Bristol Blenheim for FSX/FS20042 reviews
First introduced in the late 1930s, for many years the Bristol Blenheim was seen as a massive revolutionary change in the entire history of aviation. Read more...
- Microsoft Flight Simulator X & Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004
- File size
- 56 MB
Whilst military aviation had been attempted prior to the development of this model, this was at the time the main instigator of change for high-speed bombing aircraft particularly as the world headed into the Second World War. Without the Blenheim, though, the Royal Air Force would have been missing one of its most powerful and respected aircraft.
As the Second World War raged on, the aircraft seen more action than many others and thus is remembered as being a key player in the eventually winning of the war itself. It was the first British aircraft in history to be built using an all-metal stressed skin to ensure that it had extra protection from firearms, as well as various other minor changes.
These new features included add-ons like a retractable landing gear, powered flaps, powered turrets and even variable pitch propellers. These changes may sound old-hat today but in the recent past, they were some of the most innovative alterations ever made to the way that British aviation was handled.
With over 4,000 aircraft being created in the end, the aircraft seen various small variants created which were also used in many different ways. They eventually served in various other national air forces across the world, before slowly but surely being reduced from action until Finland eventually removed their last Blenheim models in 1956.
For any fans of this timeline or this kind of aircraft, this Virtavia modification gives you access to all the help that you need in re-living the experience. Made for both FSX and FS2004 this does everything you could possibly need to see the true power of this kind of aircraft.
This mod does a great job of introducing many features and additions of the original aircraft and making them finally stand out as they should have. This includes two totally unique models with six awesome texture schemes in total, giving you access to various changes that include the following;
- Mk.I, 44 Sqn, RAF Waddington, c.1938
- Mk.I, 45 Sqn, Helwan, Egypt, c.1940
- Mk.I, 1LeLv41, Finnish AF, c.1941
- Mk.IV, 139 Sqn, RAF Wyton, c.1939
- Mk.IV, GRB 1, Free French Forces, Fort Lamy, N Africa, c.1941
- Mk.IV, A16-123, 114 Sqn, RAF Wyton, c.1939
However, that's not all! This also does a great job of capturing the real thing and giving you a design and format that makes a massive difference to the overall authenticity of the design. These new changes and additions to the package include new features such as;
A fresh and engaging FSX variant that comes with various changes to make it fit with the standards of FSX. This includes self-shadowing, bump mapping and glass bloom FX that look truly wonderful in setting the scene from the cockpit.
A fully unique and awesome set of changes to the textures of the outside for each variation. Now you feel like you are flying the real thing as it becomes much easier to see that this is a recreation of the real thing, with weathered textures instead of the glistening and unrealistic textures some modifications tend to use.
Extremely detailed and high quality additions are included to make sure that you, the pilot, can easily fly this aircraft judging by the needs and standards that it has. This means that the checklist included looks wonderful and makes it easier than ever to take off and follow the procedure that the real-life pilots of this would have been following.
An animated entry hatch is included that comes with cowl flaps and bomb bay doors to make the aircraft look far more authentic than ever before. Also makes it much easier to see where each operational sector within the aircraft is, thus making it much easier to master and learn.
A new all-XML 2D range of panels are included that look wonderful and do all that you need to bring the whole thing together and look the best that it can. However, one of the major benefits of doing this comes from managing, controlling and understanding the way forward here.
Each variant of the aircraft, however, also comes with a new virtual cockpit to fit with the style and era. As the aircraft improved and changed over time, these new features do everything they can to capture this and promote that look and feel as and when changes were made.
Stay even further up to date with the historical design of this aircraft by making the most of the Mk4 nose area which has been included in the virtual cockpit. This simple and effective little bonus is all that you need to see this aircraft at its elegant, attractive best.
A Mercury engine soundset has been professionally recorded and included to make sure that the engine sounds that you hear replicate the real thing and give you the best quality of realism when flying this aircraft.
A Togglable crew option who look excellent and react to the actions you take.
Virtual cockpit rain effects are included to make sure you can see the real effects of flying around at these speeds and altitudes with ease!
A new engine fire effect is included on the i-key; you just need to hit the right buttons to the get the effect and style that you need!
Founded in 1999 by Phil Perrott and originally named Alphasim who developed freeware aircraft for FS2004/FSX. Now rebranded as Virtavia who now publish payware add-ons for Microsoft Flight Simulator X and Prepar3D based on the old heavily modified Alphasim stock.
Virtavia has a focus on military aircraft add-ons compatible with FSX, Prepar3D, and X-Plane. Focusing on historic and modern military aircraft, their add-ons have been well received by flight sim pilots and rated highly.
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Rated 5.0/5.0 based on 2 customer reviews
Before going any further with my review I would just like to point out that the Bristol Blenheim is one of my all-time favorite aircraft so this is probably a bit bias, lol.
I spend a long time reviewing this aircraft for a museum once upon time and it was a huge amount of fun to learn about then so the chance to actually fly one was something that I simply would not be able to pass up and feel comfortable doing so. Being able to get the chance to hop into the cockpit, though, was something that I did truly relish and when I got this mod installed it was the first thing I done - I simply took off!
What I can say as an enthusiast of the model itself is that this captures the real life aircraft perfectly. It's got the qualities and weaknesses of the real thing whilst managing to capture them and put them into the perfect context. The awesome sounds that were added in really made the whole experience come to life for me, making it easier than ever to buy into the aircraft and to feel comfortable flying it thanks to its rather unique nature.
However, the extras like the crew team and the nose area included in the virtual cockpit make the whole thing come together to make a really enjoyable rendition of a somewhat awesome aircraft. If you like your history and want to see it properly, you should try this out.
5/5 Verified Purchase
I have had a soft spot for the Blenheim since I made the Free French version of the Airfix kit fifty years ago. With this package you have two versions of the plane and I liked everything that I saw. I have enjoyed flying the plane, the autopilot is very easy to use and is one of the best I have seen. Overall I can recommend this package.
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