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Kevin Firth

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  1. Thanks, the mach loop is always good fun, especially in something like the bronco, very maneuverable but also pretty fast.  Can't make those type of turns in the Q400 though-just doesnt respond to control inputs as fast, which makes it much harder!

  2. 10 minutes ago, si3po said:

    Hi Kevin,

    Thanks for the reply. I've got to ask though, what is the annotator? I thought I'd used this already but have been told that I'm using something completely different?

    Moving away from FSX is a non-option (too expensive for a charity organisation), as is unpredictable placement of scenery objects as the Commanding Officer wants the local area to be as real a possible without affecting frame rates to much so as to keep it flyable on the system we have.

    Autogen annotator.  Its part of the SDK.

    There is a cheaper option available to you as well.

    Just flight are releasing their VFR photographic scenery again with an updated version including buildings and trees.  Its being released in volumes and Scotland hasn't been reached yet, so watch out in the future.

    https://www.justflight.com/product/vfr-real-scenery-nexgen-3d-vol-one-southern-england-and-south-wales?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Just Flight Just Trains Newsletter - October 2018&utm_content=Just Flight Just Trains Newsletter - October 2018+Preview+CID_56dbd3d5969ea0bc2b58cfbc657c6a54&utm_source=cm&utm_term=VFR Real Scenery NexGen 3D Vol 1 Southern England South Wales

    Works on FSX as well, remiss f me to not include it as an option above... K

  3. 1st option: Use annotator to add autogen to photoscenery.  BUT its tedius adding millions of objects manually. 

    2nd option: Use Scenproc to add huge numbers of autogen objects procedurally.  BUT with unpredictable quality.

    3rd option: Upgrade to P3D 4 and/or XP11, get orbx TrueEarth. Recommended, but may come with some hardware cost! (Example video below)


  4. 6 hours ago, Tristarcaptain said:

    Have you bought and flown it then, Kevin?  I know that it LOOKS good and have been looking forward to it.  I sold my old FSX Lancaster a while back as I was hoping that this would be better......^_^

    I helped beta test it.  I can attest to a huge amount of effort being put in to get it right.  I never had the old FSX lanc so I can't compare them I'm afraid.

    Now, there are aspects that some might find less than attractive.  For the autistic me, I would have liked to see the bomb computer and GEE/Oboe being fully functional modelled systems, and for it to be tacpac enabled.  But I think at the pricepoint thats not really to be expected.  Aircraft like this have to have some compromises made because there has to be enough of a market for them.  I'd pay double for a study level Op Chastise capable lanc, but I suspect not enough people would to make it profitable.


  5. 2 hours ago, J G said:

    For a moment I thought the above was the JF version, a quick dash over to their sight and I see it is still in development.:(


    The impending JF Vulcan is the number two on my must have list, the JF Tornado F3 that is in development being the number one.

    It is indeed the JF version, external shots are now permitted...:D

  6. try voxatc as well.  has a trial period but also has a uk specific expansion that complies with CAP412 the CAA radiotelephony manual.  You can do things like MATZ penetrations that I believe are impossible with other ATC apps. 

    Any atc app will only ever be as good as the data it works with so be prepared to use something like fsAerodata and get accomplished it editing afcad files with ADE, if you want the nost authentic experience!

  7. 1 hour ago, mutley said:

    Thanks for your feedback Kevin, I think your expectations of a product costing a mere £32 are way too high.

    Quite the contrary Joe, I havent complained or raised any isues with Orbx, for £32 as you say merely the colour corrected PR is worth it. :) My feedback is regarding the accuracy of the review not the content of the scenery - 10/10 implies perfection and there is clearly room for improvement.  No question it is a great product and I'll be buying pretty much anything in the series :D Cheers K

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  8. yes it is good.

    no it does not deserve 10/10 across the board IMHO


    * the building autogen placement is NOT 100% authentic, nor are the building autogen types.

    * vegetation autogen might have been more varied

    * there are a signifcant number of extrusion bridges actually missing let alone misaligned (look at motorway bridges)

    * may just be settings for me, but I found the cityscene building area textures were too bright at night

    * point of factual accuracy - Earth sims did products similarly (but not over such an extensive area) years ago


    None of this is to say the product is bad, is isnt.  Much of the commentary in the review is spot on and deserving of praise.  However the product simply is NOT 'perfect' so shouldnt receive a 10/10 for me... just a 9.9 ;)

  9. 2 hours ago, J G said:

    Also most of the carriers I have found seem to be very poorly detailed and /or not Royal Navy. The two packages you point out look brilliant! I just might have to forgo my RAF only rule and get posted to the USN on detachment.

    That was my exact same thought process until I researched it a little.  Worth mentioning the comment below that SWS posted on youtube as well.  I am finding the VRS Superbug VERY up to date, detailed and worth looking at.  The Aerosoft F14 extended has me in a weird do I like it or not kind of holding pattern?  The a/c feels quite a relic in the cockpit (well it is I suppose!) not at all what I was expecting....   Either way, there looks to be coming soon a new realism to carrier flights :) K

    Our plan is to produce AI air wing packages for every carrier. So if you want to fly on today's Nimitz, you can get the relevant AI Airwing. If you want WWII, a relevant package will be produced. If you want to use the default F-35, you it will need to be configured it but you can use it as well.
  10. 2 hours ago, J G said:

    My TrackIR went south on me a while ago, and is am expencive bit of kit to replace.


    I bought an old Sony Playstation* camera and removed the IR filter from it.  This I use with FreeTrack and it works just fine.  I think the total outlay was about £40.


    *If you want to do this then you need the correct version of the camera.  Not all versions have an IR filter that can be removed. Instructions are on the interweb. Google it!

    Thats exactly what TrackHat do.  Their kit is modular so if you already have a Sony playstation camera you can just buy the headset attachment.

  11. 11 minutes ago, wain said:

    thanks for the 'heads up'....shame about the little accident, I saw trackhat a while back but until my TrackIR goes wrong I will stick with what I have....but as a replacement that would be an option, is it working on all platforms?

    Absolutely stick with TrackIR if you have it and its working.  If you're new to head tracking or need a replacement then TrackHat is very much worth a look.

    The documentation says it will work with anything TrackIR does.  I cant independently verify that as I only use it with P3D, but youtube shows it being used in varying other platforms including XP.

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