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michaelb15

Adding fuel tanks

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How can I add fuel tanks and increase the Max weight to aircraft? there is a blackhawk UH 60 that I have, the models have external fuel tanks, but when I go to the options to add fuel to them the only tank that shows is the main tank. Also I would like to change the aircraft weight to a more realistic 23,500 lbs max weight. the current setup that is modeled, has very little power, and will not even lift off the ground with 6 ppl and full fuel. I dont know how the designers made such a beautiful blackhawk, but fail to model it realisticly. I was flying from bagdad to Osama's hideout, and I made it there with 2% fuel remaining, and a load of 2 pilots and 4 pass, and full fuel... Very Unrealistic. I should have been able to make it there and back, with 10 passengers. Without even needing external tanks.

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Michael, In the folder that has your helo (believe it should be in \SimObjects\Rotorcraft\), there's a file named aircraft.cfg. Make a copy of that file. Open the original with any text editor, and look for a line that reads max_gross_weight =. Changing the value on that line would increase the max gross weight. Likewise, looks for a section named [fuel] and below it there should be a list of the fuel tanks, one per line, perhaps with names such as Center1 = -1.59, 0.0, -0.95, 217, 3.0, where the numbers mean Longitudinal (feet), Lateral (feet), Vertical (feet), Usable(gallons), Unusable (gallons). Believe that you could add more fuel tanks by adding another line with a different name for each tank, and the values per your preferences. All of this could change the aircraft flying dynamics, so be careful. Have fun, David Vega


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