I'm not a huge gamer but when I was playing the game War Thunder I came across this plane.
The nice thing is you can free flight with them and that way you can almost fly every plane from the beginning.
The Polikarpov I-153 stood out because of its gull wing shape.
Flying this plane was horrible at first, It had a big torque issue, the powerful engine dropped the left wing so hard I ditched in to the ground ad take off..... oeps.
Although small imperfections give a plane its character its not what I want for this build as every one should be able to fly this plane.
That being said this is a intermediate build, now don't let it scare you if this thing flies I will make PDF planes for them and the necessary build instructions.
To be honest I'm a big fan of FPV Cockpits and hopping in to this plane looks so awesome.
You can see the horizon just between the gull wing shape so head tracking is really a must I think or put it on a slider at least.
But first of all lets focus on building one for line of side!
At first I drew a big round body and after cutting it out I totally failed to line the parts out.
After many different tries of designing this thing I finally got something going in Sketchup 2017.
I really had a hard time to make a plane simple in shape.
I started from the beginning and did a square body (Typical FT Style).
That was a goed start as I now had a sturdy base to work on.
Than after that I drew the cowling (Big circle again) it had a lot of gap and thought, can I upgrade the square shape to more 3D look.
And this is what I came op with.
Its sort of a half octagon if you will and it is very very strong .
The top deck is done by adding formers and a full foamboard turtle deck.
fast forward and you get this.
I doubled the rudder to make it strong and I'm planning on doing that for the elevator as well.
I still need to make some small changes to make the build more easy and logical
The dimensions now are:
Span 98cm (39 Inch)
Long 56cm (22 Inch)
(3 Sheets of foamboard)
Hope you guys like it.