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Posted by nagas | Jun 16, 2018 @ 06:15 AM | 1,611 Views
The Wright Flyer was the first powered, heavier-than-air machine to achieve controlled, sustained flight with a pilot aboard. It was designed and built by the Wright brothers who were bicycle makers. They flew it four times on December 17, 1903, near Kill Devil Hills, about four miles south of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, US.

As usual, the pilot is fully articulated and responds to the controls.

Derived from a Sketchup model by J-m@n

You can download the model here.
Posted by nagas | May 30, 2018 @ 03:40 PM | 1,517 Views
When I was a child, I saw the movie "Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines" (1963). One of the aircraft was the Bristol Boxkite, nicknamed "The Phoenix Flyer" and inaccurately referred to as a Curtiss. Three flying replicas were built for the movie.

Since the original Boxkite had been built at Filton, Bristol in the U.K. (near where I grew up) one of those replicas was donated to Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery where it hangs in the main hall on display.Every Saturday I would catch the bus into town, stand on the balcony and gaze at it in awe dreaming of building and flying one.

Another of the replicas from the movie was donated to the Shuttleworth Collection in Bedfordshire, where it is still flown during displays (video below), and the third to the Museum of Australian Army Flying in Queensland.


A highly successful aircraft, the Boxkite (officially the Bristol Biplane) was the first aircraft produced by the British and Colonial Aeroplane Company (later known as the Bristol Aeroplane Company) at Filton where Concorde was later developed and Rolls Royce aircraft engines are still made.

After unsuccessful attempts to build licensed copies of the Zodiac biplane due to its unsatisfactory wing section and underpowered engine, the founder and chairman of Bristol Aircraft, Sir George White was advised to acquire rights to build copies of the successful Farman biplane. This proved impossible since George Holt Thomas was...Continue Reading
Posted by nagas | May 24, 2018 @ 02:21 PM | 1,538 Views

The P.215 was an advanced jet night fighter project by Blohm & Voss during WWII. With a crew of three including the pilot, a navigator and radar/radio operator/rear gunner, it would have been powered by twin Heinkel HeS 011 jet engines set low to the rear, had a tailless swept-wing layout and heavy armament. An order for three prototypes was received in 1945 just weeks before the war ended before any significant detail design work could be begun.

Highly advanced, it would have featured a comprehensive all-weather radio navigation suite and the advanced FuG 244 target acquisition and gun-laying radar.

The P.215 featured a main wing of constant chord and moderate sweep, with small landing flaps forming rear root fillets. Stub tailbooms at the wing tips supported tapered outboard tail surfaces. The horizontal stabilisers and attached elevators were angled downwards both in incidence and, more sharply, in anhedral. The neutral or negative angle of incidence provided longitudinal stability and, in conjunction with the anhedral, contributed to directional stability. Small vertical fins added to the directional stability and supported rudders.

Several armament options were proposed, with the main armament clustered around the nose intake and comprising a mix of heavy 30 mm or cannon with or without rockets. An unusual feature was a further pair of 30 mm cannon set either side of the rear fuselage and pivoting more than 90° to fire either rearwards or upwards. Provision was also made behind the cockpit for a single rearward-facing 20 mm gun with up to 50° elevation, and for two 500 kg bombs beneath the fuselage.

This aircraft would have been formidable with a prospective speed of 860 km/h (534 mph) at 6,000m, a range of 2,200 km (1,367 miles) and a service ceiling of 11,000 m (36,000 ft)!

The Phoenix Model.

Derived from a SketchUp model by Matias G.

you can download the model here.
Posted by nagas | May 09, 2018 @ 10:56 AM | 1,851 Views

The existence of the experimental flying disc aircraft program and "Nazi UFOs" under the direction of the Nazi SS “Projekt Flugkreisel” during the end of WWII is controversial.

Rob Arndt argues that inspired by the work of Rudolph Schriever, BMW began work in 1943 on a series of Flügelrad (Winged Wheel) prototype aircraft which were powered by their 003 jet engine.

However, it is not clear where Arndt's information comes from as he states that everything was destroyed with the advance of the Russians to keep the technology out of their hands. He also claims that the U.S.A. was able to retrieve some material which will remain classified until 2020. Not much longer to go!

Arndt states "The Flügelrad I V-1 (1943) was a single seater that performed its first flight tests at the Czech aerodrome at Prag-Kbley between August and September of that year."

"The first design was very crude so work proceeded on the second prototype designated BMW Flügelrad I V-2 in 1944. This time, the cockpit was enlarged to house two pilots and serve as a support for the addition of an aerodynamic rudder for better control. The fixed landing gear was replaced with a more practical semi-retractable one. Rotor diameter increased to 8 meters but kept the 16 disc blades. This machine was painted yellow and performed its first flight tests in late autumn 1944 at the Neubiberg Aerodrome near BMW’s Munich facility. Severe stability problems plagued the...Continue Reading
Posted by nagas | May 04, 2018 @ 05:36 AM | 1,862 Views

In the late 1870s, Charles F. Ritchel (1844-1911) of Portland, Main, U.S.A. designed and built a small, one-man, hand powered dirigible.

The aircraft consisted of a tubular brass frame constructed at Folansbee Machine Shop, Bridgeport, Connecticut which hung beneath a cylindrical hydrogen filled gas bag, 12 feet in diameter and 24 feet in length made by Goodyear from rubberised black silk. The bag held 3,000 square feet of gas.

A small hand cranked propeller drove the craft that the pilot could steer using foot pedals. A "fan" was also used to provide lift allowing the craft to overcome the inherent limitations of balloons.

The aircraft could reach a height of 61m (200 ft).

Ritchel first exhibited his dirigible in Philadelphia, where he made several flights inside one of the large buildings that had been part of the Centennial Exhibition held in 1876.

The dirigible was then first demonstrated outdoors in public on June 28th, 1878 at Hartford Connecticut, Pennsylvania. The event was reported in Scientific American no less.

Subsequently, Mark Quinlan (presumably the person seen illustrated in the Posters) made most of the demonstration flights including two flights which lasted over an hour each.

Ritchel built and sold five of his "Flying-Machines".

Chas Ritchel is fully articulated; his head rotates with the Rudder, his arms respond to Ailerons and his legs (and also the propeller control block) respond to the Elevators. The hand crank turns on application of throttle. The prop spins once underway.

Derived from a SketchUp model by ARGO Industries.

Chas derived from The Red Baron by Max Grueter

The model can be downloaded here.
Posted by nagas | Apr 18, 2018 @ 10:56 AM | 1,419 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 | 1,659 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 | 2,123 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 | 4,117 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 | 3,480 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 | 3,280 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 | 3,385 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 | 4,759 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)
Micro F-86 Sabre


Fokker Dr.1


Beast 60e

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


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)
Pitts S-1S

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



BO-105 CBCX Red Bull (x2)
mCX Hughes 300
mCX Tandem Rescue
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
230s (x4) two stock, one all Rakon upgrades with MH Speed shell, one in SR Huey Gunship shell


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

Devil 380 (as yet not built)



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)