Okay, this might make a great New Year’s Day project while trying to avoid the in-laws, but my track record for complex models is dismal. Anyway, when checking up on the Canon Papercraft site, I noticed a new 747 kit in British Airways livery.
With 14 pages of parts and some rather intricate cuts, this is definitely not a beginner kit. At the same site are links to their other “heavy metal” papercraft including an Airbus A320 and a Airbus A340.
Falling on the heels of their 777-200 v2 release, the 777-300 version is out. Stop by their website to grab your favorite model and livery… as long as that is TAM Brasil. At the time of this writing, that is the only available download at POSKY’s site and Avsim.
Virtual Cockpit (VC) releases will follow as they are developed. Nothing coming any time soon, however. The readme discusses FSX, so it will work there as well as the -200 model does. More to follow a more thorough run through.
For those of us lucky enough to not be working this week, Historic Jetliners Group (HJG) has given us an early present to indulge ourselves with and fill the time. Released is one of my favorite aircraft of all time, the Boeing 727-100 in passenger, combi, and freighter variations in both early and late versions. In addition to the base packs and countless liveries, there are optional sounds and panels.
727 Prototype leaving BFI
More to come after I download and install a few of these babies. For now, head over to HJG’s forum and check out the details. <link> – Some additional information. There is an aircraft.cfg for FSX, but it is unclear if the panel will work. The sounds are pretty good and the panel is good, but more fs2002 quality. Overall, I am looking forward to spending more time with this creation.
727 Prototype climbing out over Puget Sound
In addition, HJG added new and liveries for their other models, including the BAe 146 and Boeing 707.
Al Wheeler released the fourth revision to his California Central Coast scenery for FSX, featuring detailed airports such as Santa Barbara (KSBA), Paso Robles (KPRB), and others.
If you already installed the original scenery package and the previous three revisions, you can obtain the fourth revision from Avsim.
If this is the first time you are installing this scenery, Al released a complete version, including the four revisions, saving you the trouble of installing four updates on top of the original. The complete version is available >> avsim > (cccfsxc.zip)
I just had a brief chance to take PAD’s MU-2 “Marquise” out for a few touch and goes. I am really impressed with PAD’s model and FDE. Compared to the Solitaire, the Marquise looks a little more like an airplane and less like an egg.
Marquise taxiing to the active at SBA.
Climbing out of SBA for a touch and go.
I am really impressed with the enormous power and decent handling characterstics. I found that approaches required a bit more finess than I am used to in a C172, but it is quite easy to adjust to.
There is an absolutley stunning video of the Tea Fire available from Patrick Lawler. The footage he captured is simply stunning and paired with the soundtrack, it will make a grown man cry. I am blown away by the flames burning near the power lines. It is truly a miracle that my house survived!