Monday, May 13, 2013

Avsim Reader's Choice Award (and project updates)!


The T-45C won the AVSIM PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD in the Freeware Aicraft category! Thanks to Avsim and thanks to all the people who voted for it, and thanks again to all the contributors, testers and user who helped to bring this project to the current quality level!

Here is a quick update to current projects:

T-45C Goshawk
I am quite happy with the current quality level of the T-45, and there are very few things I'd like to add or change. All changes have a very low priority, compared to my other projects. On my to do list:

  • Addition of cockpit sounds
  • Weight dependant models (and possibly droppable BDUs)
  • New, custom built, MFD code - I've started creating some graphics - straight from the NATOPs..

F-14D Tomcat
There are a number of small changes coming in the F-14 update, most of which have been designed to support the Tacpack. The feature list is not complete yet, and wil partially depend on VRS schedule. Unfortunately full Tacpack integration is beyond my resources, so support will be limited (guns and visual SW for sure... everything else is "optional")... More news as the F-35 update is related.

F-35 Lightning II
As you probably know, I am rewriting the MFD code so that its interface and usage is MUCH closer to the real deal. It will be quite close to the Block 1 software - although many functions will be INOP.
The next update will also bring a number of other improvements - like weight dependant loadouts and several fixes to the models and the textures. I am confident this will be a significant improvement.
This update is almost done - most probably it will be out in a couple of weeks.

S-3B Viking
I am continuing to work on this, from time to time. Nose and tails are done... everything in between needs a lot of work. Do not expect anything before autumn. And by the way, should you have detailed, high res picture of the ejection seats would be much welcome.

That's it for the moment - all projects may be significantly slowed down due to the fact that summer is coming and I will spend most of my time at the beach....

10 comments:

Neha Verma said...
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Jenson said...

Congratulations on the award for the T-45.. Well deserved Dino :)
Can't wait for the F35 release, really lookingg forward to it..

Jenson said...

Congratulations on the award for the T-45.. Well deserved Dino :)
Can't wait for the F35 release, really lookingg forward to it..

Jenson said...

Congratulations on the award for the T-45.. Well deserved Dino :)
Can't wait for the F35 release, really lookingg forward to it..

Anonymous said...

Hi Dino

Just wanted to give you a head's up that I found some missing texture calls in the F35.

I had the missing texture switch activated in my FSX.cfg (ShowMissingTextureAlert=1) because I was testing some AI, and when I selected your F35s I received several warnings about missing textures being called by the models.

You've probably seen it, but this wiki article at FSD.com explains the problems with missing textures, they are known to cause stutters and decreased performance. Here is a link to the article:

http://www.fsdeveloper.com/wiki/index.php?title=Missing_textures

Some of the offending textures called by the models which are missing:
F35_cockpit_consoles_T.bmp
F35A_1_T.bmp
F35A_1_T_SPEC.bmp

I only tested the A and C models, so you might want to give them a go with the switch so you can pinpoint them and remove those calls. They are probably left over from when you used the base model to make the variants.

Anyway, congratulations on the T-45, definitely by far my favorite freeware aircraft. Even better than many of my payware ones as well.

Mariano

blackout11c said...

Nice work with the award! By the way, the S-3B Viking uses Douglas Escapac Zero-Zero Ejection seats. There should be some good pictures available on google.

Dino Cattaneo said...

@Mariano

Thanks for the suggestion. I will look into that.


@Blackout11c

Thanks for the information, however I have plenty of info on the S-3 (including the flight manuals) and I have not found yet suitable pics on google for the seat...

blackout11c said...

A good place to start with the Ejection seats is http://www.warbirdsite.com/museumskyhawk.html
The A-4 Skyhawk uses the same type of ejection seat as the S-3, and that page has some good pictures of the base and seat

Michael Marquez said...

Any chance of you making a model of the Tomcat without the external tanks under the intakes?

Amos said...

This is cool!