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Ant's Airplanes T-28D: what a great job!

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I know this mainly seems to be the "betting on when the PMDG 777 will release" forum these days , but I wanted to mention briefly how impressed with _this_ release I am. And, you can buy it right now! Just like the Majestic Q400!

 

It doesn't have an FMC or special super-duper G1000 gauges, nor is it the A2A Simulations P-51 Mustang (though it's amazingly damn close in quality to the latter on many fronts! Without the latter's in-depth physical and sound modeling, of course), but it is a very faithful recreation of the T-28, and is an absolute joy to fly.

 

It has that same VROOM! feel the P-51 does, though clearly it's different from a Mustang. More stately, less crazy, but with a comparable thrust/weight profile in performance. A little easier to slow down.

 

The VC is extremely well done, as are all the many included liveries. The FDE is unassailable. The sounds are great, though just slightly quieter than I dimly remember from having been up in the air in the real thing (though in the latter case, I also remember being astonished at how smooth and quiet the real thing is, given the honking huge engine on it).

 

Best of all, the documentation is literate, thorough, and strikes exactly the right balance between 4,000 pages of bureaucratic FAA pedantry and a page of brief notes cut and pasted together by a defector from the Taiwanese Navy in a drunken late night orgy....

 

The plane itself is unique, and readily fills an easy-on-the-FPS steam gauge GA slot in my fleet. Clearly this developer has paid very painstaking attention to detail on all fronts, in ways much bigger teams could learn from. He has a "do it right the first time" approach, and I doubt it will have to need any patches post-release.

 

Works fine in Windows 8, too!

 

Miss this one at your peril!

 

It's a far more pleasant way to spend your free time than anxiously grieving over the perpetual imminence of something else that will show up when it's time, and not sooner.

 

Like this T-28D clearly did. :)

 

Steve

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Add a few screenshots and you would have a full blown review.  I like it also, mostly for all the same reasons.

 

 

Ray

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Thanks!

 

I'd load a few screenshots but am hesitant to go through yet another online website registration process, be it Flickr, photobucket or whatever....

 

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Here are a few pics.  Really nice!!!

 

CK

 

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Thanks! I'd load a few screenshots but am hesitant to go through yet another online website registration process, be it Flickr, photobucket or whatever....

Have your tried using the Avsim Full Editor feature? Nothing else needed for screenshots.

 

Ray

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Okay, let's see if this works: took 8MB .BMP "V"-key shot and downsized via Photoshop to .jpg, and attached it -- is that how to do it? Sunset at KSEA North Parking. :)

 

 

 

 

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A bloody good A$19.95s worth. Or 15 miserable quid. An absolute steal. :good:

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I own every other aircraft that Ant has made, and they are fantastic, high quality, immersive, excellent value add-ons .... but alas, as good as this one looks and sounds, it fits into the rare category for me of:-

 

"I just have absolutely zero interest in the real aircraft, and no desire to operate a virtual version of it; no matter how good it is".

 

It's probably just because it's military themed; and I don't dig anything military.

 

A Jabiru of this quality would have been a "buy within 5 seconds" job !!

 

But despite my moan, I wish Ant the absolute best with this; I hope it sells like hot cakes, as he deserves it.

 

:smile:

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I own every other aircraft that Ant has made, and they are fantastic, high quality, immersive, excellent value add-ons .... but alas, as good as this one looks and sounds, it fits into the rare category for me of:-

 

"I just have absolutely zero interest in the real aircraft, and no desire to operate a virtual version of it; no matter how good it is".

 

It's probably just because it's military themed; and I don't dig anything military.

 

A Jabiru of this quality would have been a "buy within 5 seconds" job !!

 

But despite my moan, I wish Ant the absolute best with this; I hope it sells like hot cakes, as he deserves it.

 

:smile:

 

That is OK.  Just go ahead and buy it but use my email address.  Thanks.

 

Ray

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Ok with my new-found powers, a little series tour of a flight just now from ORBX KJAC to ORBX KIDA (Jackson Hole, WY to Idaho Falls, ID).

 

Taking off. Seems to be Jackson Hole Conference Day yet again, do these guys ever work?!

 

Stuck waiting for a Mooney Bravo on final... took him forever to taxi off the runway, and I thought I was bad!

 

Finally.

 

Hate it when IFR ATC steers you RIGHT into the mountain; I'm climbing as fast as I can, mom!

 

Okay looks like I'll live.

 

 

Continued next post.....

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Okay, let's see if this works: took 8MB .BMP "V"-key shot and downsized via Photoshop to .jpg, and attached it -- is that how to do it? Sunset at KSEA North Parking. :)

 

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Yep, just that easy.  Most all the picture viewers will load a bmp and save as a jpg as a super quick file converter.  There is a file size limit for the uploads.

 

Ray

 

Ray

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Just a few more, I'll leave it at that -- can't figure out how to sequence shots and titles, oh well.  I'll limit myself to fewer uploads in the future, promise!  The attention to detail on the rotary engine is amazing.

 

 

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I like the engine sounds.  Especially at startup.

 

Ray

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HMmm, I'm a little torn with this one.  The plane itself is well-modeled, as usual.  The sounds aren't amazing but pretty good.  But the thing that's bugging me is the inverted attitude indicator.  I would use this for IFR flight on Pilot Edge and that thing being backwards is a big minus in my little book.  

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HMmm, I'm a little torn with this one.  The plane itself is well-modeled, as usual.  The sounds aren't amazing but pretty good.  But the thing that's bugging me is the inverted attitude indicator.  I would use this for IFR flight on Pilot Edge and that thing being backwards is a big minus in my little book.  

 

Why not just change out that instrument to one that you like?  I bet there haven't been many IFR flights in the history of the T-28D.  If so, they were probably caught in deteriorating weather and filed to get on the ground.

 

You can try the demo.  Everything works as far as I can  tell.

 

Ray

 

Ray

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Which reminds me: smaller thing, but barometer defaults to hpa; can I edit the aircraft cfg to change that to millibars?

 

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I can't seem to get mine much over 10k? It acts like the dreaded FSX Carb icing bug but hitting "H" does nothing. It acts like it's not supercharged even if I engage it? Anybody else been able to get this aircraft up to ceiling?

Temps and gauges look fine but power just bleeds away?

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No problems here, got it up to almost 30k before doing some spin practice.  Did you manually switch it into high blower at 10.5k or so?

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Why not just change out that instrument to one that you like?  I bet there haven't been many IFR flights in the history of the T-28D.  If so, they were probably caught in deteriorating weather and filed to get on the ground.

 

You can try the demo.  Everything works as far as I can  tell.

 

Ray

 

Ray

 

Ummm, I can't just change a 3D gauge...  That's what I like to do on FS is IFR.. for the most part at least.  As I said it's a great plane, especially for that price

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Ummm, I can't just change a 3D gauge...  That's what I like to do on FS is IFR.. for the most part at least.  As I said it's a great plane, especially for that price

 

OK, I think the instrument is just fine and modelled correctly.  You don't, so why not just tell yourseft the one instrument is faulty and ignore it when flying IFR.  It will be good training for you.  Who knows, you may even get used to it.

 

Ray

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You think it's normal that it shows the acft in a dive during climb?  Ok...

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You think it's normal that it shows the acft in a dive during climb?  Ok...

No, thats not right.  You must have a screwy model.  I'm flying the P-51 now but next time I'm in the Trojan I will pay special  attention to the gauge and do some unusual attitudes and see what I see.

 

Ray

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Unless Anthony patched it already and its in a new build... I've got the original demo though..

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