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  1. #76
    Quote Originally Posted by Maty12 View Post
    Glad you're helping me out. Did not know those were called oleos. I do think I exaggerated their length, but only because pictures of the plane post take off seem to show them extending quite a lot:


    Edit: I found out what the problem was, turns out I hadn't opened the gear doors enough, and they were my reference point.
    Oh, I see ...

  2. #77
    So I'd say I finished the nose section of the transport version (No bombsight or bombing equipment), but no matter what I do I just can't get it to look right. And it's not even in a small way, the whole thing just doesn't look right and I don't know why. I'm gonna see if I can find some cross sections, but otherwise I think I'll come back to it later and just go ahead with the cockpit, which does loo right.

  3. #78
    Quote Originally Posted by Maty12 View Post
    So I'd say I finished the nose section of the transport version (No bombsight or bombing equipment), but no matter what I do I just can't get it to look right. And it's not even in a small way, the whole thing just doesn't look right and I don't know why. I'm gonna see if I can find some cross sections, but otherwise I think I'll come back to it later and just go ahead with the cockpit, which does loo right.
    Getting the "face" to look right is absolutely essential and one of the hardest things to do sometimes.

    It is not uncommon for me to invest 30-60 hours just on the nose and cockpit windows areas. Without cross sections, it can be tougher. Back in 2005 I worked on the Howard 500 cockpit windshield and side glass frames for 8 weeks as I had no side views or cross sections; just lots of reference photos.

    If the face of the aircraft is not right, it detracts from the rest, that's for sure. Sometimes, you just have to walk away from it as you are doing, and revisit another day. You will get there. Patience, tenacity, dogged-determination, and fresh eyes will help.
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  4. #79
    Quote Originally Posted by Maty12 View Post
    So I'd say I finished the nose section of the transport version (No bombsight or bombing equipment), but no matter what I do I just can't get it to look right. And it's not even in a small way, the whole thing just doesn't look right and I don't know why. I'm gonna see if I can find some cross sections, but otherwise I think I'll come back to it later and just go ahead with the cockpit, which does loo right.
    Sharp and beautiful Can't wait !!

  5. #80
    Quote Originally Posted by Milton Shupe View Post
    Getting the "face" to look right is absolutely essential and one of the hardest things to do sometimes.

    It is not uncommon for me to invest 30-60 hours just on the nose and cockpit windows areas. Without cross sections, it can be tougher. Back in 2005 I worked on the Howard 500 cockpit windshield and side glass frames for 8 weeks as I had no side views or cross sections; just lots of reference photos.

    If the face of the aircraft is not right, it detracts from the rest, that's for sure. Sometimes, you just have to walk away from it as you are doing, and revisit another day. You will get there. Patience, tenacity, dogged-determination, and fresh eyes will help.
    Honestly, the whole thing just frustrates me a lot due to lack of reliable reference. Does anyone in this forum live near Tucson and if so, is anyone willing to take a few pictures of the inside for me? Cause I tried contacting the museum, and I tried contacting the Navy library mentioned in this thread, and I even tried contacting the guy who designed Minicraft's 1/72 scale model, since he has a 3d model of it, but every single time the e-mail fails to send. Is it a browser related problem? Cause I'm using chrome and whenever there's a link to send an e-mail it doesn't work and I jsut copy the e-mail address and do it through gmail.
    Last edited by Maty12; January 5th, 2016 at 12:00.

  6. #81
    Quote Originally Posted by Maty12 View Post
    Honestly, the whole thing just frustrates me a lot due to lack of reliable reference. Does anyone in this forum live near Tucson and if so, is anyone willing to take a few pictures of the inside for me? Cause I tried contacting the museum, and I tried contacting the Navy library mentioned in this thread, and I even tried contacting the guy who designed Minicraft's 1/72 scale model, since he has a 3d model of it, but every single time the e-mail fails to send. Is it a browser related problem? Cause I'm using chrome and whenever there's a link to send an e-mail it doesn't work and I jsut copy the e-mail address and do it through gmail.
    Maty, I will also look for some 3-views for you with cross sections.
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  7. #82
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    Maty, you done such a great job so far maybe take a day or so away and come back when you're ready. The fact is to the vast majority of us, the shots we've seen in Blender look fabulous.
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  8. #83
    Cool. ANOTHER NEEDED SEA PLANE
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  9. #84
    Quote Originally Posted by Roger View Post
    Maty, you done such a great job so far maybe take a day or so away and come back when you're ready. The fact is to the vast majority of us, the shots we've seen in Blender look fabulous.
    Thanks for the kind words, man. Anyway, I decided to not start over from scratch on the nose again (Way too much work put into the interior) and instead fix anything that really looked odd. After a bit of research, turns out the problem was I had modeled the smallest bulkhead wrong. It not perfect now, but it is a lot better.

