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  1. And now for something completely different! Having had the luxury of retiring at the age 47, it's been over 11 years now. Flight simming, other PC based gaming passions, researching, and writing have filled the hours nicely in that time and continue to do the same. So, why do I need to revisit a hobby I last engaged in back in the 1970's - you may well ask! Well, I blame my children, both of them. About seven years ago, my daughter presented me with an Airfix 1:48 scale plastic model kit as a present for my birthday. Of course, she wasn't sure if I would even like it, but unbeknown t
    4 points
  2. Passing Mount Vesuvius as part of my personal ATWC. View of Pompeii and the bay of Naples.
    4 points
  3. Summary Description and Catalogue Number: Airfix, Messerschmitt Bf 109E-7 and Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Vb, (Dogfight Doubles), A50160 Scale: 1:48 Contents: Bf 109E-7 - Two sprues, 98 parts in light grey plastic; one sprue, nine parts in clear plastic; markings for one aircraft. Spitfire Mk.Vb - Five sprues, 120 parts in light grey plastic; one sprue, 17 parts in clear plastic; markings for one aircraft. Comments: Reasonable detail and simple to build. Kit comes with 10 small tubs of Humbrol acrylic paints, two small tubes of Humbrol Poly Cement, and two paint brushes.
    3 points
  4. A mandatory 9gb core update is now available to download and install. Once this is done don't forget to go your Content Manager and install the updates in there too.
    3 points
  5. What have I done...or got myself into? Decisions, decisions, and even more decisions!!! I blame myself and my OCD, though I cannot be sure if it is the real version or just the Hollywood version...which up until a few years ago, I never knew there was a difference. OK, so the 1:48 scale Airfix kit I received from my daughter somewhat set the baseline for my decisions on scale. My first self imposed rule, therefore, was that I decided 1:48 scale was a good scale for fighters and the old venerable 1:72 scale would be good for bombers or larger aircraft, generally. My logic was that this w
    3 points
  6. I won't say what happened to a lot of my model aeroplanes as a kid, but it involved lighter fluid, an upstairs window, and mysterious burn marks in the lawn . . .
    3 points
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  8. Well, I'm glad that I love eggs (scrambled or omelets, not fried or hard-boiled), because I kinda ended up with a bit of it on my face. The Bravo comes (supposedly) already set up for FS2020, and as such, since I got it, it has worked without any real fine-tuning. Aside from playing with the given FS settings (Sensitivity, Dead Zones, Neutral, Reactivity, etc.), mine has always worked fine. I did use the Win 10 calibration Test tab to check out each control or button/switch, but not much else. So when SU5 came along, and hosed almost everyone's rig, my problems were automatically blamed o
    2 points
  9. I have created a search table for the default standard keyboard, joystick, and X-Box type controller mappings for MSFS. I have also included the Honeycomb Alpha Yoke and Bravo Quadrant too as they appear to be the most popular yoke and quadrant combination for MSFS. https://mutleyshangar.com/controls.html It should be simple to use, as you type in the search words the table should auto filter to entries which contain the combination of words, for example, "Bravo throt" will return lines which contain that phrase. If you were to just enter "throt" then all controllers will b
    2 points
  10. I use the free Nvidia filters for MSFS, I am not too keen with the default blue haze, so these are the settings I use as a good start point, you can tweak from there? Default, before filters With Nvidia filters Details Sharpen 6 Clarity 32 HDR Toning 12 Bloom 6 Color Tint Color 30 Tint Intensity 10 Temperature 6 Vibrance 20 Brightness / Contrast Exposure -6 Contrast 30 Highlight 20 Shadows -50 Gamma -10 Sharpen Sharpen 15 Ignore film Grain 100
    2 points
  11. Introduction It seems nearly a lifetime ago now when Honeycomb Aeronautical invaded the psyche of the flight simulator community, tempting us with the announcement on the development of their Alpha Flight Controls. After a few years delay, due to Honeycomb refining the design, the community was finally rewarded with the first dedicated and reasonably affordable yoke and switch panel in more than a decade since the launch of the Saitek Pro Flight range. Following on, Honeycomb announced the development of the Bravo Throttle Quadrant, and the flight simulator community was further whipped i
    2 points
  12. I came across an Aerosoft Sale for 4th July on the Flight Sim Store site, which may be of some interest. Appears to be mainly P3D/FSX though, so didn't blow my skirt up as i'm now exclusively on MSFS2020, but might be worth a look if you are on one of the other platforms https://store.flightsim.com/?s=aerosoft+mega+airport&post_type=product Also, Orbx also has some really good deals on selected sceneries so i managed to pick up EGHI (finally), although its not patch on the FSX version i used to love.. V2.0 maybe??
    2 points
  13. When Pilot Prune was told he could buy his aircraft with monthly instalments he didn't realise it was a partwork!
    2 points
  14. Just had an email: it goes on sale Friday (tomorrow)
    2 points
  15. ..with a Mosquito is fun!
