Spaceplane-centric parts pack, plus stock spaceplane part rebalance and rescales. Jets & wings & things. Realism oriented.
This pack contains the stuff I add to KSP to make flying spaceplanes fun for me.
Wings, jet engines, spacecraft fuselages, all of the spaceplane stuff is rebalanced the way I like it. The balance is heavily towards realism. In general this makes things a bit harder.
There’s also a few custom parts for things I thought were missing, as well as parts by other modders who were kind enough to let me include them.
If upgrading from 1.4.1 or earlier, and you do not use a Mod Manager, please be sure to reinstall the Gamedata/Squad folder.
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Rescaled and variant stock parts:
Tailfin (2 sizes).
AV-R8 Winglet (2 sizes).
Delta-Deluxe Winglet (2 sizes).
Swept Wing (5 sizes).
Landing Gear (3 sizes).
0.625m (probe size) diameter Mk1 spaceplane fuselages, jet engines, intakes and nacelles.
Heavier, stronger small hardpoint actually able to support an engine.
Faster, heavier, far more power-hungry sort-of-balanced racing versions of the medium wheels, with torque curves based on the Tesla Roadster.
Mk2 and Mk3 Rocket Fuel and Structural fuselages.
Mk2 and Mk3 alternate adapters (flat upper side rather than lower).
Mk2 to 2xMk1 BiCoupler.
Asymmetrical Airplane Tail fuselage part.
High supersonic range ramjet engine.
SR-71 style shock cone intake.
UAV probe core with internal camera view, pan & zoom.
2 very small UAV/Ultralight-size jet engines.
Conformal RCS tanks in 2 sizes.
Lots of extra wings.
A stronger, longer strut to lash it all together.
All wings and control surfaces balanced via MATHS! to vary in lift/drag/mass/connection strenght realistically but still be in the stock value range.
All spaceplane fuselages actually given sensible, scaled values for mass/capacity/connection strengths. MATHS! again.
All jet engines given pseudo-realistic Isp and Speed curves. Looooots of MATHS! here.
All intakes tweaked to have proper drag per intake area. Yup, MATHS!
All rover wheels have had their speed and steering curves smoothed out with tangents (MAAAATHS!) for a smoother driving experience.
All landing gear have had their impact and connection strenght values adjusted. No maths this time, I just eyeballed them.
Quite a few parts with visibly wrong attach nodes have had their attach node positions tweaked.
Integrated support for Ferram Aerodynamic Research. Wings will work correctly both with and without it. Be sure to install /after/ FAR.
Install the ‘Gamedata’ directory for the main mod files. The config files work both in the stock drag/lift model and with FAR.
Attachment nodes have been tweaked, and the mass and lift changed significantly, as well as the performance of engines. You will almost certainly have to redesign your planes. In fact, I guarantee it.
The extras directory contains override configuration files for various mods I use which I rebalanced to be in line with my main mod, or fix things which annoy me. These are provided without any guarantee that they will work for you, don’t complain to me if they eat your couch and shout at your dog.
For the camera in the Ballshark to function you will also need to have MechJeb 1.9.8 installed. It will work fine (without the cool camera) if you don’t have it.
Ramjets are hard to use. Youll need to be going at least 1100m/s to successfully transition to ramjet propulsion, and since the Turbojets about stop going there (like the real ones) this will be hard.
Don’t try to use them for spaceplanes, they’re designed to go real fast in-atmosphere.
Spaceplane fuselages now have the correct capacities for their volume (adjusted for greater inert fraction to account for the much greater impact and connection strenght values). If you try to build planes stock-style just using fuel sections everywhere, you’re going to have a hard time getting off the ground.
You don’t need nearly as many fuel tanks – you can get around the world in on a single Mk2 fuel tank if you design right, so use the structural sections. They’re there for a reason.
* Update small versions of stock jets to use the proper heat animations.
* Fix for stock engine nacelle doing 3x as much drag as it should for its intake size.
* Update small engine nacelle using new base area values.
* Update alternator values on engines as appropriate.
* Hook in R&D.
* TurboJet moved to Supersonic, cost/entry cost decreased.
* Decrease cost for Mk2/Mk3 adapters as these don’t have fuel here.
* New wing data based on 3 decimal point precision measurements of mesh vertexes.
* FAR already has these measurements, FAR data for stock wings removed.
* Override FAR’s thrust levels for jets, if present.
* Convert remaining .png textures to .tga for faster loading and proper MipMap generation.
* Remove TT’s mods from Extra, I don’t use them any more.
* Remove KSPX fixes from Extra, they are now in the base mod v0.2.4.
* Add RW Improved Trusses to Extra and hook it into R&D.
* Redo Novapunch winglet rebalance as a ModuleManager file, with new vertex-based measurements of the wings.
* Use ModuleManager to overwite stock configs.
* Optimize compression on a few .png textures.
* Use better formula for unitScalar/maxIntakeSpeed for off-mass intakes.
* Fix node on small AirScoop.
* Update Extras.
* Add content from DA-TV UAV Pack.
* Ballshark UAV core.
* Bonusjet and Tiny Jet engines.
* Add Tapered Wings.
* Redo all wing values from new formulas.
* Animate Cone Intake with KTechAnimation plugin.
* Update to 0.20 file structure.
* Add structural Mk2/Mk3 fuselages.
* Update Heavy strut to new .mu model.
* Tweak Mk3 fuselage node positions by a few cm.
* Fix some missed node sizes on a couple of 0.625m parts.
* New thrust/mass/isp values for turbofans, from a new formula.
