F-25 Shrike This isn't exactly about a design for a cardmodel I'm doing or anything, I just figured it was the best place for this thread. Anyway, I've always been very interested in aircraft, when I was 7 I asked for a giant encyclopedia on military aircraft for Christmas. I've always sketched my own designs occasionally, and tried to think up what a good fighter might look like. I'm also a big fan of Ojimak's models. The textures are generally very detailed, and the models are simple to build, and look great (though I typically modify them all slightly, bending instead of folding, and inserting my own cockpit interior and clear canopy), and of course they all glide very well. After awhile of sketching in boredom, I drew a design I liked a lot. So last night I finally resolved to actually build a model of it. I didn't actually create any really new model parts, I mostly used pieces from Ojimak's kits, with slight (mostly cosmetic) modification in Photoshop. So, the idea behind my model was to incorporate some of the most useful advances in fighter design; a tandem tri-wing design, for manuevering; swing-wings capable of sweeping-forward, for manuevers at higher speeds, as well as stability at lower speeds; vectored thrust, once again for increased manueverability, as well as a potential VTOL system simlar to the F-35's (not implemented yet); and finally, aspects intended for a decreased radar signature (though the model doesn't carry them out as well as I'd like). I'm no aeronautic engineer, so I have no idea if the design would ever actually fly, in fact, I'm pretty sure at least some of my design wouldn't work with other parts, but hey, this is a fantasy fighter, who really cares if it would actually work? Since Ojimak sepcifically asks that his models not be tampered with and redistributed, I don't think it would be wise of me to post the modified parts I used for this model. Even if I did, some areas would be a mystery to would-be modellers, as I made modifications outside of the computer (like the gear system for the swing-wing). However, I CAN tell you (just in case some of you are interested in reproducing this model on your own) which parts from which models I used: Su-35: Forward fuselage, Top of main fuselage, bottom spine, horizontal stabilizers F-14: Wings, Lower fins (on engines), Canopy F/A-18F: Intakes, Vertical stabilizers F-22: Exaust nozzels F-15: Tail Booms I'm sure you're sick of reading my banter by now, so I'll commence with the images: Oh, yes, I know the build is rather sloppy. I sort of build all of my models sloppily....too excited to finish them I guess.