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February 24, 2017
FSXP3D – Douglas C-47R Skytrain V3.14 Beta. With this package you have downloaded the probably long awaited update for our Douglas C-47R Skytrain V3.12 Beta edition. The main culprit of the delay happened to be the dreaded FSX bug that prevents ambient ‘VCLighting’ to be used with VC’s that use bump-mapped textures. A lot of unforeseen new texture work was therefore at hand. Anyway, as you will soon see when you take your Skytrain/Dakota/Gooney Bird up for a first night flight, we’ve made it, bump- mapped textures are still there in the VVC (Vintage Virtual Cockpit) along with ambient ‘VC lighting’ at dusk/night/dawn. 1 – 0 for us. (more…)
FSX – Piper Turbo Arrow III. A development of the original FSX Tubro Arrow III by Rien Cornelissen. The improvements made concern exterior and interior texture, vitual cockpit (new instrument panel with new gauges, VC views), pop-up panels, liveries, aircraft configuration and flight dynamics. The improved plane features demand more accuracy and vigilance during flight operations to prevent the plane systems from damages.
By Vladimir Gonchar
FSX/FS2004 – Curtiss B-36 Bomber With Parasite Fighter XF-85. This package honours Kazunori Ito’s great work and the incredible US concept of equipping a long range bomber with a tiny inceptor within the bombbay. The fighter, hanging on a trapez, was swang out from the bombay and after it was released it should defend the bomber far from the home base. After the fight it was proposed that the fighter returns to the bomber, connecting its hook onto the trapez. This concept was successfully tested with a B-29 but was never done with a B-36. The package contains three models: A) Kazunori Ito’s original B-36 with a static XF-85 within the bombbay with animated gun turrets and bombbay. B) Erwin Welker’s reworked model of Ito’s B-36 with the animation of the XF-85 coming out from the bombbay and flying away. This version is just for flying because of avoiding exceeding the vertices limit of the simulator inside parts of the B-36 (gear,gun turrets and crew) are removed. This version has a VC. C)Kazunori Ito’s XF-85, upgradet for FSX by Michael Pook. All original models are made by Kazunori Ito, model rework of the B-36 with the XF-85 animations and all camera definitions by Erwin Welker, all panel rework with FSX-compatible gauges by Michael Pook. Gauges by different authors.
Package by Erwin Welker
February 17, 2017
FSX – McDonnell XF-85 Goblin Update. The McDonnell XF-85 Goblin parasite aircraft was developed to protect B-36 bombers flying beyond the range of conventional escort fighters. In theory, a B-36 penetrating enemy territory would carry its protecting fighter in the bomb bay. If attacked by enemy aircraft, the bomber would lower the Goblin on a trapeze and release it to combat the attackers. After the enemy had been driven away, the parasite fighter would return to the bomber, hook onto the trapeze, fold its wings, and be lifted back into the bomb bay. Although the XF-85 was successfully launched and retrieved from an EB-29B on several test flights but was never flown from a B-36. The test program was canceled in late 1949s when mid-air refueling of fighter aircraft for range extension began to show greater promise. This is and FSX Update of the XF-85 by Kazunori Ito. It features a new static VC and a 2D panel with now FSX compatible gauges. I also added lights including VC light as well as smoke effect and slightly changed the flight dynamics.
Original model by Kazunori Ito, all updates and static VC by Michael Pook