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Andrew Godden

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  1. 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. Chris, Other than an obscure logo in the top right corner of the attached video, your announcement doesn't explicitly state which simulator versions the product is compatible with. With the majority of the current focus of major 3rd party development on MSFS, this can be misleading. I had to go to your Forum release announcement and then to your online shop before I confirmed it is only compatible with the legacy flight sims, and then only the later versions of P3D at that. I might further add that this is further contradicted by the labeling on the top of the product image which dis
  3. Summary Description and Catalogue Number: Airfix, Hawker Hurricane Mk.I Tropical, A05129 Scale: 1:48 Contents: Four sprues, 116 parts in light grey plastic; one sprue, 11 parts in clear plastic; markings for two aircraft. Comments: Good detail and simple to build. Various build options, including the option to build and display the internal detail of the gun bays with removable gun bay panels. Not all parts are used and some parts are common across other kits. Introduction Along with the Spitfire, the Hawker Hurricane has been a staple model kit for Airfix fo
  4. 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.
  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
  6. Sociopath with psychopathic tendencies and an extreme penchant for committing mass murder!!!
  7. A 21 yr military career where I was moving every two yrs followed by a 10 yr career as a senior executive was never conducive to model building. Now I have the time and the patience that comes with age to be very meticulous. In fact, my professional life was characterised by exacting standards and attention to detail and I'm finding these skills have transferred to my model building as second nature. Another thing from my professional life which holds true in model building is a variation of an original quote by the German Field Marshall, Erwin Rommel, "Time spent in planning is seldom wasted!
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. The McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle is coming to MSFS as an add-on aircraft. Rumours floated around back during the early development days of MSFS that it could ultimately support full combat sim functionality. Could this add-on be a precursor to that capability in the future? https://hypebeast.com/2021/1/microsoft-flight-simulator-dc-designs-f-15-fighter-jet-news
  11. Brett, "Vale" is obviously not in common use in the USA as it is in Australia/elsewhere. It is Latin for farewell and is often used in an orbituary. Cheers Andrew
  12. The world loses another great pilot. R.I.P
  13. 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
  14. These two links below provide some excellent guidance on how to optimise the settings in MSFS for performance without compromising the experience. The second link specifically provides interesting information and detailed analysis of each of the graphics setting. This link was previously posted in another thread and is reposted here due to the similarity of the content. https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/digitalfoundry-2020-flight-simulator-optimised-settings-for-next-gen-experience https://forums.flightsimulator.com/t/how-to-graphics-settings-and-performance-guide-8-18-2020/132407
  15. Jaydor, I merely seek the truth by challenging what is presented, where necessary, so that a better balanced and more accurate assessment of something is presented. I note that Q8Pilot, (real name Osamah Alabdullah) is a noted content creator and has quite a profile in the flight sim community, and particularly with X-Plane. His stated aim for his Carenado Cessna182T Skylane review was "...to provide you with sufficient insight and information to decide if this Carenado CT182T is worth the investment or not...". On the simple basis of the points I raise, he has even failed to achiev
  16. Further Testing. Never one to just accept something as a given or to make unsubstantiated claims, I have conducted further testing of the Carenado Cessna 182T Skylane which unfortunately exposes an additional lack of detail in this YouTube review. Let's first look at the reviewer's failures in start procedures: Differ significantly from those of the default Cessna 172 G1000 (a similar aircraft), Fuel Tanks not switched on, Standby Battery not switched to arm, and Fuel Pump not switched on. Whilst identifying the "cold and dark" start issue, and then raising q
  17. Is this guy serious!!! The issues with his review: claims to review it thoroughly yet misses the obvious fault with the camera view settings...a minor camera.cfg error, by the way; fails to acknowledge the "cold and dark" engine start is also a problem with some default aircraft, therefore, not necessarily Carenado's or the model's fault; ignores the simple fact that flight simmers may want a Cessna 182T Skylane, so stating it has nothing over the default Cessnas is nonsensical and totally subjective; the control sensitivity is also evident in other default aircra
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