Papercraft: British Airways 747

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.

Cheers!

Project Opensky’s 777-300 is out!

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.

announcement

edit 12/27/08 – The 300 virtual cockpit is now available from Posky’s site.  Make sure to grab the VC textures from the 200 Model Package area of their download section.

An Early Present from Historic Jetliners Group: 727-100

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

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

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.

edit 10/22 – added 2 screenshots

Al Wheeler’s Central Coast Scenery Updated

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)

Cheers!

A True FSX Saab 340

Brett Henderson recently released his Saab 340, featuring a fully modeled passenger interior. More information available from Flight Simulations and Designs website.
http://www.simviation.com/fsnd/Downloads.htm (alternate download http://www.simviation.com/simviation/download.php?ID=3301)

02may2010 update: Sorry guys… the FSND website is no longer available.  I provided an alternate download link to Simviation so you can continue to enjoy Brett’s awesome model! Cheers!

Marquise, Japanese Style in FSX

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.

Marquise taxiing to the active at SBA.

Climbing out of SBA for a touch and go.

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.

Cheers!