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This might be the first of its kind.
New engine made for this purpose but using my typical design elements. Ten J-33 blowers and 16 turbine blades give it excellent performance. Each bearing has 48 RCS balls so it can take a beating. Rotor can be redocked!
Clean shape resulting in low drag.
Good flight characteristics.
Can take off and land in either airplane or helicopter mode.
Instructions for take off:
Decide whether you want to take off in helicopter or airplane mode.
If you want to take off in helicopter mode, press AG4 to enable rotor pitch. Otherwise skip this step.
Stage. This separates the rotor from the craft and starts the helicopter engine. This step is needed in any way.
To take off as helicopter, just switch on SAS and go full power.
To take off as airplane, hit AG1 to switch off the helicopter engine and do the following:
Hit AG9 to open the shield of the docking port above the rotor shaft (take a peek inside).
Change focus to the turbine, hit AG9 again to open the shield of the docking port of the rotor shaft. Redocking is done automatically. Note: if the rotor is turning, wait until it has slowed down enough otherwise docking will result in a RUD.
Going from helicopter flight to SSTO/airplane mode.
Make sure you have enough altitude and are flying level.
Hit AG5 to start the FME’s (Forward Motion Engines) and keep the nose level. As soon as you have 40m/s forward motion, switch off the helicopter engine (AG1). If you don’t the extreme forces will result in a RUD.
You can also enter a steady climb but keep the speed below 40.
Once the helicopter engine is shut off, you’ll lose altitude rapidly so pitch up until the craft has enough speed for normal flight.
Close the cargo bay & service bay doors to reduce drag (AG0). If you want to redock the rotor, the cargo bay must be open or it won’t work (game limitation).
Change focus to the rotor shaft to disable rotor pitch (AG4) for a reduction in drag. You don’t have to, the rotor will continue to spin even in space. Just don’t forget to redock before using timewarp!
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