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French Air Force Challenge [Extended deadline]

28.8k WarHawk95  one month ago
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Welcome to my first ever SimplePlanes.com Challenge !

As the name implies, the theme of this challenge is the Armée de l'Air (French Air Force, for our non-french speaker fellow SP builders).

Introduction :

Your task is to create something related to the french Armée de l'Air, wether it is an airplane, an helicopter or anything else such as a drone, a refueling device for jet fighter or an AAA battery.
The build can be an American fighter or a German bomber, as long as it has been used by France and wears a French livery.
The only thing that matters is having been used by the Armée de l'Air between 1909 and 2021.
No french navy planes, only Armée de l'Air and perhaps ALAT aircrafts.

Note : The entries are divided into 3 categories :

  • Airplanes ;
  • Helicopters ;
  • Others.

Rules :

1- Must be a replica, mass produced or working prototypes. NO fictional builds allowed.
2- Must be a successor. This is not about points, but a better planning, easier rating and to prevent missing your work.
3- The time period considered is located between 1909 and 2021 (present day). Any XIXth century or futuristic build will be ignored.

Also, the armament must be historically accurate if your plane had any IRL.

4- The design must be original - in other words, the creation must have been made by yourself.

Recycling of old builds (wether they're yours or not) will be accepted only in case of major changes - like a complete rebuild.

5- Minimum part count for airplanes and helicopters entries : 200. Note that custom armaments in the "others" category aren't included in this rule. No one wants to equip four bombs at 400 parts each on his plane.
6- Mods aren't allowed. XML modding and Funky Trees stuff are : not considered as mods, encouraged and expected. The only exception is the Laser Designator mod, since it's vital for making present day weapon guiding systems.
7- The description of your entry must have :
  • The right tags
  • Clear screenshots showing the features of your entry if it has any special characteristics
  • Detailled controls list - I hate having to guess how to operate a craft.
8- You can submit up to 3 entries, but maximum 2 for the same category. And you can't win multiple prizes for the same category : however you can win the first prize in two categories for instance.

Depending on the number of entries, I will select about 5 entries for each category to be judged. Each category will have its own winner, and I'll choose an overall podium.

Prizes :

Each valid entry will get 2 upvotes.
For each category :
- Winner : 10 upvotes + spotlight (if I can)
- 2nd best : 8 upvotes + spotlight
- 3rd : 6 upvotes + spotlight
- Other finalists : 5 upvotes.

Overall winner : Featuring on the main page !

FAQ :

  • About rule 1 : The only exceptions are planes that could have been used by France but weren't because they lost a competition, i.e. SO.4060, Dassault Mirage 4000... or prototypes that were dumped because of mechanical unreliability (ex : SO.8000 Narval). "Paper planes" that were never built such as the Sud-Ouest Déver are a NO. If you have any doubt when choosing a design, ask me.
  • About prizes : Note that you can't get two prizes. If you are for example the winner of the Airplane category AND the Overall winner, you'll only get the Overall winner prize.

I'll publish the grading system as soon as possible.

The deadline is scheduled for Friday, April 9th, 2021.

  • Update : Deadline extended to Sunday, April 25th, 2021.

    Be creative... And good luck !

Last thing : Thanks to @MisterT, @ollielebananiaCFSP, @BogdanX and @EternalDarkness for their patience, advice, and giving me the motivation to finally make this challenge.

P.S. : Don't worry about the 'only replicas" rule. There are plenty of planes, helis and other crafts that serve or served in the Armée de l'Air. Just do some researches or even ask me if you lack ideas.

Spotlights

General Characteristics

  • Successors 20 airplane(s) +4144 bonus
  • Created On Windows
  • Wingspan 69.6ft (21.2m)
  • Length 69.6ft (21.2m)
  • Height 1.8ft (0.5m)
  • Empty Weight 15,094lbs (6,846kg)
  • Loaded Weight 15,094lbs (6,846kg)

Performance

  • Wing Loading -439,839.3lbs/ft2 (-2,147,483.6kg/m2)
  • Wing Area 0.0ft2 (0.0m2)
  • Drag Points 22300

Parts

  • Number of Parts 41
  • Control Surfaces 0
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    Also, isn't it so much fun when you spend hours typing out a description? And then when you publish it no one reads it and they ask in the comments a question that is clearly written in the rules? Ahh... so much fun

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    ok just making sure

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    28.8k WarHawk95

    @redcrafter Hmmm, make a D.371 instead, this is an Air Force challenge, not a Navy one

    2 days ago
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    does the D.373 count?

