SH-2 Seasprite for FSX/FS20041 reviews
As far as helicopters go in flight simulation, many people feel as if they can be quite under-represented; well, with this remake of the Seasprite you can put those accusations to bed. This is one of the most caring and realistic recreations of a helicopter available for FSX and FS2004, and provides you with a huge range of detail and realism that is hard to find elsewhere. Read more...
- Microsoft Flight Simulator X & Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004
- File size
- 102 MB
The aircraft itself was first released as a single engine edition of the Seasprite, before eventually morphing and changing into the awesome twin-engine weapons system that it has become. As a mobile platform fit for even the most challenging of combat missions, this helicopter is designed for everything from anti-submarine attacks, weapons guidance and support right through to MEDEVAC systems.
It's a massively variable and versatile light aircraft that really boosts the functionality of those on the ground and in the skies around it.
This was introduced as a mean of providing the US Navy with an all-purpose transport that could actually look after itself. In this package, then, you get access to the Seasprite in all of its glory as well as various upgrades being included along the way that include variants and upgrades.
Although it was eventually retired by the US Navy, it's still in regular usage by countries like Poland, Egypt, New Zealand and Australia.
Ready to fly around in something a bit more awesome tan your traditional aircraft out there? Then this is the perfect place to start as it truly captures the depth and precision of the original helicopter in all of its glory.
In this package, you gain access to five awesome model variants that really do look the part, giving you a close-up view of the Seasprites forms;
- SH-2G with sonar buoy gear
- SH-2G(NZ) with M60 and AGM65 along with FLIR turret
- SH-2G(A) with M60 and AGM65
It also comes equipped with a range of texture sets, with six in total giving you a real level of control and comfort when flying this aircraft. These include textures that have been taken from its real-life service positions, such as;
- SH-2F, HSL-32 'Invaders', USN
- SH-2F, HSL-30 'Neptune's Horsemen', USN
- SH-2G, HSL-84 'Thunderbolts', USN
- SH-2G, US Coast Guard (fictional)
- SH-2G(A), No. 805 Sqn RAN, RANFAA
- SH-2G(NZ), No.6 Sqn, RNZAF
Introducing REAL GAUGE
One of the most impressive factors about this package, though, is the fact that it's fully compatible with the massively well received and popular REAL GAUGE technology. Created from scratch, this ensures that your aircraft will carry of a greater level of realism than ever before, with features include such as;
Every virtual cockpit gauge is now turned into a fully 3D model, with completely working 3D parts that include needles, flags and various other excellent additions.
Each virtual cockpit gauge will also become fully usable with switch parts all working in their full capacity, giving you total control.
REAL GAUGE also offers you with a smooth level of operation, ensuring you get the perfect world of high-end performance attached to realistic, authentic response.
Every gauge comes with customized and fully worked upon nighttime illumination, making it much easier for you to manage the aircraft and keep it moving in the right direction.
Although no 2D panels are needed, a small bitmap is included if you would like to include it or use it.
A hugely unique virtual cockpit has been created for usage here, giving you more than 154 unique animations and a huge range of mousable controls that are easy to work with and give you the total level of control and management that you need to take the whole thing forward.
Likewise, with 90% of the virtual cockpit switches being operational, you have an unprecedented level of control over this aircraft regardless of what you wish to do.
Accurate simulation features are included throughout to make sure you can get the right quality of flight throughout as well as to ensure that you get the basic simulation features like TACNAV monitors, as well as access to use of the central unit in all of its glory.
A full cockpit might lighting plan has been put in place to make sure you can easily see what you are doing, with amazing glow effects and self-illuminating text on the virtual cockpit for ease of reading.
Compatible with all FSX shared cockpit plans so that you can get the most out of your package without having to go too far.
FSX model comes with awesome self-shadowing and various other features to bring the whole thing to life in a way that it never has in the past. This will require the addition of FSX SP2 with Acceleration, as well as DX10 Preview Mode.
Animations are made from scratch to give you a realistic appreciation of the M60 gun as well as the ability to turn off the crew, if you want to.
Animated windscreen wipers are added in to the virtual cockpit, too, so that you can get the level of visibility that you need when flying in the more challenging weather.
A soundset has been optimized and crated from scratch to be included, giving you the real representation of what the Seasprite sounds like whether you are just hovering or flying at the top speed it can hit.
Full FSX model comes with all of the right features such as bloom effects, bump mapping, self-shadowing etc. for the most realistic model possible.
An ultra-high resolution cockpit that gives you custom bump and speccing for every single part whether it's on the interior or the exterior, bringing the whole thing together in sublime style.
The fully authentic and dynamic range of sounds include start-up and shutdown noises so that you can know when this aircraft is busy and when you are just sitting idle - it's the little things that count and come together in such tremendous style.
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 5.0/5.0 based on 1 customer reviews
Having been taken in by the pictures on the site about this Seasprite I really wanted to fire it up and see what I would think when I actually got the chance to fly it properly. Well, the model itself was every bit as good as the times made it look and I was really taken in by impressive and accurate the overall design it. This makes it nice and simple to get into the habit of using and with such a memorable cockpit style it was really not long before I felt totally comfortable flying around in this package.
The whole design is exceptional and manages to give you an easy way to understand why this stuck around for so long for me. I was sitting reading about the helicopter after downloading it and was struck by the history of the helicopter itself, so wanted to see what all the fuss was about back in the day. Well it's certainly very impressive and gave me a huge appreciation for what this kind of helicopter was capable of.
All the added liveries look brilliant, too, which added even more to the variety and the format of having this helicopter saved on my account. It made the whole thing in general a lot easier and more realistic to take part in, improving my experience massively.
In short if you are looking for a new (old) helicopter to try out there might not be many more enjoyable choices out there than this!
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