  10. #85
    PBM-5A Mariner for FSX Game start?

  11. #86
    Quote Originally Posted by tjsdn1375 View Post
    PBM-5A Mariner for FSX Game start?
    Sorry, but I have no clue what you just said.

  12. #87
    Quote Originally Posted by Maty12 View Post
    Sorry, but I have no clue what you just said.
    oh.. yeah.. And How about the PBM-5 Mariner?

  13. #88
    Quote Originally Posted by tjsdn1375 View Post
    oh.. yeah.. And How about the PBM-5 Mariner?
    It's doing fine, haven't really touched it in two days.

  14. #89
    Quote Originally Posted by Maty12 View Post
    It's doing fine, haven't really touched it in two days.
    Yes, yes! I did not touch

  15. #90
    Quote Originally Posted by tjsdn1375 View Post
    Yes, yes! I did not touch
    I'm saying I didn't touch it.

  16. #91
    Quote Originally Posted by Maty12 View Post
    I'm saying I didn't touch it.
    Yes, we know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tjsdn1375 View Post
    How's the PBM-5A Mariner coming along?
    tjsdn1375 as you don't seem to read pms will you stop asking Maty, everyday how the project is coming on! Maty is at a difficult stage with his design and doesn't need you to be asking every day how it is progressing.

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  18. #93
    Quote Originally Posted by Roger View Post
    tjsdn1375 as you don't seem to read pms will you stop asking Maty, everyday how the project is coming on! Maty is at a difficult stage with his design and doesn't need you to be asking every day how it is progressing.

    Roger.
    Yes ma'am, I'm sorry. The project I thought it would not coming.

  19. #94
    Hey, guys, I realise this may be a bit of an odd question to ask, but in order to simulate the aircraft realistically in beamng (The game I'm almost done programming it for) it's very hard to distribute weight realistically, but I've basically come up with a way. Anything to the front of the center of gravity should weight the same as everything behind it, and anything to the left of it the same as anything on the right. The thing is I don't really know where the COG is supposed to be. The flight manual specifies it as forward 25% MAC, can anyone tell me where exactly that would be?

  20. #95
    Quote Originally Posted by Maty12 View Post
    Hey, guys, I realise this may be a bit of an odd question to ask, but in order to simulate the aircraft realistically in beamng (The game I'm almost done programming it for) it's very hard to distribute weight realistically, but I've basically come up with a way. Anything to the front of the center of gravity should weight the same as everything behind it, and anything to the left of it the same as anything on the right. The thing is I don't really know where the COG is supposed to be. The flight manual specifies it as forward 25% MAC, can anyone tell me where exactly that would be?
    Maty,

    The wing root at its widest point at the fuselage (ignore the fairing) is called the wing root chord. At the tip of the wing (minus the wing cap) is the tip chord.

    25% Mean Aerodynamic Cord = 1/4 width of the wing root at the fuselage (exclude the fairing) and 1/4 the way back from the leading edge of the wing.

    For sim purposes, it usually works well to set the aircraft in your design program with your grid on, with the aircraft placed at center line laterally, near the waterline vertically, and at 25% MAC longitudinally.

    When you set up your weights for fuel and cargo, the CoG will change with your weight distribution. That will come when you do the flight modeling (FDE).

    See my attachments for my approach.

    By setting the aircraft this way, in the aircraft.cfg, set the FS Reference point at 0,0,0 coordinates. This is the cross-hairs of your design world and I usually set the CoG the same. Now you know exactly where you are with the aircraft.

