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I too would like to hear about this one, infact I came here specifically to post that very question, it looks great! And Mark, what about VOZ for FSX, any words yet?Jeff

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I worked with the Shockwave Productions team to create a video of this product. Shockwave has REALLY outdone themselves. I HIGHLY recommend this product. If you have not yet seen my video made in conjuction with Shockwave, please use the following link:http://www.gamershell.com/download_18426.shtml(Note to admin: this video contains copyrighted material that is owned by Jaggyroad Films and Shockwave Productions 2007. It does NOT breach the AVSIM code of conduct.)

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This is certainly an excellent product, the only issue I would have with it, is that unless one specifically wishes to fly a B-17 in FSX, the Wings of Power B-17 for FS2004 [ Wings of Power: WWII Heavy Bombers and Jets for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004 ] is a quality product and comes bundled with several other also excellent aircraft, see:http://www.shockwaveproductions.com/store/wop_retail/and for me the decision whether to purchase the FSX B-17 would hinge on what enhancements it would have over the FS2004 product?Best and Warm RegardsAdrian Wainer

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Looks like a fantastic piece of work. However, I just can't get into flying heavy Bombers in FSX. I do make exceptions with military planes...because I love RealAir's Spitfire (hopefully it will be ready for FSX soon), and I am enjoying, somewhat, the Texan that I bought a week ago. I just can't get myself excited for these big bombers unless I'm in a combat sim.I'm still waiting for some new GA planes and business jets that were so prevalent in FS2004 to migrate to FSX. Hopefully after the SP1, we'll see more excellent aircraft (commercial type) be offered for FSX.

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>I too would like to hear about this one, infact I came here>specifically to post that very question, it looks great! And>Mark, what about VOZ for FSX, any words yet?>>JeffJeff, when it comes to VOZ developments, I'll redirect you (and the rest of you who may be interested) to a webpage at VOZ. This basically tells it all: http://vistaoz.org/smf/index.php?topic=104.0 From what I have seen you'll be in for a real treat when VOZ PRO arrives! :-)

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>I worked with the Shockwave Productions team to create a>video of this product. Shockwave has REALLY outdone>themselves. I HIGHLY recommend this product. If you have not>yet seen my video made in conjuction with Shockwave, please>use the following link:>>http://www.gamershell.com/download_18426.shtml>>(Note to admin: this video contains copyrighted material that>is owned by Jaggyroad Films and Shockwave Productions 2007. It>does NOT breach the AVSIM code of conduct.)These are really gorgeous vids, Valkyrie! I'm truly impressed by the quality of your videos and Shockwave's B-17. ;) Now, if only we could get Shockwave to bundle the FS9 and FSX versions; THAT would be terrific!Can I ask you what film editing software you're using?

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>Looks like a fantastic piece of work. However, I just can't>get into flying heavy Bombers in FSX. I do make exceptions>with military planes...because I love RealAir's SpitfireI did get this one last evening, because I'm interested in most WWII aircraft. One thing for certain, is that it has a "feel" of a WWII bomber fortress that takes quite some time to climb to altitude on those four radial engines. I've always figured that I flew B-29's in my prior life, but I think I made a mistake, and it was the P-51! :-hah Yet, looking at those four engines out the windscreens in the VC just looks cool!Shockwave does an impressive damage scenario too, with the prop damage as can be seen in the video. Since I just jumped into this aircraft without reading any manuals regarding V-speeds, flaps, etc, I did manage to settle to ground when retracting the flaps to early. The props bending as it skids along the ground looks quite authentic!Anyway, this aircraft does have more of a fps hit than Shockwave's FSX Spitfire, but I'd expect that, due to showing more detail and instrumentation. In the end, I still prefer flying those more sporty Spit's, P-38's and Mustangs!L.Adamson

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Being the B17 junkie that I am I had to have it.. I think its a nice plane and performs well in the FSX environment.

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Valkyrie321, like many others I downloaded and watched that video (just last night) and it is very nice - kudos!If I may, can I offer some positive constructive criticism? These were thoughts I had while watching the video and I don't normally speak out (but I was wishing at the time I could say it to the video maker) - the video editing, transitions, color wiping effects are nicely done and all, but I found that while watching the video they frequently interefered somewhat with getting a good visual "feel" of the actual product. Maybe I'm getting old....but some more long, sweeping, multiple-second panning shots with no color wipes or fades would have been appreciated. Would have been nice to see the sunlight flashing on any dynamic shine surfaces, etc...I'm a sucker for that.I know Shockwave probably paid for a snazzy, upscale video feel and your work definitely accomplishes it. But as a tool for selling a product, I felt myself wanting to see more of the plane and not so much of the video effects (maybe that's the idea, leaving the prospective customer wanting more?).Offered as humble input FWIW....Thanks for listening and again, nice work.

