Friday, June 13th in 2008, 04:30 pm of Middle European Time: KAAI, one of the world´s biggest aircraft manufacturers presents the first official pictures of their second "giant", a special oversize and heavy load cargo aircraft designated as "C-2", code name "TriStar". The following pictures have been taken after the rollout of the first C-2 built in series. They show the civil version of the company´s new object of pride, which also exists as a yet unknown military variant. Key Words: Heavy Duty Cargo Aircraft cargo plane cargo jet freight freighter heavy duty cargo aircraft landing gear retractable empennage ramp hydraulic sleek sleeker nose TriStar Tristar C-2 insignia studless SNOT flaps functional winglets aerodynamic KAAI aircraft industries pride fleet plane line-up rollout runway taxiway ramp load cockpit detail detailed
About this creation
The enormous dimensions of KAAI´s most recently developped aircraft speak for themselves:
Total length (from the nose to the end of the empennage): 77 studs
Maximum height (tail section): 30 studs
Wingspan (with horizontally flapped winglets): 76 studs
Thrust of each engine : 270 kn
After the overwhelming success of the first heavy cargo jet in KAAI´s history, the massive "C-1 Stratohauler", a continuation of the history of cargo aircraft engineering was reassured by the company´s president about one and a half “human” years after the C-1´s rollout. Whereas the C-1´s four-engine "rough", "hefty" design (Features were a massive, ultra-resistible heavy duty landing gear; 10 rear wheels and a double front landing gear; an interconnection between the rear landing gear and the massive, straightened wings; and its characteristic bulky nose) displayed its heavy-duty purpose and capacities (landings on dirt runways and rough terrain) in heavy air transportation, the C-2´s features point towards a different type of air cargo hauling missions. Aerodynamic improvements can be seen all over the aircraft: the "TriStar" features a much sleeker nose, a lot of SNOT and studless techniques and a much "refined", sleeker landing gear. The economic three-engine conception and backswept wings make an excellent mid-to-long range cargo aircraft out of the versatile C-2, which disposes of decisively more cargo space as its predecessor "C-1". The C-2´s rear landing gear can be lowered hydraulically, which decreases the angle of the big cargo ramp and simplifies the loading of flat vehicles or other bulky goods. The construction of the "TriStar" went through a period of two and a half "human" weeks, during which the chief engineer spent most of his free time on the realization of the C-2.
Cockpit details: as it can be seen, the C-2´s advanced computer systems only require a pilot and co-pilot. Three engines, three throttle controls...
I´m quite proud of the nose. Imagine, guys: initially, I wanted this aircraft to be only 6 studs wide, then 8 studs wide, and finally 10 again - and the nose "expanded" more and more to its final shape:
The following pictures are close-ups of some of the C-2´s details.
One of the side engines and its fixing to the wing body:
Empennage & centerline rear engine:
Working wing flaps, functional winglets and the TriStar´s insignia:
A bird´s-eye close-up of the smooth surface on top of the cockpit, and again the C-2´s insignia:
The openable rear fuselage (access to cargo - playability is very important to me), the functional doors with integrated steps on both sides of the plane and the transition part of the fuselage, which mounts from its beginning til this middle part:
Another close-up of the empennage. The flaps are working well, and the aircraft´s twin insignia are visible: the one with 3 stars for the code name("TriStar"), and one with the a "2" inmidst of two stars for its cargo designation ("C-2"):
Pictures from underneath the fuselage, showing the nose and front landing gear (it is retractable and completely skips backwards into the nose, but I fixed it with bricks inside of its shaft - it tends to fold too easily...), rear landing gear (it can be turned in sidewards, and besides offers the lowering of the ramp for the loading of special cargo. - it is very substantial and well-working...):
Rear landing gear from a side view - in comparison to the one of the older C-1, this one here is a lot sleeker and more aerodynamic:
The cockpit is separated from the cargo space by a three stud-wide door; anti-fire equipment is right next to this door:
A view into the C-2´s vaste cargo space:
The C-2 at the ramp, being unloaded and loaded again: the Cab-Over Semi Truck easily fits in the belly. While the semi is being driven out of it, the cargo for the TriStar´s next mission is brought by my Heavy Hauler pulling two of my drawbar truck trailers with two heavy construction machines:
Plane line-up and size-wise comparisons: The C-2 next to the C-1 and a prototype interceptor aircraft, the YF-61 "Thunderspecter":
The older C-1, right behind the C-2. The second picture shows well how much bigger the TriStar is compared to the "Stratohauler":
Height and shape of the empennage - C-1 & C-2 in comparison:
TriStar & Thunderspecter:
Measuring the C-2 by using interconnected 2*10 studs long general white bricks:
Pictures of a C-2 take-off:
Thank you for all you guys´ votes and comments!
