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Old 06-07-2010, 10:11 PM
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Switchblade (a flying motorcycle) WIP

Last night I got a wild hair... and started poking around on the web looking for a new oddball project. What I came up with was the Samson Switchblade, a three-wheeled Flying Motorcycle that leads the field as the first of Samson's new line of Multi-Mode Vehicles to meet the growing demand for flying cars and roadable aircraft.

Well there are no three-views available (just a few artist rendered pictures), so this one will be a real challenge. But it should be entertaining in any case.
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Old 06-07-2010, 10:15 PM
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Please... you could model that in your sleep! Looks interesting.

3 words... high lift coefficient.
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Old 06-08-2010, 12:28 AM
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LOL, thanks for the vote of confidence Josh. But I do sort of agree in that while parts may be a bit tricky, I don't anticipate too much trouble with the 3D model.

I think the real challenge will be when I get to the physics. Even with the fuselage being a lifting body, the total wing area is low for its weight. This will make for a high wing loading and a pretty high stall speed. Even with its flaps, I expect that the landings will be on the hot side.

Guess this will make for another low-rater, because 60% of those that download it won't be able to handle it. Oh well, I should be used to it by now.

Progress - I got the main air duct roughed out, before I packed it in last night.
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Cool project Doug. I look forward to fliying it. Hot landings are always a plus for me-- the only part of flying that scares me.
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Old 06-08-2010, 04:18 PM
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Progress - I got the main air duct roughed out, before I packed it in last night.
You mean its not on the swaps yet? ahh reminiscing.
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Old 06-08-2010, 04:34 PM
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You mean its not on the swaps yet? ahh reminiscing.
Funny, funny man

Would move faster, but I am actually working on another that takes priority. This is just to fill in the gaps.
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Old 06-08-2010, 07:52 PM
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I have a feeling I know what it is given some of your recent travels and activities in these said travels.
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Old 06-08-2010, 11:12 PM
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Well let's make this fun then.

You are more than welcome to take a guess. The only limitation is that I have agreed not to post any pictures or design specs until the real aircraft makes its debut at AirVenture, Oshkosh.

There that was your first clue.
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I got it...But I will PM it as to not spoil the fun!

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***EDIT: I don't have it...Thought I did but it has already been unveiled...Whoops***

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Old 06-09-2010, 12:43 AM
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The Switchblade's air ducts, which I had anticipated as being the biggest pain-in-the-neck, have been completed.
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Old 06-09-2010, 12:25 PM
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Well let's make this fun then.

You are more than welcome to take a guess. The only limitation is that I have agreed not to post any pictures or design specs until the real aircraft makes its debut at AirVenture, Oshkosh.

There that was your first clue.
LOL, It must be nice to have the first official NDA on a custom RF EA. I'll keep it to myself for the sake of not making myself look totally stupid.
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Old 06-09-2010, 01:17 PM
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I got a lot done on the Switchblade last night. Wing with control surfaces, WingDoor (now there's a phrase I never expected to utter about a plane), WingWell, Fuselage, Windows, & Door are all completed (at least 1/2 of each).

Before taking time to clean up the 3D model; I'm going to add the wheels, canard, and tail feathers and then see if I can get this pig to fly.
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Nice piece of work. I wouldn't want to be the test pilot for this thing either in the real or virtual world I did have one of your lift blocks flying as an airplane last night as an experiment and it flew pretty good!

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Old 06-09-2010, 06:26 PM
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LOL. Like I tell some of my club members - put a big enough engine on it and you can make anything fly (now getting it back down in one piece is another story).
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OK, its still going to need some work. The good news is that with just basic geometry applied in the physics, it did get off the ground. Of course getting it to do much of anything useful at that point was out of the question, but it shows promise.
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