Max Defiant Project

Paul Domingue

Resource contributor
#41
Current state of production report.

Wings are about ready to map.

I'm working on the top of the empennage to get the shape correct for the turret and canopy.

I had to remake the vertical stabilizer because I got it wrong to begin with. :banghead: Ignore this little head pounder, it's not really how I feel, just added it for comic value. :cool:

I'm trying to build this aircraft like the real thing so all the fairings are separate objects, this is very noticeable on the real aircraft. I found this method to be easier then trying to make them part of the overall structure. It has been difficult around the H and V stabs and I need to refine the wing fairings as can be seen in the images.

I'm just about ready for the first export into the sim but I'm not sure what I want to use for a base CFG and AIR file, any suggestions? Anybody have something for a starter? Don't forget this is strictly freeware.
I'm also wondering where I can get some good Merlin III or XX sounds.

Oh well I've bored you enough so on with the pictures. BTW, 8x10 autographed glossies are available upon request for a nominal fee, frames are extra, shipping charges are included.

 

F747fly

Resource contributor
#44
Seeing as we live in a world where people pay money to get "special" aircraft paints for video games, without those paints having any effect at all, you could make special editions. But I don't think that's the mindset Paul uses when developing :p

It's looking great Paul! Those flaps looks awsome!
 

Paul Domingue

Resource contributor
#46
Hi Paul!

Very, Very Nice Modeling!!

I will be watching for this aircraft to be ready to fly. I want it in my hanger.

Kris:)
To be sure Kris, you'll be one of the first kids on the block to take her for a spin.
I made the aircraft folder and trial export into the sim today. It's nice to make the first export without getting a bunch of errors but I'm sure they will come in time.
 

Heretic

Resource contributor
#49
Without the turret, the Defiant could also pass for an IL-2 to the less trained eye.



Next step: Texture mapping?
 

Paul Domingue

Resource contributor
#50
Without the turret, the Defiant could also pass for an IL-2 to the less trained eye.



Next step: Texture mapping?
Yes, with the fairings down I got the same impression, IL-2. I thought the fairings were lowered by the gunner but they are not. The fairings raised and lowered based on the position of the turret through a series of electrical connections so they were constantly moving up and down during active use of the turret.
I'm a long ways from textures. The exterior model needs a lot more work. The empennage and rear section of the fuselage are still splines while I try to finalize all the curves and molded fairings.
I've decided to go for the night fighter version.
 
#51
Unfortunately the Defiant was a disaster. It has some success in May 1940 when it had an element of surprise but had to be withdrawn in June 1940 when the Luftwaffe got its measure.

"The Me109 showed its superiority in speed, even the Bf110 was to outperform the Defiant which was now doomed to failure. They were to become death traps for their crews, incapable of dog fighting, and they became far too slow in getting away from the incoming enemy."

http://www.battleofbritain1940.net/0009.html
 

Paul Domingue

Resource contributor
#52
Unfortunately the Defiant was a disaster. It has some success in May 1940 when it had an element of surprise but had to be withdrawn in June 1940 when the Luftwaffe got its measure.

"The Me109 showed its superiority in speed, even the Bf110 was to outperform the Defiant which was now doomed to failure. They were to become death traps for their crews, incapable of dog fighting, and they became far too slow in getting away from the incoming enemy."

http://www.battleofbritain1940.net/0009.html
Absolutely! All the turret fighters were destined to failure except maybe for the Northrop P-61.
The Defiant was not the iconic aircraft that the Spitfire and Hurricane were but a lot of brave men fought and died in them. It did have a few moments in the Sun though.
I chose the Defiant because it was part of the Battle of Britain and has largely been forgotten also I noticed no one is making one for FS.
 

hairyspin

Resource contributor
#53
As a bomber destroyer, and especially as night fighter, it was quite a useful aircraft until radar-equipped Beaufighters came into service. Giving them a day fighter role was appallingly misjudged.
 
#54
As a bomber destroyer, and especially as night fighter, it was quite a useful aircraft until radar-equipped Beaufighters came into service. Giving them a day fighter role was appallingly misjudged.
But the RAF actually needed effective intercepters in 1940 - thank god for the Hurricane and later the Spitfire
 

Paul Domingue

Resource contributor
#55
In the autumn of 1941 some Defiant squadrons were being fitted with the early A.I. Mk IV radar, more would follow.
You can see the aerials on this one. The range of the radar was 183m to 6.4 km.

 
#59
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Okay, so that you don't delete your post out from under my reply to it like you just did...

READ THE ENTIRE THREAD. All your questions (including the other one you ask on everything I see you post to here and elsewhere) will be answered.
 

Paul Domingue

Resource contributor
#60
A little update on the state of the model.

I am almost done with the exterior model and will start mapping in earnest very soon. A few more animations need to be tagged and some minor details modeled on the fuselage.

I have the model in both FSXA and P3Dv2.5 with preliminary work on the FDs started. Still a tremendous amount of work to be done but there is progress.

For those interested here is the count.
Polys: 53,062
Tris: 105,102
Verts: 54,211

I hope you like the pictures.

 
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