 600+ mph. The only problem is the tendency to overshoot your target as you can’t throttle back! This thing would have made a great one pass, shoot and haul a** point defense interceptor against bombers, but would have been dead meat against a MiG-15 or similar. Nice job in that your replication of this concept actually taught me a thing or two about rocket-powered fighters, thanks!

    1.3 years ago
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    3,470 SelectAKey

    Cooooooooool

    1.3 years ago
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    @CRJ900Pilot help yourself, do you want me to send you them templates so you don't need to mess about detaching them?

    1.3 years ago
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    27.2k CRJ900Pilot

    Cool! May I borrow those Japanese flags for a sub assembly?

    1.3 years ago