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    28.8k WarHawk95

    @RamboJutter no max part limit, just try not to make it more like 1,500 cuz I have no idea of my PC's remaining life span

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    @WarHawk95 Well im late to the party here but im working on a Morane-Saulnier AI replica (shock horror), i noticed that you have a minimum part count but is there a maximum? Im currently at 900+ and no where near (thinking of doing the basic colour scheme this time and a camo one later...)

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    28.8k WarHawk95

    @JeffChandler go on
    3 weeks left

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    3,017 JeffChandler

    Bréguet Taon...none in game

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    1,369 EliCandyYT69

    I’m joining

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    12.5k pura

    @WarHawk95 could i do a unlisted sucessor and dm you the link on discord?

    one month ago
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    28.8k WarHawk95

    @pura ask a mod to make it a successor, I have no clue when your entry got published and I don't remember what it is

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    12.5k pura

    I know it needs to be a sucessor and all, but i forgot to make it One... Can i still participate?

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    12.5k pura

    my entry should come soon enough. from tomarow to the next weekend, duno

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    28.8k WarHawk95

    @BarrumsPlanes Hmm... Idk, I'd say yes but you'd have to include this missile prototype to be considered as an interceptor and not only an experimental plane :/

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    Would a SNCASO Trident be allowed? @WarHawk95

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    Ok@WarHawk95

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    28.8k WarHawk95

    @BarrumsPlanes hmm... NOt sure about this one... You better make it for youself only.
    Maybe try an Espadon or a Bréguet Taon if you want to stick to this period...

    one month ago
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    Leduc 0.22@WarHawk95

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    28.8k WarHawk95

    @BarrumsPlanes gimme its name ?

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    Would an experimental aircraft that was based of an armee de l’air specification be allowed. It was going to be developed into an interceptor but got cancelled.

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    37.1k Bife

    @WarHawk95 Yeah, It's going to better for both of us if i do something better known lol

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    28.8k WarHawk95

    @Bife hmm... Yeah I guess ? Didn't know this plane though 🤔
    Couldn't you find another plane ? This one really gives me a problem about the historical service and stuff 😅

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    37.1k Bife

    Just to be sure about this, does the SAB AB-20 qualify?

    one month ago
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    28.8k WarHawk95

    @rexzion bruh

    one month ago
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    18.5k rexzion

    le fishe hehehe

    one month ago
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    @WarHawk95 Possibly, but I think I'll just do my MiG-17

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    28.8k WarHawk95

    @asteroidbook345 planning to make another entry ?

    one month ago
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    Done! Coming soon

    one month ago
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    I am now starting on my build for this challenge

    one month ago
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    2,590 mLk

    @WarHawk95 j'ai pas discord mais je vais essayer

    one month ago
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    28.8k WarHawk95

    @mLk17 tu veux rejoindre mon serveur francophone ?
    https://discord.gg/CpAX25c

    one month ago
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    3,017 JeffChandler

    Me with le mirage IIIO instead of mirage IIIC

    one month ago
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    2,590 mLk

    VIVE LA FRANCE !!!!!!

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    @WarHawk95 okay, thanks!

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    28.8k WarHawk95

    @LieutenantSOT I accept collabs, and yes the prize would be divided since the work had been divided

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    Are collabs allowed? Like, say we won anything, would the prize be divided? I'm just asking to make sure

    one month ago
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    2,484 Saleplouck

    @WarHawk95 de là à le rejoindre maintenant peut être pas vu que je suis pas mal occupé avec les cours mais c'est une possibilité que j'envisage dans un futur très proche (vive les vacances) ^^

    one month ago
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    28.8k WarHawk95

    @Saleplouck rapelle moi, tu peux et tu veux rejoindre notre Discord francophone ?
    On serait content de t'y avoir ^^

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    2,484 Saleplouck

    Mesdames messieurs, j'arrive, un indice, prototype ;)

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    @WarHawk95 ai.gbududosuli.jxkvluhj .k

    So, I will be finishing up my current project, and then I am going to go full force into finishing up my plane for THIS challenge. Both of the planes are Bi-planes, and after this, I hope that I understand how bad I am at making them XD

    one month ago
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    28.8k WarHawk95

    @GabeGabeTheFangster7 hummm OK, why ?

