Lockheed Hudson for FSX/FS20043 reviews
The Hudson is an aircraft that many might be familiar with, given that it served quite a lot during the pre-war era. It first appeared in the late 1937 era, and took on various formats and variations over the years. For the time it was quiet innovative in that it introduced many new features to the table and ensured that it provided a biter cruising range and a slower landing speed, making it more comfortable in general. Read more...
- Microsoft Flight Simulator X & Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004
- File size
- 60 MB
It was used quite a lot during the Second World War; indeed, the first aviation casualty was the victim of a Hudson. It was eventually brought up to the Mark V which carried better armor and firepower than its predecessors. Over 400 were created with most of the programs being used to fly long-range missions that needed a sturdy, strong plane to finish the job. Now, you can see why this was the chosen aircraft of the ear.
In this excellent rendition of the popular and proud Lockheed Hudson, you are going to gain access to some truly dynamic features and additions. This includes must-need additions such as new liveries and extra designs. In total, you'll get two new models and hour texture plans that all look fantastic.
These new additions will ensure you are left with the following liveries to pick from;
- Mk.V, 48. Sqn., RAF Coastal Command, 1942
- Mk.V, 500. Sqn., RAF Coastal Command, 1944
- Mk.VI (A-24A), USAAF
- Mk.VI , A16-123, Royal Australian Air Force
Each model brings the aircraft to life, giving you a fine range of HD textures to pick up on that provide you with a real level of detail and precision. This maximizes the qualities of the aircraft, adding fine variations to the features on the textures whilst ensuring the whole thing looks just as it should.
This package comes with a fully compatible FSX model that has been worked on relentlessly, ensuring that you can get all the help that you need in preparing everything in the way that you need it. This full FSX model includes needed features such as self-shadowing, bump mapping, bloom FX ad spec shine to bring the entire package together and make it look the part. Another big addition to these models has been the sheer accuracy in the textures, too.
These new changes to the textures ensure that it carries that rich and unique weathered look. Not only does this deepen the level of realism within the image and within the aircraft itself, it brings the whole package together better thanks to the inclusion of these features. With the help of these weathered looks you feel like you're flying an aircraft instead of a pristine model, adding much needed realism!
It comes with a huge range of features in general, bringing the whole thing together and making sure that it looks just the way that it should along the way. Indeed, this is no more noticeable than when you first take a seat in the cockpit. With a huge attention to detail throughout, this brings the entire model together whilst also ensuring that it looks the part in capturing various parts of the overall look. Likewise, if you add in the fact that the model comes with a unique checklist to give you a helping hand, it's an enjoyable flight!
The excellent addition of so many minor features throughout helps to bring this thing to life, ensuring that you have access to things like animated entry doors, cowl flaps, bomb bay doors and landing lights so that you improved functionality, visibility and performance depending on what feature you start using.
This is backed up by the addition of an excellent all-XML 2D panel that really helps to sell the aircrafts usual levels of performance perfectly. The panels has everything that you could need to see something like this through even the most challenging flights, bringing the whole thing together perfectly.
Are you interested in adding another unique layer of realism to the design of this aircraft? Then you should definitely take an interest in the addition of the unique pilots. These figures - totally unique depending on what Mark of the aircraft you use - will add another dose of realism in.
This adds and tallies in well with the animated cockpit, giving you an easy way to mess around inside the aircraft and get the right kind of comfort, control and performance over this model. With so many mousable levers, too, it soon becomes a bit of a dream to fly!
A nose area and a rear cabin are included in the virtual cockpit, too, which looks excellent whilst simultaneously making it nice an easy for you to get the aircraft off the ground and into the air. The extra levers ensure you have unprecedented control throughout, adding much needed stability.
A brilliant, HD simulated Hudson soundset has been made from scratch to bring the whole thing into line with the rest of the design, too. These sounds are based on the real thing and its general level of performance, giving you a much deeper and clearer sound as you fly.
Likewise, this model manages to give you access to a great range of crew members who you can turn on and off if you would rather have them included (or not). This adds another nice layer of realism to proceedings if you want to have the crew included, removing the dreaded ghost aircraft problem.
Virtual cockpit rain effects are added in for FS9 users, meaning that you can watch the rain beat down off the glass and add that extra little feeling of realism without having any kind of negative effect on the performance of your simulator in any way.
The engine fire effect has been included in this package, as well! This gives you access to the effect if you just hit the I key, ensuring that it roars into life and gives you the kind of control and precision that you would have been hoping for when flying.
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 4.3/5.0 based on 3 customer reviews
The Hudson is an aircraft that I've read about a lot in the past but never had the pleasure to be in or even be involved in one flying, so it was nice to finally see an add-on that would let me address this little fact. I loved being able to get into the cockpit of something as iconic as this and I can see why back in the day it was so revered by the people who flew it back then.
It's got a great style to it and a lot of overall coolness that some modern aircraft lack but it was definitely a lot clunkier to fly around in than modern visions of this same kind of aircraft.
What I will say though is that I got a lot more fun out of doing things correctly with this aircraft; from making turns to forcing my landing I felt like everything was a lot harder to actually put through so therefore it was more of an achievement when I done so without blowing the aircraft up!
The old-school nature of it made it quit tough to fly for me at first but it was very easy to get used to after a little bit of time and frustration. If you are looking to see what an old World War aircraft can feel like - especially something as unique as the Hudson - then I do recommend you check it out. I was hugely impressed by the realism this provides.
3/5 Verified Purchase
Overall it's a good aircraft simulation. However, smoke only comes from one engine , and the auto-pilot speed control function is inoperative. Despite the promo shown by SimShack, I can't find a way to show the crew-members in any "mode" but sitting in their places or not showing up at all.
I rate it a 3.5 out of 5.0
5/5 Verified Purchase
good plane to fly, good historical tool, well working in P3D V4
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