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  1. Made a video of a torture test for the newest version of the Wyvern. 80 ton slung payload.
  2. What's actuating the clutch in that thing?
  3. Retreating blade stall. When traveling forward, one side of your rotor is rotating in the direction of travel, while the other is "retreating". This causes asymmetric lift between the two sides of your rotor, leading to a tendency to roll.
  4. Thanks! I still have a lot of work to do. I don't think torque is the issue. On the newest version of the Drake they produce ~800kN of lift a piece. The problem is the width of the rotor blades. Increasing pitch causes clearance issues, and increasing clearances throws off the balance. Not to mention, I doubt the bearings would handle the stresses of maneuvering in a forward flight orientation. I'll have to check out that script when I get some better engine designs worked up. Nice work on that geartrain. Was it actually turning a tail rotor in that pic? Engines are what are holding me up. I've been working on different designs, but I'm having trouble finding a design that works well in both hover and forward flight.
  5. I've been trying (and failing) to build a tilt wing/rotor turboprop. I did manage to make a heavy duty bearing that works pretty well. Thanks for reading!
  6. I built a Chinook-alike: She's not quite as easy to fly or as durable as my other copters, but she handles pretty well.
  7. I've updated the Retriever Variant of the Wyvern and uploaded a new passenger variant. I'm hoping a few of you more seasoned helicopter engineers might be willing to put them through their paces and make an assessment. Any advice for improving performance would be very much appreciated. (You can lose the boat. The craft may need re-balancing without it though.)
  8. @EpicSpaceTroll139 That's a shame. I figured it was something like that. Thanks for the info and the speedy reply.
  9. I have a question for the copter gods. I'm sure it has been addressed before (I'm still working my way through this thread).Why does the wheesely not work as a blower motor? I tried replacing my panther blowers with wheeselys' and they don't seem to affect the blower wheel at all. What gives?
  10. Manifest Destiny

    I have bad news. I've been experiencing computer issues of late. Increasingly frequent blue screen crashes, not just in KSP. I'm afraid it may be a ram issue. This has resulted in one corrupted save (the sandbox save that I use for craft testing) and having to re-install KSP. I had been playing this save on the 1.3 pre-release, but I currently have the current full-release version installed. This save is incompatible. This leaves me with a couple of options. Option 1: opt back in to the pre-release (with fingers crossed) to continue this save; option 2: start a new sandbox save starting with the missions currently in flight. Let me know what you think.
  11. I added a retractable grapple to the Wyvern and promptly devised a torture test: I was hoping to make the grapple dock in both stowed and deployed positions, but there's pretty limited space to work with between the pontoons, so it only docks while stowed for now. The boat weighs 33tons and fits snugly inside the Wyvern's cargo bay. Maybe some of you ace pilots out there could easily snag things with the grapple, but I had a pretty difficult time even with the Vernor based RCS I added. Seems to hold up pretty well. I'm not sure what the plan was after plucking the boat from the water... ...but we'll call it a successful test! Edit: the grapple now docks in both positions.
  12. I recently built my first stock bearing for a small lifter/crane. I was so impressed by how well the mechanism worked that I decided to try my hand at building a helicopter. Thanks for reading!
  13. Manifest Destiny

    No promises. I'm not sure I have the patience for that.
  14. Manifest Destiny

    Thanks! I haven't tested it at Laythe. Hopefully it works just as well there. I know the rapiers will have less thrust at sea level. Now you know what I was talking about with the orbital refueling. Can you imagine docking that thing to something big enough to refuel it? It would be begging for a Kraken attack.
  15. Manifest Destiny

    This will be a somewhat lengthy post. We've launched all 3 of the craft headed for Jool. All 3 are on their way to Minmus, where they will refuel before departing for their final destination. I'll give descriptions of all 3 craft, as well as their roles on this particular flight. First up is our scout craft: Next up, as promised, we have one of the big boys of the fleet: Finally, we have another heavy lifter, This one delivering our first surface outpost to the Jool system: Thanks for reading!