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.