SAVAGE CARBON - STOL REALISM MOD
A more powerful, stronger and meaner Savage Cub, retrofitted to be a true bush machine.
The Savage Carbon is a custom backcountry aircraft built to be a versatile high performance stick and rudder bush machine. She excels at STOL yet flies with XCubs.
She’s a load of fun. She’s also pretty close to a study level bush bird.
EXPEDITION ALASKA 2021
Embark on the adventure of a lifetime that will see you and like-minded pilots journey from the north of the United States through British Colombia and on to the wilderness of Alaska. During this epic journey we will encounter some of the most amazing scenery our planet has to offer.
This event covers over 5,500 statute miles, 30 airports and should take about 4 to 6 months to complete.
It will be hosted on the Got Gravel Discord Server.
TIPS ON WATERSKIING
Water Skiing is a first in MSFS in the Savage Carbon. However, water related physics in MSFS are currently far from complete or perfect and things can occasionally get bumpy. Water spray is not in the sim yet, and neither are wakes. But … buoyancy and water hardness with speed are all you need for now, and the Savage Carbon has got you covered!
While practicing your mermaid skills, I would first of all highly recommend to set CRASH DAMAGE to OFF (in the Assistance menu). Especially when rolling onto the beach…the sim often just “crashes” you without a real reason, no matter how soft your roll onto land.
To practice gentle water landings, try this:
- Approach a body of water and deploy flap 1 around 60kts.
- Flap 2 around 45kts. Trim.
- Ease the throttle another 100RPM just prior to a soft touchdown.
- Gently roll onto the beach under an angle at 30kts, flaps 0, full stick back pressure and brake.
Finally, a great place to get your feet wet (or not) is in Sitka (PASI). The runway is practically in the water.
DISCLAIMER: DO NOT ATTEMPT THIS IN REAL LIFE. Just because you get it to work in the sim does not mean it works in your plane. Water skiing is extremely dangerous.
DOWNLOAD AND INSTALLATION
The Savage Carbon will install as a new plane, appearing next to the Savage Cub. 19 Liveries are included.
1. Download the Savage Carbon
2. Drag into the Community Folder
- First of all make sure the default MSFS Savage Cub is installed, this mod depends on it
- Delete older versions of the mod
- Extract the ZIP file
- Drag the folder named
gotgravel-savage-carbondirectly into the
- Restart the sim
- You’ll find the Savage Carbon in your hangar all the way to the right near the default MSFS Savage Cub.
If done correctly, your folder structure should look like this:
/Community /gotgravel-savage-carbon /RTC /SimObjects /Official
How to find the community folder?
- If you changed the default location of packages, it’s the simplest because you should find a Community sub folder in it.
- For Steam, it should be located in C:\Users[Computer Name]\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.FlightDashboard_8wekyb3d8bbwe\LocalCache\Packages\Community
- For Windows Store C:\Users[Computer Name]\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.FlightSimulator_8wekyb3d8bbwe\LocalCache\Packages\Community
WHAT’S IN THE BOX
The Backcountry Experience
Bush machines are extreme machines, often pushed to the edge of their performance envelopes. Always wanted to fly one? Get the Savage Carbon for the most authentic STOL experience possible…short of flying the real thing.
The STOL stuff:
- 29" Alaskan Bushwheels.
- 165HP Edge Performance engine.
- Water skiing.
- 82" Whirlwind GA-200L-STOL propeller.
- King Shock absorbers and upgraded suspension.
- Powerful disc brakes.
- A 3rd monster flap (60 degrees!) so you can fly slower approaches, with higher sink rates, giving you 15ft landing bragging rights.
- Flaps move faster so you can pump them for short take offs and retract them at touchdown for maximum braking power.
- Flaperons…using 20% aileron as flaps
- Ground handling is what you would expect from a purpose-built backcountry aircraft: Lift your tail, propwash left and right, brake on a dime.
- Vortex Generators on wing and tail are accurately simulated, delaying stalls and enabling those slow STOL approaches.
Other features (non exhaustive):
- 19 Custom Liveries.
- Flight model parameters like parasite drag, induced drag, flap drag and lift, moment of inertia along all axis, P-factor, propwash, torque, weather vaning, gyroscopic precession and more have been tuned to recreate that unique bush plane thrill.
- Two auxiliary fuels tanks of 10gal each were installed giving you that extra range when you need it.
- Night VFR. It’s got all the cockpit illumination, navigation lights and strobe lights you’ll need…all according to FAA regulations.
