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Best DC-3 for FSX

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Hello,

 

I'm looking for a good DC-3 for FSX. Currently I'm trying to choose between these 2:

 

Just Flight DC-3: Legends of Flight

MAAM-Sim DC3

Or the Uiver/Flight 1 DC-2 ( No, it isn't a DC-3, but it looks good enough to be added to the list)

 

Which one of these is the best add-on?

 

Thanks in advance for any recommendations.

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Hi Kevin,

I own Uiver/Flight 1 DC-2 and I have to fully recommend it. It is a masterpiece - external model, virtual cockpit, flight systems and dynamics...best vintage aircraft i saw in FSX.

 

Pavel

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i bought just flight and took my losses and throwed it away.

than I bought the maam and is very nice and fly well

there is via a dc3 forum several addition cockpit software to get if you want to modify it.

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We do need a new DC-3. I keep reading bad things about the JustFlight option, which is the best looking as far as I can tell. Is the MAAM version really up to scratch? I'm having difficulty believing that something made so long ago for FS9 could still be worth the money.

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I have the JF DC3 and agree, it has some shortcomings, but IMO the external detail is superb! I fantastic set of livery options too. BUT for me the VC is dreadful. It looks like it has been lifted straight from a set of plans. No wear and tear on anything, it all looks just too simplistic and clean.

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Depends what you mean by best. They all have their relative merits.

 

The JF DC-3 has got the most accurate exterior model, but not everyone is in love with the clean look of the VC, since it looks like a brand new aircraft literally straight from the factory, although if you wanted a DC-3 which looked like it was brand new and straight from the factory, then that would of course be no bad thing.

 

The MAAM DC-3 has a better flight model than the JF one, and it is very good in spite of looking a bit rough in places (still pretty nice though), it being an older development. MAAM were addressing that with an update to a fully FSX-native model, but sadly that has been cancelled, although the existing one is still worth having for sure.

 

The UIVER DC-2 is as you say not a DC-3, so it cannot be directly compared, but it is excellent in terms of systems, with more realistic engine management than most prop add-on aircraft for FSX, and that's important with the DC-2, since it required a lot more careful engine management than the DC-3, as it lacks the revised cowling gills of the DC-3.

 

 

So, to be honest, I would actually recommend all three because of that; they all have certain things to offer, and having all three would allow you to swap things around a bit. All three of them benefit from what A2A's AccuFeel add-on enhances them with, so that's worth having too if you wanted a bit more realism. Although of course what we really need is A2A to make a DC-3, but given that PMDG is now delving into making classic aeroplanes, and the fact that one or two people from PMDG are big fans of the DC-3, I would not put it past them to have a crack at doing a DC-3 after they've done the DC-6.

 

There is also the Dirk Stuck Design Basler BT-67 Turboprop version of the DC-3 available, but it is extremely rough. It is just about worth it for a DC-3 completetist, but there are many issues with it, crap texturing and a very basic VC being just two of them. The exterior model is good though, or at least it would be if there was not an error on it which leaves two tiny wheel nuts which are part of the main landing gear still down when the rest of the main gear retracts, owing to them evidenly not having grouped all the gear parts together when the retract animation was done. This is only just noticable, but it is indicative of a generally rather sloppy piece of work for payware.

 

If you have X-Plane there is another choice, that being the X Aviation DC-3, which is also very good. Has a great VC, good exterior model, and convincing flight model.

 

Al

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I for one will not touch anything any more from JF, no matter how tempting, after purchasing their DC-3, their Viscount, their Comet,-----which is the only one IMHO, that so far cuts the mustard----after being totally disillusioned by the DC-3 and the Viscount. Exteriors, as stated, are good, but one flies a plane from inside, not from the outside.

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I don't have the JF, but I have all the others mentioned, and am a big fan of the DC-3/2 C-47.

 

IMO, none of these are all that great. I like supporting the causes with MAAM and Uiver, but I don't even have those installed.

 

I fly Jahn's freeware version. The external model is more accurate than any of the payware versions and is beautiful, and there is a nice VC upgrade available for it as well by Jahn, and Marvin Carter did a nice upgraded grey interior that I think looks as good or better than any of the payware versions. If you add the RealEngine 1.1 mod by Gunter Teson1, then it flies quite well also. All of these together make a wonderful package. It's not a one-click install, but it's worth it to gather up the mods and install them. And there are some nice skins for this one too:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I purchased the Just Flight DC-3 and expansion and am very pleased with my purchses. Perhaps I dont expect quite as much from deveoplers as some folks do, but I like to fly those birds, and all those liveries are great.

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I fly Jahn's freeware version. The external model is more accurate than any of the payware versions and is beautiful, and there is a nice VC upgrade available for it as well by Jahn, and Marvin Carter did a nice upgraded grey interior that I think looks as good or better than any of the payware versions. If you add the RealEngine 1.1 mod by Gunter Teson1, then it flies quite well also. All of these together make a wonderful package. It's not a one-click install, but it's worth it to gather up the mods and install them. And there are some nice skins for this one too:

 

Thanks, I must say though, it's the VC again... I know the JF VC looks "new" but really the quality and detailing of the textures is so far ahead of the MAAM and above-mentioned freeware versions that I don't really get the comments. You could always dirty up the JF version a bit if the "newness" bothers, but the MAAM and freeware versions are so flat and low res, I just couldn't live with them. It's like looking at one of the poorer default FS9 planes. There's no real definition to anything, unlike the JF version which looks like it has much more detail and resolution. I actually find them pretty much incomparable.

