• Ivan's Avatar
    Yesterday, 19:33
    The fancy intersection between the upper and lower parts of the Fin assembly are pretty much hidden by the Horizontal Stab. The end of the Boom on the Lightning where it meets the Tail Assembly is 13 inches high and 10 inches wide. I shifted the joint about 4 inches Aft and made the cross section a fraction of an inch smaller in each direction. Note that the cross section at the end of the Boom is only 8 sided. More is a waste because the pieces are so small and also because I am sure to run short of AF99 Parts later.
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    Yesterday, 19:17
    I expected the Rudder and Fin combination to be one of the more difficult areas. I had expected each side to only need one AF99 Component but needed two per side instead. Note that each component is a different colour and also note that they are interlaced. This is similar to the normal practice of interlacing the Canopy Frame and Canopy Glass. The shape of the Rudder was plotted first. It was then reversed and stretched and then moved back into alignment to form the Fin outline. A few points were moved around slightly but the basic forms were done by a program I call "StretchIt".
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    Yesterday, 19:06
    Here are a few screenshots of the Nacelle Assembly in the simulator. The screenshots also show some revisions to the contours of the canopy frame and glass. The parts count for just this is up to 172 polygons.
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  • Ivan's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:12
    Recently I had been looking over P-38 Lightning visual models and doing some reworking on an existing AFX by Eric Johnson. I had no intention of re-releasing his work but was using it as a "feasibility" study to experiment with techniques to kill the bleeds which are common to CFS Lightnings. The Lightning is an odd construction and had parts relationships which may require different assembly processes from other Aircraft Factory 99 models. In doing this, I came across quite a lot of documentation and drawings of the P-38 in various (mostly J &L) models. In doing some quick calculations, it seems that even with my building methods, I MIGHT be able to complete a P-38J project within AF99 resource limits. It will be close, so all I am calling this is a "Design Study". We shall see...
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  • Ivan's Avatar
    November 18th, 2014, 12:08
    Here are some screenshots from a design study that seems to be the natural follow on to the P-38 EJ Lightning. There is nothing shared between the two projects other than the subject matter. The problem here as usual is that my build method tends to be very expensive in polygon count. he EJ Lightning finished at 762 polygons. Just what you see here is already at 168 poluggons and with a pilot and some interior equipment will probably be close to 300 polygons. Dunno if this will ever end up as a full aeroplane. The budget will be pretty close. The shapes are still kinda cool though. - Ivan.
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    November 17th, 2014, 15:50
    Hello Hubbabubba, Sorry, I have no solutions other than to use the Game WEP and pick the one that best fits the aircraft being designed. Sometimes that may be no solution at all. In other words, my most likely approach to doing Japanese aeroplanes that used anti-detonant even for military power would be simply ignore that fact entirely. Not optimal, but probably the most fair since they apparently carried quite a lot of antidetonant and the system was automatic in that the injection would turn on when a particular manifold pressure was exceeded. Hello Papingo, The gauge idea was one I was also thinking of but along a different approach. I was thinking of resetting the WEP timer according to how long WEP was NOT used. In other words, the engine would only allow 5 minutes of...
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    November 14th, 2014, 16:03
    P.P.S.- No, after all, it is a MP4 file embedded in a SWF, sorry...:banghead:
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    November 13th, 2014, 23:08
    Quite ingenious, papingo:applause: I like your "out of the box" thinking. As for you, Ivan, I'm still waiting for your ideas on the subject. Anything you're tinkering with?
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    November 13th, 2014, 22:42
    Hi jimjones:wavey: I honestly don't know what you mean by "slow" or "fast" connection, but I'm on a dial-up modem (some call it "fax modem") and I can watch lengthy videos without the nagging stop-and-go of streaming. For that, you will need JDownloader (HERE). This program will search and download streaming videos (FLV, MP4 and others) to your computer. Once downloaded, you can watch them like any "regular" (MPEG, AVI and consort) with a a video-viewer that can read such formats, such as Media Player Classic (HERE) or VLC Media Player (HERE). The first program is an alternate downloader that offers, among other things, a "web crawler" that will search for media links (audio, videos and images), but it can download anything. It also has the very neat feature of restarting an...
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    November 11th, 2014, 13:53
    Happy Birthday! Hope it was an enjoyable one. - Ivan.
