Seafire

So with the Firefly out in both formats it’s time to start back on the Seafire.  I tried a quick export to P3Dv4 to see how it looks and there don’t seem to be any major issues at this stage.  The gear and flaps even animated correctly on the first attempt which is small victor!

There’re a few more bits to add on the main gear, along with the aileron hinge, after which I can map the port wing before mirroring it so it looks a bit less lopsided!

At the moment she looks a bit more Spitfire Vc than Seafire II, primarily because I have really good plans for the Spitfire marks!  For the Seafires I only have detailed plans for the differences, e.g. external strengthening, tail-hook, radio fit etc. so it’s easier to make a Spitfire Vc and then modify it.

I’m also playing with adding TacPack to the Firefly, including an idea I’ve got for an extra little feature.  Hopefully that will all be ready before Christmas.

The Back Burner

Once the Firefly is finally done next up is the Seafire.  The Seafire lineage is a bit confusing but essentially the Seafire I was a Spitfire Vb with a hook.  Learning from this the Seafire II was a Spitfire Vc with a hook and fuselage strengthening so it could survive more than a couple of deck landings.  The Seafire III was a Seafire II with folding wings and some bits from the Spitfire IX, such as the larger elevator horns and air intake.  For the sake of my sanity I’m only modelling the II and III as the earlier windscreen with the external armour is harder to model if you haven’t got plans with the dimensions on!

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