Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Project Update: F14D, F-35 and S-3

Time for a quick updateon my projects - just few words to tell you where I am...


F-35 Lightning II project

I am working on an update which will introduce several fixes and improvements for all users (and will, by the way, introduce the AF-01 and BF-01 paint schemes)... Also, ordnance models have been changed to VRS-Tacpack standard. The Tacpack support will be the biggest thing in this upgrade.
At the moment, CONFIRMED Tacpack features (which means they are working as I speak) are:
- Gun A/A (Funnel and Gun Director) and A/G (CCIP and Manual) 
- AIM-9X Boresight Visual launch
- AIM-120C Boresight Visual launch
- JDAMs and JSOW, release only, no guidance
- GBU-10 and GBU-12, CCIP release only
- Dumb bombs: MK-82, MK-83 and MK-84 CCIP release only
- Night Vision Goggles
- In-Flight Refuel
- In-game weapons configurator

I am working to add other features... but they may be left out for a future update. Time is the main constraint...

F-14D Tomcat project

Much like for the F-35, there is an update coming for the F-14D too. Some bug fixes and improvements for all user, including new textures and weight-depending ordnance... and a (limited) support for the Tacpack.
At the moment, CONFIRMED Tacpack features (which means they are working as I speak) are:

- Gun A/A (Gun Director) and A/G (CCIP and Manual) 
- AIM-9M Boresight Visual launch
- JDAMs, release only, no guidance
- GBU-10 and GBU-12, CCIP release only
- Dumb bombs: MK-82, MK-83 and MK-84 CCIP release only
- Night Vision Goggles
- In-Flight Refuel
- In-game weapons configurator

AIM-7C Boresight Visual (FLOOD) mode and AIM-54C Boresight Visual mode (VERY RISKY!!!) will be added before release for sure. I am working to add other features... but, also in this case, they may be left out for a future update.



S-3B Viking

Just a picture to show you how the visual model is coming... Virtual cockpit, flight model, etc. etc. not yet started... So we are talking about a October/November release in the best case.
Model will have weight dependent loadouts - as well as Tacpack support (In-flight refuel - including tanking role - and dumb bombs and Harpoon release)...

Comments and suggestions are welcome!

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wow, as always thank you for the awesome handiwork Dino!

HenryS said...

As always, your work in the community is greatly appreciated!

Jenson said...

Great news Dino,
Really looking forward to this one :)

Varun Krishnaswami said...

Does dumb bombs mean they are fake and don't explode??

Dino Cattaneo said...

"dumb" is not "dummy".
Unlike "Smart" bombs, "dumb" bombs have no guidance system whatsoever.

Trevor Hannant said...

Superb news Dino.

I'm assuming no compatibility issues if the TacPack is not enabled when launching FSX (from popup option)? For example, if using TacPack standard ordinance, not having TP enabled won't cause a problem?

Marco Schueller said...
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Marco Schueller said...

What do you think when the F-35 Update will be ready for download?

Anonymous said...

Maybe it's silly. Where can I find paint kit for the F-14, T45, and F-35?

Randy Mulder said...

Can't wait for the f-35 update!
One thing though, is it possible on the f-35 C model to lower the flaps more? On youtube clips i see that they are lowered almost the double than on the sim model.

Keep up the awesome job and thank you!

thibault said...

Cool ! we will finally be able to arm our fighters ! Let's Rock n'Roll !

Marco Schueller said...

Why you don't release the update before the new Version of tacpack is released? Is thought it is possible to use the F-35 without tacpack! I know, I can't wait :-)
Also I want to say thank you for this great aircraft.

Anonymous said...

thankyou Dino for allyour great work,

Any chance of the Tacpack ILs and Tacan working?

David Telford said...

Hey Dino, hope you have had a good summer and again, thanks for your hard work.

Varun Krishnaswami said...

Hey Dino, there is a YAK-141 for FSX. I just wanted to ask could you try tweaking it. Change the bump map and give it VTOL dynamics since it has none.

Слава Суслов said...
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Слава Суслов said...

Hey Dino! Your addons are really perfect, especially F-35, it's just an amazing model, but it has one very annoying bug and I didn't find the solution to get rid of it. the problem is that the f-35 doesn't want to stay still when on ground with a running engine. When the parking brake is active the plane "twitching" and even can begin to rotate! because of this. I suppose that engine even in the idle mode continues applying force to the plane and it cannot stand still and continues to move. I hope you will fix this bug in your future updates. Thank you for this wonderful addon!=)

TheSandPro said...

Dino, while you are building up the Viking... any possibility of adding fuel drogue... so see the boom lower/raise (tacpack setup).. AND/or a skin with a FIXED DROGUE extened. Tired of refueling off the KC135RT. Would be a great addon for MP. Tks.