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Scout Gallery 03



Here's the scoutship, rising balefully out of the hangar bay. I am not happy with the yellow light, but I'm not sure what color to use.

I'm sorry but those clunky landing legs on the scoutship have gotta go. From the time my eleven-year-old eyes saw those legs in 1968 I was never happy with them. They Just Do Not Fit.

The scout is so aerodynamically smooth, but then these club-footed legs ruin everything.

Some have suggested that they telescope up. But there is a limit to how far something like that can collapse, at least and still be sturdy enough to support the mass of the scoutship. For the rear two legs there is not very much wing thickness for them to retract into.

I vote that we get rid of them entirely. But what to replace them with?

Something retractable. If the scoutship is often exploring rugged wilderness planets, some kind of vertical take-off would be desirable. This would allow flat landing feet instead of wheels.

In the Leif Ericson forum, one faction is lobbying for landing skids. The other favors conventional tandem bogie wheels.

In the images above, Frank Henriquez has traced the bottom arc of the head and rotated it down to make a landing skid/access ladder. An auxiliary skid comes from the trailing edge of the wing-tip. For aerodynamic reasons I opted for the rear-facing ladder.

Looking at how Blue Man has to stoop down to avoid impaling his throat on the edge of opening tells me that I must make the skid section go back farther.

The blue man figure mesh was created by TiZeta.

Here's the front skid cut farther back so it does not clothes-line the exiting pilot. The two pillars in front raise and lower the skid and are the main load-bearing columns. Surely you didn't think that flimsy skid was supporting the weight of the entire nose, did you?

Here is a quick mock-up of the rear skids. If they are rotated around the pivot point where they join the wing tip the skids will fold into the trailing edge of the wing.

I haven't finished modeling the rear of the scout, which explains the lack of a crevasse for the skids and the lack of exhaust holes in the rear jets.

Robert Merrill was a proponent of tandem bogie wheels, flanked by fold down landing skids. He created the DFX file which makes the above images. I imported the file into Blender and appended them to the scoutship.

The landing gear looked too small to support the scoutship, so I scaled it up a bit. I tried moving the rear gear to the body instead of on the wing-tips.

However I realized that I liked the rear gear better on the wing-tips.