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    Barracuda: Big fish from Fairey

    Rob Richardson's latest, the much maligned Barracuda. Many hated it, those who mastered it's quirks loved it. Knew a few old RCN grey beards out of Calgary who flew Barracuda's post-war who positively adored it.

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    Thank you for the HU!



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    It's a beaut and the sad thing is, I bet DaveB would have loved this...







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    Oh and I love the sound pack too!
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    Yes, beautiful.

    How much weight do you add for the bomb racks?? Anybody know??
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    Thanks for the HU.
    Lovely job Rob.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WarHorse47 View Post
    Yes, beautiful.

    How much weight do you add for the bomb racks?? Anybody know??
    It's in the cfg:

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    station_load.0 =       0,      0.0,   10.48,      0.5,    "500lb_bomb1" // (500)      
    station_load.1 =       0,      0.0,     8.28,      0.3,    "500lb_bomb2" // (500) 
    station_load.2 =       0,      0.0,    -8.28,      0.3,    "500lb_bomb3" // (500) 
    station_load.3 =       0,      0.0,  -10.48,      0.5,    "500lb_bomb4" // (500) 
    station_load.5 =       0,      0.0,     9.38,      1.0,    "bombrack"       // (20) 
    station_load.6 =       0,      0.0,    -9.38,      1.0,    "bombrack_R"   // (20)
    station_load.4 = 1500,        0,         0 ,   -3.55,    "torpedo1"         // (1500)
    station_load.7 =       0,        0,         0 ,   -3.51,    "AN-Mk1"          // (1600)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bjoern View Post
    Must...not...comment...on...aircraft...looks.
    Yes it's ugly... in a really beautiful way
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger View Post
    It's a beaut and the sad thing is, I bet DaveB would have loved this...


    That's what I was thinking too..... I really miss him......

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    Great job Rob!
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    Looks like a later mark, the originals had the exhaust recessed in the nose fairing IIRC - an odd idea. Good to see Rob hasn't lost his touch with the move to Blender.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hairyspin View Post
    Looks like a later mark, the originals had the exhaust recessed in the nose fairing IIRC - an odd idea. Good to see Rob hasn't lost his touch with the move to Blender.
    Your quite right Tom.
    The early models had a recessed exhaust but the main production batch of Mkll's had the Spitfire type.
    A number of alternative setups were tried.


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    Fantastic model, well done.

    But it is an awful and most ungainly looking aeroplane. Fairey designers had to be amongst the worst in the world. They really didn't design a pleasant looking aeroplane until the Fairey Firefly.

    Really interesting insight into flying the Barracuda here:
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    If asked to describe the Fairey Barracuda, I would have said it looked,"antediluvian..."

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    Beautiful plane! I admittedly never heard of this plane till I bought the latest DLC (Burma Road) for Order Of Battle WWII and the Barracuda features prominently as the British close air support bird during that conflict. Interesting history and love seeing developers making the less famous or more obscure warbirds. Thank you Richard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pips View Post

    They really didn't design a pleasant looking aeroplane until the Fairey Firefly.
    Fairey Fox, Fairey Phantome.....

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    A most wonderful addition to the British WWII virtual aircraft collection!

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    The designers at Fairy (and all manufacturers who designed aircraft for the Royal Navy) were hampered by a multitude of obsolete Admiralty 'requirements'.
    Technically (IIRC) the Fleet Air Arm had a deal of Royal Air Force oversight but they were rather busy in other areas.
    The 'Barra' suffered from the same strictures as those that gave us 'unfortunate' designs such as the Short Sturgeon, Blackburn's appalling Firebrand and the Westland Wyvern, to name a few.
    Nice rendition of the Barracuda Rob.
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    Well, as they say ....
    Beauty is in the eye of the beerholder !

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    What a lovely surprise. Thanks Rob. As the American naval aviator is reputed to have said on first seeing a Barracuda: "Jeez, you Limeys will be building airplanes next."

    It's a beaut and the sad thing is, I bet DaveB would have loved this...
    Wouldn't he just.

    As for Fairey, the Fox and Phantome weren't bad, in a Hartish way, and there were many uglier than the Fulmar. The Spearfish, though . . .
    Rats - why won't anything work properly first time?

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    What a treat Rob. Another fine addition to my fleet of WWII British aircraft. Thank you so very much for your hard work ! Mike

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    The Barracuda wasn't a pretty plane but was built for the purpose of being a carrier aircraft!
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    Beautiful airplane and sound package. I can see it's flying well for all of you and it was for me for a while... but now I'm getting a "fatal error" prompt right at the Select Aircraft screen. Notice the textures haven't even appeared on the plane yet and I have to restart or quit. This is in my original FSX install, I haven't tried it yet on my Steam install. Anybody get the same error?
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