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  1. #1551
    No worries there.

    Here she is on a flight out of Calclassics SEATAC on a little trip around Mount Rainier and then a landing at McChord AFB. The Calclassic AI package for the 1960s is just perfect for the correct aircraft that shared the skies with the little Grumman.

    I am not articulate enough to tell you what a great job Milt and his team have done on this plane. Words just fail me.
    Keep your airspeed up,



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  2. #1552
    I want to put one down onto the deck of an aircraft carrier. I have read stories of Navy Pilots flying these and landing them on carriers.. AT NIGHT!!!

    Those folks really have the right stuff!

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  3. #1553
    Quote Originally Posted by Milton Shupe View Post
    Thank you ktm. We all here have worked long and hard on this and I hope that it will satisfy the needs as a freeware aircraft package.

    I know it will milton. Just by looking at the pics and watching the development of this project I can already tell it will be better than the other ones already out there payware included.

  4. #1554

    Bump Bump... Bumpety Bump. Posted per request.

    E-1B flight from Townsville to Cairns, Australia in a Thunderstorm

    I had a chance to get some more time in the E-1B, this time in some different weather situations. I'm usually not real technical when I set up my weather for FS, I just usually go in and select a scenario for all of the "stations" that I fly in and out of.

    From Townsville to Cairns, Australia: Weather conditions set for severe thunderstorms. Instrument flight plan filed and cleared. Takeoff at 09:30 am. Let me tell you... the 18 knot wind really pushes the E-1B around on the takeoff roll, despite the fact that it's a heavy airplane. I had to push the engines a bit to keep from going off the runway, at the same time, making sure that I didn't give her too much throttle, risking a "slide-off" (When you literally push the airplane off of a slippery runway from too much throttle at low speed). Once off the ground, I left the flaps at the first setting for a bit, after retracting the gear. Getting through the storm cloud was the third greatest thrill known to man, (Landing being the first, and flight being the second). I found that once there was a safe distance between me and the ground.. I raised the flaps and applied considerable power to get above the storm ceiling. It took about 10 minutes to finally get above the cloudline, and into calmer skies. The ride was bumpy and the flight model depicted that very nicely (given the limitations in FS). There were times when I felt like I was "floating" while in the cockpit, during the acent. It was a strange sensation, just like in the real world when the sky around you is all grey and the only way you can tell that you are moving is because the airspeed indicator says so. The E-1B has a sense of true realism in that aspect, Nicely done, you guys!

    At the assigned altitude the E-1B trucks along at about 170 KIAS with the engines at 65%. I was able to trim out and actually let go of the controls, the FM was steady as a rock with only the slightest adjustments being made to the trim control. I was able to navigate around the cockpit and become more familiar with the controls. I did notice in the VC that there was a small red warning light that came on, just under the glare shield on the panel. I made sure that the pitot and carb heat were on and the cowl flaps were closed. (At 14,000 feet, the carbs can ice up pretty quick) but the light stayed on nonetheless. I also noticed that the oil temp ran pretty high, about 123 degrees C, even at a lower engine RPM and with the correct propeller settings. I tried several things including leaving the props at 100% and throttling up and down at times, this didn't change the temperature readings. At least the engines were consistant and it didn't affect the performance at all. But the light in the VC on the panel remained on. When a light like that comes on... things can get a bit tense in the cockpit until you get the problem resolved.

    After being told to decend and maintain 5000 by Cairns ATC, I knew the biggest thrill X2 (Landing, in a thunderstorm) was comming. Once back down in the clouds, the E-1B started to get tossed around by the turbulance outside. I thought it was even more bumpy on the decent. Again, that feeling of "floating", but the airspeed indicator read a steady 140 KIAS and the altimeter wasn't unwinding backwards like a broken watch. I held my course as instructed, but I had to really work to do it. The storm was having a field day with the E-1B, and me in it. I switched on the GPS, just to get a feel of where I was in relation to the airfield. I have to admit, FS9's ILS system is pretty accurate. I went to the spot view but all I could see was the airplane being tossed around, the rain, against the grey background of the clouds.

    At 2500 feet AGL, the clouds thinned a little and I caught a brief view of the airport, just ahead. ATC had cleared my approach so all that was left was to keep her straight as possible. The wind was a stiff 20 knots out of the east and I was being pushed sideways, off the pattern by it. The E-1B's large rudders came in real handy and I was able to coax the model back on the glide path. I slowed the E-1B down gradually to 120 KIAS, popped the landing gear out and dropped the flaps a notch. I really was on the edge of my seat with her... she was being pushed around, up and down and I wondered how I was going to be able to set her down without bouncing, and being potentially blown off the runway in the storm.

    Ok, I cheated and went to the spot view. I was crabbing the plane in pretty good and just as I cleared the first section of the runway, I hit the spoilers and straightened her out. The E-1B hit the tarmac carrier style, bounced slightly and then touched down. I had to steer agressively with the differential brakes but I managed to stay on the runway to the first taxiway, and pull off. The rest is history, oh... what fun!!

    Sorry, I didn't mean to get off on a tangent here, but in short... I HAD THE RIDE OF MY LIFE in the E-1B through that storm. And to think that our NAVY Pilots drop these things down onto the deck of a pitching aircraft carrier in this kind of weather. Amazing stuff.

    BB686:USA-flag:
    "El gato que camina como hombre" -- The cat that walks like a man

  5. #1555
    Wow! Thanks for sharing your ride BB. You made it exciting and interesting to read. Great stuff!
    Milton Shupe
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  6. #1556

    Need Some Compass Panel Help

    Can anyone help with all the verbage on the compass panel. I just can't get all of it.
    Milton Shupe
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  7. #1557
    Just finished up an RAN scheme for all you Aussies :salute: Hope you like it.

