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X-55 Space Plane

Postby Dr. X » Tue Aug 12, 2008 10:30 pm

I saw some awesome landing gear when browsing flickr, so I stole the idea and built the landing gear. But it didn't really work on any of my planes. So I built a new one, it's sole purpose to be a landing gear tester. But when I finished, it looked so awesome I took nice photos of it. Here it is:


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The X-55 was designed as a plane that could travel in both atmosphere and vacuum. Hence the name 'Space Plane'.




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It uses a powerful combination rocket/jet engine to achieve the high speed necessary for lift, which is gained from the short wings and the shape of the fuselage.




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Top view. Silhouetteness.




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And now the best part, the landing gear. The forward gear is more complicated. First the hatch opens.




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Then the landing gear flips out, and the hatch can close again with the landing gear still out there, resulting in awesomeness.




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The rear gear. (Get your rear in gear!) All I had to incorporate here was an indent in the wing for the wheels, because at re-entry speed any protrusions would be ripped off. When the landing gear is activated, these just fold down.




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And here it is with the landing gear down. I like this picture.




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Postby Tarren » Wed Aug 13, 2008 12:05 am

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Postby Captain Nomouth » Wed Aug 13, 2008 12:12 am

That's hecka cool.
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Postby Dr. X » Wed Aug 13, 2008 12:32 am

Thank youz. I do think it is a better racist plane than the last two.
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Postby spacessj » Wed Aug 13, 2008 3:03 am

Nice. Kinda reminds me of something out of those old batman films.
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Postby Rody » Wed Aug 13, 2008 3:16 am

that is a nice looking plane, it does fir minifigs does it, because the black makes everything hard to see.
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Postby Dr. X » Wed Aug 13, 2008 12:11 pm

Yep, it can fit a minifig quite nicely, with controls to boot. Also, behind the minifig there is an engine compartment with a plasma engine inside.
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Postby IVhorseman » Wed Aug 13, 2008 8:29 pm

If i had more battle droid arms, i'd totally start slapping these on everything.
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Postby Dr. X » Wed Aug 13, 2008 8:39 pm

IVhorseman wrote:If i had more battle droid arms, i'd totally start slapping these on everything.


I know, that's what I thought when I saw it. But I'm too lazy to find all the battle-droid arms I own at once.
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Postby Theblackdog » Mon Aug 18, 2008 6:09 am

Beautiful. Probably my favorite of your planes in terms of shape. Are there any special rules, or is it just really, really fast?
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Postby Dr. X » Mon Aug 18, 2008 11:57 am

It's just really fast. Swooshability is also high.
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Postby Rody » Thu Aug 21, 2008 9:07 am

be carefull when swooshing near walls though.
last time i did that I accidentally smashed it against the wall as fast as I could. It practically exploded.
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Postby Dr. X » Thu Aug 21, 2008 2:14 pm

That reminds me, if anyone here ever builds a large diorama with buildings in it, the most fun part of any of that is punching in the roof of the buildings and smashing all the scientists around inside.
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Postby blackwing77 » Fri Aug 22, 2008 1:53 pm

It's nice, but I'm noticing no weapons.
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Postby Adean » Fri Aug 22, 2008 2:06 pm

A plane of this degree of ossumness needs no weapons. It's dazzling brilliance as it creates a sonic boom above the battle field with its powerful swooshy powers is enough to immobilize the opponent's army for an entire turn with stunned looks on all their little plastic faces.
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