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STOL style Bush Planes!

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Does anyone, or has anyone made, or have an STOL bush plane?

I recently fell in love with the Kitfox aircraft, so I replicated it!

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This aircraft is modded, with Airplane Plus, and tweakscale.

Two hours of build time, and probably 10 test flights, this aircraft is a beast. 

Holding true to the bush plane style, I landed it on the VAB roof.

https://imgur.com/MvMYLmf

Aircraft specs: 

Rotation speed:     15 m/s tail up     27 m/s whole plane off the runway     Stall speed ~25 to 30 m/s 

Rate of climb is right around 20 m/s right after takeoff.

110-130 m/s cruise     MAX POSSIBLE (in dive) 190 m/s    

Max altitude: ~10,000 m

 

Post your STOL bush planes below!

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For a challenge on the french community forum, I have developed a skydiving plane (this was still 1.3.x), somewhat inspired by the Pilatus Porter. STOL capabilities, easy handling, also able to act as a dropship for small payloads.

KerbalX link here.

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10 hours ago, valens said:

For a challenge on the french community forum, I have developed a skydiving plane (this was still 1.3.x), somewhat inspired by the Pilatus Porter. STOL capabilities, easy handling, also able to act as a dropship for small payloads.

KerbalX link here.

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Nice aircraft!

 

Also, in sight of recent events @ Oshkosh 2018, I replicated the infamous Draco.

It was very hard to get certain parts of the plane down, such as the tail, cockpit and gear tanks.

I am, however still working on it. It flies very well at low speeds. Takeoff speed: 17 m/s tail up 32 m/s rotation. Can climb out Like a boss. It comes with thrust reverser, so you can land it in weird spots, I landed it on the VAB roof 3 times, then threw it off the top. Cruise speed is weird for a prop plane, the real one can go 150 knots, whereas mine caps at right around 300 knots. This thing does not like to stall, I can fly it as slow as 21 m/s, while descending at 5. Very light, only 5.5 tons.

I am aware that the wheels that I used in the replica are fragile, but once again, I can land this beast at 20 m/s no prob.

https://imgur.com/a/tZbKVUf

A 2000 wilga that was converted into a turboprop from a piston engine. Honestly, it's the greatest thing I've ever seen.

 

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That looks good, does that curved wing work in KSP like it should?

This was from 1.0, so it may or may not work anymore, but I made this bush plane:

https://imgur.com/a/IFzYe

It almost certainly won't look right anymore, since the tail parts look completely different now, as do the jet engines.

https://kerbalx.com/Mad_Rocket_Scientist/Bush-plane

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1 hour ago, Mad Rocket Scientist said:

That looks good, does that curved wing work in KSP like it should?

This was from 1.0, so it may or may not work anymore, but I made this bush plane:

https://imgur.com/a/IFzYe

It almost certainly won't look right anymore, since the tail parts look completely different now, as do the jet engines.

https://kerbalx.com/Mad_Rocket_Scientist/Bush-plane

I noticed that when flying between blue and orange (right on horizon line), the curved wing acted as a flap, and pushed me up at like 3 to 5 m/s, it's harder to stall the Draco (in the game) than it is to stall my Kitfox

The draco however has a hard time gaining speed after takeoff, from the slats, so I usually take them off asap. After they're up, it's 50-150 in about 20 seconds.

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Yeah, that Wilga is a beast, and the build videos Mike did on his channel are awesome.

I've played around with STOL stuff in stock KSP for a while now and having angle of attack built into the wing does a lot for lift.  I made a stock plane I called the Kub that is obviously inspired by the Piper Cub, and I made a STOL airliner for the airliner challenge designed after the Twin Otter that I called the Nomad.

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Sadly stock KSP doesn't have props, but I played around with one of those mods with props that has a .625m turboprop in it and a Mk 1 cockpit that has the looks of the stock one but a .625m node on the front, and the Kub was a little rocket with that.  I tend not to upload craft files with mods though, so you'd have to do it yourself, besides, I don't remember which mod it was.

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4 hours ago, Thor Wotansen said:

Sadly stock KSP doesn't have props, but I played around with one of those mods with props that has a .625m turboprop in it and a Mk 1 cockpit that has the looks of the stock one but a .625m node on the front, and the Kub was a little rocket with that.  I tend not to upload craft files with mods though, so you'd have to do it yourself, besides, I don't remember which mod it was.

Might it be Airplane Plus ? IMHO one of the best airplane mods around.

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1 minute ago, valens said:

Might it be Airplane Plus ? IMHO one of the best airplane mods around.

Indeed it was, I just downloaded it again and have been playing around.

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20 hours ago, Thor Wotansen said:

Indeed it was, I just downloaded it again and have been playing around.

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Nice plane!

I feel the Mk 0 turboprop is the most powerful for their size. Also, the noise they produce is low, but also pleasant.

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