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Slightly Sibjective: MH Structural Tube vs Fairing


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Cost, mass, and drag. Also, a structural tube will not protect anything inside of it from drag either -- only a fairing or cargo bay can do that.

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Tubes plus engine plates can look better than a fairing for interstages and tubes don’t disappear when they are decoupled, but fairings are generally lighter and more customisable.

On a less rocket-related note, those structural tubes can also be used with Breaking Ground motors as wheels or other mechanical devices. 

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On 1/10/2021 at 1:18 AM, bewing said:

Cost, mass, and drag. Also, a structural tube will not protect anything inside of it from drag either -- only a fairing or cargo bay can do that.

Didn't they change this in a recent update?

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For me that's like asking should you use wheels or fuel tanks. :D

I use fairings when I want fairings. I use the tubes almost never, but have used them as one-part makeshift landing legs.

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