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Airco DH 2_EA
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Airco DH 2_EA
  • Size: 3.42 MB
    Includes: Color Scheme: airco dh2, Variant:
    Version: 4.50.025
  • Author: DirtyHarry3033
    Date Added: 11-12-2008
    Downloads: 11160
    Score: 10 (36 votes)
    Let's turn back the hands of time to 1915. Germany reigned supreme in the war-torn skies over Europe, and Great Britain was desperate for a way to counter the Fokker Eindecker aka "The Fokker Scourge." Sir Geoffrey de Havilland rose to the challenge, designing the D.H.2 as his second design for the Aircraft Manufacturing Company of The Hyde, London, England.

    Here is my entry in George Miller's Designer's Contest, the Airco D.H.2. I have modeled tail #6011 as flown by Canadian ace Captain Arthur Gerald Knight. He scored the first of his 8 kills in this bird on 22 June 1916 near Courcelette, France. His remaining 7 kills were scored in several other D.H.2's before he died as the 13th victim of Manfred von Richthofen.

    I have attempted to add several unique features to this model:

    1) ALL the control cables are animated. You will have to look close to see some move, not so close for others. But ALL move as they should. Watch the elevator cables in particular, there are 4 cables in all routed through the upper 2 pulleys mounted on the wing struts.

    2) Like most planes of this era, the D.H.2 had a rotary engine - the entire engine spins with the propeller. I have modeled this by adding a fully-modeled and animated Gnome Monosoupape engine, and also modeled the throttle of a rotary engine which is either at 0%, or 100% - no in-between.

    3) That big 4-bladed prop looked great on the model but something was missing. So I added a 3D brass propeller boss with 8 hex-nuts to hold the propeller on the crankcase. Look close, both front and back are modeled. If anyone wants a different prop this will cause problems unless you scale the prop visually to fit the boss. Sorry about that!

    Keep the throttle in mind when you fly this bird. It is "all or none" and that will require some adaptation on your part. Throttle of course is worked by the throttle stick, but the engine will not run until you reach 50% stick travel. Once you hit 50%, the engine is at full throttle for the rest of the stick travel. So, for taxiing, final approach, etc you will have to "blip" the throttle to reach and maintain desired speed. This is how it was done in the early days, and I've done my best to simulate it. It takes some getting used to but it is a lot of fun.

    Another thing to note, is this is a "hybrid" engine It is electric, with a gas sound. Electric was necessary so you can stop the engine in the editor and look at the engine details. The gas sound was necessary also, this bird needs it! Try taxiing over to your feet, turn the tail toward you and cut the throttle - it's pretty cool watching the blades and rotary engine spin down and hear the cylinders popping as the engine slows to a stop!

    Controls are simple - aileron, elevator, rudder, throttle. Dual-rates on the upper-left toggle, toggle toward you for low rates, away for high rates.

    Hope you enjoy it!

    Visual Model - DirtyHarry3033
    Physics Model- DirtyHarry3033
    CS - DirtyHarry3033
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    Variants: Sloper Airco DH 2_AV, Airco DH RC II_AV, Airco DH 2 RF7 V1_AV, 1916 Airco DH 2 50%_AV, Airco DH 2 SAFE_AV
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    05-10-201110denoferthI'm in awe of your skill. Truly a master. When will you do a Sopwith Snipe?
    11-13-200810arb6591Lee, I was looking over that beauty for a long time and flew it as well ... I was taken back in time ..... excellent job, I can imagine making 3D model of all these linkages .... outstanding!
    11-13-200810inky00I have just tried your entry and i like it alot.It seems to float quite abit but i guess the real one is the same.Great work with all the movable control wires and the detail in the cockpit is excellent,infact the CS is fantastic all round.Nice job
    11-19-200810scubaboyAbsolutely fantastic - even the flight model is great! I highly encourage you to do more WWI or earlier if the mood strikes you. I'm hoping someone will eventually do a French Bleriot that first flew the English Channel. Manfred Von Richthofen on the dogfight with Captain Knight: "I attacked an enemy one-seater squadron at 3,000 meters above Monchy. After circling each other I managed to press my adversary down to 1,500 meters, where I attacked him at closest range(one aircraft length). Immediately I saw that the enemy had been hit; first he went down in curves, then he dashed to the ground. The plane had only been attacked by me." Richthofen kept the Lewis gun from the D.H.2 as a trophy.
    11-19-200810WildBillGreat aircraft I changed the prop to a 2 bladed 14-6 has a little more climb to it the real one used either 4 or 2 bladed props . uncbill60

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