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KIROV REPORTING by VoughtVindicator KIROV REPORTING by VoughtVindicator
A more realistic take on everybody's favorite RTS unit, the soviet Kirov Airship. It's got its bomb bay removed (might replace it with something else later. Any ideas?), the baloon is much larger, and it comes equipped with radars and CIWS guns for self defense.

Still in the WIP stage, but now at least it's showable. Going to continue working on it. On the mean time...


EDIT: oh, and they took out the 'enable critique' button? Well, you get the idea. Critique at will.

EDIT 2: lol, funny how it seems to be flying out of the DA frame. Is it going to bomb something else? Probably shitty Sonic the Hedgehog fanart and those losers who say RA3 sucks without even having played it.

EDIT III The Regenge of the Sith: Added the bomb bay again, a Kirov simply isn't a Kirov without bombs
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The-Necromancer Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Pretty good adaption of the Mighty Kirov.

As an airship fanatic, I've thought for years on what a real Kirov would be like. Yours is a fairly good interpretation, although I'd dare say the control surfaces at the tail are a bit over-sized and you'd maybe want to drop the number of engine cars. Fourteen engine cars is likely a bit too many given the fact that real-life rigid airships only required four or five, and there are also has two forward rotor cars for extra lift which would contribute to extra weight. (I always thought that was a rather good design choice...) I'd also state that the propellers on the engine cars should be tractor-type instead of pusher-type, being at the front of the engine cars.

The scaling on the command/crew gondola is likely a bit big. Granted, I've never heard Westwood or EA give an exact idea of how big a Kirov is, but I've always imagined them to be between 800 and 900 feet long. Just a bit bigger than the real life Hindenburg, a ship that if converted into a bomber like it's WWI predecessors would have virtually been a Kirov. Hindenburg had a useful lift capacity of 510,000 lbs, although that was with hydrogen rather than the Kirov's helium.

With all the technical caveats out of the way, this is still a rather good depiction of a "realistic" Kirov. The inclusion of the AK-630 CIWS antiaircraft system is most proper, something that I dearly wish the in-game unit would have retained from it's prototype designs in RA2. But I guess that would have been too much! Stupid Rockies. Or those blasted Rocket Angels in RA3...
U3Fcommand3r Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Looks awesome!!!
RawrNinjaArtist Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Student Digital Artist
awesomly made
seems quite more realisticthan the one ingame :o
nice work!
NekkoJin Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
This is the Blimp equivalent of Chuck Norris.
VoughtVindicator Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The-Necromancer Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
So ominous, so Soviet, so slow...

But wait! What is that?! You added extra engines! Oh no!!! Now what will the Allies do?!!! HA HA HA HA

Ah yes, the Kirov has been a favourite of mine since RA2. Great rendition.
47ness Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Heeleeum meex opteemul. ¯C¯

Gotta love Soviet designers/engineers. "Why build efficient when BIGGER will suffice?" :D
VoughtVindicator Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Funny thing is that they are like that in real life.
Kirov-Airship Featured By Owner May 22, 2009
Is good even if bomb bay has been removed, but perhaps to put the bomb bay back on? Kirov lives to bomb.
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