T-6 Texan / Harvard for FSX/FS20043 reviews
Designed as one of those quirky aircraft that we all love to hop into the cockpit of, the North American T-6 Texan is a fantastically designed aircraft that brought a huge amount to the table when it was first released into service. Read more...
- Microsoft Flight Simulator X & Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004
- File size
- 48 MB
Acting as a basic combat trainer for US service as well as various other nations on the planet, this was one of the most commonly used trainer aircraft of its time thanks to the speed and effectiveness it had, offering a nice change up of pace from more traditional and less effective civilian crafts of the time.
Indeed, this was used quite readily in various formats from the SNJ-4 right through to the SNJ-6. This caught the eye of the RAF and they decided they needed to have some in their own ranks, and they adopted it later on as the Harvard.
Further editions were used across the globe and were typically created in Canada. This aircraft was fantastic for teaching new pilots to deal with things such as an accelerated stall. In this modern era, at least 300 of these are still capable of reaching the skies and they make perfect additions to any flight simulation fans repertoire.
This remake will ensure that you are get a truly wonderful remake of this brilliant aircraft in its many forms, with six unique model variants included within the package. This includes unique and interesting designs such as;
- SNJ-5, NAS Corry Field, Florida
- Harvard MkIIb, London University Air Sqn, 1947
- Harvard MkIV, RCAF, 1964
- (A)T-6F, 36th FG, Fürstenfeldbruck AB, Germany
- T-6G, USAF, Malden AB, Missouri, 1954
- 1747, Força Aérea Portugues - FAP - Museu do Ar
This model has been faithfully recreated with various features and additions being included to help bring the whole thing to life and make it stand out from the crowd. The model makes the most of modern graphical features and additions such as self-shadowing, bump mapping and reflection blooming to really make it look outstanding and capture the real depth and detail of the real-life cockpit, ensuring it always looks the part.
Additionally, the model is backed up by a wealth of amazingly detailed textures that come stamped with all of the realism and quality possible in a flight sim model. Each texture was painstakingly created to give you the perfect representation of this unique aircraft and its wide range of looks.
This excellent virtual cockpit self-shadowing system is designed to add another layer of reality to the whole thing whilst also giving you a better view and look from inside the cockpit. Captures the stunning nature of the real aircraft in all of its glory (only compatible with FSX SP2 Acceleration).
The virtual cockpit, though, is as functional as it is attractive looking; the whole package manages to capture that look and feel perfectly along the way, with the animations and various mousable controls making it a piece of cake to jump into the cockpit of this aircraft and fly off!
However, even the 2D panels are all designed and detailed as they make use of all-XML 2D designs and mousable controls to make the use of the aircrafts various features. This means that you have access to features like autopilot and the radio to make sure you have total and utter control at all times.
The rear cockpit is included within the virtual cockpit, too, if you like to use these extra features. This nice addition can be a really nice addition to have just for making the whole aircraft come to life a bit more and work in the way that you had intended.
The authentic sound set included within this package makes it easier than ever for you to have some fun, and the T-6 sound set that it carries is some of the most impressive around, ensuring that you get the sound to represent the booming engine and the aircrafts general nature.
This comes with two awesome panel images included to bring the interior of the aircraft to life and to make sure you have access to the range of features and additions that you need to truly feel at home when you are flying this aircraft.
Do you need to have some extra effects to make the whole thing come to life for you? Then you need to look at the various subtle effects added in here. For example, it now produces a smoke trail and wingtip vortices effects when you take off, ensuring maximum performance.
Additionally, startup flame and smoke effect features were made from scratch to ensure that the aircraft roars into life and looks the part as you take off - these new features really do add a fresh take on the way that the aircraft looks as you first start the engine up!
Virtual cockpit rain effects are added in for al FS9 users who want to see the aircraft have that nice extra little effect included, making the cockpit feel a little bit more authentic and a tad more impressive when you are flying around in the colder, wetter weather in general.
Pilot figures added in who you have total control over and can decide if you even want them to appear in the first place! This makes it nice and easy to control the aircraft and make it work in the way that you had intended, bringing the whole thing together.
Highly authentic flight model that comes with an illustrated checklist so that you can make sure you are dealing with all of the little must handle steps of flying the T-6 Texan; it takes a bit of getting used to but this checklist really is a must-have features when flying!
Separate animated front and rear canopies help to create a nice balance when you are flying, ensuring that the aircraft has all of those nice little animations coming to life and bringing the whole thing together, establishing a deep and controlled look within the aircraft that will tick every box.
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 4.7/5.0 based on 3 customer reviews
The Texan is cool looking, nimble, easy to mess around in and more importantly incredibly fun to fly. This makes it a real treat to go with as it will give you all the help that you need in becoming more comfortable and secure as time goes on. The depth and detail of this kind of project is something that is well worth paying attention to and considering, ensuring that you have no problems at all in controlling the model as much as the actual controls within the cockpit.
The animations that respond to your every touch is a very impressive like extra and this will make it much easier for you to actually fly around with a bit of belief and confidence - it certainly helped me, that's for sure!
The thing that I was most impressed by, though, was the addition of features like the introduction of the T-6 Texas little features within the cockpit. This makes it much simpler to start getting to grips with the way that it flies and the way that it tends to operate in general, and this will make it much easier to understand what you are actually flying around in most of the time. My main problem is being able to differentiate with aviation models and with this package that is certainly much easier.
They make it a lot simpler to actually enjoy flying the model in the first place whilst giving you that belief and control that you are in control.
4/5 Verified Purchase
Good detailed airplane. Flies very well. Good performance in the air and on the ground. Good virtual cockpit and instrument panel. Realistically to maintain. Different models. Easy to install.
5/5 Verified Purchase
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