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    Mini Star Wars

    These are truly delightful @Castille7! I especially applaud your creative use of AIRBRAKES as movable X-wing S-foils, and I'm blown away by the fact that they're all VTOL capable. You took on a really difficult design challenge, and I'm a huge fan of your end results!
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    Stock Spider Walker

    This is ridiculous and hilarious and brilliant. In short, everything a kerbal creation should be. Excellent work!
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    For the Homeworld Fans!

    This one goes out to the Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak fans! I decided to take a little break from Star Wars Replicas and found inspiration in the cool-looking lander bi-planes from the Khashar Plateau mission. Video of the "real" deal in action below, MAJOR SPOILER ALERT if you haven't already played the game, the video contains a pretty big plot spoiler. Here's the kerbalized SkunkTwerks Homeworld: Kharak Lander. Like most cool-looking sci-fi designs, this one posed an interesting set of challenges: the natural center of lift of this design is rather far forward, while the natural center of gravity is rather far aft. It took a lot of flight testing to get the balance right. Wing shape and angles took some serious fine-tuning as well. But it was a fun project, and I suspect a few more classic Homeworld crafts (especially from the original HW1 and HW2 games) may be in my future. -SkunkTwerks
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    Show Me Your SR 71 Builds!!!

    Oh my goodness @Castille7, that's freaking adorable. Brilliant work!
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    Show Me Your SR 71 Builds!!!

    Oh what fun! A couple years back, the SR-71 was one of my first attempts at a really high-fidelity reproduction. Time to blow the dust off and give the ol' "SkunkTwerks SR-71 Blackbird" a day in the sun: It certainly didn't match the absolute work of art that was @eorin and @Exothermos's SR-71 pure stock build, but looking back on it, I still think my attempt wasn't too shabby for a pure stock, no-overlay (all ratios eyeballed), no construction-mod replica. In retrospect it's a tad too stubby (should be longer nose to tail), but I had so much fun trying to get things right. Looks like as our aerodynamics models have evolved, this old plane had developed a bit of the ol' tendency to lawn-dart. I think I'll do a bit of aerodynamic editing to get it v.1.3+ compatible before I post the craft file here. -SkunkTwerks
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    Jett Quasar's Star Wars Replicas

    Outstanding work as always Jett! Thanks for the feature, I'm so happy that my little Nantex fighter got to see some action. The Corellian Transport is beautiful work, the AIRBRAKE engine housings look awesome, and I never would have thought to use flipped relay antennae as rounded nosecones. Very clever design. Your creations never fail to inspire me to look at old parts in new ways!
  7. Thanks again for suggesting it! I would never have attempted it otherwise, and I feel like I got a lot out of the process. @KOCOUR Instead of calling other people's clever stock weapon creations ugly and laughable, how about you offer to help make them flashy and awesome? If you prefer a modded approach, I give you my personal SPH Sith Lord blessing to add BDA weapons (and whatever else you like) to my crafts so long as you give design credit where it's due. Let's keep this community constructive. One of the unofficial pillars of my own design philosophy is to keep the use of mods to an absolute minimum, so as to keep SkunkTwerks crafts accessible to *everyone* in the KSP community. Mods have a nasty tendency to break every time the game updates, and some of my closest KSP friends don't like to use them. Plus, I really do enjoy the extra challenge of having to find creative ways to make things work in stock. Don't worry @ShadowGoat, I'll never fall to the dark side! *downloads BDA armory juuuuuuust to try it* -SkunkTwerks
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    X-Wing SSTO

