I made a plane

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I made a plane

Post by lorbaat » Mon Jun 25, 2012 11:34 am

I built this plane almost 11.5 years ago, apparently.

I suddenly feel very, very old.

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I was particularly pleased with the cockpit, as I recall.

Never saw BrikWars action, unfortunately.

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Re: I made a plane

Post by Silverdream » Mon Jun 25, 2012 2:34 pm

Cool, it reminds me of an x-wing without being an x-wing.
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Re: I made a plane

Post by IVhorseman » Mon Jun 25, 2012 4:13 pm

It's like the sweet convertible of spacefighters. Props to a great design that's still kicking!

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Re: I made a plane

Post by lorbaat » Mon Jun 25, 2012 4:20 pm

Silverdream wrote:Cool, it reminds me of an x-wing without being an x-wing.
I'd honestly never considered that! I was too busy ripping the major design elements off from some planes flying around in a few panels of a comic book whose name I cannot remember now.

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IVhorseman wrote:It's like the sweet convertible of spacefighters. Props to a great design that's still kicking!
Haha, thanks! That description captures what I was going for better than I ever could have.

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Re: I made a plane

Post by BFenix » Mon Jun 25, 2012 6:17 pm

This things has some sweet spots! The rather retro look reminds me of the old-school arcade shooters. Awesome job, even for something "that old".
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Re: I made a plane

Post by Robot Monkey » Mon Jun 25, 2012 6:31 pm

Plus, it's piloted by BFenix. Nice job!
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Re: I made a plane

Post by Whiteagle » Mon Jun 25, 2012 11:13 pm

Silverdream wrote:Cool, it reminds me of an x-wing without being an x-wing.
So... a Z-95 Headhunter?

Slap some Laser Cannons on the wingtips, and you're done!

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Re: I made a plane

Post by BFenix » Tue Jun 26, 2012 8:31 am

Whiteagle wrote:
Silverdream wrote:Cool, it reminds me of an x-wing without being an x-wing.
So... a Z-95 Headhunter?

Slap some Laser Cannons on the wingtips, and you're done!
Why does it have to be related to Star Wars?
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Re: I made a plane

Post by Whiteagle » Tue Jun 26, 2012 12:06 pm

Are you suggesting it DOESN'T need laser cannons?

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Re: I made a plane

Post by lorbaat » Tue Jun 26, 2012 12:30 pm

Whiteagle wrote:Are you suggesting it DOESN'T need laser cannons?
That bulbous pod on the starboard of the nose is meant to be a gunpod, but I suppose it could be up-gunned.

You're right, slap some cannons on the wiptips, lose the rudders and replace them with an astromech droid housing, swap the intakes for four round instead of two rectangular, change the engine configuration, shorten the nose and give it a tip, fatten the body up a bit more, and it WOULD be the spitting image of the Z-95.

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Re: I made a plane

Post by aoffan23 » Tue Jun 26, 2012 3:38 pm

I just noticed the way you did the tail fins. That's pretty sweet.
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Re: I made a plane

Post by The Black Rabbit » Tue Jun 26, 2012 9:33 pm

I really like the cockpit interior. Why doesn't the cockpit window close fully?

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Re: I made a plane

Post by Zupponn » Tue Jun 26, 2012 10:22 pm

IVhorseman wrote:It's like the sweet convertible of spacefighters. Props to a great design that's still kicking!
I would personally say that it's more like the Hot Rod of spacefighters. Way too cool to be just a meager convertible. :P
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Re: I made a plane

Post by lorbaat » Wed Jun 27, 2012 12:01 am

The Black Rabbit wrote:I really like the cockpit interior.
Thanks! Here's a picture of the full control suite:

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Why doesn't the cockpit window close fully?
The pilot's helmet links up to an oxygen system. It's one of the reasons the headrest for the swank quilted leather seat is set back so far.

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The plane is really only intended for atmospheric to low orbit actions. Obviously the ability of the pilot to survive this in a sheepskin-lined coat requires a certain pulpiness to the physics of my imagination. I suppose I could always dress my pilot in more of a hardsuit, or I could pull out the 1x2 tile with the Star Wars lights and the transparent HUD and back the canopy up the two studs to meet the back of the cockpit.

The real reason is style points. I liked the longer profile it gave, I liked the suggestion of something slightly retro, I wasn't thinking convertible when I built it but I was reaching around for that something in that visceral reaction.
Zupponn wrote:I would personally say that it's more like the Hot Rod of spacefighters. Way too cool to be just a meager convertible.
A convertible hot rod for sure. Loud and muscle-y engines.

And thank you. :)

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