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    Of this challenge

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    Ok u know wat im out

    one month ago
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    @WarHawk95 u will see soon 🅱️Oi

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    28.8k WarHawk95

    @7632bey read the description.

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    75 7632bey

    when will it finish

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    28.8k WarHawk95

    @GabeGabeTheFangster7 OK, what will you build ?

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    Im making 1 helicopter entry, and one Airplane entry, ok

    one month ago
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    Im participating

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    28.8k WarHawk95

    @rexzion just give it a try, who knows

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    18.5k rexzion

    after thinking about it, i think i might just make an entry for this challenge, but maybe not cus lazy lol.

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    @UltraLight I do. The gear fits, as you can see on my MiG-15, but it was difficult to do

    one month ago
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    @WarHawk95 Ouais, cette semaine, je ne peux pas, la semaine prochaine, je pourrais tenter de commencer quelque chose, j'avais prévu de le faire, en plus, avec la nouvelle mise à jour, on peut faire des trucs vraiment sympas, mais à cause de ça, j'ai aussi abandonné mon destroyer Horizon, sa conception était dépassée.

    one month ago
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    20.0k UltraLight

    @asteroidbook345 idk if you taper your wings' thickness -- I dont, too hard for me -- but if you do not usually you could taper just the inboard wing in thickness, adding space for the wheels.

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    @UltraLight Yeah the Mirage's fuselage is deceptively simple, took me about 20 minutes. The MiG-17's (and 15, 19, and 21) landing gear folds both forwards and inwards into a very thin wing so I have to be careful about how I do it.

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    20.0k UltraLight

    @asteroidbook345 ok yeah I see it now. Details I dont really notice until I dig deeper; fuselage shapes are what I tend to look at to immediately narrow down possibilities. Like with the Mirage IV, it looks like at least three different fuselage bodies, which means lots of nudging to see blueprints and stuff. The MiG 17 has just one fuselage and a simple canopy, but as you said the details are more advanced

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    @UltraLight The weird landing gear, weird tail shape, double rudder, performance, split flaps, etc. The Mirage IV doesn't have most of those things

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    20.0k UltraLight

    If I hadn't already built a Mirage 2000 twice I'd do that... and Rafale has too hard of a fuselage shape. Maybe I'll go heli like Bagel -- Pilatus PC-21 also seems like a viable option.

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    20.0k UltraLight

    @asteroidbook345 how is a MiG-17 difficult? Seems easier than Mirage IV

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    28.8k WarHawk95

    @CharlesDeGaulle Pourquoi tu tentes pas ta chance ?
    Bordel, à un moment il faut savoir sortir des sentiers battus ! Moi qui au départ ne faisait que des avions médiocres, je fais des avion passables ET du bon armement !
    Je suis sûr que tu peux nous pondre un truc pas mal hein !

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    J'aimerais bien voir un beau Rafale, version M si possible ou C, bien lisse, avec un beau cockpit détaillé, mais faut pas rêver, la majorité des gens sont anglais et sont jaloux de notre Rafale... Et moi, je peux pas faire ça.

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    18.9k IshiMoss

    Never mind, minimum 200 parts, pass. I’ll still make a voisin though, @WarHawk95

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    18.9k IshiMoss

    :) @WarHawk95

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    28.8k WarHawk95

    @IshiMoss better than overperforming fictional 23th century planes :)

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    18.9k IshiMoss

    You’re getting yourself some underperforming ww1 planes. enjoy.

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    43.7k Souka

    @WarHawk95 no need to yell off my ear, i think that "mysterious" craft that i will continue

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    28.8k WarHawk95

    @Homemade1 NO ACE COMBAT. I hate this game, too unrealistic and arcade :)

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    43.7k Souka

    Hohoho, i got few french aircraft that was never completed,..DASSAULT HERE I COME! (not rafale cuz that will be put on Ace combat exept u accept it but i think not)

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    297 Armyman03

    @WarHawk95 Lol I will always do my best:) hopefully a non open cockpit will cooperate with me better lol

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    28.8k WarHawk95

    @Armyman03 as long as you make your best and don't end up with a GC 2.0... that's fine.

