FSX Release

Update 2!  There was an error with the loading gauge for the FR1 and NF1 which meant some loads wouldn’t display properly.  I.e. most of them.  I’ve uploaded a new installer with the correct gauge to both sites, a re-download and reinstall will solve the problem.  Alternatively the gauge can be downloaded from here just extract the file and copy it to the Firefly FR1/Panel folder.

Update, links at the side now take you to the Bravo Zulu page for both stores from where you can choose which version of the Firefly to get.

The FSX Firefly is being uploaded to SimMarket and Payloadz tonight so should be available sometime tomorrow.  The SimMarket link to the right now takes you to the Bravo Zulu page so should show the FSX Firefly once it’s been processed by them.  The Payloadz link is here for some reason I’m having problems getting the product pictures to save there but there shouldn’t be any surprises if you’ve been following the blog.

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I’m also in the process of setting up a FSPilotShop account, which was delayed while they moved, so there’ll be more options soon as I know people prefer stores they already have accounts at.

FSX Then

So after only a medium amount of hitting my head against the table I’ve got all three models working in FSX with recompiled 32-bit gauges.  Top tip, if you’re using the P3D v3 SDK you will get 32-bit gauges, but they won’t work in FSX!

I just need to add something to replace the P3D radar gauge and it should be good to go.

FSX?

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So originally I hadn’t planned on doing an FSX version, but it may not be as hard as I thought, although a few features will probably have to be dropped.  Would there be much interest if I did a version for the older sim?

Okay so based on the response I’ll look at getting an FSX version out after I get back from my holiday, probably around the end of October.

Firefly Released

UPDATE:  I uploaded a new installer to both sites last night, it fixes an animation problem with the right wheel on all models, and the gyro compass in the F1.  You should be able to just re-download the installer.  The new manual has an amendment list on the second page.

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So after some final last minute adjustments the Firefly is ready for download.  It’s currently available at:

Payloadz

SimMarket

Or click the button below to go direct to the Payloadz checkout.

The Fairey Firefly was designed to fill a 1939 specification for a two seat, single engine, front gun fighter for the Fleet Air Arm, to replace the Fulmar which was about to enter service as a rush measure.

Due to other demands on the first Firefly F1s weren’t delivered until March 1943, with 1770 forming as the first operational squadron in July 1944 and soon in action taking part in the pre-D-Day attacks on the Tirpitz.  Subsequent operations would see 1770, 1771, and 1772 operating in the Indian and Pacific Oceans with Fireflies being the first British built combat aircraft to fly over the Japanese islands.

Towards the end of the war the radar equipped FR.1 and NF.1 were introduced, the former for armed reconnaissance, the later for night interception.  Both arrived in the Pacific too late to take part in combat but were busy throughout the region up to the outbreak of the Korean War when 827 squadron took part in the first air strike of the war with its F.1 and FR.1 aircraft.

P3D4 Features

  • 10 authentic liveries covering the Fleet Air Arm, Dutch Navy, Royal Canadian Navy, Thai Navy, and Ethiopian Air Force
  • Multiple stores options including extended range tanks and 60lb rockets
  • Youngman Flaps with a low drag cruising position and a high drag landing setting
  • Functioning Reflector (F1) and Gyro Gunsight (FR1 & NF1)
  • Flight model based on original pilots notes and assorted historical publications from the archives
  • PDF manual covering handling, engine, and systems operation
  • AN/APS-6 radar display
  • Paint kit

Liveries

  • F1 1770 NAS, HMS Indefatigable, Jan 1945
  • F1 1772 NAS, HMS Indefatigable, July 1945
  • F1 1770 NAS, HMS Implacable, 1944
  • F1 860 NAS, Royal Netherlands Navy, 1946
  • FR1 814 NAS, HMS Venerable, 1946
  • FR1 826 NAS, Royal Canadian Navy, 1947
  • FR1 827 NAS, HMS Triumph, 1950
  • FR1, Ethiopian Air Force, 1951
  • FR1, Thai Navy, 1951
  • NF1, 812 NAS ‘Black Flight’, HMS Ocean, 1949

Manual

A couple of pictures I found in 827 Naval Air Squadrons diary when I was at the National Archives. This were both taken in 1948-49 while they were in the Mediterranean and show that the post war colour scheme of Extra Dark Sea Grey over Sky took a while to be applied. There’s another less clear photo of all their aircraft lined up at Hal Far in Malta and no two seem to have the same scheme!

827 Diary 01

827 Diary 02

Finally finished typing the manual up, the first draft is here if anyone fancies a preview Firefly Manual. Just the finishing touches with the installer and setting up accounts to distribute it.

Canadian Eh?

Couple of shots of the Canadian textures, this example was from 826 NAS during it’s spell as an RCN unit.  They used different shades of grey to the RN, although this took some time to sort out with the manufacturers due to the use of similar names!

The manual is 80% done so looking good for a release this weekend if I can remember how to make an installer!