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Posted by nagas | Apr 18, 2018 @ 10:56 AM | 684 Views
Here are two models based on the Lynx OXY-3.

The OXY-3 is built as the 255mm version.

The OXY-X Speed Qube (pronounced Ten) is a fantasy chopper based on the OXY-3 Speed shell with the Qube (triple) head and tail combo.

I say fantasy as she is built at 2m length with a turbo engine. One can dream?

They can be downloaded here.
Posted by nagas | Apr 17, 2018 @ 12:59 PM | 901 Views
The Gee Bee Model R1 and R2 Super Sportsters were special purpose racing aircraft made by Granville Brothers Aircraft of Springfield, Massachusetts at the now-abandoned Springfield Airport during the "Golden Age" of aircraft.

Designed by Howell "Pete" Miller and the Granville Brothers in 1932 the R1 and its sister plane, the R2, were the successors of the previous year's Thompson Trophy-winning Model Z (already available in Phoenix as an "Official" model).

The R1 (NR 2100 #11) using the 800 hp Wasp Senior engine, won the Thompson Trophy race in 1932 with a speed of at a speed of 252.686 mph piloted by Jimmy Doolittle.

The R2 (NR 2101 #7) was designed primarily as a cross-country racer with increased tankage was initially fitted with the 550 hp R-985 Wasp Junior.

A flying replica of the R2 was built by Steve Wolf and Delmar Benjamin that first flew in 1991. That aircraft is now on display at Fantasy of Flight at Polk City, Florida.

Two Phoenix models derived from a SketchUp model by George P. are presented:

The Gee Bee R1 #11 is built at a scale of 2 meters and is fully detailed as appropriate.

The Gee Bee R2 #7 is built after the Eflite 180 UMX model with a wingspan of 510 mm. This in turn is based on the 1991 R2 replica flown by Delmar Benjamin.

The models can be downloaded here.
Posted by nagas | Apr 10, 2018 @ 09:14 AM | 1,443 Views
Blue Thunder from the 1983 action thriller movie.

It was designed and fabricated by the late Bill Yoak from two Aérospatiale SA-341G Gazelle turbo -shaft powered light utility helicopters serial numbers 1066 and 1075, and inspired by the Apache AH-64.

Modified from a SketchUp model.

The front mounted Gatling Gun responds to the Rudder and the top mounted microphones capable of hearing “a mouse fart at 2000 ft” responds to the Ailerons.

I started a Monogram plastic kit of this chopper with a view to fitting an mCPX-BL in it. I am still puzzling how to fit a functional fenestron tail motor in it.

The Phoenix model can be downloaded here.
Posted by nagas | Jul 19, 2017 @ 12:47 PM | 3,412 Views
Here is Anakin Skywalker's Jedi Interceptor ETA-2 from the movie "Revenge of the Sith".

The ETA-2 Actis-Class Light Interceptor Starfighter was built by Kuat Systems Engineering and a favourite of the Jedi during the Late Clone Wars.

Built as a helicopter due to the flight characteristics.

Unlike the Millennium Falcon which is essentially a cargo ship, being a fighting craft this one is much more agile so is classed as "Intermediate". She is a bit of a hotrod!

In the movie during combat, heat dissipating side panels were deployed. which can be retracted for normal flight. On the Phoenix model this is controlled with the Gear Channel.

R2-D2's little head rotates with Rudder input.

The twin Ion Motors at the rear are also animated so flicker and respond to Throttle input.


Based on a SketchUp model by dirx600.

You can download here.
Posted by nagas | Jul 05, 2017 @ 10:03 AM | 2,831 Views
When I was a young boy, I used to go to the movies every Saturday morning for the Children's Matinee. One of my favourite shows was the Rocket Man and also the Rocketeer. I was convinced that by now we would all be blasting around with one.

In the 1960s, Bell invented the Jet Pack for military usage. The problem is it only has less than a minute flight time. Of course the intrepid 007 James Bond gets in on the act in the movie Thunderball (1965).

