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Wow! Dan's Kodiak!

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Wow, they really pushed XP10's tech with this plane. It's definitely nice to have stuff like reflections on the current platform, especially for folks like me who probably won't upgrade to X-Plane 11 for another year or so until most of the major bugs get worked out.

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Looks incredible! A quality bush plane is a must have for me in any case, and this one will undoubtedly be an excellent one.

 

It's a shame that Dan had to put so much effort into developing those plugins and to work against LR due to stubborness on their part (the torque bug is just one example). But on the whole his efforts have surely contributed to making XP better, and we the simmers can only benefit from it.

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Oh my... that's stunning, both in looks and features. Absolutely stunning. One could focus on just one or two of those features and be impressed, but scrolling through his post and they just keep coming....

 

The customizable per livery reflections, the livery generator, the iPad controlled electric tug (is he meaning an actual remote app just for tug operation? or just a simulated iPad on the screen?), the weight and balance manager, the visible cargo, engine failure modeling with sounds...

 

On the surface it looks like this sets a higher bar not just for X-Plane, but right across all the various sim platforms.

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Here is a direct link to the relevant post (to prevent you from thinking 'What the heck am I reading this old topic for!' :wink: )

 

http://forums.x-plane.org/index.php?/forums/topic/57240-quest-kodiak/&do=findComment&comment=1071802

 

But indeed: wow! I wonder btw if the inside of the cockpit also has true reflections? (Doest XP11 offer that?) I love those reflection I see everywhere but I always stay in the cockpit so it is mostly wasted on me. I do however absolutely hate the baked in reflections I have in my current (P3D) planes. Awfull. Anyway, back to the Kodiak: I might even get XP11 just for this plane alone.

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Woah that was fast.  I'm wondering about the G1000 if anyone get's it.  I bought the G1000 pack for the Carenado T206 and it killed my performance.  It looks like the same device.

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I'm wondering about the G1000 if anyone get's it. I bought the G1000 pack for the Carenado T206 and it killed my performance. It looks like the same device.

 

It shouldn't be too bad. I have the DA-42, which was (I think) the most recent Carenado/Alabeo release with a G1000, and they did a good job in getting it decent. The product page on the DA-42 details some of the changes, and I believe there's a thread on the .org forums about it as well. There's still a small performance penalty to be had for it (for my rig), and a small pause when the aircraft loads, but it wasn't anything I found to be excessive.

 

But of course, that's all just conjecture until a few people take the plunge on the Kodiak and report back.

 

I can't perfectly recall, but I seem to remember that the G1000 was missing some features. But for the type of flying I used the DA-42 for I found it acceptable. The Kodiak will be much the same - the areas where I plan on flying it, I just need a map and a general idea of where I'm going.

 

I'm still on an enforced simming 'break' still, haven't fired up a sim for flying in over a month, but man oh man, it looks like I'm going to have a bit of a X-Plane shopping list when I get back.

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Yeah I haven't done a lot of XP flying recently.  Mainly P3D.  But now I just bought BF1 - and then I'm buying some more ram this week cause my 8GB isn't cutting it

 

There's some nice upcoming XP and P3D releases... ohhh the wallet!

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Beautiful aircraft. Visuals and sounds are (and I don't use this word often) amazing. The ability to change livery on the fly and even create your own paint while flying is truly innovative and fun. The G1000 feels better than in previous incarnations (although I still notice some glitches here and there).

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Awesome. Bought it, downloading now.

 

Apart from the quality of the addon itself, I have to say that the pricing is very sensible. Addon prices have increased a lot in the past two years or so, or at least that's my impression - and often enough, it wasn't justified by higher quality. In this case, I'm sure that a higher price would have been justified, considering all the extras. But personally I'm much more willing to spend $33 than $40, even though the difference isn't all that huge. Kudos to Dan for keeping it at a reasonable level!

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Some first impressions on the Kodiak:

 

- Modelling and texturing are stunning, inside and out.

- The sounds are amazing! Definetly among the best in the business, not just for XPlane.

- A bit heavy on the framerate. I don't own any of the Carenados with the G1000, so I can't compare, but the aircraft does have a noticeable impact. Still very much flyable on my system, though.

- The slew system is great, although it needs some fine tuning.

- Quite a few bugs. Some affect the G1000 (which isn't too bad, as you can always rely on the Eyeball Mk.I) and others the plane itself (I've had some weird "stutters" which seem to move the plane a bit out of its original position and/or alter the speed).