    Nice work Scarecrow! I dig it, especially the use of the large landing struts as the KX-9 laser cannons. I had a blast building an X-Wing and getting it to orbit, so I hope you did too.
  9. Been a while, friends! Apologies for disappearing for a while there... I decided to start taking classes to become an IRL engineer (okay, technically a bioengineer) back in January. As you might expect, the courses have been a major time investment. Turns out real engineering is neither quick nor easy when your professors won't let you use Kerbal Engineer Redux, MechJeb, or even your stock patched conics overlay for the exams. At least KSP is darn useful for developing a solid intuitive sense of how the physics and calculus should work. First off, huge thank you shout-out to @Jett_Quasar for featuring my Upsilon-class Shuttle ATMO+VTOL in his latest video. Marvelous work Jett! As for my latest project... Special thanks to @HeroBrian_333 for the request and the patience on this one! I didn't find a time turner in this galaxy or the one far, far away, but I've managed to briefly escape my responsibilities by jumping down a garbage chute. Sure, I might feel the squeeze later, but it seemed like a good idea at the time. SkunkTwerks proudly presents the YV-865 Aurore-class Freighter, infamously known to the denizens of the Star Wars universe as the Zygerrian Slave Ship ATMO. The Twerkshop does not condone slavery, but if you need to shuttle 32 of your unpaid interns and all their snacks from the KSC to the Island Base in one trip, this giant cargo hold with wings and comically oversized engines should do the trick. Optimized for atmospheric flight. Hotkey 1 opens the front loading doors, hotkey 2 opens the rear loading ramp. I'll admit that I was totally unfamiliar with the ship (it only appears in the animated miniseries) and had to look it up. Reference image below: I particularly enjoyed hollowing out the craft to make it feel more like a cargo freighter: The massive engine pods were also fun to build: Initial design proved challenging, since the high CoM and low CoT made this thing want to do backflips for days, but I finally worked it out thanks to some extra mass in the nose, a couple sneaky engines in the tail, and a hidden angled canard above the cockpit. Use of SAS is recommended, but otherwise this ship is pretty stable. I don't have anywhere near enough time to try to make this into a hinged swing-wing VTOL version (sorry @HeroBrian_333), but the wings root to a single part, so if anyone else wants to take that on, that'll make your life easier. That WOULD be epic. I probably won't have time for this in the near future, but I wholeheartedly encourage fellow KSP engineers to mod my crafts and post their battles so long as they cite their sources! May the farce be with you -SkunkTwerks
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    Jett Quasar's Star Wars Replicas

    Greetings friends! Sorry for disappearing for a while there... I decided to start taking classes to become an IRL engineer (okay, technically a bioengineer) back in January. As you might expect, the courses have been a bit of a time investment. Turns out real engineering is neither quick nor easy when your professors won't let you use Kerbal Engineer Redux, MechJeb, or even your stock patched conics overlay for the exams. At least KSP is darn useful for developing a solid intuitive sense of how the physics and calculus should work! I'm so glad to see you folks have been keeping after it! Nice craft designs @Jett_Quasar, especially the Haven... I absolutely love how clean and slick that build turned out.
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    What did you do in KSP today?

