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  1. In the OP it says: The Mk1 and Mk2 Crew Cabins count as 8 Passengers Mk3 Passenger Module and Size 2 Crew Cabin count as 24 Passengers
  2. Tweakscale is an approved mod, so yes
  3. Can't really see what this class would add that the standard supersonic category doesn't already add. If you make a luxury supersonic craft I'm sure the judges will take that comfort into account when judging. No need for an extra class imo
  4. Yeah I do agree with you, the thing has plenty of issues with it, but perhaps it could be a baseline for something better which we can implement at some time... People who do submit a lot of planes should really be encouraged to indeed offset their own contribution though, I'm very much in favor of that... I mean, everyone wants their plane judged and we're losing a lot of time reviewing planes from the same people while plenty of others are waiting in line... Guess we'll need some more time to think this one through
  5. I'm on holiday, and as others mentioned, after a while it gets a bit repetitive and boring. Was wondering if we could do a "take-one-leave-one" system where one has to actually put out a review if they want to submit an aircraft. Perhaps could only go into effect from on your second submission, that way we'll probably get less submissions, but also more reviews. People who don't go by these rules would simply not get their planes judged. Thoughts on this?
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    Mountain lake landing challenge

    I too have managed to land in the teeny tiny little lake. Took a few tries for sure to get it right but eventually I did it without breaking anything. At first I tried coming in as slow as possible and going for a landing right away, but then I actually went under the 30m/s stall speed of my plane and plummeted towards the water, crash. So I actually decided to make as much speed as I could in a glide, fly all the way to the end of the pit and make a very sharp turn there. Using the superb maneuverability of my design to get it aligned with the lake and losing enough speed to go for a safe glide to the surface, success! Turns out that I didn't even need the airbrakes at all.
  7. The thing just sits on the ground, Kerbal walks up to it and boards the control seat, there's nothing special about this.
  8. Sounds like something absolutely unforgettable! I'd love to hear something like that once... Glad you liked the review though!
  9. Test Pilot Review: @SLAMOVNIK989's Aerobus Industries - Kerbus K200 Figures as Tested: Price: 91.940.000 Fuel: 4780kallons Cruising speed: 1330m/s Cruising altitude: 18.000m Fuel burn rate: 1.9kal/s Range: 3200km Review Notes: The design of this aircraft somewhat reminded us of a certain military aircraft with the designation SR-71, only longer and with more engines. We recon that's a good thing though, since a lot of little Kerbals have got posters of that aircraft hanging on their bedroom walls. Having kids put up posters of our aircraft with it would be a considerable advertisement. The thing has 4 engines... As soon as that fact was known, we couldn't stop Jeb from running towards it as fast as he possibly could to take a closer look, and get in the cockpit. We decided to just let him have his ways since the plane wasn't actually fueled yet, and sure enough a few moments later a bamboozled Jeb exited the plane and asked if the plane was broken before we even tried it. Soon after we got it all fueled up and started the engines. The massive noise it produced instantly destroyed some glass and the ears of several bystanders. The plane quickly started picking up pace and took to the sky. In the manual it was mentioned we should fly it at 50% throttle but that was so dreadfully slow that we went with 3/4 instead. The plane makes altitude very easily and arrives at 18000m in less than 3 minutes. A very useful trait since you don't want this thing low over inhabited areas for any longer than is absolutely necessary. Flying at 400m/s up at 18000m did throw up a problem though, the AoA we had to maintain to keep our altitude was very steep, so steep in fact that we couldn't pick up more speed at all. Easily resolved though, as we just put it horizontal, made some speed in a very shallow descent and flew right back up again, this time at proper speed. The plane can stay at its cruising speed of 1330m/s with the throttle at 3/4, we can absolutely not call the plane fuel efficient though, since it used 1.9 units a second. We've tried turning off the engines in pairs but it definitely needs all 4 engines to be running if it wants to stay at speed. Maneuverability is quite average for a supersonic jet, it performs solidly at all altitudes, given that you are flying the speed you should be flying at said altitude. The brochure warned us of flying over 1000m/s under 6000m because the plane could disintegrate, curious as we are, we tried it. The plane doesn't disintegrate at all, in fact nothing happens. Nothing does really mean nothing though, you can't actually pull up or pitch down at all. You can just watch as the ground approaches you quickly while there's nothing you can do about it. We agree with the brochure, don't fly that fast under 6000m. The plane is an absolute joy to fly with though. Despite the ear shattering noise on the outside, the inside is fairly quiet thanks to the use of the more expensive mk2 cabins. Apart from superior noise suppression they're also more spacious than a mk1 cabin, making the entire flight a first class experience...more or less. The ramjets mounted on the wings get all their vibrations filtered out by the distance and the sheer amount of surface to absorb the vibrations. However, the 2 centerline mounted rapiers do create a significant amount of vibrations, as a result we discourage serving drinks and meals on board, it could get a bit messy. We do think we can hide all this by saying the plane has special massage seats, extra luxurious, right? All this luxury does come at a price. 91.940.000 to be exact. Whilst definitely not the most expensive supersonic jet we've ever seen, it is on the higher side of the spectrum. 64 parts is surprisingly low for a plane of its size and capabilities, we expected way worse of that to be honest. That doesn't mean the maintenance won't be high though, there's still 4 engines of 2 different types, meaning that we don't only need a lot of maintenance on the engines, we also need a wider expertise to maintain it. Finally there's the cost of fuel... This plane literally erases fuel faster than Jeb can eat sandwiches, and that's not a good thing. The Verdict: The K-200 is a boys dream. It's big, extremely loud and very fast. Though admittedly the boy would probably cry if he heard the plane in the flesh since it's just so loud. However, you do get a plane with an exceptionally luxurious flight (though I better hope you like massages) for 72 people, and you will get those people to where they want to be in no time at all. We'd like to order a set of 5 for first class supersonic routes.