    2 points
  16. my corsair paints so far, all for the Milviz Corsair for MSFS
    2 points
  17. two more: oil on the windscreen? Just once, I was more careful afterwards...
    2 points
  18. Summary Description and Catalogue Number: Airfix, Avro Lancaster B Mk.II, A08001 Scale: 1:72 Contents: Five sprues, 210 parts in light grey plastic; one sprue, 29 parts in clear plastic; markings for two aircraft. Comments: Excellent detail for the scale and simple to build. Various build options, including adding the ventral turret and different flap positions. Not all parts are used and some parts are common across other kits. No ordnance provided. To display the model with ordnance, the model kit, 1:72, Airfix, A05330, WWII RAF Bomber Re-Supply Set, or another suita
    2 points
  19. It's out now in case you missed it. Well worth the few quid it costs and the recommended dawn dusk flights are pretty special.
    2 points
  20. Having a blast near Dover. At last a Spitfire available for MSFS!
    2 points
  21. It’ll buff out . . .
    2 points
  22. New 3090 now installed. I got the EVGA FTW Ultra 3. This thing needs three 8 pin power connectors. Good job i have a decent PSU that is up to the job.
    2 points
  23. I took the shot from the Drone Camera and set the Depth of Field to get the aircraft in focus leaving the background blurred.
    2 points
  24. My latest effort! Really enjoyed the research on this one! Experience the beauty of the Northern Lights as we fly the Daher TBM 930 from Nuuk (Capital of Greenland). This evening flight takes us North along the coast of West Greenland. This is a 25 minute flight covering 82nm from Nuuk (BGGH) to Maniitsoq (BGMQ) with in flight information on the Northern Lights. Note for the Flight Simulator pilots : At the time of publishing this video, Microsoft Flight Simulator (2020) does not incorporate the visuals of the Northern Lights. Real world Northern Lights were edited into the video to showc
    2 points
  25. I still get occasional support requests from FS9 users, so, there are definitely people out there flying it. For an old low spec PC/laptop, it's probably a good fit. And arguably, it has better/less buggy ATC than MSFS . . . And LOADS of addons!
    2 points
  26. Introduction Rex Game Studios are a company synonymous with flight simulation weather. As far back as 2007 when Reed Stough and Tim Fuchs partnered to create REX, they realised Microsoft Flight Simulator severely lacked a realistic environmental system, with Tim's texturing skills and Reed's expertise with weather engines they forged a company still ahead of the game today. REX announced and released their latest product Weather Force within a month of the launch of Microsoft Flight Simulator. Why REX? In the development of MSFS, Asobo Studios partnered with Swiss company Meteo
    2 points
  27. A visual comparison of Microsoft Flight Simulator with a real world flight over downtown Toronto. Video recorded with the belly cam on the TBM 930 in the sim. GoPro camera mounted to the upper wing of my Van’s RV-9A plane. Both videos recorded at 2,500’ ASL and flying at 135-140 knots following a ForeFlight flight plan.
    2 points
  28. Introduction Since establishing Iris Simulations in 2005, David Love-Brice has built an excellent team of developers, artists, and code writers with a solid reputation for producing great add-on aircraft for Microsoft FSX, and Lockheed Martin Prepar3D. The recent release of Microsoft Flight Simulator has produced the expected flurry of excitement for the flight simulation community and Iris Simulations have been quick to support the community with the release of their first add-on aircraft for Microsoft Flight Simulator, the Jabiru J160/J170. Let’s jump into the cockpit of the Iris Simula
    2 points
  29. As arguably the most important PC gaming release from Microsoft for over a decade, FS2020, or “Microsoft Flight Simulator” as it is officially called, could not afford to make the same mistakes as the last release in the franchise; the disastrous “Microsoft Flight” – which took off with about as much success as the Howard Hughes Spruce Goose (that’s the first and last flight-related pun, we promise). The problem with Flight was, in its quest to be more accessible to beginners, it totally turned its back on the hardcore enthusiasts that had loyally supported the previous versions of the s
    2 points
  30. They've announced the next World Series addon for February, and it's going the be the UK. Yay!
    2 points
  31. Hi Everybody, Well, work continues on my day time lighting effects. Today we are at Seattle Washington doing some testing. That is ORBX True Earth below.
    2 points
  32. Hi, The deck is located in my garage. The deal with the wife (lived in NY at the time), when we move to Florida... I get the garage for my flight deck. She agreed thinking, okay sure a full 737ng flight deck, you got it. Then reality set in after we moved, and here she sits. I made a video some time ago about how I turn everything on, it shows the garage.
    2 points
  33. A penguin walked into the bar and said I’m looking for my brother. “What does he look like” asked the barman.
    2 points
  34. Pain is a wonderful thing, Tim. It lets you know you're still alive.
    2 points
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