* Adjusted spin times on jets to be faster.
* Small fix to FAR values for stock control surfaces.
* unitScalar drag fix for small ram-air intake.
* Merge stock and FAR configs.
* Add some more NTBI variations.
* 12×8 with straight trailing edge.
* 9×6 both types.
* 5×4 tailfin.
* 3×1.5 and 3×3 rectangular.
* 2m large flap.
* 0.5m & 1m small flap.
* Rename NTBI directories for better sorting.
* Mk1/2/3 connection strength increased.
* Normalize intake drag per unit area.
* Tweak volume and inert mass for Mk2 and Mk3.
* Increase connection strenghts for Mk1.
* Various node size tweaks as FAR uses these for exposed node drag.
* Add relatively balanced turbo rover wheel.
* Minor bug fixes in wings.
* Fixed visual fx event triggers for Ramjets
* NTBI Airplane Style Wing Parts now included in the main package.
* Case fixes for linux.
* Major rebalance pass on pretty much everything.
* Added two conformal RCS tanks.
* Redid some of the models.
* More attach node tweaks.
* Normalized attach rules on stock winglets.
* A few fixes.
* Added an EVEN LARGER LANDING GEAR.
* Mk2 Fuselage – Rocket Fuel pointed to wrong model.
* Fix part name for small fuselage empennage.
* Fix calculation error for larger swept wing mass.
* Adjust Turbofan, Ramjet Isp on the basis of relative TSFC from turbojet.
* Fix typo in spinup value for turbofans.
* Second balance pass on air-breathing engines.
* Many name and description and attachment node tweaks.
* Second balance pass on Mk2/Mk3 fuselage sections capacity/weight.
* Tailfin: large size rescale factor error fixed.
* Avionic nosecone: Tweak attach node and rescale factor for looks.
* AV-R8 Winglet: add medium and large sizes added, rename default to small.
* Delta-Deluxe Winglet: medium size added, rename default to small.
* Add Empennage Fuselage Section, S and M.
* Add shock cone intakes.
* Add ramjet engines.
* Rename Basic Jet to Turbofan.
* Rebalance Turbofan, Turbojet, Ramjet with data from NASA EngineSim.
* Fix visual FX on small turbofan.
* Fix visual and sound FX on small turbojet.
* Add JellyCube’s Mk2 BiCoupler, converted to .mu with specular and normal.
* Tweak Mk2/3 fuselage attach nodes.
* Add retextured rocket fuel Mk2/Mk3 fuselage.
* Convert rkman’s alternative spaceplane adapters to .mu and add specular and normal.
* Make landing gear lighter.
* Initial release.
* Consolidated v0.16-era packages.
* v0.18 compatible.
* Updated gear, inlet, engine models.
* Redone fuselage dry weight and fuel capacities
* Update all relevant parts to new .cfg syntax.
* Reset engine stats to stock, double Basic Jet impulse.
* Add half-size Mk1 fuselage.
* Add half-size tail.
* Add double-size tailfin.
* Add half-size air scoop inlet.
* Add alternate spaceplane adapters by rkman.
* Add Heavy novapunch strut by Tiberion.
* Add example crafts.
Copyrights and such
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
Alternative spaceplane adapters remodel by rkman, originally by C7, used with permission: http://forum.kerbalspaceprogram.com/showthread.php/15541
Heavy Strut from Novapunch, edit by Tiberion, originally by HarvesteR, used with permission: http://forum.kerbalspaceprogram.com/showthread.php/3870
Mk2 BiCoupler by JellyGoggles, based on work by C7, used with permission: http://forum.kerbalspaceprogram.com/showthread.php/4542
NTBI Airplane Style Wing Parts, by ac14, used with permission: http://kerbalspaceport.com/?p=1031
Ballshark, Bonusjet and Tinyjet by DYJ, used with permission.
All other models by Squad.
Installing addons in KSP is as simple as moving files into their appropriate folders. This guide explains which folders hold each type of addon, and how to locate them. Keep in mind that Addon packages may contain any combination of addon types. These instructions are meant only as a generic guide.
The first step to installing an addon is to locate the KSP folder in your computer. This is where KSP keeps all of its files, including your game saves and screenshots. The KSP folder is located where you unzipped it when you first downloaded the game.
The KSP Folder contains the following subfolders:
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Parts are all contained inside KSP/Parts. Each part has its own subfolder in the Parts folder:
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In KSP/Ships, you will find separate subfolders for the different construction facilities in the game. The VAB folder, for instance, holds craft files that are editable on the Vehicle Assembly Building in game, and launched from a Launch Pad. Similarly, the SPH folder holds craft files that are editable in the Spaceplane Hangar Facility, and launched from the Runway.
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Each game started creates its own folder in KSP/Saves. Each save has its own Ships folder, which is organized in the same way as the common Ships folder above. Craft files placed in one of the subfolders are only visible when playing the corresponding game, and can be overwritten and deleted. Ships created while playing the corresponding game are also saved in these folders.
The KSP/Saves folder contains the training and scenarios subfolders. SFS files in the training subfolder are listed in the Training section of the Main Menu in the game, and files in the scenarios subfolder are visible in the Scenarios section of the menu.
To install scenarios and training missions, extract the SFS files from the downloaded package into the appropriate subfolder.
The KSP/Plugins folder holds the DLL files for plugin-powered addons. These plugins extend the funcionality of the game, adding new part types, or new missions.
To install a plugin, extract the DLL files from the downloaded package into the KSP/Plugins folder.
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To install internal props and spaces, extract the folders from the downloaded package into the appropriate subfolder.