Tuesday, January 5, 2010
F-35 project update
Quick update - I've made huge steps towards the completion of the cockpit model. It is almost done: actually the only thing that needs some work is the canopy - which I hope it will be completed by tomorrow. From the functionality standpoint - the basic things are working. It should not take too time to have everything you need for VFR flying working. MFD will have a fixed layout (i.e. you cannot change windows type/size/position like in the real thing) - it is possible to make a folly working MFD in FSX - but I'm not a "gauge-guy" and it will take a while to make. So I decided for a fixed layout.
Also I'm experimenting with the HMD - some things work fine some other don't. Basic flight data will be superimposed on the VC via a transparent gauge - while I still need to find a suitable soution for the horizon projection.
Fligh model seems to work fine - albeit it is hard to tell if it is realistic...
As for the external model it does not need much work, I think - but it will not change it before the beta. Speaking of the beta, I will first complete the canopy, add some functionality to the VC and implement basic HMD. But it should not take more than few days, I hope.