Martin Mars for FSX/FS20044 reviews
The Martin Mars was first conceived as an enormous bomber, a squadron of which could level Tokyo in a single trip, according to designer Glenn L. Martin. Read more...
- Microsoft Flight Simulator X & Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004
- File size
- 25 MB
The prototype, XPB2M-1, was eventually transformed into a cargo plane with no armament and served well in the Pacific from 1943-1945. Only six more of the type were ordered at the end of WWII.
These served as transports until 1956 when they were retired. In 1959, the remaining four were purchased for conversion to firebombers. Two were later lost, but two remain flying to this day, the Philippine Mars and the second Hawaii Mars.
- full FSX model included with all FSX features (bump mapping, self-shadowing, bloom, etc)
- two distinct models and detailed texture sets :
- JRM-1 'Hawaii Mars' in red/white water bomber markings
- JRM-1 'Philippine Mars' in US Navy blue WW2 scheme
- detailed virtual cockpit with animations (stick, pedals, levers) - engineer's station included (working levers but no working gauges, user can add if desired)
- many mousable switches in V-C (lights, starters, shutdowns, etc)
- the highly detailed 2D panel, all XML gauges, fully mousable, with custom pop-ups for AP, ECU, and radios
- v-c gauges on both sides of the cockpit
- highly authentic flight model with a checklist
- FPS-friendly construction throughout
- animated access doors, 2 front (shift-e) and 1 rear (shift-e-2)
- simulated Mars soundset included
- detail Beaching Gear, togglable on the G key
- authentic landing and nav lights
- v-c rain fx (FS9 only)
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 4.8/5.0 based on 4 customer reviews
With its hilarious looking design and format the Martin Mars is one of the most impressive designs possible, ensuring that it's nice and easy for people with distinctive tastes in aircraft to try out something new and engaging.
I know a lot about this aircraft as a friend actually had the pleasure of being involved with one of the old Martin Mars aircraft still around today so it was really interesting to see how it would handle compared to what he had told me about the aircraft over the last few years. I have to say that it was really impressive and seemed to tick all of the boxes that my friend spoke of time and time again.
This made it really easy to buy into the format and style of this kind of aircraft whilst also ensuring that I would have no problem whatsoever buying into it style and its format with relatively little problems. What I did really take to, though, was the way that the various mousable switches in the virtual cockpit and the like made it so simplistic to fly. With the help of the way that this flies and operates in general, it's easier than ever to operate this.
I was concerned though that it would be quite buggy to fly around in, but the FPS-friendly style makes it easier than ever to last and keep the aircraft moving in the way that you had intended without your flight simulator locking up or stopping responding.
5/5 Verified Purchase
What a joy to add these two planes to my hanger. I live about 60 miles away from where these two planes have been for 40 plus years. They've been at Sproat Lake in Port Alberni Vancouver Island British Columbia Canada. I have seen them hundreds of times both in the lake water from a boat and in the air when they fly over head, what an awesome sight. These planes perform perfectly with my FlightSim FSX. I've been flying all around the lower mainland and have flown back to Sproat Lake and landed them in the lake.Very responsive controls and a blast to fly. This morning I flew down to San Diego and then headed west to Hawaii Pearl Harbour where I landed beside the memorial. The flightsim program has been running for about 6 hrs without any problems, of course I have a very fast computer system with 3 monitors but sometimes add on planes can cause alot of performance issues but not these planes. I couldn't be happier. I highly recommend these planes. Tip, you can take off from a runway but you can't land as the dolly wheels do not have brakes.
5/5 Verified Purchase
Great to have a model of this A/C - We have one of the survivors here on Vancouver Island and still used as a water bomber. The FSX model operates very well, and should be a fine addition to one's collection. I'm not to impress with the cockpit (VC) detail, and hope I can find a replacement from FltSim library... or...?
4/5 Verified Purchase
Fascinating airplane with generally good graphics. I purchased on sale and was very good for that price but may be a bit disappointment at the original price.
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