A few months ago, community member Benedict Rastetter let us know he was working on a Bk-117, and, back then, he asked the community for help.

Back in December, Benedict updated us and let us know that he was now working under the banner of Rigid Rotor Designs and that a Bo-105 was also in the works.

Rigid Rotor Designs Bo-105 for MSFS

Benedict (or, better yet, Rigid Rotor Designs) is back with a new update as the project progresses and there’s a lot to talk about.

The first thing Rigid Rotor Designs (RRD) tells us is that the fuselage of the Bk117 was improved using 3D scans as a reference and that the same will happen with the Bo-105. In fact, RRD will be using scans in pretty much everything of relevance.

Rigid Rotor Designs Bo-105 for MSFS

The tail rotor of the Bk117 is finished with all the details added to it and, according to RRD, “rivets have a 95 percent accuracy”.  The team adds that “only the longer lines might differ a bit in their total amount compared to the real aircraft”. Do we have rivet counters out there?

Rigid Rotor Designs Bk-117 for MSFS

Why such detail? RRD says that is a matter of respect for the developers of the aircraft and to “set a new standard for all the people who look very closely”.

Rigid Rotor Designs Bk-117 for MSFS

Both models have already been imported in the MSFS to make sure everything is looking the way it should and a first pass of the flight model was already been implemented. RRD says that real data was used whenever possible and that doing this “automatically resulted in the general flight characteristics expected for both helicopters, for example in hover”.

Rigid Rotor Designs Bk-117 for MSFS

RRD is looking into ways of adding more parameters into the new version of the sim, especially for the tail rotor (which we will probably have to wait for MSFS2024 but I am hoping some developers may reach out to Benedict to help since a few have been mentioning there’s a lot more that can be done with helicopters than we realize).

Animations have not been added yet and RRD is looking for someone who could help out in this area since Benedict has no experience with that side of development. Another area that RRD could use some help with is engine and fuel setup. If you can lend a hand, please by all means join RRD’s Discord server and let Benedict know.

You can also join the server to keep in touch with the team and check out the latest updates.