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Husky HX-4 Firebird Mk.V

3,354 HuskyDynamics01  15 days ago

Introduction

The HX-4 Firebird Mk.V is a multipurpose strike/ground attack VTOL gunship. Wielding a fearsome array of weaponry including missiles, unguided rockets, and a ventrally-mounted heavy cannon, the Firebird is a major fire-support asset to its allies, and a terrifying adversary to its foes.


Features

  • Full VR-compatible cockpit with selectable day/night modes
  • Fifth-generation flight model that smoothly adjusts between hovering and forward flight to combine stability with agility and controllability
  • Cockpit screens automatically use the units selected in the game settings
  • Change between displaying Altitude and AGL with the flick of a switch
  • Functioning 1-to-20-mile radar with custom-coded manually-adjustable range
  • GPS navigation system with 12 built-in waypoints
  • Zero-zero ejection capability
  • Manual engine startup
  • Combination of new and old building techniques
  • Realistic performance (for a fictional craft)
  • Dual tanker/receiver refueling capability

Controls

VTOL: Collective
Trim: Forward/Reverse Boosters

AG 1: FSC Manual Override (Force gyro on)
AG 2: Master Arm
AG 3: Beacon/Nav/Strobe Lights
AG 4: Landing Lights
AG 5: Refueling Probe
AG 6: Jettison Weapons
AG 7: Eject

Other, less essential controls (such as the refuel drogue) are only accessible from within the cockpit. All cockpit controls are labeled.

Note

Trim is controlled both by the right-side levers and the large throttle on the left. This is to allow for HOTAS operation (even though it's a bit weird). Also, full-speed flight will require the collective to be at maximum, with lower speeds requiring less.

Startup

Engines may be started on battery power, or from the generators (if one engine is already running)

Battery: ON
Avionics Master: ON
ENG1 Fuel Pumps: ON
ENG1 Compressors: ON
Starter: ON for 2 seconds, then OFF
Once RPM > 1000, ENG1 Generator: ON
ENG2 Fuel Pumps: ON
ENG2 Compressors: ON
Starter: ON for 2 seconds, then OFF
Once RPM > 1000, ENG2 Generator: ON
FSC Gyro Power: ON

Startup (Simplified)

Click everything on the engine control panel except for the starter.
Then hit the starter.


History

The original version of craft was originally posted to the SimplePlanes website more than six years ago, under the designation "M.A.G.M.A Tech Helikillia". Unfortunately, it was later lost when the creator (whose name I sadly can no longer remember) deleted their account. I had downloaded it to my old iPad though, and it became my main testbed aircraft for experimenting with and testing new concepts when updates would come out. As time went by, I ended up completely rebuilding the entirety of the flight model on five separate occasions (hence the Mk.V), making improvements and changes with each subsequent iteration. With the 1.11/1.12 updates, I decided to go a step further with a complete nose-to-tail rebuild of the original gunship, which resulted in this version, the Firebird Mk.V. Though I have incorporated many new techniques that were simply not possible when the original was built, I have kept the overall style and "simple" aesthetic as a tribute to the original design.

The oldest version I still have is the Mk.III variant (third flight model rebuild), which still maintained the original fuselage and exterior details. I've included a few pictures of the Mk.V and older Mk.III together.


Gallery

Day and night modes

Radar demonstration

Firebird Mk.V and Helikillia Mk.III


Credits

Special Thanks

Thanks to DeveloperKorzalerke, Freerider2142, and SpartanSR91 for spending an hour of their time to help figure out why this was spamming console errors in multiplayer (and how to fix it).

Spotlights

General Characteristics

  • Successors 2 airplane(s)
  • Created On Windows
  • Wingspan 39.8ft (12.1m)
  • Length 46.3ft (14.1m)
  • Height 11.9ft (3.6m)
  • Empty Weight N/A
  • Loaded Weight 7,720lbs (3,501kg)

Performance

  • Power/Weight Ratio 9.606
  • Horse Power/Weight Ratio 0.129
  • Wing Loading 2.6lbs/ft2 (12.8kg/m2)
  • Wing Area 2,955.2ft2 (274.5m2)
  • Drag Points 10134

Parts

  • Number of Parts 469
  • Control Surfaces 9
  • Performance Cost 2,503
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    @Clarinet Interesting, I don't seem to have any problems with it (regardless of speed or physics setting). Try removing the refuel drogue, perhaps?

    5 days ago
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    It still explodes when you pass 200 mph

    5 days ago
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    谁能教教我怎么起飞

    +2 5 days ago
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    When I take off it flips backwards
    Edit: nvm I forgot the gyro

    10 days ago
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    0 p4leto

    Yo thats really cool. Also i have almost a potato mobile but it does not lag even a bit even though it has so much detail

    +1 11 days ago
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    It wont start

    +5 13 days ago
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    @PyrrhaNikos Sure

    @Aviator01 I believe you'd be interested as well

    14 days ago
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    @Lachlan2240 Oops, thought it didn't do that anymore! Should be fixed now.

    14 days ago
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    I love how if you go to fast it explodes :)

    14 days ago
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    47.6k PyrrhaNikos

    Can you also post the original aircraft as unlisted?

    14 days ago
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    6,967 JuanShot2Go

    Many controls in the cockpit. Love the displays.

    +1 14 days ago
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    47.6k PyrrhaNikos

    Yo! I remember that logo with a same aircraft design

    +1 14 days ago
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    Cool shit

    14 days ago
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    29.6k BeastHunter
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    Wow this thing is really cool!
    took me a bit to get around the starting procedure, but it flies really well and really fun :)

    +1 14 days ago
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    @Aviator01 Unfortunately, I can't. As I said in the description, this is essentially a nose-to-tail remaster of a craft posted about six years ago, but that was then lost when the original creator deleted their account. Sadly I can't remember who the original creator was, but I am certain that as of 2019 the original craft was no longer available on the website, if not even before that.

    +3 15 days ago
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    9,550 Aviator01

    The original was posted? Can you give me a link to it if it exists?

    +3 15 days ago
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    @Aviator01 Probably not. It's essentially the original Helikillia but with a bunch of fixes after some things got broken with the 1.8 update, as well as a pretty janky (by today's standards) gyro system. The Firebird is essentially a "modernized" version of it, built to take advantage of all of the updates and new features since the original was posted sometime in 2016.

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    9,550 Aviator01

    Are you going to post the Heli Gunship?

    +1 15 days ago
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    2,307 Reworkable

    Nice!!

    15 days ago
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    COOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL

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    8,282 X99STRIKER

    Epic.

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