- Parking brakes were added (use a keybind to control).
- The CG has been completely reworked by correctly positioning all simulated masses in 3D space, resulting in a stable and natural feeling aircraft.
It took well over 200 hours of research and test flights to tune all aspects of the model. Performance is frequently evaluated by 2 seasoned pilots with experience in similar planes.
BE A SUPPORTER
This Savage Cub to Savage Carbon conversion mod is free and always will be, but if you enjoy it and feel you want to contribute towards this ongoing project it will always be appreciated.
The Savage has no autopilot installed (you will find none in the cockpit), but for your convenience I did tune and test the setup for a relaxed experience. However, it is disabled by default.
To enable, follow the instructions below. You will also need to setup and use your own keybinds for autopilot on / off state, altitude hold and heading hold if you haven’t done so yet.
- Go to your community folder
- Go to gotgravel-savage-carbon / SimObjects / Airplanes / Asobo_Savage_Carbon
- Open the file engines.cfg in a text editor
- Go to the last line and change the 1 to 0 (DisableAutopilotControls = 0)
- Restart sim if it was running
Changelog v1.2.1 (HOTFIX / Jan 13, 2021)
- Fixed the names in the aircraft selection making it now very clear which is a Savage Grravel and which is a Savage Carbon. Essential now with the new drag & drop community liveries coming in.
- Languages other than English now have their aircraft manufacturer and model correctly displayed.
- Language aircraft description for French has been translated.
Changelog v1.2.0 (Jan 5, 2021):
- Support for Drag & Drop liveries! This means you may expect many more liveries coming from the talented community which now simply can be added to the Community folder like any other mod. This also means all liveries are now in alphabetical order.
- Tuned the default Quickview, Fixed and Instrument cameras for an immersive experience. Cameras will now accurately follow the eyes of the pilot based on where his head would be with a certain motion.
- Updated pilot head position for VR to accurately reflect where the pilot’s eyes would be.
Changelog v1.1.2 (Dec 28, 2020):
- Carbon Fiber dashboard!
- New and reprogrammed fuel gauges, now showing both liters and gallons (same as Grravel’s).
- Larger fuel tanks, increased from 13.5 to 18.0 gallons per wing.
- Removed auxiliary fuel bladders, making room for a passenger.
- Increased default luggage weight from 40 to 60lbs (more realistic and it’s a nice counter balance to help prevent nose-overs).
- Occasional engine shutdowns at idle fixed.
- Improved cockpit textures overall to improve your VR experience.
- Aircraft now appears next to the default Savage Cub in your hangar, so scroll a bit further to the right to find it (Grravel will be there too if you have it).
Changelog v1.1.1 (Dec 17, 2020):
- Water skiing! Wheels now have buoyancy and the water hardens with speed.
- Widened wheelbase.
- Propeller 3D model enlarged to match the 82" Whirlwind GA-200L-STOL prop.
- Further improved King Shocks dampening and off-road suspension behaviour.
- Propeller angle changed from 15 to 16 degrees, giving more power, higher cruise speed and less engine redlining.
- Bushwheel drag decreased by about 8% (was too high), further increasing cruise speed (120kts at sea level, 110kts higher up).
- Weight increased to 650lbs, taking into account the new engine and bigger tires.
- Mains moved forward a few inches…harder to go nose over.
- Oil warms up less quick and cools down much slower at idle speeds.
- More black and more smooth Bushwheels (but the treads are still there).
- Removed cowling Transformer logo reflection from all liveries but BumbleBee (oops).
- Increased “Edge Performance” branding font size on the cowling.
- Raised multiplayer aircraft model a few inches to align with the runway better.
Changelog v1.1.0 (Dec 12, 2020):
- 165HP Edge Performance engine
- 29" Airstreak Alaskan Bushwheels
- 82" Whirlwind GA-200L-STOL propeller
- King Shock absorbers and massive suspension update
- Upgraded disc brakes
- 5 new liveries: Bumble Bee, Bolt, Hunter, Arctic and Desert
- Flaperons…now using 20% aileron as flaps
Changelog v126.96.36.199 (HOTFIX / Dec 1, 2020):
- Yaw was overly sensitive; now behaves correctly (easier to fly and taxi too)
- Batman livery updated. A shade darker, chrome spinner, and black seats. Same cool matte finish.
- Night VFR: slightly dimmer gauges, dim red pedal lighting, and the tail navigation light moved to the top of the rudder.
- Idle oil pressure a bit higher.
