Hello everyone…I hope this is the right section - if not, please send me elsewhere. I’m involved with a project that involves designing a two place side by side, tractor, low wing general aviation aircraft, and making it look pretty - but for the life of me I just can’t get anything decent. The problem I keep running into is that since the engine is up front and is quite wide, I have this massive bulk that I have to integrate into a relatively narrow fuselage. It also means that I have a body that goes from very narrow to fat to sort of fat.
EDIT: Another major problem/consideration is ground clearance. The propeller and engine have to be relatively high up to keep the prop from hitting the ground (since it’s a tricycle undercarriage - two wheels in the back and one in the front).
My design vocabulary basically dictates that to solve this, I need to create a highly vertical shape - unfortunately, I can’t do that because the engine is horizontally opposed and thus very wide in the horizontal plane; if I make a vertical front end, then the cylinders poke out the sides and there is a lot of wasted area (read: not aerodynamic).
We’re trying to get a very angular, angry look from this - both myself and the person I’m working with want to create something new and avoid the overly boxy look of one half of the GA fleet, and avoid the overly blended swishy look of the other half.
What we’re going up against/general configuration of this type:
What we want to avoid;
What I’ve made so far (rough, rough 3D sketches) and am unhappy with;
So…could anyone maybe give some advice here? My design vocabulary just really does not gel well with the way this aircraft has to be laid out (truth be told, I think 99% of GA aircraft of this configuration are ugly or boring as sin). I would love to get some tips from professionals. Thank you!