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Biplane experiment: Taking advantage of reverse thrust (Now with more craft to show)

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Ok, so I've been thinking about the wheesly's new thrust reverser option to see what other things I could do with it. After some thinking, I had the idea that if I put the engine in the front of a plane and used the reversed thrust to fly it, could I make a legit plane?

To test it, I made this biplane:


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Yeah, not exactly designed for looks, but It'll get the job done. Now obviously with the engine in the front there might be some... issues with sight:

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But I digress. Anyways, with the pilots loaded it's time to fly.

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And wouldn't you know it, It flies like a dream! The handling is a bit slow but overall not a bad plane. Takeoff speed is something around 30-45 m/s, and top speed is just over 145 m/s. So, not the fastest thing around, but sure is fun to fly!


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Disclaimer: The concept for a plane with a front-facing engine was not stolen from anyone. I figured this out independently from any source.


I feel this reverse thrust option can open a new door to front-facing engines designs, particularly with plane replicas that have front propeller engines.

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OK, so I've had some time to tinker more with this fun little concept, and I've came up with some more designs. Now that we know that a plane can fly with reversed thrust, let's go a little farther. I've designed this new plane here, sort of a WWII esc. war bird I call the Thunderdog mk2:

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Even with the reversed thrusted wheesly, this new one can top out a speeds of over 200 m/s! And some pretty good handling to boot.

 

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But then I thought, how can I take this even further? After some thought I decided I'd try to make an actual replica using reversed wheeslys. It took some time and effort, but now I can present my latest creation. Ladies and gents, The P-38 Lightning!

 

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I must say I'm quite proud of myself with this one. Thanks to those dual engines this baby can also reach over 200 m/s at top speed. I also tried to add as many estheticizes as possible on the craft, including some "Guns" on the front.

 

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If you would like to try any of these planes out, I'll have a craft download up as soon as I can. Take care!

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Edit: Here's the P-38 download: http://kerbalx.com/Yellowburn10/P-38-Lightning.craft

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Good job with those wings, I may have to steal them...

Once my computer gets fixed, I'm going to make a reverse thrust aircraft, maybe an F6F or an Fw-190.

I tried this with a seaplane of mine, but it crashed in the ocean...

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This is very interesting. Well done! BTW if you don't like the jet exhaust effects, there's a setting in the... uh... settings, that turns it off. I think it's called Exhaust FX or something.

Love the P-38!

Happy Flying

YargJay9991

 

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15 hours ago, YargJay9991 said:

This is very interesting. Well done! BTW if you don't like the jet exhaust effects, there's a setting in the... uh... settings, that turns it off. I think it's called Exhaust FX or something.

Love the P-38!

Happy Flying

YargJay9991

 

I did think that the exhaust would be a problem, but it seems that once you get up to flying speed, the speed of the aircraft is enough to overpass the exhaust, as seen in some of the pictures.

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Those planes look awesome, good job. I especially like how you did the cockpit on the first plane, it looks amazing. Here's my plane from a while ago: uodL3A9.png

She doesn't fly that well, but it was my first try, and I ended up flying her to a large island north of KSC. 

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