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FsBuild 2.4, Topcat, Electronic Flight Bag.

Written by Phil on . Posted in FSX, Latest

 

I am back flying the PMDG 737-800 NGX in FSX after having a break from it for a few weeks. The tools and utilities i use are as follows.

  1. Active Sky 2012 – for the weather
  2. Electronic Flight Bag – for the charts and procedures
  3. FsBuild 2.4 – For the flight planning and fuel calculation.
  4. Topcat – for the take off and landing performance data and FMC data.
  5. Ezdock – For camera movement within the sim.

I am also in the process of making a video to show how this all works together. At first it all looks a little complicated but it really isn’t and once you have done it once or twice it all becomes quite easy. The whole setting up and preparation for a flight in FSX is where most of the fun can be found.

 

Take On Helicopters Demo

Written by Phil on . Posted in Latest

Back from a great skiing holiday and back into the world of simulation and unfortunately work. I have had my eye on this for a while. Anyone who has played any of the Arma series of games will be very familiar with the way this game is built because of the fact that its made by the same guys over at Bohemia Interactive.

Anyway i tried the demo out today. While it all looks ok (i get good fps on full settings) i thought the challenge of flying in expert mode would be quite hard. I was disappointed to find it to arcadey. Anyone who has flown the KA-50 by DCS will know what a beast that is to master. So after flying that great sim for a few years and then trying this out………well arcadey.

Saying that it’s not going to stop me from buying the full game because the missions are well made and interesting. For instance in this demo you have to fly and hover over some building sites to pick up cargo and deliver it to other sites on the massive map. The next mission was to fly a SWAT team to a building for a mission insertion. All good stuff.

 

Steel Beasts Pro Cobrabase

Written by Phil on . Posted in Battle, Steel Beasts Pro

One of the best series of Steel Beasts Pro scenarios played out ever. This is what this tank sim is all about.

Learnt a lot from watching this guy do this sort of stuff. Presented with great atmosphere. Must see.

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Books

Written by Phil on . Posted in Articles, Command Ops, Steel Beasts Pro

3 great books arrived today. Battle For The Bulge, It Never Snows in September and Jane’s Tank Recognition Guide. The first two are to expand on my limited knowledge of these 2 very famous battles after getting into Command Ops Battle For The Bulge which is based very accurately on the historical tactical skirmishes of that time and likewise It Never Rains In September is all about Operation Market Garden.

Jane’s recognition guide i got because i thought i knew a lot about tanks with me being an ex Infantryman in The British Army but it turns out i know nothing after playing Steel Beasts Pro. Plus i find the subject quite interesting anyway and why not? My Dad was in the forces and as such i got to play on Armoured vehicles like the Scorpion and Spartan when i was a kid so its great reading up about these playground toys of my youth.