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Was there ever a front gear variant in the real world aircraft? Or am I thinking it was the B-29 that used both? My Grandpa flew a B-24 weather recon. aircraft in WWII and I know those were all made with the front gear assembly.Jeff

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I've never seen a B-17 with a nose wheel, and never seen a B-29 as a tail dragger. I do have WWII training films for both. L.Adamson

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Well, my last chance to make sense here is the B-19? Larry, what do you know about this one?Jeff

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>Can I ask you what film editing software you're using? Sony Vegas :)

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Absolutely intended. You always want the customer to want more. This is not a simple product either. There are MANY unlisted features that people will find as they continue to utilize this aircraft.What you discussed was thoroughly discussed. Shockwave wanted a new angle on filming and I happened to catch their attention. My style is to keep people watching, not only so they want to see more but also to allow customers to WATCH the WHOLE film. I am showcasing my own work as well :)Simply put, most people who watch "showcase" videos don't finish watching them. They make up their mind within the first minute of a film whether or not they will purchase. I attempt to "catch" their attention and keep a hold of them. I learned to film like this long before I did this commercially.Thank you for your kind comments. I am glad you enjoyed the video :)>Valkyrie321, like many others I downloaded and watched that>video (just last night) and it is very nice - kudos!>> *SNIPPED*>>I felt myself wanting to see more of>the plane and not so much of the video effects (maybe that's>the idea, leaving the prospective customer wanting more?).>>Offered as humble input FWIW....Thanks for listening and>again, nice work.

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This is NOT the same B-17 in any sense of the form. This B-17 has nearly double the hours dedicated to this aircraft as the original. It isn't an upgrade either. This was built from the ground up, specifically with FSX in mind.Here are a few features (note, many are NOT listed... you have to find them on your own :D):-Unsurpassed attention to detailCan be flown

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>because I love RealAir's SpitfireHate to bring this up, but I am an outside source and ABSOLUTELY love Shockwave's work. They aren't paying me to promote them, just make a video here and there... but here it goes:http://www.shockwaveproductions.com/store/...es/image013.gifNow, compare the shockwave spitfire cockpit to the Realair one:http://www.simflight.com/~reviews/com-ras-.../RAS_Spit08.jpgI own both products and I firmly believe hands down that Shockwave has a better looking product. As far as the functionality and dynamics are concerned, I will leave that up to those with a better understanding of aerodynamics.

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Shockwave's Spit cockpit is more colorful, while the RealAir gauges look sharper zoomed in. The RealAir gauges are also smoother, but the Shockwave's are getting close. Both planes are frame rate friendly in FS9, and Shockwave's does real well in FSX too. RealAir doesn't have a "re-designed" FSX Spit, yet.The RealAir version for FS9 uses "RealView" which gives a moving 3D look to the cockpit, which I really enjoy. It's different than active camera, in a better way. The Shockwave FS9 Spit doesn't have this effect, yet the FSX version of the Shockwave Spit looks excellent where this 3D effect is automatically built into FSX. The Shockwave's bump mapped wing also looks great in FSX.As to "percieved" flight dynamics, I prefer the RealAir in FS9, but for some reason that I can't put my finger on, the FSX version of of Shockwaves Spit just seems to fly better than the FS9 version, and I like it. It has a good sound package too!The Shockwave Spit is still too touchy on the brakes while taxiing, as it will noseover with blips of the brake and full up elevator, as did their P-51. I've used several different joystick/brakes combo's between the Mustang and this Spit; so if it's "my" brakes only, I don't know...The RealAir Spit is a blast too land with it's excellent power/pitch combo's. I haven't really experimented with the Shockwave enough to make a decision, landing wise.IMO, the Shockwave Spit has the upper hand in detailed looks compared to the B-17; both in cockpit and exterior.L.Adamsonedit: Never flown a real Spit, or B-17, but have about an hour in a P51D Mustang, as passenger.

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Geese... You add on developers are "killin" me! I swore that when FSX came out, I would not buy add ons. Then Real Air updated the Sia Marchetti, I had to have that. FS Genesis has great Mesh...well the Galaxy Membership is a great deal. I had to get that. The SR71 and T6 Texan has been tempting me. I have resisted....so far. Now, Shockwave releases the B17 for FSX. I have always loved the B17. I have watched Twelve O'clock High and Memphis Bell more times than I care to admit. I surrendered the cash equivelent of about 7.5 hours flying a Cessna 152 to be a passenger in the Yankee Lady B17....Ok Shockwave...I'm digging out my Debit card now. This is my last add on purchase...I mean it. Really. :-lol Nick

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>Now, Shockwave releases the B17 for FSX. I have always loved>the B17. I have watched Twelve O'clock High and Memphis Bell>more times than I care to admit. I surrendered the cash>equivelent of about 7.5 hours flying a Cessna 152 to be a>passenger in the Yankee Lady B17....>Our local EAA is offering B-17 rides in June. Would you like to sign up? :D

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LOL, I would be tempted if it was not so far away. We have a little airshow at KAKR every year. The Yankee Lady flies right over my house. When I hear the dishes ratteling from those four P/W's, I run outside and look up. I see her "low, slow, and dirty" on final. My mind goes back to one of the most exciting days of my life....Nick

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I plan to get this soon, but would rather have a full package like we had for FS2004, looks very good though.

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