    THE REBELS ARE FINISHED! ...I mean, the SkunkTwerks Upsilon-Class Command Shuttle ATMO+VTOL is finished! Link to Forum Post in Spacecraft Exchange: https://forum.kerbalspaceprogram.com/index.php?/topic/166428-skunktwerks-presents-star-wars-high-fidelity-craft-designs/&page=4&tab=comments#comment-3297750 -SkunkTwerks
  12. THE REBELS ARE FINISHED! ...I mean, the SkunkTwerks Upsilon-Class Command Shuttle ATMO+VTOL is finished! SkunkTwerks proudly presents Kylo Kerm-Ren’s Upsilon-Class Command Shuttle ATMO-VTOL. This sinister ship has sleek aesthetics, superb shielding systems, plus Sith-specialized sensor suites. It may not be the nimblest of ships, but it's imposing enough to intimidate rebel Kerbals without even taking your shirt off (right Kylo?). Despite early Twerkshop design phase handling characteristics that resembled Kylo’s feelings about his family (complicated and volatile), the refined version is in tune with the aerdoynamic Force. Flight notes: For atmospheric flight only. Before takeoff, ensure that you are controlling the craft from the horizontal Mk.2 Drone Core buried in the center of the ship (Hotkey 4), NOT THE LANDER CAN, which is at a very strange angle (to facilitate loading ramp access). Hotkey 1 toggles vertical engine, hotkey 2 toggles horizontal engine. Hotkey 3 toggles horizontal afterburner. A vertically-oriented Stayputnik (Hotkey 5) is included to facilitate vertical landings. Hotkey 6 toggles vertical engine gimbals. Hotkey 7 toggles the loading ramp for making dramatic entrances. Includes just enough fuel to land on the island base. It took ~25 major revisions to get it right. but I'm stoked about the result. The unusual design made this one of my most challenging projects to date, and I had a blast creating it. Just don't hold your breath for an Upsilon-Class SSTO from the Twerkshop. May the Force be with the Empire! -SkunkTwerks
  13. You know how I said that? Well, I really need to abandon my desire to set deadlines. While taking screenshots, I discovered some scary instabilities in vertical landing that I don't recall encountering in earlier flight testing. So I'm back to troubleshooting. Sorry folks, you know how the design process goes... one step forward, one step back. ... wait for SkunkTwerks to eventually get around to it? It's on my to-do list, and I promise to at least give it a whirl. But it may be a while longer. If you just can't wait to be king a Zyggerian slaver, you're totally welcome to post your build ideas/prototypes/replicas here!* *Not an endorsement of galactic slavery. Awesome, congrats dude! Rock on! Hot diggity! You did it!!! That is one sexy craft. Major kudos! We both have more hard work to do, but it's always inspiring to see progress. Now there's a great idea... I'll have to look into that. *plots and schemes* May the design farts be with you. -SkunkTwerks
  14. Thanks for checking in @ShadowGoat. As luck would have it... yes! I've been pretty slow on posting lately due to a combination of a much busier personal schedule (far less time for KSP), and a recent appetite for *rather difficult* projects in KSP that have required quite a few iterations to refine. Open projects on the Twerkshop floor: Hinged, folding version of the X-Wing: mid/late design phase Currently on Version 18 (based on the "Boba In A Straw" hinge idea) which I have successfully unfolded and refolded in flight... albeit with nauseating multi-thousand-meter vertical tailspins each time. Hard-to-pinpoint docking port alignment issues may necessitate a much-dreaded major overhaul. I need to get the ports to line up right all the time every time, or at least more than 60% of the time. Being so close, yet so far has proven to be a bit of a "gumption trap." If anyone wants to help troubleshoot and collaborate, I'm all ears. I LOVE this starfighter and would be thrilled to be able to do it even more justice by making a folding version that's still enjoyable to fly. Speaking of which, shoutout to @Servo, who has been working on a stunning ultra-high-fidelity version of the T-70 (newer Star Wars) Model. Hands down the most visually appealing stock X-Wing model I've seen to date, with amazing body work! Say, how's your clever variation on the boba-in-a-straw hinge working out? Any more luck with getting the wings to re-dock more consistently? We need a breakthrough! Hinged, folding version of the Aurek: early design phase Currently at hinge prototype Version 6, using I-beams and a sepratron to simulate wings. This one is tricky for a few reasons: the hinge needs to be laterally and vertically stable, needs to be capable of supporting an aerodynamically active wing as it's being torqued by lift & drag, space constraints require a very small hinge, and docking port alignment is super touchy. If the docking ports aren't perfectly aligned and spaced, they yank my communotron bearing (green Collide-O-Scope highlights, sorry it's hard to see) out of its thermometer housing (yellow Collide-O-Scope highlights). However, as of Version 6, I have solved most of those problems and the hinge opens and closes pretty consistently. Next step: rebuild the whole craft around the hinge. SSTO-Version of the Defender-Class Light Corvette: very late "fine-tuning" design phase Yes, you read that right. Because aside from the twenty-nine reasons I can think of right off the top of my head, there's no way that could possibly go wrong. Seriously though, takeoff is a real trick, CoM/CoL/CoT balancing is a huge challenge, the aerodynamics are atrocious, and despite all that, I'm only a couple dozen m/s dV away from stable LKO. But honestly I kind of forgot it was an open Twerkshop project and I really do need to get back to finish it sometime. Kylo Ren's Upsilon-class Command Shuttle: finishing touches! I'm really excited about this one! This post describes Version L (I switched to alphabetical notation to track revisions on this one). I'm up to Version S, and it's finally looking and handling the way I want. I will post that sometime tomorrow if the Rebels don't blow up my Death Star, my Supremacy Mega-class Star Dreadnought, or my personal computer. Seriously, those rebels can't go a single movie without blowing up something VERY EXPENSIVE. The Command Shuttle should help purge them of their destructive habits.... *evil laugh* The Force must flow! ...er, I mean, may the Spice be with you. -SkunkTwerks
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    What did you do in KSP today?

    Today I've nearly finalized a design for Kylo Ren's Upsilon-Class Command Ship. The aerodynamics were a lot like Kylo's feelings about his family: complicated and volatile. Prototype versions A-K all had major problems, but Version L flies well without sacrificing too much visual accuracy. Not the nimblest of ships, but it's imposing enough to intimidate rebel Kerbals without even taking your shirt off (right Kylo?). Fully capable VTOL. It's not the most aerodynamically efficient beast, but I did manage to land it on the far side of the mountains west of the KSC just before running out of fuel. Soon, it shall be posted on my replica thread, and we shall rule the galaxy together! May the Force be with you and your poor, terrified rebel Kerbals. -SkunkTwerks