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The quick answer after a mere 15 minutes of flying - flies great, sound is acceptable, and the model/textures are beautiful. I do not like the tilted logo badges on the yokes, and as of last night, vc shadows do not work in DX10.

 

Time to make a black dash cover...

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Why don't we have an Alabeo section yet? They've released quite some aircraft so far.

 

EDIT: Damn, just noticed that this was moved in the Alabeo section. When was that created?

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So far my only disappointments are the navigation and strobe lights being weak.

 

But that could be a P3D2 issue and not the Cutlass.

 

Russ

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I like short-notice and no-notice releases for favorite aircraft. I didn't see it coming, but will add to my small list of purchases to make today. After I install to P3D2 I will see how my nav and strobe light appear.

 

Keith

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Does anyone know if this comes with a native Prepar3d v2 installer?

 

Thanks, Michael

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Good question Michael, though I'd assume it does since it doesn't specify P3D V1 on the product page.

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I just bought it, yes it has a 3-way FSX/P3D1.4/P3D2 installer. I installed it into P3D2 so far, beautiful modeling as expected, VC shadows work fine in P3D2. The lights do seem a little weak, I think I'll add some effects to the aircraft.cfg for the strobes anyway. Seems easy on frames in spite of plenty of 2048 HD textures, pretty much seeing 33 locked at 33 all around an Orbx airport. Seems a little wiggly on yaw but my joystick is garbage, my null zone setting keeps reverting to "0", and I've been flying a hybrid Carenado Skyhawk with the old FS9 RealAir FDE which is almost too easy to fly. Only one quick hop around the patch so far so too early to tell. Seems to have just one interior color, kind of a beige/brown for all variants. I was hoping for a burgundy interior to go with the N694NS variation which is maroon & gray but maybe someone will do an interior repaint one day. Same pilots we've been looking at for a few years now, those gents do get around, lol.

 

alabeo_cutlass02.jpg

alabeo_cutlass01.jpg

 

Jim

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Thanks Jim. To anyone who's interested, there's also a good writeup with lots of pics over at AirDailyX.

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Nice looking aircraft.  I wasn't familiar with this company's releases, I will have to check out their other aircraft.  It's a very reasonable price for an add on aircraft with such visual richness.

 

John

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I was tempted initially, but wondered if A2A have ruined it for any other C172. I suspect they have. Retractable gear? :unsure: No, I think I'll pass.

 

But then I am given to moments of 'What the heck!' :rolleyes:

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I also saw that they have the Robinson Turbine--looks very nice as well.  I like flying copters from time to time...

 

John

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...But then I am given to moments of 'What the heck!' :rolleyes:

 

That's exactly what happened to me last night, lol.

 

C'mon Ron, it's almost free and you know you want it. ...and we need some good repaints! :smile:

 

EDIT: Fair warning - I just installed it in FSX/DX10 and I'm not seeing any VC shadows either, no external shadows for that matter. Same .mdls for FSX and P3D2 (MD5 match, FSX native), I don't get it?

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Speaking of shadows, PM me if you want an updated, relatively phoney shadow free cockpit for the Staggerwing. I did it to get rid of the non-moving yoke shadow, but since DX10, the phoney shadows for the bracing struts (?) got on my nerves.So I've got rid of those as well.


 

 


EDIT: Fair warning - I just installed it in FSX/DX10 and I'm not seeing any VC shadows either, no external shadows for that matter. Same .mdls for FSX and P3D2 (MD5 match, FSX native), I don't get it?

 

Go to the DX10 Fixer Tool box\Aircraft\Turn on VC shadows\navigate using the Pole star and select the .mdl for the aircraft.

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Thanks Ron, that did the trick. I did the external .mdl too and now have shadows on it as well. ...and no I didn't know that as I haven't had much luck with DX10 - until today. I don't know what I did but for the first time in half a dozen tries it finally decided to play nice (more or less). I tried the Bio Shock Nvidia Inspector settings I've been using in P3D2 and I think that did it - at least it's generated enough interest now to RTFM a bit and see if I can refine things a little - it's definitely smoother by quite a bit, I may be just end up being a convert after all.

