Wildcat & Martlet for FSX1 reviews
- Media Format
- Immediate Download
- Microsoft Flight Simulator X
- File size
- 100 MB
If you are beginning to run out of enthusiasm for the aircraft that you currently have installed in FSX, then you will love what Just Flight's Wildcat and Martlet brings to the table. This four-in-one pack provides you with the following planes;
- Grumman F4F-3 Wildcat
- Grumman F4F-4 Wildcat
- Martlet F4F-3
- Martlet F4F-4
About The Aircraft
The Martlet is the British name given to the Grumman planes, and was a huge part of the British air forces in the early stages of the Second World War. Although each of the four planes are similar in style and looks, they each have specific characteristics that make them unique from one another and very much worth comparing with to see what one suits your own flight style and experience most.
Whether you are a WWII veteran who wants to try and bring back some old memories or an enthusiast of old-school aircrafts that served us well for many years, this package is absolutely ideal for you.
The Grumman Wildcats were used frequently by the US Army during the Second War World, and was the only plane to actually be used from 1940 until 1945. The Wildcat made up the forces that flew to Hiroshima on that fateful day, and was a regular and loyal plane for the Americans to use at the time. It provided a huge amount of endurance and was reputed for being a great “underdog” plane. Although it appeared to be a weaker plane than many of its counterparts of the era, Wildcat planes were noted for coming out of just about any scrape.
The British made use of their Martlet equivalents in their battles in the warmer parts of the world like the North African conflicts, as well as helping the Americans during skirmishes in the Pacific. The last Wildcats may have come off the production lines in 1945, and the Martlet has since then been slowly phased out, but during the entire war the Americans stayed true to their beloved Wildcats.
What You Get
When you download the aircraft pack, you get access to four similar yet unique aircraft that can provide you with a thrilling jaunt back in time. Designed by Just Flight, these are incredibly close portrayals of what the real power, speed and accuracy of the Martlet & Wildcat planes provided all those years ago. Everything from the specifications of the plane to how well it balances out during weather conditions was taken into consideration during the creation process, ensuring that you get an incredibly realistic representation of what it would have been like back in the Second World War.
By using factory specifications and actual flight test reports to build the perfect iteration of these four plans, this is the most realistic and compatible attempt at these planes yet for FSX. If you want to fly an authentic equivalent of the planes, both in looks and in style, then this is the perfect place to get started. It has all of the hallmarks that you would find on the real thing, from the design to the interior being as close as possible within the simulators confines to the real thing.
You also receive access to a wide variety of different models of each plane, giving you in total ten planes in your pack. These include;
- Martlet IV 9Z – This was used mainly during the invasion of French North Africa, and were peculiar at the time for carrying both US and British army insignias on them
- Martlet I ‘French 2’ – Although designed for the French, few were produced in time before the fall of France in 1940. The British then took over production of the planes, and used them as Martlet Mk1s alongside the Royal Navy
- MartletI IV – It was used in several operations, including D-Day & Operation Overlord
- Martlet I – EJ569 F – This was part of the very first victory for the F4F series, when they defeated at JU88 near the Orkney Islands in Scotland
- F4F-3 F-15 – Flown by ‘Butch’ O’Hare, this was one of the main planes used in the US ranks and was famous for its precision. O’Hare was one of the top names in the history of the US Navy’s aerial squadrons, and is today still regarded as a hero
- F4F-3 3-F-9 – Used during the Spring of 1941 on the USS Saratoga, it carried a distinct light grey paint scheme
- F4F-3 MF-1 – A common part of the heroic battle at Guadalcanal in 1942, when the US avenged the loss of many land troops when they re-captured the airfield in the area against overwhelming odds
- F4F-4 BuNo 5093 – This was used during the 1942 era of the war, and especially the battle of Midway. It’s success gave the US Army the confident to re-take pockets of islands along the Pacific
- F4F-4 22-F-1 – Regularly used during the Pacific Campaign, it was known for its prominent tri-color design
Considerable work was carried out on the design of the model in particular, ensuring that the representation of each design was a perfect representation of the real thing. The undercarriage is animated, too, and there are fully detailed designs added to the split flaps. Even the small features like the dinghy storage area – which opens – have been included.
A huge amount of time was taken to make sure that the design came across absolutely perfectly, with every little detail included with the choice to have tanks in the back of the plane or not, as well as landing lights and accurate designs and hallmarks on the engines to let you know just what you are flying. Each plane has its own little quirk in comparison to the next, and time was taken to thoroughly research each and every part of the design to guarantee it looks the best that it possibly can.
Additionally, the cockpit has received a lot of work as well – it’s completely visual from the interior, and comes with 3D gages to make sure that you get the accurate data you should be getting back from your machine. You get a representative layout depending on whether or not you are in an American Wildcat or a British Martlet, and you get the choice to include additional military equipment like gun-sights to further add to the experience for you.
Rated 5.0/5.0 based on 1 customer reviews
5/5 Verified Purchase
I was pleasantly surprised with this simulation. The Wildcat is stable and easy to trim out. It will cruise anywhere from 140 to 250 knots. Slow enough for sight-seeing and fast enough for traveling. Aerobatics are smooth and unlimited. All the necessary controls are clickable in the virtual cockpit. Carrier landings are the only fault I have found. The abrupt stop to simulate a trap seems to be achieved by massive braking of the main gear. This causes the plane to nose over and pretty much crash if the trap is successful. This may be built into FX or Acceleration, however some way around this would make the Wildcat the perfect trainer on the way to faster carrier planes. All in all, this is my favorite goof off airplane of the 50 or so that I have in my collection.