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Postwar Aircraft Projects / Re: Boeing JAST / JSF / X-32 projects
« Last post by hesham on Today at 03:04:02 pm »
Nice find Scrutor.
User Artwork / Re: Kogiken Plan II
« Last post by BAROBA on Today at 01:55:42 pm »
Nice work :)
Keep them coming :)
User Artwork / Re: My Aviation art
« Last post by BAROBA on Today at 01:53:52 pm »
Thanks for the feedback guys, much appreciated :)

The wheels on the F-18 are indeed not completely round. They are built from a low amount of polygons.
The whole plane is just 10,000 polygons ( triangles) and was intended to be used in a game. ( but that never happened)
In a game you will never see the wheels close-up, and usually they are in shadows. Also when the wheels are rotating, you wouldn't see the too low amount of polygons anyway.
If it was for a modern game, the wheels would need to have some more details, but 5 years ago, the wheels would be fine. Modern games have a much higher polygon-count then this old model. (50,000 to 75,000)


Postwar Aircraft Projects / Re: McDonnell Douglas MD-12
« Last post by Triton on Today at 01:46:21 pm »
McDonnell Douglas MD-XX LR (Long Range)

MD11/MD12-undeveloped models

When MD11 sales were slow in the early 1990's MDC looked at several new variants including the MD12. MD12X, MDXX. Many people are i'm sure aware of the proposed MD12 which looked very similar to the Airbus A380 currently being built today. However, the MD12 started out as a tri-jet. The MD12X was also a tri-jet as were the MD-XX, MD-XX LR and MD-XX Stretch-all of which looked very similar to the MD11 and featured commonality in flight deck etc but featured a huge 213 ft wingspan, range of up to 8320 nm (LR) and a fusealge 31 ft longer than the current MD11. None of the proposed variants and indeed the new MD12 got off the ground, largely due to the huge debts that MDC were running. The MD-XX Stretch and MD-XX LR were unveiled at the Farnborough air show in 1996 but again the project never got the go ahead and shortly before the end of 1996 the project was cancelled.

I have not been able to track down the original (source) bay auction page.
Good starting point,413.msg310605.html#msg310605
Postwar Aircraft Projects / Re: Kamov projects
« Last post by youROKer on Today at 01:12:27 pm »
Are you sure this is the interceptor - and not just a V-80 with alternative cockpit? The interceptor was supposed to have a large radar capable of supporting the RVV-AE/R-77 missile (not to mention an air-to-air FLIR system).

The article indicates that this is the Ka-50 with an adapted weapon control system from the Su-27 and the ability to use the R-73 missiles. More in "Aviation and Cosmonautics 2015 09" in the article "History of the Black Shark through the eyes of creators". ("Авиация и космонавтика 2015 09", "История Черной Акулы глазами создателей").
Does anyone know if there is a comparison of the rotor area of the UH-60 and the rotor area of the V-280 and of the likely minimum size of a safe landing zone?

The attached PDF (from the Bell website) claims it's comparable. Their drawing shows more width, but suggests they need less separation, so the actual number  of aircraft that can fit in an LZ is the same.

Aerospace / Re: T-X - A Future USAF Trainer
« Last post by TomS on Today at 12:54:41 pm »
Meantime, at #SETP conference...

Is it common these days to flight test aircraft without landing gear doors?

Looks like Scorpion did it too.  I guess if you don't plan to raise the landing gear, it's one drag item you can take off.
Aerospace / Re: SpaceX (general discussion)
« Last post by TomS on Today at 12:52:05 pm »
It will be streamed.

Lets hope they also stream the speech on the SpaceX main website or their YouTube site, not many of us have Twitter accounts or want one.

Sounds like it's going to be on the Australia Science Channel website:

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