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Beta preview shots - B777

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Hi all,

 

Since beta went live I have been cris-crossing skies in the 777, putting some hours on the bird and doing what beta folk do, try to break stuff!

 

So far, I've failed.

 

I can honestly say that the airplane is in tip top shape, really well polished, and a tribute to Rob and the team. What little remains to be tidied up is really fairly minor, and will simply go towards making the final product a must-have.

 

PMDG face an undeniable challenge in that their last offering - the NGX - is still a much beloved add-on and could hardly be accused of showing her age. So how do you improve on perfection?

 

Well, you're going to hate me for this vague answer: It's hard to describe, but the 777 is just better. The immersion is several orders of magnitude beyond the 737. The sounds are mind-blowing, and with the sub-woofer up, I could sit there all day spooling up those GE90's just for the sheer thrill of hearing that distinctive drone build up behind me!

 

If you're sitting there thinking that the 777 is not all that different from the 737 from a pilot perspective, think again, it's a whole new ball game!

 

Anyone who has the pleasure of owning the 747 and MD11 knows that sitting in the VC preparing for a long-haul flight has a far greater sense of occasion to it than prepping for a short-haul. The feeling is more like that aboard a great cruise liner about to head out to sea, rather than a simple commuter bus about to pull away from the stop.

 

There's a lot of planning required, and ALL of the numbers are bigger: more fuel, more cargo, more passengers, takeoff reference speeds that climb well into the midd-100's. Not only that, but you're about to go out to the active and unleash a HECK of a lot more energy. There are some serious laws of physics to be dealt with in a 347 tonne, fully-laden 777, so the responsibility just feels that bit more real!

The sense of anticipation is really unlike any other experience in flight simulation, and PMDG have really put some thought into capturing this. The 777 is a REALLY cool plane to bring to life. Once you have all essential systems online, the flight deck is a symphony of rushing air, whirring fans and the deep resonant hum of all of those systems lurking in the 64-odd meters of airplane just behind the flight deck door.

 

You're going to love it!

 

Anyway, enough waffle. "Pics or it didn't happen", am I right? :lol:

 

The images in this post and the one that follows are all panoramas, so some of the perspectives are a little unusual. Still, they give a sense of the size of the 777, and what a gorgeous model PMDG have assembled, both inside and out.

 

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Absolutely great work there, Mark!

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Very well written. You are definitely adding to the anticipation. Thanks for sharing. As I just got rid of all my speakers in favour of headphones (Because of desk clutter) you are making me regret my decision. 

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Talk about teasing. ;)   The night lighting in those pics looks just phenomenal. Looks like you went to LSZH if im not mistaken. 

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Very nice shots!

Does the phone work?


Would I offend anyone if I said that this is better than sex.....  :P

 

I've already came 3 times now. 

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Very well written. You are definitely adding to the anticipation. Thanks for sharing. As I just got rid of all my speakers in favour of headphones (Because of desk clutter) you are making me regret my decision. 

 

Mike, a good set of headphones will achieve the same result, plus it means you can crank the volume up to 11 late into the night! :)

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If it is- you must be doing at least one of them wrong.  B)

 

haha  :P​  I have been trainnig for the 777 , so I always follow the electronic checklist.... :lol:

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Thanks for the kind words guys. As we move through beta I'll be sure to add more photos to this post.

 

Cheers,

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I'll be sure to add more photos to this post.

 

Could I ask for a shot of sorts?  

 

If you have time, I'd like to see a set of shots during roll out. Wing view for me.  I don't know why but I love wingview.  People have been asking for spoilers up and landing config.

 

Your last shots were stunning, and we can't wait for the others.  

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Here are some of the preset external camera views that were included:

(I disabled my SweetFX shader injection for some of the wing shots so you can make out all the details; that's why the colors look different in some shots and not others)

 

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BUSINESS CLASS (this isn't a preset camera...I just turned my head using TrackIR to see inside the plane)

 

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ECONOMY

 

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Can you see mood lighting from the outside?

 

I believe so! It's not in Economy though. 

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Can you see mood lighting from the outside?

 

Not really, but here's something you can see from the outside:

 

The reflection/refraction of light waves off the cockpit window glass

 

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And the gear assembly is also incredibly detailed with lots of independent parts

 

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I believe so! It's not in Economy though. 

 

Nice but looks like that airlines doesn't use mood lighting in economy. 

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Here are some of the preset external camera views that were included:

(I disabled my SweetFX shader injection for some of the wing shots so you can make out all the details; that's why the colors look different in some shots and not others)

 

fsx2013-08-0302-31-26-90.png

 

fsx2013-08-0302-32-44-57.png

 

fsx2013-08-0302-33-10-82.png

 

fsx2013-08-0302-34-11-92.png

 

fsx2013-08-0302-34-30-85.png

 

fsx2013-08-0302-34-35-59.png

 

fsx2013-08-0302-34-21-97.png

 

fsx2013-08-0302-34-41-69.png

 

BUSINESS CLASS (this isn't a preset camera...I just turned my head using TrackIR to see inside the plane)

 

fsx2013-08-0302-33-01-82.png

 

fsx2013-08-0302-33-33-47.png

 

ECONOMY

 

fsx2013-08-0302-34-07-48.png

 

 

 

 

OH MY DOG!!!! 

 

THESE ARE AMAZING!!!!

 

THANK YOU!!!!

 

MY CAPSLOCK IS STUCK!!!!

 

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Is it just me or are the engines on the 77L way out of proportion with the rest of the plane i.e. too big?

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Is it just me or are the engines on the 77L way out of proportion with the rest of the plane i.e. too big?

 

 

Actually no, those GE's are pretty big. 

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Is it just me or are the engines on the 77L way out of proportion with the rest of the plane i.e. too big?

 

Those monster fans are this bird's trademark! My Expressjet pilot friends always say they're nervous to take their CRJs in front of them for fear of being ingested like this poor fellow: 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_gpPbpONK4

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