    Coordinates for the fuel tanks, engines, main and center gear, pilot, cargo weights, lights, etc are now based from there and you can get those coordinates from your design program to plug into the aircraft.cfg.

    Coordinates forward of the reference are positive numbers; and right of the reference are positive numbers. Anything to the rear or left are negative numbers.

    Just FYI, nose geared aircraft normally carry less than 20% of the weight with mains carrying 80%+ of the weight.
    Aircraft design limits how far from 25% MAC you can stray, usually in the 18% to 30% range. You should be able to find those restrictions so you can set up your flight model accordingly. If you stray outside those limits, the elevator authority will not be able to maintain level flight or get you off the ground.
    Gear position relative to CoG/FS Reference is critical as well as it impacts weight distribution and your ability to "rotate" at proper speeds. Get those coordinates from a vertex at the bottom center of the tires.
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  21. #96
    To add to what Milton said as an aside out of interest:

    The 0.25 MAC (or you might see a barred c) comes from the location of the aerodynamic centre of the wing. The aerodynamic centre is also known as the zero moment point, the imaginary point where the lift of the main wing acts from. Using it as a datum helps make your trim calculations easier as you can mostly ignore lift.

    The 0.25 is an estimate for a wing in the incompressible region of flight, and there it's really very accurate, as you get closer to Mach 1 and pass the sound barrier the location of the aerodynamic centre moves, to roughly 0.5 MAC, hence Concorde's trim tanks.

    The he importance of the CoG in relation to the aerodynamic centre is to do with pitch/longitudinal static stability, what happens when an outside influence disturbs the aircraft in steady flight. If the centre of gravity, where the aircraft rotates about, is inline with the ACentre a change in pitch will cause a change in lift, but no pitching moment. If the CoG is behind the ACentre a change in pitch will cause a change in lift, which causes a moment that increases the pitch and so on, that's static instability. For statically stable aircraft, the CoG is ahead of the ACentre and the pitch causes a moment in the opposite direction, causing the aircraft to return to level flight.

    (What do you know, I do remember mechanics of flight! I hope that's interesting info!)
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  22. #97
    Thanks, both of you, very informative. I remember that the maximum allowed COG for take off is 28% MAC, don't really recall what the one for flight is. I'll re-visit the flight manual and see what I can come up with.

  23. #98
    Quote Originally Posted by Firebar View Post
    To add to what Milton said as an aside out of interest:

    The 0.25 MAC (or you might see a barred c) comes from the location of the aerodynamic centre of the wing. The aerodynamic centre is also known as the zero moment point, the imaginary point where the lift of the main wing acts from. Using it as a datum helps make your trim calculations easier as you can mostly ignore lift.

    The 0.25 is an estimate for a wing in the incompressible region of flight, and there it's really very accurate, as you get closer to Mach 1 and pass the sound barrier the location of the aerodynamic centre moves, to roughly 0.5 MAC, hence Concorde's trim tanks.

    The he importance of the CoG in relation to the aerodynamic centre is to do with pitch/longitudinal static stability, what happens when an outside influence disturbs the aircraft in steady flight. If the centre of gravity, where the aircraft rotates about, is inline with the ACentre a change in pitch will cause a change in lift, but no pitching moment. If the CoG is behind the ACentre a change in pitch will cause a change in lift, which causes a moment that increases the pitch and so on, that's static instability. For statically stable aircraft, the CoG is ahead of the ACentre and the pitch causes a moment in the opposite direction, causing the aircraft to return to level flight.

    (What do you know, I do remember mechanics of flight! I hope that's interesting info!)
    Well stated Firebar; thank you :-)
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  24. #99
    Mariner's still progressing, sorry for the lac of updates, I just got A2A's B-17 and let's just say it keeps me busy (And very entertained). Anyway, the nose section's nearly finished. Here's a picture of the levers that control the bomb window covers:



    The only thing missing from the nose compartment now are some of thee bulkheads for the top section (The one that's usually replaced with a turret), the door and the anchor (for the stripped-down variant).


    P.S. Milton, love those shots of the A-20. Not just because of their usefulness, but because they're the first pictures of your A-20 with gear up and landing lights added.

  25. #100
    Any chance your FSX/P3D Martin PBM-5A Mariner is still in development???

    Tjsdn

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