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    Yesterday, 19:48
    As you know there are many variants, 4 engine types, nose configs, 2 tails, 4 cowlings, 2 nacelles, gun configs, and machine gun/turret configs. Obviously, I cannot do all of them, probably not the DB-7 (smaller engine and nacelle and vtail) or DB-7a (stepped nose glass), but the DB-7b, Boston III is likely. That would also presume then the A-20 (similar to the DB-7b) without turbocharger (A-20A with diagonal nose window glass) (most A-20's were converted to P-70s). The A-20B 's (similar to the DB-7A) were unpopular due to poor armor protection and no self-sealing tanks. Most went to Russia or used in recon missions. Likely will not do this variant. The A-20C and G's are likely on the list to be done.
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    Yesterday, 18:35
    Woooohooooo! Thank you Firekitten :jump:
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    Yesterday, 16:24
    That's great news John; thank you fro the heads-up and pictures. My biggest issue will be deciding which variants to do, and how to manage a project with so many popular variants. I would love to hear from folks about the variants that would be most desired.
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    Yesterday, 16:20
    Tom, I made most of the mods to the F7F series of aircraft before I packaged it up for an FSX native conversion. I have been so busy with the Harpoons/Lodestars/Mallard that I have not touched the F7F's since. I have not forgotten nor forsaken the Tigercats :-) They will be coming out before long.
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    Yesterday, 10:50
    I need to break out the C60A textures from the C-57 due to mounting differences. This link is for a new texture folder for the C-60A. http://www.sim-outhouse.net/downloads/SOHTeam/texture.c60a.zip
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    Yesterday, 09:52
    This is "our" next project in the queue. I have been wanting to get this started for a long time. However, I will wait until the Harpoons, Lodestars, and Mallard are off my desk before starting. I have amassed lots of research on this aircraft over the last few years and hopefully we will do her justice. Here's a great website with a breakdown and write-up on all the variants. http://www.americancombatplanes.com/a20_1.html
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    Yesterday, 08:34
    The Model 34 took to the air for the first time on October 1, 1947, with Beech Chief Pilot Vern L. Carstens at the controls. The first flight was uneventful and the initial report from the test pilot was, "We have another outstanding Beechcraft!" The prototype Model 34 had accumulated more than 200 hours of test flying when the reinforced belly was validated in a wheels-up landing. On January 17, 1949, in a severe forced landing a few miles northwest of the Beech plant shortly after taking off, the sole Beech 34 was damaged beyond repair. An inadvertent cutting off of an emergency master switch when battling an electrical fire had resulted in the shut down of all the powerplants, leading to the crash. The co-pilot was killed and the pilot and two flight observers were injured in the...
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    Yesterday, 06:49
    I really like the aircraft as well, but I seriously doubt there is enough info available to do the VC and interior justice. There appear to be 6-8 exterior pics available and some crude 3-views, and some basic performance specs. There were over 100 test flights and one would think that test data would be available somewhere, and hopefully some cockpit or interior pics.
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    Yesterday, 06:21
    The Lodestars have some updates here including: 1) mapping of the exhaust headers to the winginner.bmp for better texturing possibilities 2) add military pilots to the c60a (for now-c57 later) 3) add passenger seats to the c57 VIP transport 4) corrected tailwheel mapping for the c60a wright engines to use the wright left engine map instead of the PW 5) corrected yoke parts visibility issue Attachment contains two model replacement folders and one 2048 winginner.bmp.
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    Yesterday, 05:25
    http://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1949/1949%20-%201796.html Not at all, was an excellent design. Engines mounted inline parallel to wing leading edge. Engines easy to replace too.
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    Yesterday, 04:48
    The unusual aspects of the design were the butterfly or V-tail and engine layout that led to its popular nickname, "Twin Quad." The four engines were buried in the wings, with each pair of engines connected to a single propeller via clutches and a common gear box. The engines were horizontally opposed eight-cylinder air-cooled Lycoming GSO-580s (GSO denoting Geared Supercharged and Opposed, with each engine featuring a built-in reduction gear box in addition to the common propeller gear box). The engines were rated at 400 horsepower at 3,300 rpm. The tail was unusual because unlike the vertical and two horizontal surfaces found on most aircraft, the Twin-Quad's was a two-surface V-tail similar to the tail fitted to Beechcraft's other new product at the time, the Model 35 Bonanza. The...
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    Yesterday, 04:30
    Hi Milton, I'm a bit slow with this, but today I realised that for the Commonwealth Wirraway and the de Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter (both Wasp R-1340 with three blade prop) I have installed a long time ago the great Wasp sounds by Jay "Farmboy" McDaniel. The original soundpack like I have on my HD has sound.cfg's for single engined aircraft and twin engined aircraft and doesn't have that typical "supersonic" sound produced by the two blade prop of the AT-6 Texan/Harvard. At the moment this soundpack (without the twin engine sound.cfg; I still have that sound.cfg in the soundpack) has been included in the FSX Grumman AgCat Crop Duster released by Michael E. Roberts (grumman_g-164_ag_cat.zip) available at FlightSim and Simviation.com. Cheers, Maarten
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    Yesterday, 03:52
    Hi Roland, When I look a bit more closer I would say on each side of each propeller are two engines coupled together. Same principle of the Bristol Brabazon. Cheers, Maarten
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  • Milton Shupe's Avatar
    July 26th, 2015, 15:52
    SteveB, et al, attached is an updated model, ecubox.bmp texture, and a 2048 ecubox template for the requested changes of glareshield and Mallard logo on steering yoke. I will add the window crank later today. EDIT: Window crank added to attached zip and corrected the specular shine on the model
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  • Milton Shupe's Avatar
    July 26th, 2015, 14:25
    Cockpits pics attached EDIT: and more
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    July 26th, 2015, 13:50
    Man...those are incredible. Back in the 90's I owned a hot rod and restoration business. I did a lot of work like this on cars...I can really appreciate the massive effort it takes to restore the F7F or any other historic aircraft.
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  • gman5250's Avatar
    July 26th, 2015, 10:43
    Update: Mr. Shupe and the beta team are giving the model a working over. Once I get the basic model dialed in, the other variants will proceed very quickly. In the real world, there were only two test planes flown in bare metal. All others were Sea Blue or black. There was one F7F-1 flown in the Sea Blue. I've done a basic skin based on some preliminary research. I'm anxious to get to the other variants so we can start seeing some racing skins. They're going to be exceptionally gorgeous. Prepar3Dv2.5 screen caps. Not re-touched.
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  • Milton Shupe's Avatar
    July 26th, 2015, 09:38
    This is an interesting aircraft I have never seen before. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beechcraft_Model_34
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  • Milton Shupe's Avatar
    July 26th, 2015, 09:00
    The attachment explains all the switches and dials for the overhead panel
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  • Milton Shupe's Avatar
    July 26th, 2015, 06:43
    The Mallard Cockpit over the years has seen many modifications and variations. I have based my cockpit on the attached photos. Later today I will post some helpful screen shots labeling the switches and dials.
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