RAZBAM’s AV-8B Night Attack Harrier module took a step forward last week with a visual refresh of the modules cockpit and I think it looks really good. Let’s have a look at it.
New texturing process
RAZBAM has been working on upgrading their texturing and art process. That process now includes using laser scanning to get even more detail out of objects and that helps amp up the realism with realistic wear patterns baked into the textures. It’s similar to what Heatblur has done with the F-14 Tomcat and the effect helps make the aircraft a little more lived in.
Some may argue that they went too far but I actually like this look with the AV-8B. These texture updates along with some recent revisions to the cockpit that increase the base ambient lighting make things easier to see in the cockpit in general – being a little too dark in most cases.
They have added smudges to the MFD displays as well which tries to match similar details on the Hornet and Tomcat’s displays.
The effect I think goes a little too far and overdoes the effect in certain lighting. That said, a quick fix on this would make it perfect (in my humble opinion) and I really think this all together adds a really nice layer of polish.
Coming up next
This is the second cockpit in RAZBAM’s line-up to receive this improved process (the MiG-19 was the first) and that leaves just one remaining. The M-2000C will be next in line to receive their improved process and I’m very excited to see that.