Aeroplane Heaven Curtiss SB2C 'Helldiver' for FSX/P3D1 reviews
This is a brand new simulation of the last purpose-built dive-bomber used by the US Navy. Designed to replace the Douglas SBD Dauntless dive-bomber, the new Curtiss SB2C had a difficult birth and a tough early career. Structural weakness, poor performance and significant handling issues all led to inevitable delays for the production model to enter service. The challenging handling issues were never really resolved and the aircraft earned many nicknames including 'The Beast'. However, in the hands of experienced crews, the 'Helldiver' became a formidable anti-shipping attack bomber and sub-hunter, contributing greatly to allied successes in the Pacific theatre. In experienced hands, the SB2C became one of the most effective weapons employed in the Pacific war and featured in just about every major battle. The flight dynamics in this unique simulation have been engineered to give a challenging, authentic flight experience based on contemporary reports and pilot notes. Every detail of this amazing machine has been authentically modelled in perfect detail. The rear gunner's cockpit boasts a fully animated gunner and twin machine guns, housed in a retractable 'turtledeck' which is also fully and authentically animated. Every switch, knob and lever in the pilot's cockpit is functional thanks to many unique animations. Special 'stutter-start' prop effects and sounds simulate the Wright Cyclone engine perfectly and the cockpit includes all the accurate switch procedures for authentic engine starts. The bomb doors open and bombs will swing down and drop when dive-bombing. The high fidelity exterior model includes the Helldiver's unique dive flap system which has been modelled and functions to a high degree of accuracy. The wings fold to reveal detailed working mechanisms and there is a working tail-hook for carrier landings. There are two brand-new USN pilot figures with animations that include oxygen masks which are put on at altitude and you can toggle the rear gunner action that swings the gunner round and down to man the guns. This is the most authentic rendition of this venerable USN dive bomber available and will provide many hours of challenging, simulation pleasure. Read more...
- Media Format
- Immediate Download
- Microsoft Flight Simulator X inc. Steam Edition & Prepar3D (including v4)
- File size
- 383 MB
- Just Flight
- Hi-fidelity models with a huge amount of authentic detail
- Extensive animations in an authentic pilot cockpit and detailed gunner's cockpit with highly detailed machine guns and ammo
- Choice of SB2C-3 or -4 models
- Superbly detailed Wright Cyclone engine
- Dive bombing with droppable bombs (simulated)
- Gun muzzle flashes and shell casings eject (wing guns - effects only)
- Highly detailed authentic pilot and rear gunner with animations
- Realistic engine start and vibration of exhausts with smoke and flame effects
- Authentic dive flap operation from cockpit
- Folding wings with steady struts
- Working tail-hook for carrier landings
- Many unique animations including leading edge slats, flaps and dive flaps, canopies, gunner's cockpit items and rear turtledeck retraction
- Superb authentic stereo sound pack
- Detailed manual and flying guide with multiple 'real world' checklists
- Special configuration panel pop-up allows you to load a variety of weapons and has a 'cold and dark' start option which removes pilots, folds the wings, cuts the engine and turns everything off in the cockpit for a manual start
- 'Firing' guns
- Bomb doors open and bombs swing down on their cradle prior to dropping.
EIGHT LIVERIES AND A PAINTKIT
- Eight authentic liveries cover the Helldiver's career in the Pacific and also North Atlantic and RAF
- 'Pro' quality paint kit to create your own liveries and schemes.
About Just Flight
Based in the United Kingdom, Just Flight, owned by Mastertronic Group has been in the simulation business since the early days of FS2000. Developing in-house creations and publishing flight sim add-ons from third-party developers for various platforms including MSFS, X-Plane, and Prepar3D.
Their latest focus has been on the next-gen platforms including P3Dv5 and Microsoft's latest flight simulator, MSFS (2020) release.
Trusted by thousands of flight simmers worldwide, Just Flight is a household name in flight simulation.
Rated 3.0/5.0 based on 1 customer reviews
3/5 Verified Purchase
Ehh. Love me some warbirds. I Wanted to get a decent dive bomber from the U.S to compliment the freeware Junker JU-87 I recently downloaded. I was really sold on the idea of this aircraft being difficult to fly and requiring constant input as the description suggested. I flew it with accu sim both turned on and off, and flight realism settings on hard with no auto-rudder and no auto mixture... unfortunately it flies like any other tail dragger though. No more stick and rudder skill required to pilot this than any other bird in your hangar. I recommend it if you just love your warbirds like me and want a valuable piece of history to cruise around in. Don't recommend it if you were looking for more challenging flight dynamics.
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