Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Playing around with the chrome shader. This one has some blue added on top and brown added below. It should look better in the new FlightGear release, which won't be adding as much additional blue from the sky. The P-80 really needs the chrome effect.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Kent Esbenshade turned the clock back on the F-100D, giving it a pre-Vietnam livery. The model includes many enhancements, including a very realistic panel. It's available now at the hangar.
Some flying advice for the F-100: Don't horse it off the ground. Climb shallow at first and let the speed build up. At slow speeds, or high AOA, use mostly rudder for turns. Using aileron could lead to a snap roll.
Friday, February 5, 2010
Here's a website recommended by Kent: Wings . It's a site with lots of information on military aircraft and squadrons. Scroll down to the Profiles button. In this section you'll find a great collection of profiles, especially for U.S. Navy airplanes!
This model has been sitting around for years. A lot of things kept me from releasing it. First, the engine and prop weren't working right, which kept me from releasing any piston powered models for years. Then there was the "drifting in the direction of pitch angle" bug in the JSBSim gear code, which is now fixed, but kept me from releasing tail-draggers for a long time. Some things that still need work: better engine and prop configuration, better sound, and better gear animation. At least it's pretty! That's thanks to the original designers at AlphaSim.
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Some details of Boeing's proposed new OV-10 are available in this 2-page PDF file: http://www.ov-10bronco.net/Technical/boeing_ov-10(x)_super_bronco_info_card_2009_01.pdf . I hope they go with P&W engines.
Released version 1.0 of the Chengdu F-7MG. This airplane is equipped and painted for the August 1st aerial demonstration team. The airplane is not as polished as others in the Hangar, but I'm pressed for time these days. Besides, there are 1.3 billion people in China, and you'd figure one of them could do some work on it.