Reviewed by The Rhythmosaur
This time,we proudly present you a real eyecatcher:
Fs2004 aircraft hawker tempest ii, mw774 hf-x from 54 squadron of the royal air force in late 1945. This package includes a new model. The tempest mk ii was probably the cleanest radial engined fighter of the second world war. The centaurus engine and tempest airframe proved an excellent match and the centaurus was generally regarded as superior to the sabre, particularly in terms of reliability. The tempest ii, despite its slightly improved performance and better reliability, never saw combat. Tempest is produced during the war were intended for combat against the japanese, but the pacific war ended before they could be deployed. This is a fsds v2 model for fs2004. It features 2d and virtual cockpit, opening cockpit canopy, moving pilots head and many other animations as well as lights and automatic special effects. By david hanvey and paul barry. Airfile by jerry beckwith. Original effects by jan rosenberg.
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CFS2/FS2002/FS2004 Hawker Sea Fury Sound. Sound package for Hawker Sea Fury FB11, TMk20, DLB (also suitable for Tempest MkII). Not required if you have already downloaded and installed the TMk20 package (SFRel2.zip). By David Hanvey and Paul Barry. Uploaded with their authorisation. (Responsable: The Rhythmosaur).
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Category: FS2004 Sounds
The Hawker Typhoon, supposed to be an intercepter, disappointed in its original role, but made itself a name as a chasebomber with rocket armation later. Plans for this new Typhoon MK II were filed to the Ministry of Defence, which ordered two prototypes in November 1941. Large changes to the craft led to the new name Hawker Tempest. The prototype Tempest MK II performed its maidon flight in Feruary 24th, 1942, but reliability problems with the Sabre IV engine caused the change to Sabre II. The first Sabre II equiped Tempest Mk V left the ground in June 21st, 1943 being the first of 805 units of this series.
The MK II finally was equiped with a Bristol Centaurus MK V engine which featured better aerodynamics due to its built in ring shaped cooler.
To see combat, it has not been on time; for then it was used as F Mk II and remained in service untill 1951. India and Pakistan bought 89 respectively 24 units of this model in 1947/48.
It is rather long ago that an outside model claimed that much of my respect.
Let's do a roundup:
Who ever stood in front of a real taildragger warbird of this size could share this feeling. This monster radial engine looks down on you, just showing its clear dark propeller blades with its constructor's markings. Also you can see the spacy gearbays and the holes from which once the 4 20mms grinned at you. Note how the sun it's dawning in the picture is correctly reflected even by the smaller parts. However, the prop's color seems a bit very homogenous to me while the spinner shows realistic shades.
Well, to say it right at the beginning, this must be a waxed and polished museum's airplane. But with this in mind, you can only admire the superior paintjob. Note the cunstruction rips of the rudder reflecting one by one.
The pilot's uniform has been designed in a way that you think to feel the textiles. And you can almost
read the instrument's designations.
This picture I dedicated to the gear. Note this wonderfully detailed suspention.
"I like to"
" move it, move it"
This one focuses on the moving tail wheel and on the wheels' profiles.
The prop in action.
When you wake up the Centaur"
"you can tell by the small blue flames at the exhausters".
...that it really lives. Note you can tell any peace the frame consists of.
Over Abbeville, France.
If you really want to find something, you probably will, but it will take you some time. From my experience, this high level of detail on such a small bird is extraordinary. Extraordinary is the only thing that I think to be worthy 10 out of 10 points. So:
Clean but yet detailed impression with all the moving stuff. The small wheel at the left hand side is to open the canopy, and will move while pressing the open key.
1024x7xx resolution. You can read everything. Unfortunatelly, most of the switches are dummies.
Love to details is what impresses me most. The non functioning "usefull" switches make me end up with this:
The much this plane impressed so far, the disappointing is this panel. Your first reaction may be a wow because it looks pretty real, but your face will change when you realize you hardly can use a switch those who are useable are default gauges. I miss light switches (as the plane comes with a full night lighting), trims and warning lamps (Carb Temp, Oil Press) and the Pitot heater's switch. And this won't even change when you are looking"
"for pop up panels, for there is only one the power quad. Okay, that's no real accident if you know how to add more of them, but don't forget the IF. I am thinking about those who can't.
Of course, there was no GPS at that time. But today they are portable. If people want to do a historic flight, they simply won't use the GPS if it is there. So why not building it in as a pop up panel? And there's no excuse for omitting even a simple kind of radio stack.
For the fact of it's realistic impression I persuade myself to
You should know that the autopilot still works via shortcuts, so you can chose it to be as realistic as you prefer. I recommend to install the more realistic Sperry autopilot though. However, I failed to find out if the real thing was equipped with one, but the Sperry with it's limitations is what was possible at this time.
