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  1. I haven't done triples, but I've done double ports in the past by placing them without 'snap to symmetry', then turning on symmetry and dragging them to the same location. Seems to work for me. But usually I just place them separately - as per the magnetic issue... History note: I was so glad when the Docking Port Sr. came into the game - prior to that, I had to use something like a triple adapter with 3 ports on it for the needed strength on large missions... Duna 0.25
  2. Rockin' it! Experimenting with rocker-bogie suspension. The differential bar is a bit clumsy, but works well. It can even climb into and out of the pond next to the Admin building!
  3. KerikBalm - When a real-world rotor tilts with cyclic, the blade disk does indeed tilt. And that changes the thrust angle, not the thrust distribution, inducing a rotation around the helicopter CG. When it goes in opposite directions for two rotors, like in a tandem helicopter, the helicopter will yaw accordingly. I feel the gimbal mechanic used for jet/rocket engines would work well and fairly simply with a rotor hub - and it's more true to life.
  4. Currently props and rotors manage pitch/roll/yaw by changing the amount of thrust on different sides of the motor hub, with the imbalance tilting the helicopter. However, this means that designs like the tandem Chinook or the Kaman side-by-side helicopters cannot use prop this for yaw control (shifting the pressure point right on a front rotor and left on a rear rotor zeros out), and multi-rotor helicopter controls are therefore impossible without SAS, RCS, hidden horizontal tail rotors, hinge mounting the motors, or something similar. Would it be possible to implement pitch/roll/yaw with propeller thrust vectoring, rather than changing the amount of thrust on different sides of the motor hub? Especially since thrust vectoring has always been available for rockets/jets? Helicopter dynamics would become far more realistic as a result.
  5. Looking at the various comments regarding differential thrust rather than rotor plane tilting - couldn't rotor plane tilt be managed akin to gimbaled thrust rockets/jets, rather than differential linear thrust? Tilt the thrust vector, rather than shifting vertical thrust side to side? (That design choice explains odd yaw behavior I've seen in a number of my designs..) That mechanic has been in the game for a long time - and would allow proper Chinook style yaw control! Assume the thrust point is either the center of a blade, or more properly the attach point, tilt thrust from there. It would be nice to also tilt the rotor itself, to look cool and allow rotor collision accidents, but I could certainly live with that limit.
  6. I tend to start with a single core, then add 2-8 SRBs as needed to actually get it into orbit. Lots of SRBs do tend to collide with the core: I greatly reduce that by: Moving the SRBs down so that the couplers are on the top portion of the booster, using that force to push the top of the booster away. Adding a 'Basic fin' to each one so that there is some outboard drag to pull the top of the SRB away from the accelerating core. Those two tweaks work with up to 12 SRBs, although with that number you might want to add 2 Basic fins or AV-T1's to provide more separation drag. Sepratrons also work, but they aren't available at lower tech levels, and I sometimes find them fiddly. And I've also seen parachutes staged with the coupler to pull the boosters away (haven't tried that in quite a while, not sure how well it works now).
  7. How do I properly embed an Imgyr album?
  8. A couple of years ago I build a solid rocket to the Mun mission, if that counts Here's the album.
  9. Hmm - the LEM had both astronauts in restraints that put about 30lbs of force on their feet, as described here. These were locked during landing and docking, although they were adaptable to looking up and out the docking window before locking in a docking operation. Artificial gravity, just add springs! That way they could essentially stick their noses to the windows, getting a very wide view for a very small expanse of (heavy and fragile) glass. The teeny windows and seated positions in the IVA on Imgur make the windows really really useless... Oh, and from here is a fairly good view of the actual LEM interior assembled from a mosaic shot by Armstrong starring Aldrin during Apollo 11. Note the proportions - the windows are much larger, instruments much smaller, than the Kerbal version. Incidentally, I believe at least some of the stuff wadded up on the ceiling includes the sleeping hammocks:
  10. "the current aesthetic is so uneven" Um, like the ever so even aesthetic shared by the Apollo and Soyuz? I love the capability of building things with totally different looks in the same game. Anyone know if 2.5m LF tanks are going in? That lack in the last engine revamp trashed a bunch of my earlier NERVA designs...
  11. I used to use the tricouplers all the time in early games to build my Mun ships first/second stages (SRBs, three stacks with LV- 30s, in line decouplers, then three 909s and 400 tanks for my lander and return), but since it for moved so much later in the tech Tree I have better 2.5m solutions by that point.
  12. IRL this technique suffers from a lack of brakes and control - you can't adjust the steering with a single point of pull, pulling with multiple winches just makes the pieces move faster, and you just can't slow things down.
  13. My next step is usually a mission to Gilly with a bunch of probes and a rover to the Eve surface. I'm overdue for a big Jool mission, though.
  14. If you have sufficient SAS, set to radial out and spin/parry/thrust until you're pointing ever so slightly up, and you can go full throttle for altitude. Folded (remaining) landing gear provide some nice bumps. I once got an Orion nuclear pulse rocket that had fallen over to launch by ever so carefully (single pulses) going up the side of a crater and over, with full throttle as soon as I cleared the edge.
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