- Last but not least, flying the Kodiak is fun - a lot of fun! I usually stay away from anything with a glass cockpit as if it carries the plague, but in the Kodiak these systems feel very much like a part of the plane and don't get in the way. Combined with the forgiving handling and the engine's enormous power, it makes for a perfect bush plane.

 

Overall, I'd say wait a little until the worst bugs are patched, but otherwise the Kodiak is highly recommended.

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Thanks for the impressions! I was wondering how you were liking it after seeing your post that you'd picked it up.

 

 

 


I usually stay away from anything with a glass cockpit as if it carries the plague, but in the Kodiak these systems feel very much like a part of the plane and don't get in the way.

 

I don't know why it is, but I absolutely did not like GA glass cockpits in FSX/P3D. I wanted to like them, but never really did in any add-on I picked up that had them. Didn't matter the developer either - for example I disliked the G1000 in Flight1's King Air as much as I disliked any G1000 in an Alabeo / Carenado product. I actually stopped along time ago buying GA add-on's with glass in FSX or P3D. I knew that I wouldn't end up using it, and for me it would be money wasted.

 

However, my thoughts have completely changed in X-Plane. Although the implementation itself can vary in usability and features, every glass equipped aircraft I've used in X-Plane has been quite enjoyable, from the VFlyteAir Cirrus, to the Alabeo DA42, to the Aerobask Victory and E1000. I'm not sure if it's the mouse interaction with the cockpit (I love being able to hold and drag my view) or if it's something to do with the apparent field of view, but I find I enjoy flying glass in GA a *lot* more than I used to.

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I don't know why it is, but I absolutely did not like GA glass cockpits in FSX/P3D.

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However, my thoughts have completely changed in X-Plane.

 

I think you're onto something there! I completely agree, Glass cockpits in FSX and its derivatives always seem arduous to use, no matter how well the systems are done. I usually avoid even GPS of any kind for that reason. But in X-Plane it feels much easier to use these systems. One reason is possibly that the entire sim feels more fluid, even when the actual framerate is the same. And the excellent camera system also helps.

 

Back to the Kodiak, I've done some more flights with it and didn't encounter any severe bugs this time - perhaps I did something wrong the first time? In any case, I've had a lot of fun flying this thing. The amount of thought that went into the aircraft, as well as into the extras, is just stunning. I love details like being able to open the engine covers, no matter how irrelevant this might be to the actual flight sim. Also, the little electric tug is a work of genius! Once it's attached to the aircraft, you can control it with your joystick/yoke and let it drag the aircraft where you want it. Again, a small detail, but it adds a lot of immersion.

One thing I noticed was something I've missed from most X-Plane aircraft: Ground effect. Although it's supposedly present in XP, I've never encountered it to a degree where it was actually noticeable. With the Kodiak I encountered fairly pronounced ground effect (perhaps a bit too much, considering it's a high wing design?), which is a welcome additional challenge.

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I'm very, very close to picking this thing up. Would I be right in saying this is one of the best bush planes available for X-Plane right now, in terms of 3D modelling, flight dynamics, features etc. ?

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Would I be right in saying this is one of the best bush planes available for X-Plane right now, in terms of 3D modelling, flight dynamics, features etc. ?

 

Absolutely. The only other aircraft that comes close would be the Soulmade Sims DHC-2 Beaver, which is excellent in its own right (although I've almost stopped flying it due to how poorly X-Plane models friction, making taildraggers a PITA when there's anything but the lightest of crosswinds!).

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You sir, are a bad influence! 

 

Seriously, thank you for the replies. I decided to pick it up. Could easily see myself putting some hours into a good bush plane. Beautiful modelling. 

 

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I question the seating arrangement though :P

 

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Lol Sethos.....

 

Behind your seat,  Looks like a little bearded mans face sticking out of the textures,  Sethos have you been modeling yourself into the plane   :smile:

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That exterior shot looks like a photo! Wow... :dance:

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I question the seating arrangement though :P

 

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This actually seems to be a problem with one of the plugins.  Please contact me via PM with your log.txt file.  The position of the pilot is fine-tuned via plugin, so if the pilot is intersecting with the seat, something is not functioning properly... maybe a plugin conflict or something.  Have you updated to v1.1 yet? You can do so via the updater script (included in the original download).

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