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47.0k Baldovino  11 months ago

* Blue0Bull's challenge version - RATED 33/47.5 *


Italian Fiat CR.42 "Falco"
Pierre Clostermann's Hawker Tempest V JFO "le grand charles"
Messerschmitt Bf 109K


Some time ago I was looking at a small balsa model that I made about 25 years ago. It was beautiful, and incredibly current. I decided to replicate it, but this decision cost me some headaches and several nights of sleep. This is why it's "Fictional" and "Replica" togheter.

This construction was a real nightmare. In spite of the apparently simple and taut lines, the structure made of angled panels was very difficult to reach, considering that everything is "custom". From the missiles to the machine gun, from the cannon to the trolley, from the countermeasures to the stop hook (not to mention the canards ... which I hate by now) everything is housed in internal bays, entirely modeled by hand.

The controls (especially the rudders-brakes), the aerodynamic brakes ... everything was done specifically for this plane avoiding using the ready-made things of the game.

The flight model is great and fun. Stable, fast (with active afterburners) and easy to handle as required.


AG1 = Brake Chute
AG2 = Arresting Hook
AG3 = Afterburner

B = Brake

Many operations are automated, I.E. tying the movement to the landing gear or other controls. These include the release of the canards from their housing with the effect of the flaps, the bays of the weapons and missiles that open automatically by firing, the housing of the countermeasures that opens for launch and closes when finished, the fairing of the stop hook that slides ventrally and much more.


General Characteristics

  • Created On Windows
  • Wingspan 52.5ft (16.0m)
  • Length 45.2ft (13.8m)
  • Height 9.2ft (2.8m)
  • Empty Weight -147,505lbs (-66,907kg)
  • Loaded Weight 12,020lbs (5,452kg)


  • Power/Weight Ratio 5.234
  • Wing Loading 20.8lbs/ft2 (101.6kg/m2)
  • Wing Area 577.5ft2 (53.7m2)
  • Drag Points 5192


  • Number of Parts 547
  • Control Surfaces 8
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    70.7k Blue0Bull

    Performance: The aircraft has some really nice handling. The roll rate and pitch rate are pretty arcade-ish but it does not kill the realistic feel of the air plane. One thing that bothered me a little was that the plane accelerates really quickly, I wish it had some slower acceleration. Landing this plane is very easy and fun, great job on that. The weapon bays worked nicely, including the front-right cannon bay. It was pretty enjoyable to fly. (9.5/15 points)
    Design: I think that the overall design looks really great and futuristic while also sticking to a sense of realism, awesome job on that. The landing gear seems to be too far apart, try to bring them a little closer on your next project. I think you could have added some sensors, antennas, pitot tubes, etc. But at the same time I really like the look of the build while it so clean. The intake area is my favourite part of the plane because it looks really well built and super realistic. The flying wing design looks really nice, good job on it. The expanding canards are really awesome, dude! I love how they look while landing. The arresting hook bay is also a nice little feature. (6/10 points)
    Build Quality: Excellent panelling! The front part is a little messy but it is not a big issue at all. The intake and engine area look really clean and flush, good job on them. The detailing is a little bland in my opinion. The functional aspect of the plane is great. The landing gear, thrust vectoring, weapon bays, counter measure bays, etc all worked like they should have worked. (7/10 points)
    Description: The description mostly consisted of images with text on them, which is a good lay-out. But I would have loved some fictional backstory or something. It is still cool that you took your balsa model and recreated it for my challenge, very original. (6.25/7.5 points)
    Personal Impression: I enjoyed seeing all functional stuff on this build. I also really liked the way it behaved when landing. Great job. (4.25/5 points)
    Total points = 33/47.5
    Thanks for entering the challenge, I hope you enjoyed building this awesome aircraft.

    Pinned 9 months ago
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    47.0k Baldovino

    @Blue0Bull The challenge was great dude. Thanks to you fot that.

    9 months ago
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    @Baldovino np!

    11 months ago
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    47.0k Baldovino

    Thanks @MAHADI for the spotlight :)

    11 months ago
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    47.0k Baldovino

    Thanks @Blue0Bull for spotlight me. :)

    11 months ago