New take on Hellcat V

NightBall06

Petty Officer
[...]I would ... round some corners and make the intakes more conformal to the fuselage.
Hey. Thanks for your feedback, much appreciated. But could you help me out here? „round some corners“ - Check, I know what you mean, especially when thinking about the „Panther“... BUT
What do you mean with „make the intakes more conformal to the fuselage“? - Where the hell is the fuselage? 🤷🏼‍♂️ And which intakes did you mean? The upper ones or those beneath the Wings?
 

ChrisReid

Super Soaker Collector / Administrator
The fuselage is the central structure where the pilot and engines are - the part that's not the wings. The intakes are on the upper surface. I think the lower openings you're referring to are missile launchers.

When something is more conformal to the fuselage, that means it's angles to shape smoothly with the body as opposed to jutting out of the main structure.
 

NightBall06

Petty Officer
Hey folks 😉
Well since Corona has it’s deadly clasp all over the world - I hope you’re all well.
And with all those Lock-downs, the one good thing that disease gave me, is time to work on my design again...
(As I mentioned before - it’s also some kind of stress relief for me)

So here’s my latest attempt:
I went back to my first drawing (the perspective one / left upper corner) because that’s where all my ideas started. I took it as a benchmark and then reworked all the other angles according to it. I wanted them to fit - should anyone ever feel inclined to overlay them.
What I came up with - is a much tighter main-body; a more narrow wing span than that of the original HC-V, pushed that a little further back to make it look more dynamic; added a weapons design that is Excalibur-inspired; a cockpit-design inspired by the f-14 Tomcat ... and new more powerful engines that are not completely inserted into the wings.

AND THAT’s where I got stuck 😓 - I really like the top-view and rear-view of those new engines ... but then? As of this moment I have no idea how the main body’s rear part could look like? I was thinking about a jump-drive maybe?

If you have any comments or ideas - let me know.
Thanks in advance.
NightBall
 

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Pedro

Admiral
@Pedro These beauties' would be great as the Black Lance Hellcats in the WC4 remake! 😉

I love it but we are matching the FMV as closely as possible.
The initial release I hope to keep faithful and non controversial. A mod which replaced some fighters with novel variants would be great; I definitely plan to open source to make that kind of thing possible. That said personally I'd just give Defiance's Hellcat a black paint-job, we are aesthetically trying to match the FMV whereas this strikes me as a more modern interpretation.
 

NightBall06

Petty Officer
I love it [...] whereas this strikes me as a more modern interpretation.
First off: Thank you very much 🤗
And yes, indeed - in my imagination, with these new engines and the Jump-Drive, it was meant to be some sort of „modern reinterpretation“ set during or shortly after WC Prophecy...

... Which reminds me: Here it is - the final Version:
 

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NightBall06

Petty Officer
All that is now missing is another pair of guns... and that little Trapez notch below the canopy seems to me like the right place. Don’t know if I will also do the underside or not 🤷🏼‍♂️ Not much going on there...

@Klavs81: I really would like to know what you think - since it all started with your “Wildcat”...
 

YCDTD

Commodore
All that is now missing is another pair of guns... and that little Trapez notch below the canopy seems to me like the right place. Don’t know if I will also do the underside or not 🤷🏼‍♂️ Not much going on there...
Do it! And yes, some of the FMV shows the Hellcat also has guns on the sides of the main fuselage, in addition to the 4 mounted in the belly.

As an aside, the belly weapons bay looks to be modular in nature - easy to swap out different weapons configurations.
 

NightBall06

Petty Officer
[...] As an aside, the belly weapons bay looks to be modular in nature - easy to swap out different weapons configurations.
Now THAT is one good idea 👍🏻 Didn’t have it originally in mind, but I do like it :)
That way the ship could be mission specifically outfitted 👍🏻
 

NightBall06

Petty Officer
I love it but we are matching the FMV as closely as possible.
The initial release I hope to keep faithful and non controversial. A mod which replaced some fighters with novel variants would be great; I definitely plan to open source to make that kind of thing possible. That said personally I'd just give Defiance's Hellcat a black paint-job, we are aesthetically trying to match the FMV whereas this strikes me as a more modern interpretation.
Ok... uh... would you please help me out: „FMV“??? 🤔
 

DefianceIndustries

Rear Admiral
Do it! And yes, some of the FMV shows the Hellcat also has guns on the sides of the main fuselage, in addition to the 4 mounted in the belly.

As an aside, the belly weapons bay looks to be modular in nature - easy to swap out different weapons configurations.
There are two different Hellcat models, the wc3 version has all four guns in the chin mount, in wc4 two of them were moved to the side of the fuselage.

Also FMV = Full Motion Video. The live action cut scenes.
 

YCDTD

Commodore
There are two different Hellcat models, the wc3 version has all four guns in the chin mount, in wc4 two of them were moved to the side of the fuselage.

Also FMV = Full Motion Video. The live action cut scenes.
I notice the engines are different in the WC4 gameplay as well. There are 4 smaller ones around the central one. Interesting!
 
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