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Erickson S-64 Aircrance anyone?

Postby frozen » Mon Feb 02, 2009 8:17 am

Good morning! ;)

I'm a fan of the heavy helicopters. I loved flying the Aircrane on MSFS. So I would love to see it in FGFS! Unfortunately I'm very new to FGFS. Also I'm not a 3d modeler or even graphics specialist. Even worse: I don't even have knowledge of creating aircraft for FGFS in any way. So I hope that anyone will some time provide some work on this great machine called S-64 Aircrane.

As a little bit of help, Erickson offers some drawings and photos for modelers. You can find them here:
http://www.ericksonaircrane.com/modelerzone.php

This helicopter contains quite a lot room for additional extensions of the general model for the future. There are versions using a tank, which can be filled in air with up to 2500 gallons of water for firefighting. This was made for MSFS as well as some weights like logs, a tank and an electrical tower. I don't know if this is possible with FGFS though. ;)

I'm afraid I can just ask for someone to do this machine without being able to provide any help in the creation itself. :( I would like to write some documentation or anything else I could do though!

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Addition: I found a Google Sketchup model of this machine:
http://sketchup.google.com/3dwarehouse/ ... 078f01365c
I don't know, which kind of license WilliamT used for this, though..
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Re: Erickson S-64 Aircrance anyone?

Postby helijah » Mon Feb 02, 2009 11:24 am

Hi,

I started preparing to make a Blender Aircrane long ago, but I went to other aircraft since then.

A little work since the last time;)

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Maybe the time has come for me to take this and make this great helicopter.

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Re: Erickson S-64 Aircrance anyone?

Postby frozen » Mon Feb 02, 2009 11:26 am

helijah wrote:Maybe the time has come for me to take this and make this great helicopter.


This would be awesome! As I said: I'm willing to help where I can.. There is just not a lot I actually can do yet.. ;)

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Re: Erickson S-64 Aircrance anyone?

Postby helijah » Tue Feb 10, 2009 9:22 am

Glimpse of the progress :

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Re: Erickson S-64 Aircrance anyone?

Postby xmiker » Tue Feb 10, 2009 12:39 pm

Here in Australia, we love the Aircrane! "Elvis" and his brothers and sisters are very popular
for their efforts fighting bushfires.

It's been a terrible time here this week: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2009_Victorian_bushfires.
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Re: Erickson S-64 Aircrance anyone?

Postby frozen » Tue Feb 10, 2009 2:16 pm

@xmiker
I have seen the fires on our TV here in germany and I hope, that there will be no more people dead or houses destroyed. It is really terrible. One reason, why I like this aircrane so much is exactly the one you already mentioned. It's huge and it's load is huge. This makes it a great firefighter. This machine (and their great pilots!) saves lifes!

My thoughts are with you and the other australians...

@Emmanuel
Looks great! If I can help you in any way, just tell me!

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Re: Erickson S-64 Aircrance anyone?

Postby helijah » Wed Feb 11, 2009 4:04 pm

the nose of the Aircrane that I did, not liked. I do it again differently. Closer to the truth I think.

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Re: Erickson S-64 Aircrance anyone?

Postby frozen » Wed Feb 11, 2009 7:33 pm

Yes, you are right, the new nose is nuch closer to the real one!

Looks great already! ;)

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Re: Erickson S-64 Aircrance anyone?

Postby helijah » Thu Feb 12, 2009 10:22 am

A little color and some details later .....

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Re: Erickson S-64 Aircrance anyone?

Postby frozen » Thu Feb 12, 2009 10:55 am

Wow, what a great sight! Looks really good! Please keep posting! ;)
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Re: Erickson S-64 Aircrance anyone?

Postby HHS » Fri Feb 13, 2009 1:26 am

First fdm made and send to helijah- now we have to look how we can do the load up of water/containers and more.
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Re: Erickson S-64 Aircrance anyone?

Postby frozen » Fri Feb 13, 2009 2:39 am

Wow, you both are VERY fast! Great! Can't await the first testflight.. ;)

Many thanks!

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Re: Erickson S-64 Aircrance anyone?

Postby helijah » Fri Feb 13, 2009 3:47 pm

Hi all

Well. Now that a first version of FDM is (A big thank you to HHS), I think you'll be curious to test this.

The Erickson S64 E Aircrane is now available in my hangar or with this direct link : http://helijah.free.fr/flightgear/tar.g ... 009.tar.gz

Note: Be indulgent, many things are still to be done. The panel, a large part of the engines, rotors and other details...et....
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Re: Erickson S-64 Aircrance anyone?

Postby frozen » Fri Feb 13, 2009 3:55 pm

Unfortunately there seems to be a file missing (data/Aircraft/Super-Frelon/Models/MainRotor/blade.xml whatever this Super-Frelon is...). As a result (?) the aircrane was invisible..

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Re: Erickson S-64 Aircrance anyone?

Postby HHS » Fri Feb 13, 2009 4:04 pm

helijah wrote:Hi all

Well. Now that a first version of FDM is (A big thank you to HHS), I think you'll be curious to test this.

The Erickson S64 E Aircrane is now available in my hangar or with this direct link : http://helijah.free.fr/flightgear/tar.g ... 009.tar.gz

Note: Be indulgent, many things are still to be done. The panel, a large part of the engines, rotors and other details...et....


Great!

For the panel please have a look into the CH53E by Josh Babcock- he did a great one and with some adjustements it fits greatly to the S64E!

I found some bugs in the fdm, now the S64E can also taxi on ground.
Please download the fixed fdm: www.hoerbird.net/aircrane.xml

Thanks for your work
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