A whole different animal.
Now some people uninsrested in our passion could make a play and say all airplanes look the same. At the very least, some could say a lot of airplanes look similar. In some cases, this is actually true. For example, I have heard people say the C208B and the Kodiak look the same. But regardless of such ingorant uninterested eyes, one the thing is for sure without a doubt: Even these people realise the C377H is in a class of it's own and indeed, there is nothing else quite like it. Well... there is the Fokker D.XXIII and the Adam A500 but quite honestly, neither quite captures the beauty and essence of the Skymaster line of aircraft. This baby is a whole different animal.
Now I have drawn what i believe to be a reasonable conclusion that if you are a regular visitor to ADX then there is a reasonable assumption that you have the basic knowledge of this aircraft. So unlike with other reviews of this aircraft, I am not going to insult your intelligence and school you on the absence of differential thrust, Vmc, centerline thrust, or why you should never takeoff on one engine. I am sure all or at least most of you know all this and besides, it's a simulation anyway. What I want to talk about is how this baby looks, feels, and performs in the simulation... how well Carenado has captured the beauty, presence, and elegance in FS9.
So lets go with the exterior looks first.
Now as with all Carenado products, you have all the options you need right at your fingertips. Hmm... Does that say instrument reflections? Hmm...let's climb aboard and get a look inside.
What I really love here is in the areas you are mostly likely not to bother looking. There was no loss of detail anywhere in this model. Even under the seats. This is skill and passion. I give very high respect and praise for developers who believe in and implement passion in their work.
Okay. Enough of all this. Let's get this girl off the ground! After I land I will compare the superior Carenado C377H to FSD's 337D and T377H.
As this is a test flight, we will take off from Shorham Field and cross the Channel to France where we will circle around the Houte Normandie area for a couple hours and return to England.
A very good looking and fun aircraft to fly!
Here are the other paints that come with the model as well:
Now on to the night lighting. I honestly must say the night lighting on this bird is pristine to say the least. Now we all know FSX's night lighting effects are far superior to FS9. However, for all it's worth, the FS9 lighting on the C337H is very superior to all other prop aircraft in FS9.
Here is a full feature list:
Original HQ digital stereo sounds recorded directly from the real aircraft.
Carenado GNS530 installed.
Customizable panel for controlling windows transparency, instrument reflections and static elements such as wheel chocks and sights props.
Pop up C337 Skymaster manual with normal, emergency checklist and performance tables.
Realistic night lights effect on gauges and virtual cockpit.
Interactive virtual cockpit.
Full moving parts: Ailerons, elevators, rudders, flaps, rolling wheels and trim tab
Animated sections such as: propeller, doors, windows, sunvisors.
Lights: Navigation lights, landing and taxi lights.
3D modeled pilots, cockpit area and passenger cabin area.
Separate switches for instruments lights and cabin light.
Real behavior compared to the real airplane.
Real weight and balance.
Included in the package:
5 HD paint schemes.
1 HD Blank texture.
2 models (one pilot and two pilots).
Normal and Emergency Procedures - Performance tables PDF.
Quick reference table PDF.
Operations Tips PDF.
Carenado GNS530 Users Guide PDF.
All and all I am very impressed with this aircraft. There are fewer eye candy animations in compaeson to other Carenado aircraft such as exterior objects and the passenger seat does not move. Wheras these things are heaps of fun to look at, the real passion here is in the looks and handling. Carenado is not being lazy in backporting these aircraft to FS9. They are adding new features and really putting a serious effort to bring the joy of VFR flying back to FS9. Yes VFR is so much more beautiful in FSX but FSX is just so damn buggy sometimes with the random stutters and CTD's etc. Sometimes it's just better to have piece of mind and that is what this aircraft delivers to FS9 besides it's hot looks. Enjoying a nice flight at 80FPS, full clouds and AI, no stuttering... This is what FS9ners are enjoying, the piect of mind that they are getting the very most of FS9 with no compromise.
C337 Skymaster FS2004 Service Pack (1) 20120914
This service pack improves some textures which had white areas at the edge and on the overlaping areas.
You don´t need to download the service pack if you downloaded the aircraft after September 14th, 2012 1300 GMT
You have to log into your account at our site to get it.
This is a must have for all VFR enthusists Go and get yours!
Thanks for reading!
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