Thursday, January 7, 2010

F-35 cockpit geometry complete and a word of clarification about money and Paypal

This is the final cockpit geometry for the Beta - but some of the planned "functional" features are still missing....

I have to confess I spent most of this Wednesday (which was bank holiday here in Italy) playing FSX and flying above NAS Forth Worth in the F-35. Quite fun. Some more "touch" functionality has been added to the MFD (but I repeat: do not expect anything super - no windows popping/resizing or other cool stuff the real F-35 does). So far I'm quite happy. This build in still somewhat Acceleration dependant - but should work in SP2 with some restrictions (I still have to check).

But this is not "really" a post about the F-35. It is a post about money. The F-35 will probably be my first payware project ever. "Probably" means that I have to iron out a thing or two before taking a final decision. This does NOT mean that I will abandon the freeware. In particular, if I will ever find the time, I would like to update both the T-45 and the F-14.

Back to the Lighting II, it has been tought from the beginning as a payware and I thought I was clear on this in this blog. It has been designed to be a low price/low budget/reasonable quality project, meaning some of its features may not be on par with some other AAA aircrafts out there. But I am doing my best and should be on par with my previous FSX projects.

As for the price, it will be probably in the 10-15€ range - depending on the distribution method. I know some of you may be disappointed but keep in mind that a fair FSX plane could easily take 500 hours to make or more. As for the distribution method I've not decided yet. SimMarket seems the best option at the moment.

One more thing about the Paypal donations. First I'd like to say THANK YOU to anyone who made a donation so far. Much appreciated. Then, I'd like to clarify once again that this button was placed on this blog on request of several T-45 and F-14 users who asked for it. As the F-35 will be payware, this may be misleading - and I hope that none of those who have donated felt cheated. If so, I'm sorry it was not my intention. As compensation for any possible mistake, whoever has done a donation so far will receive the test versions of the F-35 (once the Beta is ready and upon request).

I'm thinking to remove the button completely, but, for the moment, I'm just changing the text. Let me know what you think.


Anonymous said...

I think you should leave the PayPal option. I was very happy to donate as my thanks for the F-14 & F-45. Some people will appreciate the efort it takes for the quality aircraft you have released and should have a way to show their thanks as well.I understood that the F-35 would be Payware and will be happy to buy it once its released.



Andrew said...

A lot of letters about a tiny button really.

Post a showcase (slideshow or screens) of F-35, some description, price and "Purchase" banner to simmarket.
Next to it, showcase about f-14 and t-45 . In same manner download links and "Donate" banner.

Make it simple.

There are adults, everyone understands the difference between a donation and purchase.
All the talk explaining the difference is a waste of time.

Do not forget to regularly produce updates to the old freeware models - THIS is the best confirmation of the fact that you respect their contribution.

Max said...

So it will be available when released to the public on sim market for sure?

ScimmiaSpaziale said...
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ScimmiaSpaziale said...

@ Andrew

Maybe you are right. Still, I wanted to make sure there were no misunderstandings

@ Max

Most probably.Not 100% sure.I will evaluate the commercial options once the Beta is complete

Anonymous said...

Cockpit looks great!!!!! The funny thing is I think your models look better than abacus, and I think if you went into comp with them you would slaughter them!! Keep up the good work


Matt said...

hi hate to be anoying but I am leaving on deployment verry in a few days and will not have the oportunity to purchase the plane like every one alse. Is ther any way I could obtain the betta verssion please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ScimmiaSpaziale said...


Sorry for having not replied to your previous post.
Unfortunately, the proper Beta will not be ready before next week.
The current build is lacking some substantial features - and it is not packaged for distribution.
I will see what I can do to package the current build during.

@ Schmooze13

Most appropriate nickname :-) Still, I do not want to slaughter or compete with anyone. I'm doing what I can to provide a good quality with a reasonable price.

Anonymous said...

Actually the throttle handle is differently shaped. Today i saw the F-35 for real and i stood next to the cockpit.
If you send me an e-mail, ill send you the pictures.
Mine is