Changelog v1.0.6 (Nov 28, 2020):
- Autopilot. All setup and configured, but it is disabled by default as it does not come with the Savage. If you want it, please enable it by following the instructions in the next section.
- New livery “Rust Bucket”, bringing the total to 14
- Night VFR! With a flick of the strobe switch you now have illuminated gauges, navigation lights and double strobes. The landing light is also brighter.
- Electrical system upgrade
- Multiplayer sunken planes fixed
- Propeller upgraded from wood to carbon, adding 3% power
- Flight model realism improvements
- Correct white arc added to the cockpit ASI (but the original white arc is still on the glass as it comes with the gauge itself, this is currently beyond my control)
Changelog v1.0.5 (Nov 19, 2020):
- 3rd monster flap added (60deg!) to enable steeper high-sink rate approaches…and even slower ones
- Faster flap change speed of half a second…commonly seen in STOL work
- Auxiliary fuel tanks installed in the back seat
- Prop shutdown a little slower to sync with shutdown sound exactly
- Rotating prop 3x more transparent to match real-life looks
- Increased maximum gross weight from 1111lbs to 1150lbs
- Much easier to trim elevator
- Faster roll at lower speeds
- More tips added to the loading screen
Changelog v1.0.4 (Nov 13, 2020):
- Added 2 more liveries (D-Day USAF and D-Day RAF), bringing the total to 13.
- New and improved Rotax 915iS with much more accurate power curves
- Further refined engine gauges (Oil temp, Oil press, CHT temp)
- Simulated aerodynamic back pressure on control surfaces at higher velocities
- Dramatically improved STOL realism and control
- Excellent ground handling, can throw your tail left and right with just propwash
- Fixed: much reduced nose-up attitude upon flap deployment
- Much more realistic flight model overall
Changelog v1.0.3 (Nov 6, 2020):
- Added 5 more liveries (purple, teal, black, batman and zebra), bringing the total to 11
- More realistic oil temperature and pressure gauge simulation
- Much improved ground handling
- Much improved CG (even harder to nose-dip now…unless you don’t apply stick back pressure)
- More powerful pneumatic brakes
- Ground effect (added)
- Gyroscopic precession effect (stronger effect)
- P-Factor (stronger effect)
- Torque (stronger effect)
- Weather Vaning (added)
- Adverse Yaw (added…but FS2020 does not do this very well yet)
- Propwash (stronger effect)
Changelog v1.0.2 (Nov 1, 2020):
- Added 5 new liveries to the default white: red, orange, yellow, green and blue
- Added handbrake
- Adjusted brakes (it’s now harder to nose-dip)
- Increased fuel capacity by 50%
- Improved flight model
- ICAO Type Designator set to SVCB (seen in multiplayer labels)
Changelog v1.0.1 (Oct 28, 2020):
- Initial release
CURATED STOL LESSON VIDS
- How to Land An Airplane Short - by Trend Palmer
- Backcountry Aviation’s STOL Tips: The Takeoff
- Backcountry Aviation’s STOL Tips: The Approach
- Backcountry Aviation’s STOL Tips: The Landing
- Backcountry Aviation’s STOL Tips: Go Arounds
How to Fly Tailwheel Airplanes in MSFS by DragRequired
- Most of this information is also found on a placard on the left side inside the cockpit
- All performance data was obtained at sea level under ISA (clear skies) and MTOW (Maximum Take Off Weight) conditions
- TAKE OFF POWER 5800 RPM
- MAX CONT POWER 5500 RPM
- 75% POWER 5500 RPM
- 70% POWER 5000 RPM
- NEVER EXCEED SPEED (VNE) 160kts
- CRUISE SPEED (VC) 115kts
- MANEUVERING SPEED (VA) 100kts
- BEST CLIMB RATE (VY) 65kts
- MAX SPEED FLAPS (VFE) 70kts
- STALL SPEED CLEAN (VS) 35kts
- STALL SPEED FULL FLAPS (VS0) 28kts
- BEST POWER OFF GLIDE SPEED (VBG) 48kts
Sensitivity settings are personal and very much depend on your controller and preferences, but if you don’t know where to start…this is a good one!
(X is Aileron, Y is Elevator, Z is Rudder, Slider X is Throttle)
- The Carbon Savage is an ongoing project by Got Gravel.
- Flight testing by experienced real-life pilots avaricooper and roketJsquerl.
- Selected Videos:
- A very special thanks to the awesome team of the [VL3-915 project.]