  10. Test Pilot Review: @Overlonder's - LJ-40-100... or is the RA-30-200, We're not quite sure Figures as Tested: Price: 14.015.000 Fuel: 100 kallons Cruising speed: 235m/s Cruising altitude: 3500m Fuel burn rate: 0.09kal/s Range: 220km Review Notes: Honestly, we're not even sure if we tested the right plane. The brochure and planning said we were supposed to be testing the LJ-40-100 today, but when we checked the plane it said RA-30-200... After thoroughly comparing the provided pictures with the plane in front of us, we eventually came to the conclusion that it must be the same plane. Design is really not special, the only thing worth mentioning is the lack of any major fuel tank in the plane, but more on that later. Noteworthy is the placement of the engines all the way at the end of the wings, probably with comfort in mind. Performance...This is where it already gets nasty. We were warned in advance that the pitch authority was "lacking" but actually nonexistent would be closer to reality. Bill and Jeb boarded this plane thinking it wouldn't be bad, but upon attempting to pull up, their thoughts quickly changed to "oh no, it's one of these again". It seemed as if their just wasn't enough speed yet to properly take off, so I let the nose back down and sped up a bit. Second attempt at taking off was equally disappointing. It was right about then that Jeb and Bill realized that that was really it. After they eventually did manage to get the plane airborne, they tried to pitch up a little bit more, this must've happened at a staggering 1 degree a second, if not less. Landing is equally hard, since this plane only gives you one chance to get everything right. Coming too low? well too bad for you cuz you can't pitch up, and you can't accelerate fast enough to avoid a crash either. All in all, pitch is a nightmare. Roll on the other hand... also a nightmare, but the opposite kind. This control is so ridiculously sensitive that even the slightest attempt at rolling usually ends 90° further than you actually wanted. Safe to say that the passengers on board got sick after a print short amount of time. Now on to the aforementioned lack of fuel tanks. The brochure described the range as a very impressive 4255km. Since we trusted the brochure, we set off over the ocean for a long test flight. To the surprise of everyone on board the engines suddenly went very quiet about 4000km before they were expected to run out of fuel. At first we thought that this was some kind of super advanced noise suppressing for a more comfortable flight...It wasn't. And since this plane glides as well as a block of lead, we decided that it was probably best for everyone to bail out. To this day we're still not quite sure how the range estimate managed to be more than 4000km off, but we sure are impressed with the size of that mistake. Comfort actually is technically speaking pretty good though. the far out and small engines make for little noise and vibration in the cabins. This doesn't really matter though, as the sound of luggage being thrown from left to right while the pilots try to get the roll right is quite unavoidable. It's also very hard to expose the passengers to high G ratings, since the plane just can't turn fast enough to do so. The price of 14.015.000 would be pretty alright if the plane wasn't as crappy as it is. Part count is pretty low at 25 though. Will still require a lot of maintenance since our engineers will have to scrape them from the ground and piece them back together after every flight. The Verdict: This plane can best be described as a "Jack of no trades, master of...even less". We highly recommend significant alteration to this aircraft should you ever want to sell one. We'll be happy to take a look at improved versions, but for now we won't be ordering any.
  11. Sounds like I should be happy that at least my gears aren't blocked... I think the actual model has an issue though. Don't think these wheels should be hanging out beyond their actual axles. Guess I can just replace all the cheap landing gears... Or keep them on, the planes still fly after all.
  12. Yeah they bounce on spawn, it's only with the LY-01 fixed landing gears though. And only started occurring after that patch we had recently. I don't have WorldStabilizer installed, should I? But I guess I'll do a fresh install then
  13. It's pretty much is a train with wings... Which somehow managed to take to the skies. You can't imagine how surprised I was when the thing took off and flew without wobbling
  14. There's currently a queue of more than 90 aircraft, it will probably take time. I'll see if I can do anything though
  15. That looks like a pretty neat plane right there On another note, I've been working on something that might take the crown from @neistridlar's Slinky 152 for most ridiculous looking aircraft. I won't be getting a lower cost per seat though, but still... Look at it, just look at it!