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    Time to make the logo

    one month ago
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    297 Armyman03

    @WarHawk95 I was going to do a custom cockpit but the fuselages aren't cooperating with me so I'm gonna have to do a simple one ... is that fine?

    one month ago
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    Fuselage and wing shape is done, I forgot how easy delta aircraft are to make lol

    one month ago
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    9,173 Memri

    no fictionals 😬

    one month ago
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    28.8k WarHawk95

    @MrACEpilot ben rends toi, crétin, mais moi je me rends pas.

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    Nous nous rendons LMAO

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    18.9k IshiMoss

    What count as a rebuild. I am currently updating my old creations, if that fit.

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    20.7k SyntheticL

    @WarHawk95
    Im in, Dassault Rafale C

    one month ago
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    5,480 MajorSix

    @WarHawk95 I was thinking of going for a Dewoitine D.501, if that's alright with you.

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    297 Armyman03

    @WarHawk95 I think im gonna try a Pilatus Pc-21 , its a french/swiss training aircraft . I chose it because the blueprints were easy to come by and the build design isn't overly complicated for a noob like me lol

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    I will make a Mirage IVP because I need an easy-ish side project before I do the MiG-17

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    21.4k BagelPlane

    @WarHawk95 I'm not sure, I'll have to do some research to find something that's cool and has plentiful information.

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    I was about to say you ready my mind but then I remembered how you were planning this a while ago.

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    28.8k WarHawk95

    @ArkRoyalTheDDhunter Nice.

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    @WarHawk95 F.222.2

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    28.8k WarHawk95

    @ArkRoyalTheDDhunter oh yeahhh ! what will you make ?

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    Ohhh yeahhhh im entering

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    20.0k UltraLight

    @WarHawk95 lol

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    28.8k WarHawk95

    @Armyman03 nice ! what will you build ?

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    297 Armyman03

    Well im not very good yet but I'll still try my best :) im in.

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    @WarHawk95 okay, thanks! I will make it to the best of my ability

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    28.8k WarHawk95

    @LieutenantSOT go ahead, it looks like an interesting plane indeed !

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    Oui, oui. I will participate!
    Out of curiosity, though, could I do this plane? (It was experimental during WW1 and was canceled)

    Plane

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    28.8k WarHawk95

    @BagelPlane ok then, good luck ! what chopper will you build ?

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    21.4k BagelPlane

    @WarHawk95 maybe... but I was thinking something along the lines of helicopters for this challenge. I've never built one before!

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    6,848 Kangy

    here come the mirages!
    oh wait nevermind i saw a mirage
    badoom tish

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    18.5k rexzion

    wow haha i never expected you to make a challenge about french stuff thats crazy woww

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    17.3k PapaKernels

    I was going to say I was going to make a baggett for the memes but it has to be a replica......

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    28.8k WarHawk95

    @UltraLight about teh fuselage art, thanks ! And about the feature... Let's say I have some relations among the moderators.

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    20.0k UltraLight

    And that's some clean fuselage art dude

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    20.0k UltraLight

    I might be in but: how are you going to feature someone?

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    14.0k AzureCorp

    @WarHawk95 im gonna make a bagguete

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    3,432 SilverStar

    I’m in dude

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    28.8k WarHawk95

    @BagelPlane thanks
    You should update and upgrade your SMB2 for this challenge !

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    21.4k BagelPlane

    That fuselage art is pretty slick!

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    5,727 WHlTE

    @WarHawk95 lol no

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    28.8k WarHawk95

    @Ash007 what Mirage ? I, IIIA, IIIB, IIIC, IIIE, 5, 50, IVA, IVP, IIIV, 2000 ?

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    28.8k WarHawk95

    @AzureCorp no

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    28.8k WarHawk95

    @One2 the plane must have been used by the FAF.

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    5,727 WHlTE

    frensche f18?

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    14.0k AzureCorp

    oui oui

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    20.7k SyntheticL

    Rafale im in!

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    28.8k WarHawk95

    @MajorSix what will you build ?

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    28.8k WarHawk95

    @Ash007 OK. what will you build ?

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    28.8k WarHawk95

    @SovietBun yes it is the French

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    16.4k Stinky

    Ranch Air Force

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    12.4k SovietBun

    Not the French

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    28.8k WarHawk95

    @MajorSix OK.

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    5,480 MajorSix

    I'm in.

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    16.4k Stinky

    Hi

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    16.4k Stinky

    1nd

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    16.4k Stinky

    1nd

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