Finally a sound package that does not remind you too much of all those modified MSCFS ones. Even the startup and shutdown sequence will be new to your ears (at least with a high probability the Sea Fury used the same engines). The starter seems to be pneumatic, you will hear the hiss of compressed air followed by some morbid stuttering which developes to an angry roaring when the enginge‘s gaining speed. It's just like you disturbed a sleeping lion when the Cenatur engine becomes vivid.
Only the sound of the gear and flaps are the CFS US files. Also, most of the outside sounds are the inside ones without modification.
For my set of ears, it is a wild, throaty and real kind of sound which makes a
Note: You will have to load it down seperately (use the link above), but it comes from the same author and has been provided with his earlier releases of planes using the same engine.
"The plane is a Hawker Tempest MkII, MW774 HF-X from 54 Squadron of the Royal Air Force in late 1945. This package includes a new model.The Tempest Mk II was probably the cleanest radial engined fighter of the Second World War. The Centaurus engine and Tempest airframe proved an excellent match and the Centaurus was generally regarded as superior to the Sabre, particularly in terms of reliability.The Tempest II, despite its slightly improved performance and better reliability, never saw combat. Tempest IIs produced during the war were intended for combat against the Japanese, but the Pacific War ended before they could be deployed." (From the Readme file)
The information provided in the history section above is what I found out so far, and more general. I'd appreciate a merge of both as it is a bit sparse in the readme file.
Installation instructions are comprehendable for newbies and therefore absolutely sufficient.
A source for the sound is given.
Checklists and reference tabs seemed to be unavialable to the author, but at least a hint concerning speeds (like he programmed them) and behaviour would not have been a mistake.
"On startup there is automatic engine smoke.
An aircraft contrail can been seen at high altitude, depending upon temperature.
Wing vortex effect appears at 2.5g or quick roll rate.
Startup smoke (darkened at night) with orange flames (with reflections at night on AC paint).
Continuous blue flames if engine is running (with reflections...).
Additional blue flames added at 33% and again at 90% throttle setting (with reflections...).
New tiremark at landing.
We thought that it would be useful to draw your attention to the following key commands -
Shift+E Opens/closes front canopy
Shift+E release and then press 2 Raises/lowers pilots goggles
Cntrl+Shift+C Closes cowl flaps
Cntrl+Shift+V Opens cowl flaps
L Switches lights on/off
O Switches strobes on/off
You may have to assign some of these commands in FS2004. You can do this by going to settings and then to controls/assignments in FS2004.
As I already provided you with pictures about those effects, I could only add these effects are another cream peace coming with this aircraft. For a freeware aircraft, this is quite uncommon and a joy to watch.
Notes on behaviour:
ISA, full realism settings
Though a taildragger, quite handleable in taxi, if you pilot it slow and patiently. Remember, you got a powerfull radial monster engine in front!
Increase the throttle gradually, not too fast, especially on unpaved runways. The craft will pull to the left, but can be handled easily if you follow these instructions.
4000ft/min, fully fueled with 200lbs payload at 160 Kias is a children's game with the Centaur engine. You will be reaching FL200 in a few minutes constantly adjusting the mixture using your ears. The plane likes to be a bit disobedient concerning course stability, so if you turned Autorudder off, watch out to keep the wings level. I guess it's because of the changing drift created by the rotating propeller. With such a huge engine, you really feel the power. With FL190, power will decrease audibly. Level at FL200, you will be making about 250 to 260kt KIAS at full throttle, higher above the speed will drop rather quickly.
The plane tends to roll. With a calm hand, it remains stearable, but pay additional attention in gusty air while coming in for landing.
At about 55kt KIAS clean. Even without provoking it, it will commence a strange kind of spin, rolling from one side to the other and back if you do not release the stick. The aircraft is easily recovered by just setting the stick neutral. Rolling will stop immediately with gaining speed; you don't have to add rudder against the spin direction like you'd normally do.
Must be performed with a precise rudder and aileron handling if it shall be decent as the plane has it's own will concerning the roll axis.
You need to have at least 250kt when commencing it, and you have to max up the throttle early to prevent unpreciseness due to rolling tendencies with low speed.
Your "eyes" will stay open while having 4 to 5 G.
Since my tanks were yet rather full, speeds may vary a bit, but I suggest a landing speed not below 75kt in clear air. You will have to fight the roll tendency, but you'll also have a smooth touchdown without rebounds. For gusty and windy approaches, better chose a higher speed. Whereas the plane tends to roll, it is amazingly stabile and easy to handle concerning the remaining two axis'. The decent rate can easily and precisely be adjusted using the throttle, and trimming for the right speed is easy, too. Brakes are set moderately, so you don't need to be too carefull using them after touchdown.
Overall Rating: 9
I'd recommend a try even to those who don't like warbirds that much. Paintjob, effects, virtual cockpit, animations and sound, alongside with fascinating details are what makes this one a must have. Overall, this is again a plane overcomming by far what we are used as freeware average. Load it down and enhance your flight sim horizon! I salute the authors!
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