Special thanks go to my friend Jeffery Smith (Malenco Union), for always giving me good advice and constructive reviews. At the loading ramp of the C-2, I realized his solution for little support wheels, stabilizing the ramp and making certain "loadings in motion" possible(used in the C-2´s military variant). You´ll find them on his cool heavy military transport aircraft, the MUI-43 "Savior", another great oversize/heavy load special cargo aircraft.
Also thanks a lot to Dave Henderson who suggested to make three equally powered engines out of the different ones I described beforehand!
Hey Guys:), Thank you so much for all the nice feedback! Just checked my e-mail and found a surprise:)... Crazy - first MOC of the day, and I missed it!!! :) Oh well...
Oh, and good news for building: From today on, I´m officially done with my studies! Yau-hoo :::))) I´ll continue building the white C-3X the day after tomorrow! Can´t wait! Talk to you guys soon. Best regards, Steffen
I like it
November 29, 2009
one word. AMAZING!!!!!
I like it
November 29, 2009
Congratulations on MOC of the day Steffen! Your cargo planes certainly are deserving and every aspect of this one is simply wonderful. ~T
incredibly! there's a whole truck that's fits in the plane in one piece! you'v got lots of space in there i think. how do you actually think about the door system from my chinook? and the final guess: are white and yellow good collors fors a cargo plane with black wings?
Holy crap! Just thought I'd check your stuff out. This thing is awesome mate. Always wanted to build planes like this but never did having simply gotten hooked on space craft but this thing looks like it was a pleasure to build. Love that cockpit.
Its HUGE! Its fantastic that the rig fits inside it too! I love all the details and just the mass of the whole thing. I, too, love aircraft. I grew up playing Aerobiz and A. Supersonic for the Supernintendo, and my best friend wanted to be a commercial airline pilot, so we were very much into jets, planes, and the like. You really go all out. KUDOS!
I can't believe how huge this is! Great job! Congratulations in actually building this MOC: the idea of building a MOC like this is very daunting. (to me at least) The shaping and details are very nice and the interior is excellent. Time to look at more of your stuff!
Definitely one-of-a-kind. The wings are still too short, but the overall complexion is considerably better than your original attempt. The wingtips should actually slant upward. You need to make a passenger version. Keep it up . . . the body is amazing!
Very imaginative aircraft. I like how you built the lower half of the nose section. Also good to see colour coordination. May I suggest you change the centreline engine (tail mounted engines are numbered engine number 2 on tristar's) from 298kN thrust down to 270kN thrust engines, or vice versa. It's better to have 3 identical engines for maintence rather than 2 different engine types. It keeps the costs down ;-)
Hi Steffen, three-engine design is one of my favorite engine layout and this is great!
Youve really improved the nose. Its really tough to get satisfactory design (thats why I still use ready made one).
It may go against your playability style but try using clear slopes or just bars for cockpit windows.
Anyway, nice aircraft!
Hi Steffen.....about uploading a pic to your home page........first off i actually encountered the same problem you had....although i may know the solution.......one of the reasons you couldnt upload your picture might be that the picture was too big or it wasnt saved in a "jpg" file....other then that i dont no what could be wrong im trying too figure out how too upload pics too....because the only reason i was able too upload the pic of the spitfire was because it was already on brickshealf........anyway good luck and if you have anymore questions feel free too ask---------David
I like it
July 2, 2008
wow, someone totally spammed this MOC. dont be bothered by it, just pay attention to the positive reviews people leave rather than the reviews of jealous builders who cant take that youre incredibly skilled.