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I'm tempted.  I know I wouldn't fly it that much, but I'm still tempted, strictly for nostalgic reasons.

 

My first experience with the plane was from the right seat, riding along with a friend as he practiced for his commercial rating.  A couple of years later, my next experiences were with that same friend, now a CFI with me as his student, as the 172RG was the plane I earned my complex endorsement on.  And like most, once I completed that training, I never set foot in one again.  The whole reason for the plane's existence was as tool for flight schools, and I don't think I could've rented one just "for the heck of it" even if I'd wanted to.  The handful available in my area were all booked solid by commercial students.

 

Still, I have a soft spot for the silly things.  No autopilot?  No GPS?  That's exactly as it should be.  :lol:

 

Scott

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I flew one of these for several years, both as an instructor and for charter flights as well. The plane is very much like the real thing. I had no issues or handling that were different from the real thing. It is missing it's OAT gauge on the gasper vent, and the Takeoff index is missing on the trim wheel, but other than that, it appears to be the real McCoy. I believe the weak lighting we are seeing in P3Dv2 is due to having the HDR lighting disabled at the moment due to the black screen issue. I've notice the weak light on Carenado aircraft as well. I'll wait until L.M.'s next patch before I get too concerned about it. The landing and taxi lights look great though. It is faster than a regular 172 and it is a very good single engine IFR trainer. It's a good aircraft to fly when transitioning to twins, it saves a lot of money on the multi-engine rating. The crooked "Cutlass" stickers on the yokes do not bother me. Most of the time they were either bent or missing all together. It still is a fun aircraft to fly.

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Well I read about the Cutlass RG in Flying magazine back in roughly 1980 and decided I wanted one "when I grew up", things didn't go exactly as planned, but hey, I'm grown up and I've got one now :smile:

 

BTW, this DX10 thing is amazing, I'm getting a bit 'hard of reading' in my old age so I didn't have much luck the first 5 or 6 times I tried it. I spent about 2 hrs RTFM and tweaking things according to the instructions this evening and I believe I'm a convert already, I just had the smoothest 30 min hop in FSX I've ever had! I was about ready to bin FSX in favor of P3D2 but I think I'll be keeping it a while longer now.

 

The lights are still pretty weak in FSX BTW, I don't think it has anything to do with HDR. They are modeled lights as opposed to effects so there's not much you can do besides add an effect in the [Lights] section in addition to what's already there. Actually the nav lights are probably about right in daylight, they wouldn't have a huge glow around them in the real world anyway. The strobes are just a little more than "detectable" though and the beacon may also need some help.

 

Really like it though, I took a few more screenshots around my hometown airport in DX10 mode, link here if anyone's interested:

 

http://cat-tamer.com/flightsim/atchmnts/alabeo_cutlass.html

 

Jim

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Same pilots we've been looking at for a few years now, those gents do get around, lol.

Yep, I call them STP in my Carenado reviews. I sent an email to Fernando and asked when they plan up update the pilots. Heck, these two have been flying day and night all over the world for both companies in every model  they make for years in FSX and now also in P3D. They must be dead tired and worn out.

 

Regards,

 

Ray

 

STP - same to pilots :rolleyes:

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Yep, I call them STP in my Carenado reviews. I sent an email to Fernando and asked when they plan up update the pilots. Heck, these two have been flying day and night all over the world for both companies in every model  they make for years in FSX and now also in P3D. They must be dead tired and worn out.

 

I've noticed them too, they seem to be in every Carenado and Alabeo aircraft since the B58 Baron (which was released in 2011 I think). Did you get a response from Fernando or did you send it just now?

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I sent the email to Fernando about the pilots with every Carenado review.  Maybe 5 or 6 different times. No response to that question, ever.

 

Ray

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