    Disclaimer: There are a couple of issues that simply can't be avoided. And I didn't do a glossy paint on this since it tends to degrade the sharpness of the textures.

  8. #1558
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    Great work Mr. Snurdley.

    Going to be nice to seean RAN Tracker in the air again. Used to love hearing the unique sound of the motors. They were a different sound to the normal Radial sound. Have seen and heard a Trojan with the same engine. The Tracker is a T-28 engine times 2. Was told it was a "Corn Cob" sound.
    Cheers
    Pat



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  9. #1559
    Quote Originally Posted by AussieMan View Post
    Great work Mr. Snurdley.

    Going to be nice to see an RAN Tracker in the air again.
    Yes... Great Work Indeed!! I can't wait to get me hands on one of these...


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  10. #1560

    Console and AP

    Scott did a superb job on the center console and AutoPilot. It's simple, neat and functional.

    Use is described in the manuals (available links in this thread), but it's pretty intuitive for me to use.

    Of course the problem always with FS is making adjusts looking down while not able to see the horizon or attitude or VSI gauges.
    Milton Shupe
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  11. #1561
    Quote Originally Posted by Milton Shupe View Post
    Of course the problem always with FS is making adjusts looking down while not able to see the horizon or attitude or VSI gauges.
    And I thought I was the only one that had that problem. If I don't put it on altitude hold or at least set the trim for nose up, I usually end up losing 1,000 feet, or worse, plowing into the ground. Looking good, guys.

  12. #1562

    Beta Results Very Good :-)

    I have been rather surprised by the very good reports back from the beta tests. Still a couple of enhancements and tweaks to do but I fully intend to release the Grumman series by February 24th end of day.

    Of those who received the beta, about 60% chose to test fly and report back. Some thankfully were quite articulate relating their experiences.

    Seems that we are "go" for this coming week.
    Milton Shupe
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    Very cool looking forward to when this one comes out.

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    E-1B Texture set 1 DONE!

    Will be packed up and sent via cyber-space to the Shupe Ranch later today! :mixedsmi:

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  15. #1565
    Quote Originally Posted by Milton Shupe View Post
    All these parts are mapped generally to the "white1.bmp" texture and cannot be changed at this point.
    Many gear parts, antennas, other small parts are also mapped to this texture.

    Hello Milton,
    My texture is going well, still some loose ends. sorry for the air intake but I can not paint them red without putting on the hinges of flaps and landing gear.
    Best Regards
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    Duckie, ferondoe: Spectacular work Gentlemen, can't wait to fly them both!
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    An honest man usually means what he says!
    A gentleman always says what he means!

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  17. #1567
    Quote Originally Posted by Duckie View Post
    Will be packed up and sent via cyber-space to the Shupe Ranch later today! :mixedsmi:

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    Beautiful details Duckie ... lots of details .... and love the tail work ... great job! :-)

    Quote Originally Posted by ferondoe View Post
    Hello Milton,
    My texture is going well, still some loose ends. sorry for the air intake but I can not paint them red without putting on the hinges of flaps and landing gear.
    Best Regards
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    Marty, the progress is outstanding, the curves are beautiful, and the paint scheme is very eye catching. Excellent work!
    Milton Shupe
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  18. #1568
    Lazerbeak is working on the S2Turbo Military variant textures. It will be the last in a series of releases to start soon. :-)

    Tom completed the beta version of the flight model some time ago. Scott is working on the turbo panel updates and Nigel has completed the excellent turbo sounds for this package. All in all, this will be a sweet package.
    Milton Shupe
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  19. #1569
    This sure has come a long way Milton, and I am looking forward to flying these superb models when they are made available. The artwork and detail from the latest batch of screenies looks absolutely stunning. The beer, ouzo, and other enticing spirits are on me, over at Henry's Tavern. (Couldn't forget the ouzo, for Nigel and Matt, our resident Greeks... LOL!)

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  20. #1570
    Thank you BB. :-)

    Someone early in the project asked about the darkness in the cockpit, my preference as well.

    All of the cockpits have this appearance.

    This paint scheme by johnh_049,
    Milton Shupe
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  21. #1571
    Quote Originally Posted by ferondoe View Post
    Hello Milton,
    My texture is going well, still some loose ends. sorry for the air intake but I can not paint them red without putting on the hinges of flaps and landing gear.
    Best Regards
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    beautiful!!!! I cant wait to have this one in my tanker fleet!!! I wasnt too much of a fan of the firecats but you did great on this paint! Are you going to add the red stripes around the wing walk areas on the center wing area? GREAT JOB!

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  22. #1572
    Wow....yes gents this really has the "wow" factor! :salute:
    Really looking forward for these classic beauties......maybe one in Dutch markings? I remember the Stoef (as we Dutch called them).

    Cheers,
    Hank

  23. #1573
    Quote Originally Posted by hae5904 View Post
    Wow....yes gents this really has the "wow" factor! :salute:
    Really looking forward for these classic beauties......maybe one in Dutch markings? I remember the Stoef (as we Dutch called them).

    Cheers,
    Hank
    Thank you Hank. The team has outdone itself I think :-)

    Jan Visser is working on the S2F-1 used heavily by the Dutch so I feel certain that there will be some proper Dutch markings slapped on the surface there somewhere.
    Milton Shupe
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  24. #1574
    Quote Originally Posted by Milton Shupe View Post
    Thank you Hank. The team has outdone itself I think :-)

    Jan Visser is working on the S2F-1 used heavily by the Dutch so I feel certain that there will be some proper Dutch markings slapped on the surface there somewhere.
    Awesome!! Though getting the other versions in the hangar soon......awesome too!!

    Cheers,
    Hank

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    Well, thank you Hank. Hopefully you will see one of them today.
    Milton Shupe
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