Friday, August 15, 2014

Aermacchi MB.326: announcement and project scope

One thing I am really happy about my new Aermacchi MB.326 project is that it will benefit from the help of members the Sim Skunk Works Group. I think they need no introduction, but in the remote case that you do not know them, you should definitely check out their website and their aircrafts (to name one their F-104 rendition is legendary - and the work they are doing on their new Tornado model is really promising):
  
 
They have offered their help in several areas and their help is more than welcome - especially since the quality of their work is guaranteed. As additional "bonus" their team includes a pilot which has hundreds of flight hours in the real MB.326. Here are primary targets of the project:
  • The main scope of the project is to create a realistic rendition of the Aermacchi MB.326
  • The level of realism shall be enough to provide a good training device for people looking to advance to "serious" military simulation 
  • The model will be optimized for minimal frame rate impact
  • Given the dozens of different configurations (I have counted more than 25 variants) the main visual model will be the MB.326E I-RVEG - the reason why I picked this particular variant is that I had the chance to fly on it, and it is the only MB.326 in flying conditions.
  • The backseat cockpit will not be modeled to help with frame rate
  • For flexibility, the cockpit model will be a sort of "average" between the cockpits of the MB.326E, -G and -K - i.e. a generic "mid-70's" configuration.
  • The package should have at least one livery for each major operator (by "major" I mean by number of aicrafts: Italy, South Africa, Brazil and Australia were the largest users).
...and here is a list of "secondary targets" that I would like to achieve (in order of difficulty - easiest to hardest) but it will depend on time and resources:
 
  • Include basic Tacpack compatibiliy (note: given that different variants had different weapons capabilities, I will stick to a generic configuration)
  • Include at least a livery for EVERY operator (there are dozens!)
  • Include external model variants
  • Extend the project to include the MB.326K (single seater, light attack version)
  • Extend the project to include the MB.339A (there are a lot of commonalities between the 326 and the 339, and I have some draft material on the 339... but that is a lot of work)
That being said, I believe there is no way to complete anything before end of 2014 - beginning of 2015.

...and in reply to your questions: YES I'd like to to an Eurofighter too. Problem is that, as you know, this is just a hobby for me and my "bandwidth" is full. When the MB.326 project will be in a better shape, we will see...

11 comments:

Ondra Křišťan said...

Very good news. SSW are masters of flight dynamics and systems. Unfortunately, their models cost a lot of money. But it is a quality that is paid for.

Thomas L. said...

Bu please a TackPack not a SSKW weapons system now one use this only when you join the SSKW group. And TacPack have a good ACMI.

If not then iam not interesting to buy it, TackPacks works 100% i am in touche with the VRS via Forum developer and the told me the gave you all about it and working 100% correct.

a good test pilot is always in training
Thomas

ScimmiaSpaziale said...

Just to clarify one thing - members of the SSW team offered their help for free - and the scope is to keep the MB.326 free for everyone.

If I will have time to add working weapons, they will be based on VRS Tacpack.

Thomas L. said...
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Thomas L. said...

For me is not a problem to pay for the MB-326, i have already all aircraft from SSW the F-104 S/G and the F-84F also the Harrier AV-8BII. About the MB-339 Cloud9 we flown this bird 10 years in FS2004 with IBNET. Frecce Tricolori Virtuali. And i am using TacPack, i know the SSW have an own tool but TackPack have more seeting available as SSW. And is nice when the want help you for free. Just a info for you me and my Italien friends some are flying in real live the MB-339.

a good test pilot is always in training
Thomas

Varun Krishnaswami said...

Hey Dino, can you try making and adding similar effects like these for the next F-35 update please?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IP0tsNszz7I

Andrea said...

Excellent choice to work in co-operation with the boys SSW, I know them, they produce excellent aircraft, I'm waiting for the release of the Tornado.
I'm anxious to be able to try your Macchino, I saw the post that PUBLISHED which is great.
Good job.

Greg Moore said...

Hi Dino -

Nevermind the nasty. In opinion, you build some of the best freeware aircraft out there. As a CAD guy myself, I WISH I had the time to do what you do. Keep up the good work because we all appreciate it.

From San Diego -

Greg Moore

Greg Moore said...

Hi Dino -

Nevermind the nasty. In opinion, you build some of the best freeware aircraft out there. As a CAD guy myself, I WISH I had the time to do what you do. Keep up the good work because we all appreciate it.

From San Diego -

Greg Moore

Rod said...

Dino,

Australia used the MB-326H. Not sure if there are any images of their cockpit.

I remember controlling a flight of 6 Macchi's. The RAAF pilots and I had a lot of fun with them doing simulated attacks on the ships we were working with.

ScimmiaSpaziale said...

Yes, I know the 326H.
There are several walkarounds online tha show the cockpit details.
As I said, we are bound to "one cockpit for all variants" approach...we are trying to design an "average" cockpit that should not look too much out of place...
Here is how the latest H cockpit looked:

http://www.aussiemodeller.com.au/Images/History/Slingsby/Slingsby_macchi/Macchi/view/IMG_0363.jpg