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Jimmy RFR

Aerobask ViperJet is Released!

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As the title says: it's out, newly released at the dot org. 

 

I've been checking the org at least four or five times a day for this; I guessed it was imminent since I saw the Aerobask website change a few days ago, and there was a google gallery of images for it uploaded by Nicolas Taureau at the org a few days ago as well.  Yes... I may have been looking forward to this one a wee bit...

 

I know what I'm doing tonight!!

 

Looks gorgeous even just sitting still.  Great looking assortment of instrumentation as well.  Plus it goes plenty fast... Should be a nice combination of fun to fly and comfortable to cruise in.

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Blah!  But I just purchased the DDENN Challenger not a week ago!  Plane looks sweet for sure.

 

I actually don't see the link do you have one?

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Jimmy, I see nothing on the Org forums nor the Org Store for this one?

 

The Aerobask site just says "coming soon".

(That's not a reliable indicator in the X-Plane world unfortunately; the IXEG 733 has been "coming soon" for the last 25 years lol)

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Hmm.... it was up earlier.  Was priced at $21.95 if I recall.

 

I'm a little sad, since I just sat down at my PC, wallet at the ready.  Was posting at work previously.

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Now I'm going to spend my evening hitting refresh on my browser...

 

Shoulda purchased while at work, but I usually wait until I'm home to do any e-commerce type stuff.

 

PS: Just so no-one thinks I'm hallucinating:

 

(and fyi, that page now says "product not available" or somesuch..)

 

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Still not out yet :sad:

 

I know!  On one hand, if it's not released yet, it means it wasn't ready quite yet; I don't mind waiting if it results in a better product.  However, on the other had, the 'almost' release had me all excited!

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Since it's now been out for a few hours, and has stayed out this time (it made a very brief appearence yesterday morning as well), I shouldn't be too premature to say it's been released!

 

Hesitantly, in case it disappears again, I'm going to say that I'll be flying it tonight...

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I couldn't resist........................So, i ordered the Viperjet today. Nice bird with good avionics and performance. Like a personal fighter. Flies nicely. The price was good as well at $21.95.

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I like the quirky planes Aerobask do but after getting their Lancair I can't help finding their textures a bit cartoony and plasticky. That's what's putting me off this one too, although a civvie jet would be great fun.

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They do kinda - probably because there's no metal type shine for XP. Well the DDEN challenger has something but it's a bit overdone.

 

I find most XP addons to be plasticky looking. Some aircraft like LES Saab look superb though

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I've found their interior textures have shown a steady progression through their releases; the E1000 (which I have the most hours on of any XP aircraft so far) was my favorite thus far, but the ViperJet is better yet.  It reminds me a lot of RealAir textures: clean and crisp, but with a hand drawn look. 

 

Since pretty much everything of theirs is based on aircraft made out of composite materials, I guess it kinda works for the most part?  I do wish metal toggle switches looked like metal though.

 

Anyhow, just my opinion!

 

Other thoughts:

 

- I have absolutely no noticeable performance hit with this such as Ryan found.  Runs smooth as silk.

 

- The cockpit is laid out wonderfully.  Everything is nicely iin front of you, lots of information.  I guess that's the beauty of modelling a kit plane, you can put whatever avionics in it you like.  It's nice to see the GNS 530 in it's proper frame for a change!  I don't mind it filling a MFD in the E1000, but it's something you have to get used to, and purposely forget about. 

 

- The avionics aren't terribly in-depth, but look the part.  I don't know them well enough to know what's missing.

 

- I don't see any trim switches in the cockpit, using keys or buttons is a must. It does display all three trims on the Garmin though.

 

- Lighting is simple, but looks great at night.

 

- It's almost as much (or more) fun to fly this from the backseat. Better panoramic view, smaller instrument cluster.

 

- Handles great.  Goes nice and fast.

 

- Great value for the price (I guess doubly so since I got it on points).  Coming from the FSX world, it still surprises me to see quality stuff this cheap.

 

I'm quite happy with it, off to go fly!  And look up the range....

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Is there a key to get to the backseat?

 

Plane reminds me of Ant's Wallaby jet for fsx!

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Is there a key to get to the backseat?

 

The #2 quick view was already pre-setup for the backseat view.

 

I've been using an old PS2 controller with a USB adapter for XP viewing, since I had yet to wire in any yoke buttons (or a hat switch) on my rebuilt PFC yoke. I quite like it, so it's stuck around, even when I fly something using my X55 (which of course does have a hat switch).  I have the d-pad set up for look up/down/left/right, the buttons on the right set up for forward/back/left/right, and the four shoulder buttons set up for quick views #1 & #2, both recall and to set.  It's quite awesome.  You are able to walk around your aircraft (or the airport) with it just like you're in a mmo or fps.

 

Even when in the aircraft, it lets you virtually get up from the pilots seat, walk to the back, sit down and look out the window.

 

In fact, when I switch back to FSX, I find the view and camera controls quite clumsy to use now!

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The #2 quick view was already pre-setup for the backseat view.

 

 

 

Ahh I bet mine won't work because of Track IR.  I tried programming a button for quick look 2 and it's kinda a forward cockpit view.

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I tried programming a button for quick look 2 and it's kinda a forward cockpit view.

 

Program another button to save the #2 view (or use the default key command), physically move the view back yourself, then save it.  I have no idea how TrackIR may affect that though!

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