Saturday, May 4, 2013

AirDailyX First Look - Ant's T28D Trojan!

FSX/P3D. Well, we managed to get our hands on a copy of the new Ant's Airplanes T28D Trojan so time for another AirDailyX First Look! Further to our usual observational blurb and FSX screenshots, D'Andre has been kind enough to provide some captures from Prepar3D as well although the platform is not officially supported. Anyways, let's take a closer look at this vintage aircraft release inside.

The first thing you will likely notice before even loading up the aircraft is the fantastic "Pilot's Handbook". The 57 page PDF file touches on just about everything regarding the proper operation of the aircraft. I suggest taking a read through before flying as this can be a surprisingly tricky aircraft to handle.

Starting with the exterior you will be very impressed! The modelling is excellent and there is plenty of attention to detail. Texture quality is good even when heavily zoomed. The release includes 7 different liveries - all offered in both solo and dual pilot configurations. External night lighting is very good as well.

Moving inside the virtual cockpit texture quality seems about right for the $19.95USD or equivalent price tag. General cockpit lettering and gauges are clear and readable. Plenty of systems appear to be simulated and pretty much everything is clickable. Although I did not go extremely in depth regarding systems accuracy and such you certainly get the feeling that most real world applications are simulated, hence why I say read the manual. One aspect that is particularly good in my opinion is the cockpit night lighting. Most areas can be adjusted separately and quite dramatically, a nice feature indeed.

Flight dynamics seem quite good if not a bit tricky. In saying this I again reinforce that one should read the manual before flying. For example, the propeller torque effect is very strong, however, the manual addresses the proper method for controlling this dynamic, namely, rudder trim. Moreover, stalls can be quite difficult to recover, but again, the manual addresses this dynamic with the proper procedure. Basically, what I’m saying is that if you do not know what you're doing, this aircraft can get away from you. I think more advanced simmers will enjoy the challenge. Regarding the accuracy of the fight dynamics compared to the real life aircraft, I can obviously not comment.

Performance and FPS wise I would say there is a noticeable but manageable hit. I would suggest downloading the available demo just to be sure that you will have no problems in this regard.

So my overall opinion is that this this is a good aircraft and quite decent value for the price. It offers a comprehensive cockpit environment, beautiful external model, challenging flight dynamics, and thorough documentation! My only hesitation as already mentioned would be to test the demo to judge the performance before buying.

Now, some screenshots:


Next, some screenshots from D'Andre in Prepar3D! Keep in mind that this platform is not officially supported although everything appears to be working just fine.



See the developers dedicated product page for more information - click here

1 comment:

Misha Cajic said...

Looks like a fine bird, congrats to Ant!

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