There’s some new DCS World info trickling out this week with a new update on the JF-17’s exterior textures, news on what Eagle Dynamics is doing (or not doing) with the F-4E and AH-1 as well as a new look at the M-2000C’s revised pilot model. Here’s the latest!
New M-2000C pilot
RAZBAM’s efforts to upgrade the M-2000C are still on-going and while we’ve seen the cockpit already, we’re now seeing their efforts to bring a new 3D model of the pilot back into the cockpit seat. This is still early but it’s just the start as their Facebook page also says that they are working on the pilot for the AV-8B after.
The F-4 and AH-1 are not on the roadmap
We’ve learned that Eagle Dynamics is not currently planning to work on the F-4E or the AH-1. Here’s the statement from Matt Wagner:
While we hope to simulate the Cobra someday (as well as the F-4E), it’s not on our immediate production plan. Our current production for new aircraft is the P-47D, Mi-24, and Mosquito. Between these and supporting exiting aircraft, we are already very, very, very busy. When the guys at BST were moved back to the mothership, former BST project plans had to be revaluated. Sorry for any confusion.Matt Wagner on the DCS World forums
To understand this in better context, we have to go back to plans that Belsimtek made prior to being reabsorbed back into Eagle Dynamics. The third party group had mentioned efforts to build the F-4E Phantom and had talked about a couple of different variants of the AH-1.
This is both disappointing and simultaneously reassuring depending on how you look at it. Eagle Dynamics already has a full slate of modules underway and for all of the excitement that the F-4 Phantom has elicited, there’s also plenty of calls to finish what is currently being worked on. The P-47, Mosquito, Mi-24, F-16 and F/A-18 are all in various stages of development and it’s probably a good thing not to add one or two more to the list right now.
Does this mean that the hopes that they will work on the F-4 later are completely dashed? No. But at this point they aren’t working on them.
JF-17 texturing update
Deka Ironwork Simulations is showing off the hard work their team is doing to get the JF-17 ready for release. Texturing is now well underway for the exterior model to follow up from the interior shots we’ve seen.
Have a look!