Part of the reason for the lack of recent activity was waiting for MS Flight Simulator to be released to see if I it was where I wanted to focus activity. Having figured out how to get aircraft into the new format I think I will because it’s so much better than the legacy platforms.
I’ll be playing with getting the Sea Fury up and running as a precursor to finishing the Seafire in the new format.
In a slight break from Flight Simulation an article I wrote on the RN’s highest scoring fighter has been put up at Hush Kit.
In other news I’ve stopped selling downloads via Payloadz. It was the only option I was using that charged a monthly fee while at the same time having the lowest sales so it was normally costing me to keep the store open. Anyone who brought from there will be able to get a re-download by contacting me via the forum.
Finally the TacPack update for the Firefly should be out in the next couple of days. The P3Dv4 version is done and I’m just waiting on some testing to confirm the cannon sound effects work in FSX.
Having somehow written enough words for a dissertation I’ve managed to get back to the Seafire. Although to be fair you can squeeze quite a bit about Seafires into an essay on Escort Carriers…
Possibly not obvious in the screenshots but I’ve remodelled the nose forward of the engine fire wall as it wasn’t smoothing well in game. I’ve also added the various bulges for covering air compressors, Coffman starters, and bits I haven’t fully identified.
I’ve also added the carburetor intake, the Seafire II uses the same intake as the Spitfire Vc. The Seafire III uses the larger Spitfire Mk IX intake which does away with the need for a separate tropical filter. I’ll be modelling hat later along with the other Mk III differences.
Hopefully the updates will be a bit more frequent now I’ve got less distractions!
Apologies for the lack of updates, I’m currently trying to finish a 4,000 word essay on the RN in the Burma Campaign for an MA in Naval History I’m doing. Oddly this is taking a lot of my time! However that’s due in by next Sunday so there should be more to show on the Seafire by then. Cunningly my dissertation will be on Escort Carriers so there’s a lot of cross-over with what I’m doing here!
In the meantime if you’re reading this you’re almost definitely the target audience for Hush Kit’s top 16 Fleet Air Arm aircraft. Lots of top authors and historians have contributed, and then I made up the numbers with some helicopters and the Fairey Fulmar.
I know some people have found deck landing a bit tricky in the Firefly, and to be honest the main reason I don’t is probably because I did it so many times in testing before I got it right! A useful instructional video from the 1940s is available on youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qxtXDDShjGs and is worth checking out for hints and tips.