So, at last I'd like to show you my first airplane project.
Just a bit about the history of the Bestmann and why I have chosen it.
The Bestmann was originally designed as a training-, leisure- and travellng plane. It had it's first flight in 1939, so it ended up to be the standard Luftwaffe training plane. It was pretty much a novelty, as it was the first training plane with closed canopy and side by side configuration.
It proved to be very sucessful, so Sweden, Czechoslovakia and Egypt were building it under license. Egypt even until 1989!
Nowadays are about 10 Bestmann still flying, most of them in Germany, two (I think) in UK and one in USA.
The Gomhouria is the Egyptian one. Behind the firewall is everything original Buecker, in front is an O300 built in. The changed cowing gives the plane quite a bit a different look, but the Conti brings also advantages. It has 40 hp more than the original HM500 and the spare part sitiation is of course totally different.
Just a few figures:
Vstall (flaps down): 85 km/h (46 kt)
Vne: 340 km/h (184 kt)
Empty weight: 550 kg (1212 lbs)
MTOW: 900 kg (1984 lbs)
Fully aerobatic approved
I think, this are pretty impressive figures, considering that it is a pretty big plane for a 2-seater (10,60 m/34,8 ft wingspan). The wings, rear fuselage and tail are classical wooden designes, the center section with the cockpit is a steel tube design were everything is bolted to.
Some 10 Gomhourias were brought to Germany in the 80s. Some are flying, some have been stored away. One of those my father bought about 4 years ago and restored it from ground up. I'm by myself living in Finland, so I could only help from time to time. Meanwhile we have the papers and only a few things need to be done to get it into the air.
But now to FS2. I have done the basic mesh already for P3D, but never continued. So it was a good starting point to bring a plane into the new sim. For now are only the main external parts ready and it's not able to do more than standing on the wheels. I was the last few days spending a lot of time with specular- and bump maps. It's not ready yet, but I feel to continue with the cockpit for a while and start looking more into the TMD file.
Enough talking, here she is:
(Yes, I know that the wheels are shining, I was forgetting them in the specular map...)