TacPack Firefly

I’m slowly progressing the Seafire, but as mapping the undercarriage takes a long time and doesn’t make for great screen grabs I thought I’d take a break to add TacPack to the Firefly.  I’ve got the cannons working so far, the next stage is to integrate it with the loading panel and cockpit switches, and then add rockets and bombs.

Practice runs were made taking out my frustrations on RyanAir!  The gun sight is slightly low as it doesn’t account for the angle of the guns but that’s an easy fix.

The plan is to include this in an update with revised PBR textures for P3D v4.4 and the A2A rain effect for the canopy, hopefully in time for Christmas…

GearLeg

See that main gear leg, it’s been texture mapped.  Exciting isn’t it?  The overly observant may notice the brake pipe, locking pin drive, actuator jack, and inspection hatch which I’ve also added

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