Northrop F-89 Scorpion for FSX/FS20042 reviews
Taking on the fantastic, old-school Cold War design of the Scorpion is something that everyone should do when they first want to take on a new kind of aircraft, especially if you like flying old-school war aircraft. Read more...
- Microsoft Flight Simulator X & Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004
- File size
- 64 MB
Indeed, thanks to the production of this amazing little war fighter, a lot of things changed within Russian aviation.
The fact it was capable of carrying so many misses - 104 in total - made it quite unique for an aircraft of this size, whilst also coming with nuclear-tipped missile capabilities and a fantastic Hughes fire control system. Add in radar and computer support and this was, at one stage, one of the most fearsome aircraft of its era.
Now, you can get to try it out and see why this was so revered for such a long time.
In this package, you get to fly around in a realistic rendition of this aircraft, with extra liveries included such as;
- R3Y-1 'Indian Ocean Tradewind'
- R3Y-1 'Coral Sea Tradewind'
- R3Y-2 'Caribbean Sea Tradewind'
- R3Y-2 'South Pacific Tradewind'
Additionally, both R3Y-1 'Cruiser' and R3Y-2 'Bowloader' variants have been included.
This remake of the F-89 Scorpion takes realism and approach to a whole new level, ensuring that the aircraft gleams in the skies and looks absolutely outstanding. This is only amplified as this package uses the brilliant native FSX model, enhancing it massively along the way.
With the addition of features such as bump mapping, self-shadowing and bloom FX it soon becomes so much easier to manage and prepare yourself when flying - everything stands out so much more and you no longer find yourself getting lost in the generic nature of the aircraft any longer.
Likewise, this is enhanced by the fact that each of the variants included comes with a unique and totally separate flight model. This makes it fly even more uniquely with each model regardless of what edition that you go with, adding a fresh and interesting perspective to each model provided.
Every aircraft comes with a fantastically worked upon engine, as well, too! Additionally, they all have unique weight, fuel configurations and general levels of performances. The small differences are definitely noticeable, though, and make a big difference to the quality of flight that you get when using each model.
A totally reworked fuel management system has been built to be used with this package as well, ensuring that the various additions such as an instrument navigation package is as effective as it can be. Take control of your flight with as many different instruments and features that you can.
Comes with a new fuel management and instrument navigation package that is made nice and easy to use, ensuring that you are left with something easy to use and something far more simplistic than it might look - these new features are all activated and used with no problems at all!
Additionally, this adds in a fantastically unique Scorpion flight computer gauge system; this adds a new range of features to the table for you, giving you customized gauges that are made from scratch specifically for use with this model, adding a unique and unprecedented level of realism in the cockpit.
Worried about making mistakes as you fly? Then fear not! The wonderful and detailed checklist that is included comes along with a way that makes sure when you fly this, it feels like the real thing. This includes additional changes to new procedures and extra changes to the performance, using the real-life figures to make sure that it flies in the exact level of performance that you would have hoped for. In fact, every detail has been taken directly from the actual manual for the aircraft - this means that it flies with the greatest level of accuracy that it can.
A customized set of effects come equipped to this aircraft, adding 3-stage afterburner flames, start-up and in-flight smoke, wingtip and flap contrails as swell as wing surface vapor flashes. All of this, when added together, makes one of the most truly realistic aircraft modules that you will find for FSX.
The simulated F-89 soundset added in here adds another fine layer of realism and accuracy to the presentation, ensuring that it all comes together and gives you the depth and realism of the flight that you might need - hop into the cockpit and you'll see just how effective this is!
Virtual cockpit features have been worked in from nowhere, ensuring that the model flies with the deep command that it should alongside a whole host of interesting mousable controls. Each part of the virtual cockpit is brought to life by the fantastic animations, as well, making it all look spectacular.
An all-XML 2D panel is added in, as well, with a customized range of pop-ups built from scratch that give you access to things like radios and autopilot. This feature is entirely mousable and this makes it nice and easy to manage your system and to fly the aircraft easily.
Realistic glass reflection effects will appear on the gauges, along with some other awesome visual effects. For example, the aircraft provides automatic smoke trails and vapor flashes when you are flying, which is a fantastically realistic feature that deeply adds to the overall depth of the experience when you are flying.
Animated features such as landing lights, speedbrakes, and even realistic pilot figures are all added in from the start to ensure that you are capable of flying this aircraft fully aware of the sheer scale and volume of people who sit inside the cockpit. It might take some time to get used to, but it's very much worth your time to do so!
Animated canopies, afterburner effects and various other additions are included. Additionally, the animated canopies make sure that the aircraft itself witnesses a visible and obvious boost in the performance department as much as the visual department!
Magnificent flight model has been made from scratch to be used with this model, ensuring that it carries an illustrated and easy to use checklist that makes perfect sense. This highly authentic flight model is the perfect solution to work with when you are unsure of what you are supposed to do!
V-C rain effects when using FSX9 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.
SimShack stock the entire range of Virtavia add-ons and continue to list any new versions or releases announced by Virtavia.
Rated 4.5/5.0 based on 2 customer reviews
I always preferred flying around in an aircraft like the Scorpion as it's got that really old-school design. Many aircraft today for me feel too advanced for normal people to really enjoy in a simulator; you feel like you are flying at like, 30%?
Therefore with little extras like this I really wanted to try and get that total feel as its far more my 'type' of aircraft. I know from my own reading that it's slick and easy to use and that is what I noticed as soon as I fired it up, and I instantly noticed that its reputation for firepower was not being overstated.
Its sheer range of firepower made it something to be feared in my eyes, but something that I really wanted to fly - it's safe to say I got that enjoyment when I installed this. As far as capturing the Scorpion in all of its glory goes not many choices I've ever had the pleasure of using in a simulator have come close.
Virtavia done a great job on making this stand out and it was incredibly easy to use, simple to install, and much more enjoyable to use in general. The whole package stands out for me, and would recommend that fans of the Scorpion like myself take the time to come down and try it out when they feel like they need something else to mess around with because this is so much fun to fly!
4/5 Verified Purchase
One of my all-time favorite cold war fighters, the F-89 looks lethal and all business. The large, thin main gear wheels are of particular interest. The Virtavia model has been around for awhile but is a very good representation of of this mid-50's classic.
Exterior modeling is good, animations are decent, but interior view are limited to VC cockpit of pilot...a view from the weapons officer would have been nice. Paint schemes are limited, and the F-89 had many colorful markings in its lifetime. The Idaho ANG scheme is missing the national insignia on the fuselage, which bothers me a little.
All in all its worth buying, since there are no other examples out on the market and the Scorpion needs to be given its due.
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