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[AIRCRAFT] Mudskipper EDFX - The Ultimate Ground Attack Plane?

Posted: Tue Jan 22, 2019 5:02 am
by Grigor
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DESIGN / BACKSTORY:
The Mudskipper EDFX (Electric Ducted Fan eXperimental) is an attempt to incorporate a number of recent aeronautical trends and desired handling characteristics into a single design.

A hybrid powerplant of two small internal jet engines drives generators to power 32 electric fans (8 per wing) which blow across four independent control surfaces. These allow for extreme manoeuvrability down to a very slow (~20 knot ~37kmh) stall speed. The clean, tight handing (and easy piloting) is achieved through a semi-autonomous flight control system.

Originally conceived as a race / recreation plane, the tough foam-metal 3D-printed airframe was created with military applications in mind, with room for internal stores, toughened landing gear and armoured cockpit. The Mudskipper is fitted with a 30mm cannon and four hardpoints, carrying up to 76 rockets. Two ventral 6x6 dispensers carry up to 72 flares. The faceted hull is designed to deflect enemy gunfire - this plus the multiple redundancy of engines gives it a strength (survivability) of 32.

The Mudskipper is outstanding in close support, counter insurgency and AA suppression roles.

INSTALL:
Just copy the aircraft and user folders to your YSFLIGHT folder. This plane comes with custom flares and weaponry including tracer bullets / muzzle flash.
A target indicator appears when an object is within range of the gun.
Use the velocity indicator to aim the rockets from anything up to 10 miles away.

MODEL:
I've tried to keep the dnm as small as possible using repeated components (landing gear, the fan ducts, numbers, markings, anything with a high poly count.)

CREDITS:
I have borrowed some components from other creators:
The pilot head and flare dispenser from the amazing Hornet Pack (originally Umaibow / Grepyon?) (viewtopic.php?f=168&t=8318)
The AGM114 and bomb are from the TF58 weapons pack.
Some hardpoints components came from the GGWP Weapon Pack (http://mrsandj.sakura.ne.jp/ht/ckp/)
The basis for the gun range indicator came from the VFX / Macross Pack - not sure about the author.

Most of these have been heavily modified or at least re-painted. If you see anything I've missed and would like credit (or would like the object withdrawn) let me know, otherwise remember that plagiarism is the sincerest form of flattery.
Thanks to all modders who put their creations out there for the rest of us to be inspired by.

[EDIT March 6 2019 - updated design: cockpit moved forward for mainly aesthetic reasons, plus radar-absorbent coating on the glass.]

Re: Mudskipper EDFX

Posted: Fri Jan 25, 2019 4:08 am
by Grigor
Any comments or feedback would be appreciated. Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

Re: Mudskipper EDFX

Posted: Fri Jan 25, 2019 5:14 am
by Swift
Oh hey! This is actually quite a nice little design. Looking through the DNM i'm very impressed. Everything is clean and tidy. The model looks rather detailed for its small size. I haven't popped it into YS yet but i'll edit the post when I take it for a spin.

Good job!

Re: [AIRCRAFT] Mudskipper EDFX - The Ultimate Ground Attack Plane?

Posted: Sat Mar 09, 2019 2:08 pm
by C05MIC
Very Well done Great Job!

Ill test it out

Ill post back with my review


(EDIT) Superb beautiful little plane Grigor absolutely great job so clean and simple