 

Just a pity the JF one doesn't "fly" as well as the others... maybe there's a way to address that, but there's no way I could live with the extremely low-res fuzzy flatness of the freeware VC, nevermind PAY for the MAAM one, as much as I want to support the cause.

 

I purchased the Just Flight DC-3 and expansion and am very pleased with my purchses. Perhaps I dont expect quite as much from deveoplers as some folks do, but I like to fly those birds, and all those liveries are great.

 

I think I may do the same and then make it look dirty :)

 

This thread as resulted in my wallet being opened. Sigh.

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The only one worth having is the UVIER DC2. its made with love and is for a good cause, and its fun to fly

 

 

Vertigosims was making a DC3, but after their public-relations skills, and release timing, and product track-record, I'm not so excited anymore, in fact I highly doubt we will ever see one from them

 

I'm not even going to mention the other ones, as its not worth the finger tapping

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Wow, that looks good!

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None really. The Just Flight bird is a mish mash that includes stock gauges from the microsoft plane. MAAM sim's plane will work in FSX but unless you buy (or re-purchase...) their new installers, you will have an hour+ of work getting it going, esp. if you want the many versions. Plane flys well, but the VC is very dated - very poor textures.

 

That's it I'm sad to say. Wish MAAM was going to update this plane, but their efforts have fallen apart. An A2A plane would be great - but they like their warbirds.

 

Their Stratocruiser is great - lots of good stuff to learn.

 

Othe hope for a vintage propliner is the DC6 forthcoming form PMDG. That should also be fun.

 

Colin

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A2A have said they won't make a DC-2 because they won't compete with a not for profit.

 

Not sure about DC-3 but would be nice if they did make one as just flight is the only decent looking competitor, I'll just hang out for the PMDG DC-6, alot more complex and larger, but we get what we're given

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I downloaded a sound package for the default DC-3, though for Fs9 it works very satisfying in FSX:

 

***The BEST DC-3 sounds for FS2004 ***

By Trev Morson

 

Visit the Largest DC-3 site on the Net

"The DC-3 Hangar"

http://www.douglasdc3.com

 

Finally ans sound pack that works well in my sys. without drops when the engines are at Full Throttle.

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The MAAM DC-3/R4D is a great plane and flies well in FSX. The sounds are very close to the real thing. Old, but so is the plane. The Basler BT-67 Turboprop is a great (free) update to the DC-3 engineering and, if you watch a post on this forum with that name in the title (which is very active) you will see lots of effort with the developer and others trying to make it better. The post is now on it's 7th page and lots of changes have been made from the original release.

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Thanks for the guide Ols_As_Dirt.

Seeing the post it seems like it still needs a bit of work.

 

I always had issues with my sound on the DC-3 and grumman Goose, having to press "Q" twice to get the engine sounds to sound a bit realsitic. I solved my issue with this package, all I had to do extra ws to change the sound.cfg to add the default Gear and Flaps sounds.

I think I'll wait a bit...Doing lots of flying in the Caribeean for the moment... :happy:

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When I did a google search for DC-3 I found quite a few posts about Vertigo DC-3, how great is going to be and stuff... from 2010. Than I visited their website and forum and no sign about any DC-3. What happened?

 

does anybody know any site with Justflight DC-3 repaints? I couldn't find any.

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0Artur0

 

I'm not a designer or developer, have some simple interests with my FSX Installation; My computer isn't very big, just enough to run FSX\Gold tweaked from various angles.

Maybe Vertigo dropped the project of theire DC-3 as other were catching on with developing the same a/c.

 

From what I undertand Justflight uses a very complex program to do repaints...Thereby making it difficult for developers to make new repaints and put them for download; As youhave already noticed,any repaint for any Justflight product is available at theire site for download,and sometimes at a price.

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From what I undertand Justflight uses a very complex program to do repaints...Thereby making it difficult for developers to make new repaints and put them for download; As youhave already noticed,any repaint for any Justflight product is available at theire site for download,and sometimes at a price.

 

Well, I did one repaint for JF DC-3 (Adria Airways), I admit their paintkit leaves much to be desired. I guess it's not problem with my searching skills than but there just aren't any/much JF DC-3 repaints.

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I downloaded an dinstalled the Basler 67 as per intructions, tested it, found it easy to fly,once I figured out Right and Left clicks to fx activate rwy for ILS approach; Chaned the sound for that of PADS' Twinotter and sound.cfg file. Lost my ding-dong of th safeties. Same happened to me with theire L-1649, but not with the 1049,749 Strange, Is as if Windows 7 doesn't like this ding-Dong sound?

I've even reinstalled after deleting all the files I had put in there in the first place.Nothing got replaced?

 

Anyone else experiencing this?

berlopez

 

V/C cockpit Basler 67

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