ghostdog_688

Considering the Lightening series (a few questions)

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Hi there! I’m new to these forums and hope I’m posting the right locations. Apologies if not.

First of all, I’ve seen the videos that I can find on YouTube and I greatly appreciate the work that gone into these amazing aircraft models! They look fantastic.

ive been a Milsim enthusiast for many many years - DCS, BMS specifically more recently.

i decided to get back into general aviation and found VATSIM.

now, I’d like to merge the two together.

so, a few questions or requests for your amazing planes?

1) what do I need to get the lightening airborne and using the radar to locate aircraft? I’m not interested in shooting them down necessarily, just intercepts for now.

2) I see this is Just for fsx and p3d. Can anyone nail down a reccommended shopping basket that would get these great aircraft running on my pc sub that I could do a QRA from RAF Leuchars, find an aircraft and escort it, then land home safely?

im not overly fussed about graphics (scenery etc) but rather the functionality of the aircraft.

3) any plans for an xplane version?

 

many thanks in advance for replies

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4 hours ago, ghostdog_688 said:

Hi there! I’m new to these forums and hope I’m posting the right locations. Apologies if not.

First of all, I’ve seen the videos that I can find on YouTube and I greatly appreciate the work that gone into these amazing aircraft models! They look fantastic.

ive been a Milsim enthusiast for many many years - DCS, BMS specifically more recently.

i decided to get back into general aviation and found VATSIM.

now, I’d like to merge the two together.

so, a few questions or requests for your amazing planes?

1) what do I need to get the lightening airborne and using the radar to locate aircraft? I’m not interested in shooting them down necessarily, just intercepts for now.

2) I see this is Just for fsx and p3d. Can anyone nail down a reccommended shopping basket that would get these great aircraft running on my pc sub that I could do a QRA from RAF Leuchars, find an aircraft and escort it, then land home safely?

im not overly fussed about graphics (scenery etc) but rather the functionality of the aircraft.

3) any plans for an xplane version?

 

many thanks in advance for replies

  Hi Ghostdog

    Yes you are in the right place  , so we'll see what we can do to assist .

 Last things first , sorry no intention  of producing an X plane version , the model formats are totally different .

    A good RAF Leuchars scenery can be downloaded here … the finding escorting and landing is purely down to your piloting skills :D

http://www.ukmil.org.uk/download.php?view.617

 

    Getting airborne.

 If you are in a hurry to get airborne there is a quick start guide  but to get the best out of the models   I would highly recommend thorough reading of the pilots notes and the in-sim notes which are all included .

 

   In the basic FSX/P3d  the radar will show AI aircraft ,coastlines and runways etc  so intercepts can be done,

however if you also have Tacpack the radar system is more advanced giving a fair rendition of the actual AI23b scope, enabling the user to complete full intercepts or vis-idents,  even at night.

 Hope that's what you are looking for 

 Cheers

 Dave R

 

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Indeed!

im sad to hear that xplane is getting the cold shoulder; but I respect the answer nonetheless.

Thanks for pointing out Leuchars scenery. I’ll be sure to check it out next chance I get.

now; let me check my understanding.

if I buy the f3 or f6, I can scramble (not only am I happy to learn the start up, I’m looking forward to it), take off and use the radar to find a contact. 

But I need TacPack to have the most realistic version of the radar (that’s how I want to go).

as for navigation, can the radar be used for air to ground navigation?

also, does the T5 support multicrew?

Lastly, I’ve been out of the loop on MSFS since FS2004 - it’s been BMS, DCS and Xplane 11 since!

so what would be better for this plane the way I plan on using it? P3d or FSX:SE? I’ll be starting from scratch either way.

Many thanks for the reassurance.

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5 hours ago, ghostdog_688 said:

Indeed!

im sad to hear that xplane is getting the cold shoulder; but I respect the answer nonetheless.

Thanks for pointing out Leuchars scenery. I’ll be sure to check it out next chance I get.

now; let me check my understanding.

if I buy the f3 or f6, I can scramble (not only am I happy to learn the start up, I’m looking forward to it), take off and use the radar to find a contact. 

But I need TacPack to have the most realistic version of the radar (that’s how I want to go).

as for navigation, can the radar be used for air to ground navigation?

also, does the T5 support multicrew?

Lastly, I’ve been out of the loop on MSFS since FS2004 - it’s been BMS, DCS and Xplane 11 since!

so what would be better for this plane the way I plan on using it? P3d or FSX:SE? I’ll be starting from scratch either way.

Many thanks for the reassurance.

Hi Ghostdog

   I have FSX acceleration and P3dv4,

I do not know if FXS steam differs visually from my FSX disc version but I find P3d has much improved handling of shadows both inside and out , as well as dynamic lighting and reflections.... otherwise they are basically the same sim , so the Lightning is equally happy in either.

  If you set yourself in the QRA shed at Leuchers (or Wattisham or Binbrook or Gutersloh ……... the world's your lobster :0) you can do a full start and scramble as per the real FRC's.  Both sims have built in AI flights ( or you can create your own) and these show on the radar scope so you can give chase.

 This is where Tacpack is an advantage though...  it is easy to include a Bear say into the Tanker selection and key in its speed , height and direction and distance , however TP isn't free and I don't know how fat your wallet is !

 These in sim notes show the differences in the basic and tacpack radars.

   Vol 1 - In FS.pdf

The basic radar provides the lookdown aspect that shows the runways and also the coastline.... that's all the real radar could manage

 TACAN, ADF and ILS are also provided for your navigation needs .

I would have to say the F6  is the best value as it now includes the F35 export version, although buying any one of the models entitles you to a reduction on the others.  

I have never tried online flying so I can't honestly say if the T5 can be flown multicrew , but all the relevant switches work as they should … so I don't see why not ?...…….. the passenger/instructor would have to sit on the seat apron though as it is not removable in the VC !

 Cheers

 Dave R

 

 

 

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many thanks. i noticed FSX for steam going for £7 on sale right now - id be daft not to!. just got the f6 pack and tackpack. if im going to do something wrong, lets do it right lol.

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3 hours ago, ghostdog_688 said:

many thanks. i noticed FSX for steam going for £7 on sale right now - id be daft not to!. just got the f6 pack and tackpack. if im going to do something wrong, lets do it right lol.

  Hi Ghostdog

 Glad to have been of help , If you get stuck with anything .. you know where I am :).

 Dave

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