Very Cool! i like how the cockpit is apart from the cargo hold. the colors are cool too. it is much more streamlined than the C-1.You should try making a C-5 Galaxy but that would take alot of pieces which would be bad because of limited bricks. Your vehicles are cool too.
@Pedro Cuahchic: Thank you very much! I actually didn´t measure the plane´s weight yet, but it´s not too heavy - my guess is maybe between 1,5 & 2,0 kilos. The wings are really stable and substantial until the engines round about, cause until that point, they are strongly supported. After the engines, they bend down slightly, which looks pretty cool. But it´s stable enough to be played with in a normal way. But let´s say slamming the whole plane down would make the wings burst at the mentioned point (after the engines).
I like it
June 21, 2008
This is awesome! Loads of nice details in there, I like the SNOT wings the most. How stable is it? And, how heavy is it? :)
I like it
June 14, 2008
its great but its not an L1011 tristar!thats an airliner,not a cargo plane.
A great improvement over your first cargo plane, the shape of the nose and curved areas is much more coherent. The color scheme is great, it actually can hold a huge amount of cargo, and it's very realistic looking. Great job!
COOL!...I like the color sceme and build style...Well done!
I like it
June 13, 2008
INCREDIBLE! Then color scheme is fantastic and it's so sleek, too. I like all of the features like the ramp, side door, moving flaps, etc...they're all really cool. The angle of the wings are great and the nose cone just mihgt be my favorite part. This is way better than the C-1, which was already awesome! Excellent work and thanks for all of the reviews you've written on my creations. Bye - Jeffery
I like it
June 13, 2008
Commenting again because this is so great... I like the thin dividing bar in the front windscreen and I also like the additional windows for an all around view from the cockpit..I need to buy some windows before I make my newer, way better cargo plane. I'm going to draw alot of inspiration from this to make my next one and also follow the advice you gave me in your great reviews. Also, I see you've used the little wheel piece on the bottom of the cargo door as I have. It really helps, doesn't it? Anyways, still and amzing job
To Jeffery: Hi:) Thank you so much for the kind comments you wrote on the C-2. I´m sorry for having forgotten to give you credit for the wheel piece for the cargo ramp - it indeed is very practical and I liked it a lot. I´m so curious how your next cargo plane is gonna look - can´t wait to see it - especially if you really do it in camo schemes - that´d just be awesome!
To all the others: Thank you for rating and commenting, I´m very pleased that the plane seems to be appreciated among you guys.
To Cheyne Potter: Thanks for your review! The size of the engines could really be a bit bigger, but I don´t really own bigger parts. And building the engines out of bricks - I don´t know how to do the intakes then - would be a lot of work and probably quite interesting - maybe the next time:) In general though, it also depends on the angle of the pictures how the engines´s proportions look...
To David: Thank you very much for you review! I´m glad you like this one, I´m quite proud of it:) The nose is always tricky, but I like a lot how this one turned out. I think I have the parts to do two more big planes - an older propeller-driven one and another, modern fighter plane. Other than that, I might do some choppers in the future. The airport layout might take me still a long time, cause I only have a part of my Legos in my apartment - the rest is at my parents´ - and I´m not there very much anymore:( But someday, I will do it I promise - I´d love to do it right now - but the planes have priority and I can build them here:) Thanks again! Grüße aus Deutschland, Steffen
Hey guys, I don´t know why, but the rating thing doesn´t seem to appear on the page no matter how I adapt the layout. It bothers me, but I just can´t change it. So if you wanna just rate, you have to click on the "add a comment"-ling on the end of this page as well. Thank you guys!
WOW Steffen that is really something, I really like the red and white color scheme and the cockpit interior is really cool, I also love the movable flaps...the only thing I think could use some improvement is the nose...its a great design but I think it could be smoothed out a bit...other than that awesome moc...you should try doing some jet bombers sometime...also when are you going too start your airport layout?....one last thing check out my finished P-61 Black Widow thanks------David