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Air intakes can be surprisingly good aesthetic additions.

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This is, as I'm sure people are aware, a Kickback solid rocket motor. Those intakes fit surprisingly well between the ridges at the bottom as is visible in the above screenshot. I'm using them to house vernier thrusters to control the rocket, and they're very effective for that purpose (the fuel tank is at the top of the rocket motor; having MechJeb helps a lot for adjusting burn times so the main rocket and the verniers burn out at the same time).

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Here's what it looks like zoomed out. It's a subtle difference, but I'm quite pleased with how it looks. It's a nice alternative to fins.

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I'm not sure if/when this was mentioned before, but I finally had the idea to post it myself.

For a while now I've been doubling up RAPIER engines by turning one of the two 45 degrees, and then clipping the two together. The picture explains it better.

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Therefore, double the power for the exact same volume! Pay no attention to the increased mass.

But come on,

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You have to admit that looks cool.

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Being able to move both ends of struts now opens some possibilities....

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Posted (edited)

Stock smokestack / chimney...

 

Edited by Foxster

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Turn fuel cells backwards, take out the electricity, and disable input to make yourself a nice black in color flat part, it could be used theoretically in SR-71 replica's as well as car replica's, etc, if made to a scale where they are applicable, as such:
(This is a car of mine recently made named the Blackhawk, not a replica of anything in specific)

 

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Not really a guide for aesthetics but very useful when building cars with jet engines, the boost flap. Special request by @He_162.

 

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2 hours ago, Azimech said:

Not really a guide for aesthetics but very useful when building cars with jet engines, the boost flap. Special request by @He_162.

 

Woah... can I see a video of this in action? That sounds incredible :)

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@Azimech Awesome! I remember using your boost flap design for one of my KSP Dakar challenge vehicles (before I pulled out due to a corrupted save file) with the Juno engines, but I couldn't get it to work with Panthers. I have a few questions about it:

1. To make it work with Panthers, would you just need to angle the flaps more, or use bigger flaps so they reach all the way to the middle?

2. How would boost flaps affect the thrust vectoring of the Panther, and how would the thrust vectoring on the Panther affect the boost flap?

3. Does this extend to even more jet engines?

A similar imgur album or video on this would be greatly appreciated, and would be put into use immediately on my fighter jet designs.

Many thanks again! :)  

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when i click a link on the leading to the techniques it doesn't take me to the techniques it just takes me to the top of the front page, any solutions? 

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5 minutes ago, Abstract_Kerman said:

when i click a link on the leading to the techniques it doesn't take me to the techniques it just takes me to the top of the front page, any solutions? 

Be a man and scroll through all 44 pages of this thread. Tea, coffee, or other recreational drink reccomended

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On 7/25/2017 at 9:59 PM, TheEpicSquared said:

To make it work with Panthers, would you just need to angle the flaps more, or use bigger flaps so they reach all the way to the middle?

It seems all you need to do is to move the flaps inwards more.

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This thread is getting kinda old and very much lacking in the daily content department. I'll see if I have any tricks I can add.

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I didn't want this thread to die, but I didn't really have anything to add... until now

Step 1:

Get annoyed that the fairings have weird stripes.

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Step 2:

Add 0.625m fuel tanks like so. You may have to offset them a bit

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Step 3:

Add a small nose cone or a fly-by wire

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No more ugly stripe!

I've found that this trick can also save a kerbonaut in a head on dive.

Also, this trick only works for fairings with a slope similar to the one in the picture. Other fairing shapes might work with different nose cones, but I haven't checked.

Edited by PaperAviator

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Has anyone found a combination of parts to stick landing gear to Mk3 cargobays without intruding inside? the nearest I've come is using Mk1 fuselage/nosecone & a few pylons to try and fill the gaps, but honestly it looks terrible. This is using b9 pWings but the shape of the fillet is almost identical to the FAT-50 pylon, and the problems are exactly the same too ( and even with mod craft I try & keep modded parts to a minimum if there's a stock part that works ).

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2 hours ago, Van Disaster said:

Has anyone found a combination of parts to stick landing gear to Mk3 cargobays without intruding inside?

Have you seen those small decoupler struts that vaguely resemble wing parts (I can't remember what they're called but they're not hard to find)? Stick the landing gear on those and just disable the decouplers.

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2 hours ago, eloquentJane said:

Have you seen those small decoupler struts that vaguely resemble wing parts (I can't remember what they're called but they're not hard to find)? Stick the landing gear on those and just disable the decouplers.

You're thinking of structural pylons? they sorta work ( although things can get a bit bendy, and strutting landing gear I've found can be a bit buggy ) but they do kinda look like you just put the gear on stalks. Stock needs half-cylinder structural pieces...

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On 11/17/2017 at 10:56 PM, Van Disaster said:

You're thinking of structural pylons? they sorta work ( although things can get a bit bendy, and strutting landing gear I've found can be a bit buggy ) but they do kinda look like you just put the gear on stalks. Stock needs half-cylinder structural pieces...

You could just make one out of wing panels. Or radiators. Those are a favorite aesthetic part of mine.

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