Leatherneck Simulation’s Christmas update is here and it brings with it some news on their various module progress including the latest efforts on the F4U Corsair, the F8 Crusader and their USS Essex model. Let’s have a look!
A few weeks ago at VFAT 2019, Leatherneck Studios did a demo of their work in progress Corsair module showing off the aircraft doing loops, passes, rolls, and even some weapons tests. What they didn’t show was the cockpit – which was interesting because we saw some work on the F4U cockpit that looked relatively complete.
It seems, however, that Leatherneck are making another pass at the cockpit and are showing off the latest work. Everything is of course un-textured but work always starts with the 3D models and then progresses to textures later.
Leatherneck has made special mention of how much effort they have put into making sure that the aircraft, including the canopy, has a realistic shape as possible. They also have some interesting comments about their September 1944 Corsair:
In September of 44, a modification order was issued to the manufactures to have the stall warning and water/methanol injection lights removed. Corsairs already in the line of duty had field orders to remove them. We realize users may feel the need to use them since there is no sense of momentum sitting at a desk, so in our version we will add a special menu item so that users have a choice to enable them.Leatherneck Studios
Seems like a reasonable compromise!
Crusader cockpit development
Leatherneck didn’t have too much to say about the F-8J Crusader that they are building except that their efforts on the cockpit are progressing well. They have decided on modeling the J version and have even picked a specific airframe to model their module on: AFC571.
The F-8J includes a APQ-124 radar and AIM-9G sidewinder which also includes the ability to use SEAM (Sidewinder Extended Acquisition Mode) which expands the missile’s targeting envelope and will be a familiar feature for DCS: F-14 pilots.
USS Essex under development
Leatherneck studios are also busy building a USS Essex class carrier for DCS World to support the use of the F4U-1D Corsair that they are building. Leatherneck says that they intend to incorporate moving elevators and the ship’s catapult system.
An early version of the carrier was in the VFAT demo but Leatherneck reports that it was a preliminary model and a more full featured one, shown above, will be coming later.
For more information and images, visit the Leatherneck Christmas 2019 update.