So here is a Phoenix Flight Simulator Jet Pack, available in two colour schemes; go faster Red or Blue.

Fully animated; the head responds to rudder, limbs to elevator and ailerons respectively. The flames from the jets are also animated and now upgraded to respond to throttle input as of v1.2.

The user made flying site Le Louvre below is by Claude Brettnacher and is available here if you like it.

Derived from a Sketchup model by Max Grueter after considerable modification.

You can find the model here if you want to download it.
Posted by nagas | Jun 29, 2017 @ 04:03 PM | 2,660 Views
Just for a laugh, you can fly the Star Wars Millennium Falcon around in Phoenix too!

I suggest Tatooine (AKA Desert Mesa) as your flying site; plenty of room to let her rip with nothing to get in the way, even those hills seem out of reach and the site looks the part too.

She is built as a helicopter which best fits the flight characteristics.

The navigation lights are controlled by the Return Home function which you can map to your keyboard or Tx.

Sensor Dish and both Upper and Lower Guns rotate with the Rudder.

You can find the Phoenix model here.

Based on a modified Sketchup model created by Ian W.
Posted by nagas | Jun 29, 2017 @ 06:29 AM | 2,727 Views
I fly a lot in Phoenix Flight Simulator and found a fantastic thread with some really wonderful user-made models.

It wasn't long before I wanted to make my own, so here is my first attempt; Leonardo da Vinci's Air Screw.

Leonardo is credited with inventing the helicopter with his Air Screw. In fairness he was probably influenced by the Chinese Top.

The idea was a bunch of guys would stand on the platform and running round the mast, turn the capstan thus providing power to the screw so generating lift.

The original Sketchup model was created by alfebilbao and took quite a lot of modification to get it into Phoenix Builder.

The Phoenix model can be downloaded here.
Posted by nagas | Mar 07, 2017 @ 09:02 AM | 4,167 Views
I decided to list my aircraft, mainly to try and keep track of them:


Fixed wing:


Great Planes:

Fokker Dr.1 (x2)
Fokker DVII (x2)
Neiuport
Micro F-86 Sabre

Flyzone:

Fokker Dr.1
Albatross


Eflite:

Beast 60e

Viking 280 (not yet built) (x2)
Inverza 280 (not yet built)

UMX:

Champ (x2)
Spitfire (x2) - one NIB but chopped the wing off with a nanoCPX copter
P-40 Warhawk
P-51D Mustang
F4U-4 Corsair (x2)
Mosquito Mk VI

Beast 3D 180 (x3)
P3 Revolution 180
Yak 54 180 (x2)
Gee Bee R2 (x2)
SBach
Pitts S-1S

Mig 15 EDF (x3)
F-16 EDF
Habu EDF (x3)




Helicopters:

Blade:

BO-105 CBCX Red Bull (x2)
mCX Hughes 300
mCX Tandem Rescue
mSR
mSRX
nano CPS
nano CPX (x10) Many different upgrades
mCPX (x5) Many different upgrades
mCPX BL (x7) Many different upgrades including one all Rakon in Lionheli Speed shell
130x (x4) one stock, one all MicroHeli with Lynx motor, one with various upgrades, one all Lynx stretched to 150
130x BO-105 Red Bull
Apache (x2)
200 SRX with Hughs 300 shell and MicroHeli Triblade head
SR
230s (x4) two stock, one all Rakon upgrades with MH Speed shell, one in SR Huey Gunship shell


Align:

Trex 150
Trex 450 (x2) one to go in HeliArtist Huey Slick shell
CopterX with 5 blade head

Devil 380 (as yet not built)


Quads:

Hubsans

nano QX
nano QX FP

Tarot 250 with CC3D

Hasbro Star Wars Imperial Speedster (Made this myself from Hasbro toy fitted with quad parts &CC3D Atom "scratch" built)