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XG-225 Spectre by jflaxman XG-225 Spectre by jflaxman
As the Vorgol Directorate's industrial centres suffered a series of punishing air raids, the Spectre's mass production assumed a greater urgency. Originally conceived as jet fighters, these aircraft were fitted with the best available powerplants and distributed immediately. The gamble paid off when the Spectres proved they had both the firepower to destroy the largest bombers and the performance to match their best escorts. On hearing the distinctive scream of the Spectre's supercharged engines, many emboldened defenders now say, "That is the sound of victory!"

Design Features

- The Spectre's unusual layout reflects the valuable lessons learned during its development. The swept back wings, streamlined engine cowlings and bullet-shaped propeller hubs reduce drag and increase top speed.

- The six-bladed propellors have a very high revolving speed, giving the Spectre an exceptional rate of climb and acceleration - important traits for any high-altitude interceptor.

- The domed cockpit gives good all-round visibility, and the lack of empennage behind it makes bailing out less hazardous.

- The four nose-mounted cannons are easily aimed, need no interruptor gear, and provide superb firepower. Barrels are longer than usual, increasing range and accuracy.

- Spectres currently in service may be refitted with jet engines when they are available. Further planned refinements include ejector seats and additional rocket armament.
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Jgunenn Featured By Owner May 5, 2014
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TheElevatedDeviant Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
So THIS universe is a war between Tarvakia and the Vorgol Directorate?
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DreadedOne131 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012
Looks like a combination of World War II high performance fighter and modern turboprop technology
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Hexidextrous Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012
Awesome ship. Reminds me of the ships in Battle Garegga.
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Von-Krupp Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010
Not to be an engineering ass, but the reason that cowlings aren't so streamlined is because you need a radiator. Even inline engines had to have a radiator sticking into the airstream somewhere down the line. If you ever see a real plane with such a streamlined cowling, that's because it's a turboprop, not a piston engine. You also don't want the props to spin too terribly fast or the tips will break the sound barrier; this is not good at all. You can allow them to spin faster by sweeping (or hooking) the blades in a direction, but there's still that same limitation.
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jflaxman Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010
It's a fair call about the cowlings. I'm aware of the limitations of props at high speeds, though you can get a higher spin rate from shorter blades as the tips won't travel quite as fast. The shorter multi-bladed props here are a nod to the ones on some late WW2 high-altitude fighters while the airframe borrows elements of the Kyushu Shinden and Me 262 - two machines that were ahead of their time, but never produced in large enough numbers to alter the course of the war.
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Von-Krupp Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010
Indeed, shorter blades can mitigate it but then they don't move as much air and therefore have to spin faster to get the same thrust, putting you back at square one. Germans ended up using paddle blades for high altitude while the Allies resorted to four- and five-bladed props to improve thrust without increasing revolutions.

Still though, I rather like your plane: it is a good, solid design. Swept wings makes handling at high speeds better. It's also conducive to the eventual installation of jet engines that you mention. I have much appreciation for the idea that it was intended to be a jet but war-time limitations forced them into using what was available in quantity versus what what was the cutting edge. The only other real issue I can see with it is that the canards might be interfering with the airflow over the wings, looking like they are on the same level, but it's hard to say at that angle. I look forward to seeing more of your aerodynamic escapades, if you have any left. :)
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jflaxman Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010
Thanks for the quality feedback! I've roughed out plenty more designs and just have to get around to colouring them.
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