So to hell with all of you. And by all of you I mean all of you who break out into a smile whenever someone buys something from the org. You know who you are.
Anyway, it wasn’t like I was NOT going to buy it right? I’ll put these here in the releases thread since it is fairly new.
Hazy day on the General Aviation ramp here at KPSM. The cockpit is extremely well done, and along with the sounds, is the best part of the module
The org reviewer commented that She is tough to taxi, but honestly if you have any time in the Kurfurst, or Lord amighty the DCS:Spit, She is tame by example.
Just ride the line…
Making the turn to 34. Just beyond that fence is a favorite lunchtime parking spot for many who like to watch the airport traffic
And we are up and pulling away. None of the crazy drama on takeoff that DCS warbirds present, but She does like your right leg all the way to the stop to counteract both banks of Wasp. That ramp has KC-135’s on it as I type this, but close enough X-Plane
Heading toward Rye beach. Exterior model looks good. Shape feels mostly correct. Engine cowling bay doesn’t look right but really my only complaint
Rolling towards the mouth of the Piscataqua. Navy yard in the right middle ground
Turning back in feet dry. KPSM top left and Portsmouth in the center. The sounds are amazing. Really well done and you get a throaty power from it that makes it fun to fly. Highest marks to the devs for sound quality.
Crossing Rt. 16 and the General Sullivan bridge, our constantly unfinished public works project that every region seems to sport
Getting dirty. Yep she can get even less aerodynamic. They did model the variable flaps lever but X-Plane controls doesn’t allow for it. To drop partial flaps you have to grab the lever in the cockpit with the mouse. Probably not an issue for those in VR. If they ever do a D-30 I will spend all the money.
The manual is very specific - never less than 150 in the pattern all the way to the threshold. Considering her size it is obvious that slow=bad
Oh man let me tell you - full right rudder in an office chair that swivels is not easy…And you won’t forget that you need it because she crabs on her own with no wind!
Loooong rollout. You know what they say - If you could build a runway that circles the globe, Republic could build a fighter that can’t take off from it.
So I like it, and I am satisfied with the purchase. She is fast! She has great range with three external fuel tanks if you want them and the guns work. The cockpit and sounds alone are worth the ticket price.
If I have a complaint it is simply the subject matter. What? I know, hear me out for the worst first world problem of all time. The N is my least favorite version of the Jug. By a lot. Listen, I won’t try to convince you that the P-47 is graceful. Its nickname comes from a milk jug. It’s not. But it does have some graceful elements. It has one of the most graceful wing forms of any piston fighter save the Spit. It’s tail is by far the most graceful tail of any it’s contemporaries. Don’t believe me? Just view any of them from the rear fuselage back and you will see what I mean. Those elements are mated to a hulking brute of a steroidal sheet-metal body, granted, but they are graceful themselves.
Except on the N. The N manages to take the only two gracefully pleasing elements of the Jug and make them just as brute function over form as the body they are attached to. They clipped those beautiful wings, and every Spit fan knows how much that hurts, and they managed to make a tail that not even Kartveli could love.
Anyway it is a minor complaint. And it is only here in the forlorn hope that if the Devs happen to wander this way and see my potato screenshots they will also read this far and get to this rejoinder- Do a D-30!