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    November 11th, 2014, 07:18
    :birthday: Have a great one Dave
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    November 9th, 2014, 23:06
    Sometimes something sits right before your eyes and has hints that it might not be what people tell you it is.... (Advance Warning: I am gonna get VERY long-winded here.) The Background: A few days ago, I was very surprised when I came in for a rather hot landing in the P-38J. I had lined it up after wobbling all over the place and finally had it centered on the runway. When I applied brakes, the aeroplane flipped. Imagine my surprise at having a nosewheel aeroplane flip! That is not sposta happen, but the P-38 is an interesting combination: It has a fair amount of weight on the nosewheel unlike most aeroplanes with a tricycle gear.
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    November 8th, 2014, 19:27
    As I mentioned in the last post, the Spinner of the Me 109E was not textured when I started. Neither was the Canopy Frame as can be seen in thr first screenshot. In the second screenshot, it may not be obvious, but the Horizontal Stabiliser is not textured. In my opinion, both choices were less than optimal. Those choices make it impossible to apply a different paint scheme, especially one involving a camouflage pattern. Imagine trying to repaint the P-38 in Olive Drab overall and finding that the tail can't be changed from Light Gray. The general idea is to texture all the exterior pieces (and possibly some of the interior pieces as well) that might be painted different colours on individual aircraft. Sometimes we make "Safe" choices without thinking things through. I did...
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    November 8th, 2014, 08:54
    Hi Papingo, That is a very interesting idea. I don't have a clue as to where to start though. Perhaps it may be done with a gauge, but I don't know how to program gauges. The problem is that actual use of emergency power is a bit different than we see here in CFS. The time limit depends on the type of WEP, but all the limits are too short. With a Supercharger Boost, you have 5 minutes 10 seconds before engine damage. With Water Injection, you also have 5 minutes before Anti Detonant runs out. With Water Methanol, the limit is still only 10 minutes before ADI runs out.
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  • Ivan's Avatar
    November 8th, 2014, 08:15
    Some Aircraft seem to be much easier to fly than others when doing low level high speed passes. One of the nice things about opposite rotation of the engines is that there is no noticeable lateral or directional trim changes. There is also quite a lot more acceleration. Did lots more tuning on the P-38J. Some of these edits were quite radical and I am still not all that close to final yet. One of the funniest things I encountered was braking too hard and flipping (!) the aeroplane. That wasn't hard to fix, but it was an interesting surprise to flip an aeroplane with a nose wheel. The Flight model I was working on had three fuel tanks per side: A 90 Gallon Main Tank behind the main spar of the wing. A 60 Gallon Reserve Tank ahead of the main spar.
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    November 6th, 2014, 20:23
    Hello Wayland, The SMLE or No.1 Mk.III is one I know pretty well. I just came across a box of spare parts for the No.1 Mk.III* last week. I had bought three brand new bolt bodies made for the Australian guns, several bolt heads and other assorted parts in attempt to fit a new barrel. The pieces came from all over but I did find a combination that fit together with perfect headspace which nearly impossible to find in a service Lee Enfield. I also had two unused brand new bolt bodies, firing pins, extra bolt heads and some other left over pieces which I just put in a box and left on a shelf afterwards. - Ivan.
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    November 6th, 2014, 13:52
    I kinda like Lee Enfields. They were my first "High Power" (in American, this means centerfire) rifles. Decades ago, they were inexpensive and plentiful. .303 British isn't the easiest cartridge to reload though. Now on to the CFS Part: I can't seem to pin down why the last P-38 Flight Model I did back around 2000 or 2001 has a pretty consistent engine failure. So, instead of tuning the old version, I thought it would be a good idea to build a new one. Perhaps I will do a comparison later. So far, the results are that HP is about right for Sea Level and Critical Altitude. Between that, the numbers are pretty far off.
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    November 1st, 2014, 11:24
    Perhaps I should have phrased this differently. I seem to have left out a few words. In the group, the two shots FURTHEST APART are measured..... Hello Womble55, I also have a fair amount of experience with Lee Enfields and have owned a few. I have never gotten sub-MOA accuracy out of any of them though the No.4 Mk.I* and a No.1 Mk.III* have been pretty respectable with 1.25 inch groups for 5 shots at 100 yards. The FAL was pretty comparable with good ammunition though there were hints it might do better but the scope mount and front sling swivel didn't look conducive to accuracy. If your guys were hitting well under 1 MOA at 300 yards with iron sights, you should have come over to this side of the pond and shot at the National Matches at Camp Perry. Consistent groups of...
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    October 31st, 2014, 10:21
    Windows 7 pro has an XP mode, I think it is in the Admin section. I will have to ask my wife, she uses Win7 pro and get back with you. I know that all her older software works fine in XP mode. Dave
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