[Design Challenge] - Pinch-Penny Pilot's Press

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[Design Challenge] - Pinch-Penny Pilot's Press

Postby Carthaginian » Sun Mar 24, 2013 1:57 am

Not everyone in the Shattered States is a millionaire-playboy or a national hero.

Most guys who fly the Crimson Skies are just workin' stiffs trying to get by.

And, let's face it, planes are expensive- whether you pay the bills using Imperial Pounds Sterling, Arixian Pesetas, Louisianan Livre or even one of the half-dozen 'Dollars' circulating on the North American continent. Even if you land that lucrative security contract with a national government, capture a major prize while doing some privateering, or have a good heist without too many ways to split... you're going to have to buy a new bird sooner or later, and it ain't gonna come cheap.

So, in the interests of monetarily-challenged pilots everywhere, the Pench-Penny Pilot's Press is here to showcase the best and... ok, even we can't say that with a straight face. Boys, we're here to point out the biggest bargains in the skies, bar none. Now, we all know that the dames that wind up being cheap dates always have issues. Some of those issues are little, quirky things that might come off as endearing if you are around long enough to get used to 'em; some of those issues might have your tea tasting funny and your mom going out to buy a new black dress. And the thing with dames is you don't know which it's gonna be till you take her for a spin.

Well, these planes are a lot like those dames. Yes, sir, youbetcha. These are gonna hurt your pocketbook a lot less than those fancy birds that you see in that big-name rag that Weekly talks about all kinds of Action in the Air.* But like that spicy little number your wingman says can only handle a couple of drinks before she's thinking about 'hitting the silk,' you've got no idea whether the quirks these machines have will land them a cutesie nickname and some a few affectionate pats after a rough day... or if they'll land you somewhere in enemy territory, or even in a pine box!

So, everything that follows is strictly for information purposes only. None of the views, opinions, or claims expressed in the aircraft reviews on these pages are representative of the publishers of Pench-Penny Pilot's Press. If it lands you in hot water- or lands hot lead in you- it ain't our fault, gents. So, open it up and take a look- but remember, Caveat Emptor!!!


THE CHALLENGE
Present a design worthy of the Pench-Penny Pilot's Press! There will be two categories:
1.) Light Fighter
2.) Heavy Fighter
The aircraft in question have to be as cheap as possible and still retain playability. They should not have a cost of over $8,000 US (Colombian) dollars. Designs to consider as inspiration would include: Marquette YV-1 Stalwart ($6687), McKinley FB-99 Phalanx ($6679), Curtiss-Wright J2 Fury ($7838), TNCA Cazadore ($6222), Grumman E1-C Avenger ($7978) and De Havilland F9 Hornet ($8022).
It will, of course, be harder to build a high-TN number fighter to fit into this challenge... but the fewer in the field, the greater the share of honor!

So, let's see those entries.
I'm a bit out of practice, so I'll open with one of my older designs:
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Re: [Design Challenge] - Pinch-Penny Pilot's Press

Postby Carthaginian » Sun Mar 24, 2013 1:58 am

Marquette Airworks PR-5 Retalliation


Finding the need for more inexpensive, easily maintained aircraft with which to protect their Homeland, the Central Committee of the People's Collective issued specifications for a new light fighter to serve as CAP for zeppelins and as a base defense interceptor. The aircraft was to be extremely fast and maneuverable, and was to carry enough firepower to damage aircraft far larger and more well-protected than itself. In the spirit of it's intended purpose, the design was to be called the Retalliation. The Central Committee's request was sent to the Marquette Airworks central design board. What came back was depressing to say the least- almost as large as the Defender, underarmed, underarmored and underpowered. After some rather drastic 'motivation' from the Central Committee (which resulted in a few 'vacations' not yet returned from), the design was reconsidered, drastically cut down, and forwarded back to the Central Committee for approval. The new design was a sleek, small craft weighing in at only 4,500 pounds loaded. Though still a rather fragile airframe, the new proposal's .60 caliber cannon would allow it to deal crippling blows to almost any enemy in the air, and it's speed and maneuverability were the equal of the Bell Valliant.
Of course, this was all 'on paper'; once the Retalliation entered production, numerous flaws emerged. First and most glaring, was that the People's Collective still lagged far behind the rest of North America in aircraft engine construction. The intended engine for the Retalliation was a copy of an older General Motors engine captured in 1935. Unfortunately, poor manufacturing lead to lower-than-average preformance from the engine. The engine is also a fuel hog, reducing the Retalliation's range of action to only about 150 miles. Also, the large, forward mounted engine plays havoc with the aircraft's weight distribution, making it stall at a suprisingly high speed. The only bright spot amid all these flaws is that the People's Collective managed to copy a Barret Arms .60 caliber 'Bullfrog' with a surprising degree of success. The weapon is not prone to jamming like the inferior Czech weapons on other People's Collective aircraft. This is lucky for the pilot of the Retalliation, as the massive weapon is the only gun the aircraft mounts, and it only carries 2 external hardpoints for rockets.

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Re: [Design Challenge] - Pinch-Penny Pilot's Press

Postby stormwell » Wed Mar 27, 2013 1:02 pm

Right, submitting my Bristol Type 141 Balfighter for this.

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Re: [Design Challenge] - Pinch-Penny Pilot's Press

Postby Cyagen » Sat Mar 30, 2013 12:37 pm

Malphas, over and out


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